An article released by Bodyshopmag.com mentions a “Carbon Revolution” coming our way.
“Deakin University and LeMond Composites have joined forces in a $58m deal which it believes will revolutionise the use of carbon fibre across the world.
The technology, developed by Carbon Nexus PhD student Maxime Maghe and Carbon Nexus general manager Steve Atkiss, has the potential to reduce the energy used in carbon fibre production by 75% and reduce the production process time from around 80 minutes to under 15 minutes.
In addition, the specialised carbon fibre production machinery required is expected to cost around 50% less than current equipment. The smaller equipment footprint makes possible a 70% reduction in the size of a carbon fibre processing plant”.
Read the full article here
We all know that this technology is already a breakthrough and is sure to find its way into road vehicles. If the cost reductions indicated are achieved then carbon fibre may well make its way into mainstream vehicles, a huge advantage when considering its strength to weight ratio.