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ORNL’s new carbon
fiber research center 
can help strengthen 
U.S. automotive and 
energy industries. 
Shown here is carbon
fiber from a microwave
assisted plasma unit
at ORNL.
ORNL’s new carbon fiber research center can help strengthen U.S. automotive and energy industries. Shown here is carbon fiber from a microwave assisted plasma unit at ORNL.

Abstract:
A new, stimulus-funded research center at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help strengthen the very 'fiber' of America's automotive and energy industries. The Carbon Fiber Technology Center will enable the development and commercialization of low-cost carbon fiber for use in composite materials.

Center explores low-cost carbon fiber

Oak Ridge, TN | Posted on January 19th, 2010

Carbon fiber composite material is a polymer matrix composite that weighs significantly less than steel yet offers comparable strength and performance in vehicle applications. ORNL is also exploring the use of carbon fiber composite materials in other energy-related applications such as blades and towers for wind turbines and industrial technologies.

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About Oak Ridge National Laboratory
ORNL is a multiprogram science and technology laboratory managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle, LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security.

ORNL also performs other work for the Department of Energy, including isotope production, information management, and technical program management, and provides research and technical assistance to other organizations. The laboratory is a program of DOE's Oak Ridge Field Office.

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