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Carbon Fiber 2014 Highlights Innovations Needed to Unlock Mainstream Lightweighting

Posted by Ross Kozarsky on Feb 5, 2015 1:28:42 PM

Carbon Fiber has been touted for decades for its potential to combine light weight and high strength in everything from sporting goods to cars – and in transportation in particular it can have a big impact on energy usage by making automobiles, boats, and airplanes lighter and more efficient. In fact, the extensive use of carbon fiber in the airframe of the Boeing 787 helps contribute to making that aircraft 20% more fuel efficient than its predecessor. However, high material costs and unique manufacturing challenges have limited the adoption of carbon fiber in mass-market applications – most notably in automotive, where cost-sensitivity is particularly high.

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