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Old 11-14-2008, 01:35 AM   #1
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Carbon Fibre 20% and 50%

Just for all those Carbon Fibre freaks out there I thought i'd let you all know (if you didn't already) that the A380 Airbus is 20% Carbon Fibre and the Boeing Dreamliner is 50% Carbon Fibre.

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Old 11-14-2008, 01:38 AM   #2
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They use carbon fibre for its weight savings. But there is one major downfall with carbon fibre, it conducts electricity and in airplanes that could lead to disaster if a lighting strike was to occur. I'm sure they have engineered something to keep the planes safe.
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Old 11-14-2008, 01:43 AM   #3
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This is one of the big reasons there was a shortage of carbon a couple years back. The manufacturers had to tool for increased production and are keeping up much better now.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:57 AM   #4
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saw a documentary on the A380, the whole rear vertical is basically one giant piece of CF, the biggest CD structure ever created, or something like that, there's a whole factory dedicated to making them, in Spain.. Fascinating plane, a true European team effort, of course with pleeeenty of pitfalls
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:04 AM   #5
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... But there is one major downfall with carbon fibre, it conducts electricity and in airplanes that could lead to disaster if a lighting strike was to occur. I'm sure they have engineered something to keep the planes safe.
Exactly why is that a downfall? Doesn't all that metal also conduct electricity?
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:19 AM   #6
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True, but I was watching Air Crash Investigation on National Geographic Channel last night and they had a helicopter struck by lightning out at sea. The reason why was the rotor blades both main and tail rotor was made of cf and he flew through a cumulo nimbus (not sure of spelling) cloud and it tore the tail rotor apart.
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Old 11-14-2008, 05:03 AM   #7
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It's CF...and it's... PAINTED! :)

How can CF conduct electricity? I hadn't heard that one before.
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:21 AM   #8
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It's CF...and it's... PAINTED! :)

How can CF conduct electricity? I hadn't heard that one before.
Carbon fibre is made from Graphite. It is woven into a pattern. The graphite in the carbon fibre is electrically conductive. They use graphite in zinc-carbon batteries.
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Got it. Sorry - was posting when I was brain dead. :)
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Carbon fibre is made from Graphite. It is woven into a pattern. The graphite in the carbon fibre is electrically conductive. They use graphite in zinc-carbon batteries.
Wow...thats news to me! I had no idea.
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IFE? in flight entertainment? strippers?
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:01 PM   #14
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Carbon Fibre Strippers Eh! Anyone up for a group buy? ;)
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