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What is a specialty fiber?

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What is a specialty fiber?

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answered 2016-05-25 18:30:45 -0500

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Glass fiber, Aramid fiber (Kevlar), and carbon fiber are the most common. In aerospace, perhaps the most specialty fibers are Quartz fiber and Boron fiber. Quartz is a really pure form of fiberglass, and has very high radar transmissivity high temperature ablative characteristics. Boron, was actually the first high performance fiber developed back in the 1960's. Boron is used on the F15 vertical stabilator and F14 horizontal stabilator, however it is a very difficult fiber to manufacture and has too large of a fiber diameter and is too stiff to weave, so it is only available in unidirectional form. Boron is now primarily used for the composite repair of aircraft structures (CRAS), where a bonded boron doubler is cured over a cracked metal structure. There are also numerous types of glass fiber. The most common glass fiber is E-glass (electrical), but there are also speciality glass fiber such as S-glass (structural), L-glass, W-glass, ECR glass, and many other glass fiber types.

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