Submitted by keithmelville Tue, 2004-04-27 17:05
Graphite fiber is similar to carbon fiber (and often the terms are used interchangeably), but carbon fibers and graphite fibers differ in the temperature at which the fibers are made and heat-treated, and the amount of carbon produced. Graphite fibers have high tensile strength compared to glass. Graphite fibers woven together form graphite fabrics, which have high strength and stiffness-to-weight ratios. These are typically used with epoxy resins or vinyl ester resin, although polyester resins will bond to graphite fabrics.