Would this work? Fiberglass/Carbon Fiber Frames?

Would this work? Fiberglass/Carbon Fiber Frames?

Post by Chris Reed » Tue, 29 Feb 2000 04:00:00


Any fabricators out there, was just wondering about making a glass fiber
or carbon fiber MUni frame by first cutting a shape from white bead
foam,overlaying
that with cloth, and then dousing it with resin?  I know they make
some model airplane wings that way.  A little gasoline even gets rid of
the foam when you're done, so they tell me.

So can somebody tell me, would this work?  Any input on what's easier to
work with, glass or carbon fibers?

Chris Reeder    

 
 
 

Would this work? Fiberglass/Carbon Fiber Frames?

Post by Mary Hartm » Wed, 01 Mar 2000 04:00:00

It seems like you would have to know how thick the carbon fiber would have
to be to be stiff enough to hold up a person.  Could this be done with
hobby shop carbonfiber?
-Mary


Quote:
>Any fabricators out there, was just wondering about making a glass fiber
>or carbon fiber MUni frame by first cutting a shape from white bead
>foam,overlaying
>that with cloth, and then dousing it with resin?  I know they make
>some model airplane wings that way.  A little gasoline even gets rid of
>the foam when you're done, so they tell me.

>So can somebody tell me, would this work?  Any input on what's easier to
>work with, glass or carbon fibers?

>Chris Reeder    


 
 
 

Would this work? Fiberglass/Carbon Fiber Frames?

Post by Roger Davi » Wed, 01 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> It seems like you would have to know how thick the carbon fiber would have
> to be to be stiff enough to hold up a person.  Could this be done with
> hobby shop carbonfiber?
> -Mary


> >Any fabricators out there, was just wondering about making a glass fiber
> >or carbon fiber MUni frame by first cutting a shape from white bead
> >foam,overlaying
> >that with cloth, and then dousing it with resin?  I know they make
> >some model airplane wings that way.  A little gasoline even gets rid of
> >the foam when you're done, so they tell me.

> >So can somebody tell me, would this work?  Any input on what's easier to
> >work with, glass or carbon fibers?

Carbon fibre is extremely ridged and would/does make good frames. What it is
not good at is hand layup.  It tends to give a high ratio of resin to fibre
(this is bad).  What you really need it a vacuum bag and also a foam that
wont crush under load.  The person to talk to is benoit billet E-mail

single sided unicycle!

Roger

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