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Posted By<" ">Tony on July 12, 2002 at 10:25:30:


Iím working on a project and need some information on substituting Carbon fiber for Aluminum. I will be using tubing and I-beam construction. If Iím using Aluminum tubing and substitute a continuous filament Carbon Fiber tube, what will the weight savings be? I need to achieve a 20% weight savings to make it worth my time. The Carbon Fiber tubing needs to perform at or above that of aircraft grade Aluminum. My last question is about casting Carbon Fiber parts. When casting Carbon Fiber into odd shapes that will have to be equal to the Aluminum versions, what will I need to watch for? If you know of any good resources on Carbon Fiber please let me know.

Thank you, Tony.

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