Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber composite distinguishes itself from other materials with its ability to deliver exceptional strength without excess weight. Atlas Fibre is an industry leader in thermoset plastics manufacturing and an expert in carbon fiber composites. Learn more about the material, its properties, and uses to identify how your business can leverage its benefits.

What Are Carbon Fiber Composites?

Carbon fibers are long, thin filaments on bonded carbon atoms. We combine these with resins to produce a thermoset composite that offers low mass and density coupled with excellent strength.

Additional mechanical and physical properties* of carbon fiber composites include the following:

  • Specific gravity: 1.8 to 2.2
  • Maximum temperature: 127° Celsius (260° Fahrenheit)
  • Shore D hardness: >85
  • Flexural yield strength: >140,000 pound-force per square inch (psi) [>970 MegaPascal (MPa)]
  • Compressive yield strength: >106,000 psi (>736 MPa)
  • Izod impact strength, notched: 7.6

*Atlas Fibre LLC provides this data as information only and does not imply any warranty for its use or application. Test results for a specific sheet or lot are available for a fee upon request.

Fabricating With Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics

Carbon fiber reinforced plastics have lower conventional machinability than some other composites. The embedded fibers are more abrasive, which can lead to faster wear and tear on machining tools. Computer numerical control (CNC) machining often produces the best results. This material is available in tube, rod, and sheet form.

Benefits of Thermoplastic Carbon Composites

Carbon fiber composites provide many advantages in manufacturing, such as:

  • Excellent corrosion resistance
  • High tensile strength and stiffness
  • Increased durability
  • Compatibility with X-ray technology
  • Lightweight with low density
  • Reduced thermal expansion
  • Mid-range electrical conductivity
  • Nontoxic and inert

Carbon Fiber Thermoplastic Applications

Applications for carbon fiber thermoplastic include:

  • Consumer goods
  • 3D scanners
  • Satellites and drones
  • Sporting equipment, such as ultra-light bicycles, skis, and kayaks
  • Wind turbine blades
  • Infrastructure reinforcement
  • Spacecraft and aircraft
  • Automotive panels

Contact Atlas Fibre for Your Free Custom Quote Today

Atlas Fibre is North America’s manufacturer and supplier of choice for carbon fiber composite and other thermoset laminates. With over $8 million of inventory in stock, we carry the market’s largest selection of materials. We also offer same-day shipping of on-hand materials to meet your production needs.

Our team draws from over 65 years of experience helping businesses find the right solutions for manufacturing lightweight, reliable, and long-lasting products. This extensive expertise allows us to answer any questions you may have about carbon fiber composite’s viability for your next project.

Contact us for more details or to request a custom quote today.