Carbon fiber has been increasingly utilized in high-performance applications such as aerospace, sporting goods, marine, and infrastructure over the past several decades. The combination of excellent stiffness, strength, fatigue resistance, and light weight make it the ideal reinforcing fiber for high-performance composites.
Compared to all other current commercially available reinforcing fibers, carbon fiber provides the greatest specific modulus and specific strength (modulus and/or strength divided by fiber density) as well as the largest range of these properties.
Other properties such as high fatigue resistance, thermal and electrical conductivity, and low thermal expansion allow carbon fiber to be used in applications where standard E-glass or aramids can not. Multiaxial reinforcements like VectorUltra™, allow for these unique properties to be tailored to any application’s specific need.