Carbon fiber/ graphite question

Carbon fiber/ graphite question

Post by Tom Lavende » Mon, 13 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Has anyone out there on rec.kite ever tried to make their own CF or
Graphite or other composite spars, ferrels, fittings etc?
I would be interested in trying it if it isnt too hard or expensive.  My
thought came from watching a show where students were weaving some sort
of composite shell for a solar race car, and I thought it might be
possible to create spars with unusual shapes (other than straight) for
unique kite designs.  It might also be useful for Kite Photography rigs
and things like that.  If nothing else, I would be interested in how
these materials are used, formed, cured, where to buy supplies etc.
Thanks.

 
 
 

Carbon fiber/ graphite question

Post by Robin Levic » Mon, 13 Jan 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> Has anyone out there on rec.kite ever tried to make their own CF or
> Graphite or other composite spars, ferrels, fittings etc?
> I would be interested in trying it if it isnt too hard or expensive.  My
> thought came from watching a show where students were weaving some sort
> of composite shell for a solar race car, and I thought it might be
> possible to create spars with unusual shapes (other than straight) for
> unique kite designs.  It might also be useful for Kite Photography rigs
> and things like that.  If nothing else, I would be interested in how
> these materials are used, formed, cured, where to buy supplies etc.
> Thanks.

Model Plane makers do alot of this, check your local hobby shop that
carries RC planes.

Robin Levick

 
 
 

Carbon fiber/ graphite question

Post by Campbell, James » Thu, 16 Jan 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> Has anyone out there on rec.kite ever tried to make their own CF or
> Graphite or other composite spars, ferrels, fittings etc?
> I would be interested in trying it if it isnt too hard or expensive.  My
> thought came from watching a show where students were weaving some sort
> of composite shell for a solar race car, and I thought it might be
> possible to create spars with unusual shapes (other than straight) for
> unique kite designs.  It might also be useful for Kite Photography rigs
> and things like that.  If nothing else, I would be interested in how
> these materials are used, formed, cured, where to buy supplies etc.
> Thanks.

There was a thread on this subject in rec.kites about a year ago which you
might be able to look up in the archives.  It detailed the process used to
make wrapped carbon graphite rods.  The bottom line is that the process
involved the use of equipment that most of us would not have access to
even though the concepts and techniques do not seem too difficult.

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