Sports have become a significant part of mankind’s daily life from time memorial. Different sports sprout here and there depending on one’s choice.
But whatever sport one chooses, it is a popular belief that every one wanted to excel in that certain field. Hence the need to have tools necessary for better playing experience.
Recently, carbon fiber, or graphite fiber, is incorporate into different applications of sporting goods, thus introducing a revolution of sporting goods in a whole new level of performance.
For people who are enthusiastic with racing cars, powerboat and motorbikes, they are well aware that being strong and at the same time, lightweight are two main properties needed for the constructions, designs and manufactures of these things. With this being said, graphite fiber has become the best material for many applications. One example of racing car that deals a huge amount of this material is Formula One. It is the top of its class among racing cars. The normal high speed it could get is up to 360 km/hr and its engine revving up to a limit of 18,000 rpm. Due to its needed performance, Formula One cars need a great amount of carbon fiber composites to support its chassis. The material helps the car to maintain its strength and being extremely stiff, yet at the same time, rendering it light. Because of the composite, cars like these meet the minimum required weight for racing cars, which is 620 kg, without compromising the over all performance of the cars.
The material is also applied in disc brakes. With this application, the weight is reduce but the frictional performance is increase to a great extent. This resulted to a great level of breaking performance for the drivers. What is more amazing is that carbon composites are corrosion and flame resistant. Other parts of the car that has these applications are suspension and gearbox. The components made out of this material posed a big challenge as it requires a laborious job. It involves different processes from autoclaving (sterilizing); to vacuuming; and finally the curing stage. Each procedure requires a hundred or more hours of manual labor. However, the finish product is a trusted racing car which performs unparalleled.