Impact damage can pose particular problems when using high stiffness fibres in very thin laminates. In some structures, where cores are used, laminate skins can be less than 0.3mm thick. Although other factors such as weave style and fibre orientation can significantly affect impact resistance, in impact-critical applications, carbon is often found in combination with one of the other fibres. This can be in the form of a hybrid fabric where more than one fibre type is used in the fabric construction. These are described in more detail later.
Published courtesy of David Cripps, Gurit