Dyneema® Carbon hybrid composites represent a leap in the evolution of carbon. The world’s strongest fiber significantly improves the performance of pure carbon composites in terms of weight, impact resistance, ductility and vibrational dampening.
The lightweight performance power of Dyneema® Carbon hybrid composites were presented at the plastics and rubber K Trade Fair in Dusseldorf, 19-26 October 2016. Ongoing projects were highlighted that demonstrate how Dyneema® Carbon improves the performance of sports and automotive motorsports products that currently rely on pure carbon composites. Imagine a hockey stick with a better feel through reduced vibration, or a rally racecar component that does not shatter on impact – and that’s just for starters. The popularity of pure carbon is easy to explain: “It’s strong, stiff, lightweight and easy to mould. But it’s not so good at handling impacts,” notes DSM Dyneema scientist and part-time professor at Delft University of Technology Roel Marissen. Carbon also splinters when it breaks, which can cause injuries. By marrying carbon with Dyneema®, impact energy absorption can be increased by up to 100% while removing the risk of splintering.
Dyneema® Carbon hybrid composites are also lighter, less brittle and more vibration dampening than pure carbon composites. Fifteen times stronger than steel but floats on water, Dyneema® fiber has long been used to moor oilrigs, sail ships, stop bullets and repair human ligaments. As a fabric component, it’s becoming increasingly popular with high-performance sports apparel and athletic sportswear – from mountain climbing to motorcycling. Now as part of a hybrid composite, Dyneema® can bring its lightweight strength to products currently using pure carbon composites – covering everything from golf clubs to racing bikes to steering wheels. The possibilities are endless.