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Pliable Fiber Reinforced Plastic:
This material has similar properties to those of FRP, but is a lot more flexible. The front bumper and Front Half Spoilers made with PFRP are much more difficult to crack due to its flexibility. Side skirts and rear under fins are much more pliable when installing. Depending upon the paint, PFRP aero-parts are much easier to repair, even with damage received while the vehicle is in motion.
Fiber Reinforced Plastic:
This material is reinforced by the glass fibers in the polyester resin which strengthens fiber reinforced plastic products. A great property of this material is that you can form any size or shape while still retaining a large degree of strength. Due to these characteristics, FRP is widely used by most aero-parts manufacturers.
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic:
Generally FRP is reinforced using only glass fibers. Carbon fiber derives its strength and lightness by replacing these glass fibers with carbon fibers in the resin.
Polyester Carbon Composite:
C-West uses PCC for almost all of its Carbon Fiber products. The polyester resin is the same as that of FRP, but instead of glass fibers, Carbon Fibers are used to reinforce the product. Unlike FRP, the Carbon fibers in PCC are layered on top of each other, which is what makes PCC extremely strong and durable.
Press Polyester Carbon Composite:
PPCC is basically the same material as PCC, but PPCC will provide better rigidity than PCC when creating complex shapes. This new method is used when producing much more complicated shapes that were originally almost impossible for others to create.
Dry Carbon Composite:
The literal name of this material is ECC (Epoxy Carbon Composite), but generally it is known as Dry Carbon. Dry Carbon is a plastic reinforced with an epoxy resin containing Carbon Fiber. Vacuum bag processing is used to apply heavy pressure, and then extreme heat is applied to harden the product, creating an amazingly strong and lightweight material.
Carbon Honeycomb Composite:
When creating products using this material, we insert a sheet consisting of numerous thin honeycomb shapes, between two thin sheets of carbon fiber, creating the strongest, and lightest of all carbon composites. This method is often applied to the chassis of Formula-1 cars where the strongest and most lightweight materials are needed.
Polyurethane Resin:
Urethane Resin is known as a common material in the mass-production of aero-parts. The method used for manufacturing polyurethane differs completely from the method used to manufacture FRP. When manufacturing polyurethane aero-parts, two liquid resins are mixed together, and a press is used to harden the material. There are varying degrees of strength when referring to polyurethane, and the type used to manufacture aero-parts is similar in strength to polypropylene, and is known to be very flexible, and hard to crack.
Aluminum can reduce 40% of weight when compared with products made of copper and iron, and 1/3 of weight when compared with Titanium. It is useful for reducing weight, and saving energy. Aluminum is used for producing a multitude of products because it is very easy to manufacture. There is an abundance of methods used in the processing of aluminum, from general processing to special processing. Other than its lightweight properties, aluminum is used for many different things because it is strong, and very resistant to corrosion.
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