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Carbon nanotubes the future for frame material?(4 posts)

Carbon nanotubes the future for frame material?ol
Jan 19, 2003 6:03 PM
Just reading in the local paper how some Australian scientists have invented this new material to be used in making state of the art tennis racquets. Apparently this new material is the same strength as carbon fibre but it's 10 times stronger. This could have interesting possibilites for cycling.
re: Carbon nanotubes the future for frame material?collinsc
Jan 19, 2003 6:24 PM
"the same strength as carbon fibre but it's 10 times stronger"

same weight phps?
A very expensive strength enhancerKerry
Jan 19, 2003 6:26 PM
And not the same as a woven fiber. Nanotubes (like Buckyballs) have been around for a while, but the cost is still outrageous for the measured performance improvement. The Australians are on the bandwagon along with thousands of other scientists but no one is very close to putting this stuff in products. Nano fillers are good strength enhancers, but will not be as strong as a fiber reinforcement because you never get the force distributions within the plastic matrix.
won't work - frames would be too small nmPdxMark
Jan 20, 2003 10:05 AM