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Using Z-Axis Milled Fibers to Toughen Carbon Fiber Composites


Title: Using Z-Axis Milled Fibers to Toughen Carbon Fiber Composites

Authors: Anvesh Gurijala, Robert D. Mone, Chunzhou Pan, and Dr. Randall M. Erb

DOI: 10.33599/nasampe/s.19.1372

Abstract: Carbon fiber fabrics are surface-coated with Z-axis oriented milled carbon fibers and processed into 3-D reinforced prepregs (tradename: Carbon Supercomposite™). These milled carbon fibers provide Z-axis interlaminar reinforcement that increases compressive toughness by over 300% and compressive strength by 35% without any detriment to stiffness. These improvements are important for the construction of light yet durable bicycles that prioritize the safety of cyclists.

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Conference: SAMPE 2019 - Charlotte, NC

Publication Date: 2019/05/20

SKU: TP19--1372

Pages: 5

Price: FREE

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