02-27-2013, 03:27 PM
Immune to sales tactics.
In a previous thread on this topic:
Originally Posted by alpha434
...Despite a decrease in weight, carbon fiber is stronger than aluminum per cubic inch....
Originally Posted by CJOttawa
This statement is misleading and akin to "diamond is harder than glass." Sure, but if you smash a diamond with a hammer, it's going to turn to dust.
Carbon fiber is used in the aerospace industry to reduce weight in major load-bearing structures. Aerospace is also a "clean" environment: debris is removed from runways and taxiways so there's little risk of a stone punching a hole in a wing.
For high-wear items, items that could be subject to extreme wear, abrasion or impact, carbon fiber is NOT an ideal material, unless you treat it as a disposable item. Race cars would be a good example: if a part gets broken, they replace it in the pits in seconds and the sponsor eats the million dollar loss.
My barrels aren't disposable and I'd prefer one that will survive a core sample or an accidental tap against a nail protruding from a bunker. Carbon fiber won't.
Last edited by CJOttawa; 02-27-2013 at 10:24 PM.