We’ve discussed multiple times the use of carbon fibers in the auto industry and other similar areas, where there needs to be excellent quality in the tires but also other areas of the vehicle like the bumpers.
What we haven’t talked about, is the use of carbon fibers in the vehicles used on construction and deconstruction sites. Good examples include your trucks, excavators, bulldozers etc. The thing is, in many cases you will have these heavy machinery vehicles use metal braces at the bottom, similar to what tanks use. But in most cases, the average vehicle has tires strapped on to it, which makes it more vulnerable to a very harsh ground, such as the one that exists on a deconstruction site. I mean, when trying to strip a building off its most important parts so it can be considered ready for demolition, there can be many nails lying around that will poke through your tires.
I believe the deconstruction company Atlanta Demolition Services has said it the best. “If you cheap out on your heavy equipment vehicles, most likely will need to pay twice as much every week to get it towed and repaired.” The point being of course, that many times we are short thinkers and don’t think long term. A fiber tire that may cost you small fortune now, will more than pay for it self over time. But if you decide that you want to start small and just work with your regular rubber tires, then you may end up paying more. There are a lot of financing options when selecting the tires of the construction vehicles. So you don’t need to necessarily cough up a big chunk of change if you don’t want to. Make small monthly payments…but make sure those payments are to be worth it for a long long time. Not only do you spend a lot of money for the towing companies to come pick up the flat excavator, but also you lose a lot of time that could be used in your demolition (and thus decreasing your profits.)
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Throughout this site we have had discussion for almost all type of fibers and different uses of them: fiberglass, carbon fibers (like the ones used in automotive) and pretty much anything in between. In fact, if you go back to some of these articles, you can find some very educational articles about how these are made, the use of them etc.
What I want to talk about in this article, is the importance of fibers in any technology and in any industry. Think of a ropes or any thread for that matter, and how everything interlinks between. The power is just amazing, so that you can’t really snap that material by just pulling it. I am pretty sure if the thread is thin, you can snap it, but you pretty much get my point. Fibers are like knots and have just incredible capabilities. It’s like a chain with multiple connections, only in this case, even if one part of the “chain” fails, the chandelier will not go down with it.
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If you are looking for part 1 of this topic, feel free to go here. Today we will continue the discussion about fiberglass roofs and kind of a “do it yourself” tutorial.
Place on another section of trim, bring up the edges again so that they sit together nicely and keep marking and cutting in the same fashion explained in part 1 of this subject. It’s always nice to mark and cut one trim where it meets another. This is purely for aesthetic reasons only. It may not be important two stories up but if your roof is at low level and possibly visible from an open window, you may want to do this just to make it look nice. When all the courts on the miter joints look right, secure the trims into place (again without bashing the nails all in.) Now it’s a matter of working your way around repeating the process until the whole bay roof is pinned into position. Once everything is in place, you can nail the trims down fully and put in the rest of the nails.
Now it’s time to form your rope stand on to the rear fascia. On a very small roof, there is no real need to worry too much about expansion gaps. I would simply allow something like 10 mm behind the trim and up against the up stand. Once the wall up stand is complete, nail all PU adhesive into position. Ready for taping the joints but do not fix it into the rotten facial behind as this will not allow it to be placed at a later stage without damaging the fiberglass roof. Good quality duck tape is quite acceptable on small roofs. On larger projects 100 mm fiber glass bandage would be used instead to strengthen the joints.
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Hey everyone! So in this article, I will try to provide you with as much value as possible when it comes to the topic of fiberglass roofs. As you’ve seen thus far, we have talked more about carbon fibers. However fiberglass is really the second thing I specialize in, so I just wanted to offer you some insights and ideas on how to leverage this amazing piece of advanced material that is available to you.
So here I’m going to show you how to replace an old bay window roof with a new custom made fiberglass roof. Before I get into this, let me just make one thing clear: I am not a roofer but only a fiberglass expert. Everything shared with you today, is really wisdom and advice that my roofer has shared with me. If you are looking for answers to your questions, feel free to reach out to me but also make sure you get to the roofer too. Here’s his site: www.roofingcolumbia.org
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Well, let’s keep on pushing shall we? Lots and lots of things we can discuss in regards to carbon fibers since they are so widely used in many different industries and our daily lives. When it comes to automotive, it’s really one of the fundamentals to make a car strong, very light, safe and have fantastic performance. It creates massive rigidity but does not add any extra weight (which is crucial if you want to make it fast, efficient and a fun sports car to drive.) As far as we’re aware, our cars are the most carbon fiber intense cars in production right now as we have over 400 different carbon fiber pieces.
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So I just want to continue what I was talking about yesterday, and what is the mechanism and whole idea behind the creation of carbon fibers. Let’s get right to it.
So high pressure heated rollers thin out the resin so it penetrates the millions of carbon fiber filaments. Cooling plates then turn the liquid resin to gel so that the next station can remove the paper which pulls off easily thanks to the release agent. The next station covers the top of the pre break sheet with polyester film. This prevents the pregreg sheet from sticking to itself at the end of the line when it’s round into a roll like a fruit roll lot. In the factories’s lab, technicians run quality control tests on pregreg samples. First they weigh the sample, then they wash off the resin with chemicals and weight the sample again. This verifies whether the ratio of carbon fiber to resin is correct. The lab also analyzes samples of composite. In a tensile strength test the computer measures how much strain the sample withstands before breaking. Such testing insures the carbon fiber delivers optimum strength, durability and heat resistance. Whether it’s used to make an auto part or a golf club.
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Sorry guys! Got caught up with some work at my company in regards to (you guessed it) fibers and had a lot of work we needed to complete before the weekend. So now I am typing away like a crazy person, to make sure you guys get something concrete (although we won’t be talking about concrete: nice joke Daniel) before the weekend strikes. I also understand that during the weekend you have other more fun activities than hanging out with me on this site, talking about geeky things that only us fibers lovers will every admire and appreciate. So let’s get started with some basic concepts for the more “ignorant people.” I’m kidding of course: just because you don’t know a thing about fibers doesn’t mean your are ignorant. It means you simply don’t know many things about the subject, and that is the whole point in creating this blog.
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I would like to welcome everyone to this brand new blog that I have launched. In case I didn’t make it clear yet, my name is Daniel and I’m an expert on all things fibers. However, in this blog site we will be focusing on really two types of fibers and those are carbon and fiberglass fibers.
Why are we just focusing on those 2?
Well, because those are the ones that fascinate me the most and I consider to have the best applications and uses in our every day lives. I don’t have a lot of things to say with this first post expect: thank you for making this happen!
I look forward to meeting you all and providing you with the best information about carbon & fiberglass fibers.