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Carbon Fibers

University of Kentucky receives grant to turn coal pitch into carbon fiber

University researchers will work with industry partners to convert coal tar into carbon fiber for use in high-performance composite applications.

Automotive

Styrene ≠ polystyrene: An important distinction for composites

Definitions are important when discussing technology. Although often used interchangeably, the terms styrene and polystyrene refer to different materials.

Carbon Fibers

Coming to carbon fiber: Low-cost mesophase pitch precursor

Advanced Carbon Products LLC has developed and patented a continuous manufacturing process for the production of mesophase pitch carbon fiber precursor that will cost as little as $1.50/lb.

Automotive

Composites 101: Fibers and resins

Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive. 

Marine

The fiber (2015)

The structural properties of composite materials are derived primarily from the fiber reinforcement. Fiber types, their manufacture, their uses and the end-market applications in which they find most use are described.

Carbon Fibers

New carbon fiber lab at Oak Ridge officially launches search for cheaper fiber

The search for a non-PAN precursor that can produce high-quality carbon fiber begins in earnest in Tennessee at the just-opened Carbon Fiber Technology Facility.