carbon fiber


Definition of carbon fiber 

: a very strong lightweight synthetic fiber made especially by carbonizing acrylic fiber at high temperatures also : a material made from such fibers embedded in a resinous matrix a high-performance automobile with a carbon fiber body

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Apart from some modest padding panels, pretty much every surface is carbon fiber. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Dallara Stradale: A Racing Legend Hits the Road," 23 Mar. 2018 The thin, strong carbon fiber is 64 pounds lighter and stronger than the Sierra’s standard steel box. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "First look: 2019 GMC Sierra pickup packed with luxury and innovation," 1 Mar. 2018 The thin, strong carbon fiber is 64 pounds lighter and stronger than the Sierra’s standard steel box. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "GMC Sierra pickup truck redesigned with tricked-out tailgate, carbon fiber box," 1 Mar. 2018 The red stitching continues on to the doors, and the inevitable carbon fiber accents are confined to the center console. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Classic Maserati with a pinch of Chrysler: The Levante S GranSport, reviewed," 8 June 2018 Nearby, someone from Northrop Grumman talks to the founder of Ruckus Composites, a company that mostly does carbon fiber work for the bike industry. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Why Darpa Wants Everyone to Launch Tiny Satellites," 30 May 2018 There have been some dramatic changes to the look of the Falcon 9, which is now standing vertical at 39A decked out with black landing legs and a carbon fiber interstage separating the first and second stages of the rocket. Robin Seemangal, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Test-Fires New Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket Ahead of Maiden Flight (Updated)," 4 May 2018 The automaker used a lighter construction of carbon fiber and removed unnecessary items (for a track car) like the heater and infotainment screens found in the road car version of the Valkyrie to save on weight. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Meet the Valkyrie AMR Pro, an Exclusive Supercar from Aston Martin That's Built For the Track," 2 Mar. 2018 At 25 pounds, of which 10 pounds is a slab of lead, and also formed of carbon fiber and polyester, the board is heavy, its forward third flexible, with a narrow PVC spine for shock absorption, and two parallel foot straps. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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