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Carbon Fiber

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Definition

Carbon fiber, in relation to Swimming Poolss, refers to a reinforcement material used in manufacturing of the composite fiberglass pools. At the time of fiberglass pool fabrication, shells are being reinforced with modified material injected with carbon fiber strands.

Overview

The properties of carbon fibers, such as high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion, make them very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motor-sports, along with other competition sports. However, they are relatively expensive when compared to similar fibers, such as glass fibers or plastic fibers.

Carbon Fiber has the highest compressive strength of all the reinforcing materials. The properties of carbon fibers, such as high stiffness, high tensile strength, low weight, high chemical resistance, high temperature tolerance and low thermal expansion, make them very popular in aerospace, civil engineering, military, and motor sports, along with other competition sports. However, they are relatively expensive when compared to similar fibers, such as glass fibers or plastic fibers.

How it works

The chemical definition of the carbon fiber is a material consisting of thin, strong crystalline filaments of carbon, used as a strengthening material, especially in resins and ceramics, and it is about 5–10 micrometers in diameter and composed mostly of carbon atoms. An extremely strong, thin fiber, consisting of long, chain-like molecules of pure carbon that are made by charring synthetic fibers such as rayon in the absence of oxygen.

Application to the fiberglass pools manufacturing

In the manufacturing process of Carbon Fiber Pools factories are using Corrosive Resistant Vinyl Ester Resin mixed with hand-laid chopped fiberglass for impact resistance and blister protection. As a reference Vinyl Ester Resin is a high performance resin that provides improved strength properties and inhibits water penetration into the laminate, which is commonly referred to as osmosis. Carbon Fiber core layer is sandwiched between Corrosive Resistant Vinyl Ester Resin and Corrosion Barrier with hand-laid chopped fiberglass for enhanced durability. The Sealer Layer is a final laminate heavily sprayed on the pool to create an extra resilience.

Carbon fibers are usually combined with other materials to form a composite. When combined with a plastic resin and wound or molded it forms carbon fiber reinforced polymer (often referred to as carbon fiber) which has a very high strength-to-weight ratio, and is extremely rigid although somewhat brittle

Other use of Carbon Fiber

A strong, stiff, thin fiber of nearly pure carbon, made by subjecting various organic raw materials to high temperatures, combined with synthetic resins to produce a strong, lightweight material used in construction of aircraft and spacecraft.

Carbon fibers are used in high-strength composite materials in aircraft, automobiles, architectural structures, and in other applications where light materials capable of withstanding high stress are required.



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