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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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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