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Designers noted carbon fiber composites in automotive applications for eye-catching appearance and properties that let turn creative ideas into reality.
The industry started using carbon fiber reinforced plastics not so long ago. Carbon fiber production growth and net cost reduction promote a wider use.
Carbon fiber composites offer an advantage of creating items with desired properties. For instance, an item can be lightweight and strong, or heat resistant and waterproof, or elastic and strong, and so on.
Designers appreciate the opportunity of creating large but lightweight and strong items from this visually attractive material.
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic is 5 times lighter than steel
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic is 2 times lighter than aluminum
||Tensile strength, MPa||Tensile modulus, GPa||Elongation at break, %||Density, g/cm3|
|Carbon fiber made of PAN precursor||high strength, standard modulus||3500-5000||200-280||1.4-2.0||1.75-1.80|
|high strength, intermediate modulus||4500-7000||280-325||1.7-2.1||1.73-1.81|
|ultra high modulus||2500-4000||450-600||0.7-1.0||1.85-1.95|
Carbon fiber can now be seen in everyday life more often. Designers use it to make fancy items of interior ranging from tables and armchairs to bath tubs and wash basins.
Designers started using carbon fiber not so long ago, just in the early 2000s, when it became available to mass-market consumers.
In 2008, Nokia brought their 8800 Carbon Arte phone to the market. It was the first phone with a carbon fiber composite body.
In 2014, Splinter Works from the UK introduced a hammock shaped bath tub. It resembles a hammock by shape and no-leg design for hanging between two opposite walls. The designer bath tub effectively complements a fancy interior.
Designer items are made for people to make life better. They would be just decorations outside the social context.
Carbon fiber composites allow for combining aesthetic appeal and practicality in designer items due to their eye-catching appearance and exceptional properties.