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GOCarbon Fiber to Address New Opportunities and Challenges in the Carbon Fibre Industry

  • Tuesday, 8th October 2013
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The conference, which takes place in Seattle, US on 8-10th October 2013, will focus on changes in the carbon fibre industry.

The organisers say that whilst carbon fibre composites are lightweight, durable and suited to a wide variety of applications, historically they are slow and expensive to manufacture. This has led to many sectors being unable to adopt carbon fibre on a mass-production basis.

However, having undergone significant growth in production capacity and reduction in processing time in recent years, the carbon fibre industry now faces a variety of new opportunities and challenges.

GOCarbon Fiber will centre on the automotive and aerospace industries, and will feature key speakers from companies who believe carbon fibre is the best option for lightweight, high-strength applications.

The conference organisers state that the automotive industry is seeing changes in the usage of carbon fibre, with increasing efficiency in carbon fibre manufacturing. This increase in manufacturing efficiency is also down to the fact that parts are now being designed and manufactured specifically for carbon fibre composites, rather than for a material swap.

The needs of automotive companies differ from those of the aerospace industry, where carbon fibre is also undergoing development. Making sure that all materials are as lightweight as possible is one of the current primary concerns of aerospace manufacturing.

However, the conference organisers claim that carbon fibre faces competition from other material types, such as aluminum and glass/aluminum hybrids. This is due to their relative familiar inspection and repair procedures, future enhancement of fatigue behaviour using bonding technologies, and elimination of widespread fatigue damage through fibre metal laminates.

These key issues will all be discussed at the conference, with talks from experts speakers discussing the entire manufacturing process for carbon fibre from beginning to end.


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