UHMWPE/Carbon Hybrid Fabric
Carbon fiber is widely used in lightweight composites because it is light and rigid, but it is not strong enough. In some applications that face large impact load, carbon fiber is prone to be fracture instantly with brittle deformation. To improve the flexibility of carbon composites, QUANTUMETA found way to combine carbon fiber with UHMWPE fiber to get a higher performance reinforcement fabric. UHMWPE has the highest strength-to-weight ratio among high performance fibers and the best impact-resistance. It weighs 2/3 of aramid fiber and only 1/2 of carbon fiber. Therefore, composites reinforced with this hybrid fabric not only can achieve higher impact-resistant, but also are lighter than pure carbon composites.
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