All That You Need to Know About Carbon Fibre Products

Carbon fibres comprise of the carbon atoms and are 5-10 micrometers in diameter. Carbon fibre properties, such as superior tensile strength, high stiffness, low weight, superior chemical resistance, minimum thermal expansion and tolerance to high temperatures make these fibres useful in the motorsports, civil engineering, aerospace and the military industry.

Carbon fibres in combination with other materials, such as glass, plastic, graphite and epoxy resin, impart higher strength to the fibres and make them more resistant to heat so that they find wide application in industries like aerospace, construction etc.

A wide array of items are crafted from carbon fiber composites such as business cards, coasters, scuba diving equipment, steering wheel, battery boxes, air-box, diffuser, spoiler, FIA certified seats, carbon fibre sheets etc.

Here is a list of popular items made from carbon fibres.

  • Business Cards: You can make use of carbon fibres to make superior quality business cards. The manufacturing of these cards involves superior CNC cutting, vacuum infusion of epoxy resin as well as leading-edge overprinting technology.

  • Coasters: Coasters are an essential table accessory that you use to rest your beverage glass on. You use them to protect your tabletop from water stain. They can be crafted from a wide array of materials, such as wood, plastic or even carbon fibres. Carbon fibre items are preferred for their light weight and low density. Coasters crafted from this material would be sturdy and of unmatched quality.

  • Scuba Diving Equipment: Carbon fibre is widely used for making scuba diving equipment, such as Kevlar/aramid fins, fins, diving backplates, adapter etc. Carbon fibre is chosen for making scuba diving equipment for its high strength and light weight.

If you are interested in high-quality products crafted from carbon fibre, the best place to look for it is DexCraft. The Company is a leading manufacturer and supplier of superior quality carbon fibre products made from carbon fibres in combination with epoxy resins, glass, aramid filaments etc. Purchase unsurpassed quality of carbon fiber sheets from this company for its unrivalled quality, guarantee, high aesthetics, brilliant workmanship and superb after-sale customer service.

Storage & Handling of Prepregs

Composite materials are now widely used in various industries because of the advantages they have over ordinary materials. For instance, they can provide desired high strength of material in aerospace, without adding unnecessarily weight in component.

Prepreg composites should be stored in a cool and dry or in a refrigerator. You also need to allow the prepreg to reach room temperature on removing from the refrigerator, in order to prevent condensation. Prepreg composites can stay for up to 12 months when stored at a temperature of – 18 ºC. The matrix determines the tack life at 23 ºC. Storage and handling are two important factors you need to consider when buying autoclave composites and prepreg composites.

However, prepegs have a low risk when being handled due to the below reasons:

1. Both sides are covered by protective coverings and the coverings are not to be removed until assembly lay-up. In addition, the prepeg composites need to be cut into the desired shapes before the coverings are removed, so no handling will be necessary before that.

2. They do not have any loose fibrous dust. They are also splash-free, do not leak or spill. This is in comparison to the wet lay-up methods involved in the manufacture of fiber reinforced composites. In this case of fiber reinforced composites, the dry fiber and liquid resin are used.

3. They are volatile and have a moderate/low tack level at normal room temperature.

Protecting yourself :-

It is important to learn how to handle autoclave composites and prepreg composites, particularly how to protect your hands and body. You should wear gloves and ensure arms are covered to avoid any skin contact with prepegs. Otherwise, touching them repeatedly touch prepreg with unprotected hands might lead to allergic reactions.

There are also fibrous materials that result from machining cured products and you should be careful when dealing with this because inhaling it can be dangerous. You should ensure to install positive dust extraction and collection systems at the cutting zone. You should also prevent dust formation and ignition sources when machining cured products as thus can cause fire. Dust from products that have carbon fiber parts is a good conductor of electricity.