Why Carbon Fiber

In the rapidly changing automotive world, less is more. A 10% reduction in vehicle mass will give you a 7% increase in gas mileage. Driven by high fuel prices, CAFE regulations and a need for mass reduction, carbon fiber is emerging as a practical and cost-competitive alternative for mid-volume production cars.

Carbon fiber is lightweight strength. Our engineered solutions will lower your investment costs and reduce the lead-time on tooling. The global increase in raw carbon fiber further enables Plasan Carbon Composites to provide you with lightweight, economical solutions on your low- to mid-volume vehicles.
Mass Reduction…Now Available in Mass Production.

Advantages


  • High Strength
  • Low Mass (Light Weight)
  • Excellent Strength to weight ratio
  • Design Flexibility
  • Part Consolidation
  • Short Lead Times
  • Low capital Cost
  • Transparent to X-Rays
  • Weight Savings
  • 25%-50% lighter than Aluminum structures
  • More favorable NVH
  • Damping Ratios
  • More favorable log decrement
  • Higher natural frequencies
  • Improved Mechanicals
  • Part Count Reduction
  • Localized Reinforcement
  • Lower cost tooling than required for metallic design structures
  • 1/3rd to 1/5th the cost

Formability & Bonding


  • High Strength
  • Molded into final shape or pre-machined state
  • Can be post-mold machined with conventional drilling and routering equipment
  • Tolerances can be maintained to .010 inch
  • Repair process is similar to SMC and filled thermoplastic
  • Attachments can be accomplished through

Material Properties


  • High Stiffness & Strength-to-Weight ratio
  • Excellent Corrosion resistance
  • Significantly enhanced fatigue life
  • Thermal Stability & Moisture Stability
  • Improved NVH charachteristics
  • Superior Stiffness
  • Electical Conductivity
  • Good Creep Performance
  • Superior Energy Absorption
  • Excellent Vibration Dampening
  • Low friction and wear
  • High thermal conductivity
  • Resistant to High Temperatures