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Graphene may unlock carbon fiber potential

A trace can double strength, half the cost of graphite fibers Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – May 27, 2020

 

Last updated 7/10/2022 at 2:36pm

Koenigsegg Agera supercar body made of lightweight strong carbon fiber

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Due to high cost of carbon fiber, the widespread use of this lightweight and strong material by the auto industry has been reserved mostly for supercars such as this Koenigsegg Agera.

A bit of graphene could double the strength of carbon fiber while reducing the cost of this material prized for its strength-to-weight ratio.

About half the weight of aluminum but much stronger and rigid, carbon fiber is an ideal material for aircraft, sporting and safety equipment. At more than $10 a pound, however, this material has yet to compete with aluminum, which sells for less than $1/l...



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