CARBON FIBRE EXPLAINED
So what is carbon fibre – and why are there two different types?
Carbon fibre is, quite literally, fibres of carbon that are woven into a material in much the same way wool is woven into a blanket. There are two main types of carbon production, wet lay and pre-preg, but most companies now use pre-preg. The carbon sheet is preimpregnated with resin and once shaped around a mould is put in a vacuum bag and then heated and pressurised in an autoclave. The pressure forces out any trapped air bubbles to give a perfect fault-free finish, while the heat causes the resin to cure and harden.
‘It’s quite literally, fibres of carbon woven into a material’