Carbon composites are commonly used as structural reinforcement. Their specificity and customizability can fulfill diverse design needs. Carbon composites can be as simple as structures of other materials reinforced with unidirectional carbon fibers or as intricate as 3-dimensional woven constructions purpose-built to fit a new application.
Carbon composites can be further tailored to different uses by choosing the appropriate fiber type, resin matrix, layup, fiber weave, and production process. Carbon composites are frequently used in various industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, oil and gas, wind energy, sports and outdoor, and musical instruments because of their high performance, strength, and lightweight properties.
What Makes Up a Carbon Composite?
The two main components of carbon composites are the filler (usually resin) and carbon fibers. These materials can have various attributes and structural configurations, giving the end product near-infinite outcomes. The characteristics of finished carbon composites can be changed based on modifications and combinations of the resin and carbon fibers and the production process.
Advantages of Carbon Composites
Carbon composites are an appealing option for use as structural components because they are lightweight, strong, resistant to environmental changes, customizable, and machinable:
Carbon composites are considerably lighter than other materials. For example, they are 5 times lighter than steel and 2 times lighter than aluminum for a composite profile of the same size. That is to say, a half-inch diameter steel rod of a given length would weigh five times as much as a half-inch carbon rod of the same length.
Stronger and More Durable
Compared to metal, plastic, or wood, carbon composites have strong reinforcing fibers. Metals are isotropic, meaning that their physical properties are the same when measured in any given direction. Carbon fibers, however, can be oriented in specific ways to create rigidity and strength in the desired direction. We can design carbon composites to be strong in a given attribute, such as enhanced hoop strength in a carbon tube.
Carbon composites offer more corrosion resistance compared to aluminum and steel. They can be optimized for applications in areas with salt water or corrosive chemical agents. Furthermore, carbon composites are resistant to changes in heat and humidity, making them ideal for applications with large temperature and humidity changes.
Properties and Characteristics of Carbon Composites
Carbon composites are a unique class of materials that offer a wide range of properties and characteristics that make them ideal for various applications. At Goodwinds Composites, we specialize in carbon composite manufacturing and have extensive experience working with these materials.
High Strength-to-Weight Ratio
One of the key properties of carbon composites is their high strength-to-weight ratio. Carbon fibers, the primary component of carbon composites, are incredibly strong yet lightweight. This makes them ideal for use in applications where weight savings are critical, such as aerospace and automotive industries.
Tough and Stiff
In addition to their high strength, carbon composites also exhibit excellent stiffness and toughness. This makes them ideal for use in structural applications where high load-bearing capacity is required.
Low Thermal Expansion
They also have a low thermal expansion coefficient, making them ideal for high-temperature applications.
Carbon composites are also highly corrosion-resistant and have excellent electrical and thermal conductivity. This makes them ideal for use in electrical and electronic applications where these properties are critical.
High Fatigue Resistance
Another key characteristic of carbon composites is their high fatigue resistance. They can withstand repeated loading and unloading cycles without failure, making them ideal for use in applications where high loading cycles are expected.
At Goodwinds Composites, we pride ourselves on our ability to manufacture high-quality carbon composites that meet the specific needs of our customers. Our team of experts has extensive experience working with these materials and can create custom solutions that meet the unique needs of each application.
Carbon Composite Manufacturing With Goodwinds Composites
At Goodwinds, we specialize in tight-tolerance, sophisticated composite machining. We can perform any secondary treatment on a carbon or fiberglass rod or tube with our custom tools and equipment. Further, our team offers extensive machine shops for composites and years of expertise in composites to deliver what our clients need.
Do not hesitate to contact us today for your machining composite needs!