British Carbon Applications Drive Impeded By Fiber Cost
Farnborough-British graphitic carbon fibers for composite materials appear to be fulfilling their original promise, but their high cost is inhibiting experimental applications, particularly in large aerospace structures. One structural engineer here at the Royal Aeronautical Establishment (RAE), where the fibers were developed, blames demand from U.S. companies as a major factor in keeping prices high, upwards of $500/lb. for some forms, despite some recent cuts by the fiber producers.
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