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Carbon fiber is a strong, stiff, lightweight material; however, its use in cost-sensitive applications is limited by today’s relatively high price. In this Oak Ridge National Laboratory photo, fibers move from a low temperature furnace into a high temperature furnace, where material is converted into carbon fiber.

ORNL’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF)—a 42,000 sq. ft. innovative technology facility—offers a highly flexible, highly instrumented carbon fiber line for demonstrating advanced technology scalability and producing market-development volumes of prototypical carbon fibers, and serves as the last step before commercial production scale. The facility allows industry to validate conversion of their carbon fiber precursors at semi-production scale.


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