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CFRP is sometimes referred to as Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic is similar to fibre glass. Carbon fibre is woven into a textile material and resin such as epoxy resin is applied and allowed to cure. The resulting material that is very strong as it has the best strength to weight ration of all construction materials. It is an improvement on glass fibre reinforced plastic, although much more expensive.
Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers tend to be used in the manufacture of
expensive sports cars, where strong and light materials are required.
Expensive, competition bicycles and motorbikes tend to have CFRP frames,
forks, handlebars to keep weight to a minimum and yet retain great
strength. The aerospace industry has embraced the use of CFRP in the
manufacture of planes.
Eurofighter: Is Europes recently developed fighter aircraft. The airframe is 70% Carbon Fibre Composite (CFC), resulting in a plane that is 30% lighter than if it had been constructed from modern metals.
|TYPICAL CARBON FIBRE WEAVE (FABRIC)
Carbon Fibre Fabric (Cloth)
Weave style: Plain, Twill
Bikes and motorcycles
|Eurofighter has a large proportion of its airframe manufactured from Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic.
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