Q: carbon fiber flying lines

Q: carbon fiber flying lines

Post by EQS » Sat, 19 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Hello
While reading rec.kites at work, and thinking flying lines (yea i know i
should make some money for the boss ;-)), the following hit me:
Has it ever been tried to make carbon fiber (or c reinforced) flying
lines?
The fibers aren't rigid i believe, they can be wound on a reel. Seems to
me a  *real*  low stretch setup for flying lines.
Any comments, thoughts, things i didn't think of?

See you on the beach at Duindorp, The Hague.

Hoov
Watch out for the kite-eating tree

 
 
 

Q: carbon fiber flying lines

Post by Sandy Wagne » Sat, 19 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Hello
> While reading rec.kites at work, and thinking flying lines (yea i know i
> should make some money for the boss ;-)), the following hit me:
> Has it ever been tried to make carbon fiber (or c reinforced) flying
> lines?
> The fibers aren't rigid i believe, they can be wound on a reel. Seems to
> me a  *real*  low stretch setup for flying lines.
> Any comments, thoughts, things i didn't think of?

> See you on the beach at Duindorp, The Hague.

> Hoov
> Watch out for the kite-eating tree

--
Although the fibers are flexible, they are still somewhat stiff and do
break when bent too far.  The biggest problem is not the flexibility
though.  Carbon fiber is extremely abrasive.  High amounts of friction
are not at all desireable in lines you plan to twist around each other.
Sandy "Decaboy" Wagner


 
 
 

Q: carbon fiber flying lines

Post by Dave Cu » Sat, 19 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:


> > Hello
> > While reading rec.kites at work, and thinking flying lines (yea i know i
> > should make some money for the boss ;-)), the following hit me:
> > Has it ever been tried to make carbon fiber (or c reinforced) flying
> > lines?
> > The fibers aren't rigid i believe, they can be wound on a reel. Seems to
> > me a  *real*  low stretch setup for flying lines.
> > Any comments, thoughts, things i didn't think of?

> > See you on the beach at Duindorp, The Hague.

> > Hoov
> > Watch out for the kite-eating tree
> --
> Although the fibers are flexible, they are still somewhat stiff and do
> break when bent too far.  The biggest problem is not the flexibility
> though.  Carbon fiber is extremely abrasive.  High amounts of friction
> are not at all desireable in lines you plan to twist around each other.
> Sandy "Decaboy" Wagner


I know a guy who worked with carbon fiber lines--Keith Stewart, in
Southern England, in the early 1980's. Beastly expensive at the time. He
said the worst problem was tangles; any small tangle or knot would break
the line. Keith never mentioned abrasive failure of the line, but I
suspect he never used it enough to wear it out.

Spectra is so light, and so strong, and so slippery (and relatively
inexpensive), I doubt carbon's problems will outweigh Spectra's advantages
anytime soon. BTW, don't forget that carbon fiber has *very* low
resistance to electricity--it doens't neeed to be stormy for there to be a
strong voltage between air at 100 ft, and your hands...

Dave Culp

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