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Aug 27, 2008
The military and aerospace industries have made great use of the material, carbon fiber for more than 5 decades. It is only now rising in popularity in the vehicle manufacturing world because of how favorably carbon fiber hoods have been received. People exclaim joy over the durability and light-weight feel of carbon fiber hoods which only 2 reasons why they are preferable versus hoods made of other materials.

So how exactly is the carbon fiber for the renowned carbon fiber hoods made? One has a choice of two methodologies to make carbon fiber. One method is called the "wet lay-up" procedure. Two positives about this particular method is that is requires less labor than the other one and less monies to fund the entire project. What happens is, a mold is filled with dry fibers laid across it before resin tops it all off. The amount of resin used is dependent on the maker's preference for thickness.

Sounds pretty easy right? Not really. If the fibers are too full of resin, the carbon fiber produced will be heavier and its strength and stiffness is not at its peak. The "wet lay-up" process yields a lot of deformed products because some sections will have too much resin while others may lack the correct amount.

The other method usually produces good products. It is titled the "pre-impregnated lay up" process. The last 2 decades have seen the development and continual efforts towards perfection of this procedure. Usually, the outcome of "pre-impregnated" carbon fiber is 20% to 30% better in strength than the carbon fiber yielded from the "wet" process.

The resin-loaded fibers are rolled up and then frozen so that the curing process is ceased. Afterwards, the rolls are sealed in a vacuum bag compaction or a vacuum bag compaction plus an auto clave. Without the autoclave, the materials are shoved into an oven. With the autoclave, a pressure cooker is used in the place of an oven.

Carbon fiber received notice from the car world during the 1970s. the reason for this is because automobile producers want to make products which are eco-system friendly and cars which are more fuel-efficient. Carbon fiber only costs $5-$10 and so, it is cost-efficient enough so that more experiments can be conducted to deduce which car parts can utilize this specific material. Car-enthusiasts thrill in buying carbon fiber car parts, such as the famous carbon fiber hoods, because carbon fiber parts are aesthetically gorgeous. Also, from a practical point of view, carbon fiber is much more durable than steel or aluminum.

Nowadays, carbon fiber isn't only seen on military or aerospace equipment. Considering the current price of carbon fiber, more and more industries, especially the automobile one, are taking notice of carbon fiber and are increasing efforts to put it to use. Check out your online auto parts dealer for more information on the latest styles for your car.
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