What is Carbon Fiber?
Carbon fiber is a super high strength and stiffness material. Carbon fiber is 2-3 times as strong and stiff as steel or aluminum of equal weight.
Carbon fiber is produced by carbonizing (cooking at 20000-30000 F) a precursor material, usually Rayon, PAN (polyacrilonitrile) or oil Pitch. This process produces fibers that are 0.001mm in diameter. A bundle of 1000 of these fibers will be 1mm (0.040”) in diameter. These bundles are combined to produce unidirectional tape and various styles of woven and knitted fabrics. The carbon fabrics can then be combined with a plastic polymer (resin) to produce very light, strong, durable and beautiful parts.
During your carbon fiber fabrication training you’ll learn various methods of the carbon fiber fabrication process.
What is a Composite?
A composite is an object composed of two or more materials with combined properties greater than that of any of the single elements. Composite structures, as we define them, are a combination of fiber reinforcement and a resin polymer matrix. The fiber reinforcement is most commonly Glass, Carbon or Aramid. These composite structures may also incorporate core material to add stiffness. Cores might be balsa wood, foam or aramid or aluminum honeycomb. The combination of these composite materials can produce some of the lightest and strongest structures possible.
Industries You Can Enter with Composites & Carbon Fiber Training
• Performance Vehicle (Automotive, Sports/Racing, Off-Road & Energy Efficiency)
• Aerospace & Aviation (Aircraft Components, Satellites, Helicopters, Drones)
• Sporting (Bicycles, Canoes, Paddles, Snowboards & Skis, Surfboards, Football Helmets, Shoes and Cleats, Hockey Sticks)
• Green/Solar Energy (Wind Turbine and Wind Turbine Blades & Support Structures)
• Boating & Marine (Boats, Keels, Rudders, Masts & Rigging)
• Instruments (Cellos, Violins, Guitars, etc.)
• Medical (Operating Tables & Surgical Instruments)
• Transportation (Car and Truck Bodies and Fairings)
Composites & Carbon Fiber Training Processes & Methods
At the conclusion of your composite training which includes carbon fiber fabrication training at IYRS, you will be proficient in:
• Vacuum Bagging & Vacuum Infusion
• Open & Closed Molding Process
• Filament Winding
• In-Mold Coating (Gel Coat)
• Prepreg Processing
• Spray-Up Molding
• Safe Use & Operation of Curing Oven
• Composite Molds & Plugs Building
Career Opportunities & Research Resources
There is a groundswell of support for composites & carbon fiber training that is actively forming in Rhode Island and across the country, and IYRS is smack dab in the middle of it. According to the American Composites Manufacturers Association, the composites industry is projected to grow by 6.5 percent annually through 2020. Capitalize on this opportunity with the most comprehensive composites training program in the country!
• National Organization: American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA)
• Local Organization: Rhode Island Composites Alliance (RICA)
• National Conferences: CAMX Composites & Advanced Materials Expo
• Certifications: Certified Composites Technician (CCT) through ACMA (Cast Polymer, Compression Molding, Corrosion, Instructor, Light Resin Transfer Molding, Open Molding, Solid Surface, Vacuum Infusion and Wind Blade Repair)