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A Quick Primer on Carbon Fiber Hoods

Aug 18, 2008
Did you know such as thing as "carbon fiber" existed? Have you any idea what carbon fiber is? Carbon fiber has been rising in popularity within the sports vehicle community. Manufacturers are employing it to make anything from carbon fiber hoods, to fenders, and even some interior pieces. Many consumers know and enjoy these products while simultaneously having no knowledge of what carbon fiber actually is. This article will discuss how carbon fiber was invited, what it can do, and the ways it is utilized.

Carbon fiber was first chiefly used by the aerospace and military arenas. At the time, carbon fiber was extremely expensive to produce so that is why only these two industries could afford it. It was only in recent years the production of carbon fiber hoods became more cost-efficient, which lowers the price while simultaneously augments its popularity. That's why so many people can now afford to get a carbon fiber hood.

There are two procedures you can use to make carbon fiber for those oh-so-popular carbon fiber hoods. They are called "wet lay-up" and the "impregnated lay-up" processes. The "wet" requires less labor and less money. People who make their own carbon fiber normally favor this procedure. Dry fibers are fitted into molds and then resin is poured over the fibers. How much resin one uses depends on what one desires in thickness. If the resin isn't distributed evenly, the carbon fiber outcome won't be as strength-effective because certain portions have inconsistent resin amounts.

Pre-impregnated is much better in that it produces better quality results. The fibers are impregnated with resin before they are rolled onto spools and then into a freezer. Once frozen the curing process is cut off. Afterwards, the spools are put into a vacuum bag compaction before receiving oven treatment where the resin will become solid (solid resin means glass).

Car manufacturers started using carbon fiber during the 1970s. In 1977, Ford made a whole car entirely out of carbon fiber materials. During the 1990s, GM put out a concept car with carbon fiber hoods whose mileage was about 100 mpg. Carbon fiber cars allow for better performance vehicles which is why the industry is definitely paying attention to this material.

Since the cost of carbon fiber is currently very cheap, the industry is putting a lot of efforts into experimenting with it to produce new carbon fiber hoods and other carbon fiber products.

So the next time you're thinking about buying carbon fiber hoods or any other carbon fiber item, you're now educated to discern good quality carbon fiber so you know what your money is paying for.
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