Carbon fiber

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A cloth of woven carbon filaments

Carbon fiber or Carbon fibre is also sometimes called graphite fiber. It has the highest compressive strength of all the reinforcing materials (composites), and it has a high strength to weight ratio and low coefficient of thermal expansion. The density of carbon fiber is also much lower than the density of steel.[1] Carbon fiber is in the form of several thousand long, thin strands of material that is composed of mostly carbon atoms.[2]

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  1. Mr. Jeremy Hierholzer, Assistant Professor of Aviation Technology, Purdue University, 2007.

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