Low Cost Carbon Fiber Technology

Low Cost Carbon Fiber Research that was conducted at the University of Tennessee Space Institute has established a pitch based carbon fiber research program funded by Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to address the high cost of carbon fiber composite materials. The objective of this program is to develop low cost carbon fiber using pitch as the raw material for a variety of commercial applications. A number of technologies that are currently using other synthetic fibers can use high strength, lightweight and low cost carbon fibers to reduce weight, improve performance, and generate new applications. Low cost carbon fiber will be in a position to provide enormous advantages to a number of technologies such as, lightweight automobiles, buses, trains, aircrafts, ships and applications including lightweight body panels and load bearing structures and many other transportation systems components, will result in weight and energy savings.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program Information: National Research Program, National Research, Engineering of Rolling Stock and Equipment - Rail


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $964260.00
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Robinson, Bruce

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Tennessee, Tullahoma

    Space Institute Research Center
    411 B.H. Goethert Parkway
    Tullahoma, TN  United States  37388-9700
  • Start Date: 20081218
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100930
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34880

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489217
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 5 2013 12:56AM