Carbon fiber study. A compilation of an intergovernmental committee study
- May 1, 1978.
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- 1 electronic document
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- Carbon fibers have opened a wealth of new structural engineering and consumer product opportunities. The potential benefits are higher strength, and lighter weight military and commercial products, which portend energy savings and increases safety. Unfortunately, these benefits are not realized without risk. Inadvertent fiber release, during manufacture or by destruction of the resin binder in fire, is the major hazard associated with composites. The carbon (or graphite) fibers are finer than human hair and if released into the air, they can be easily transported by winds or currents. In contact with electrical devices, they can create resistive loading, short circuits, and arcing, resulting in stoppages or destruction. Their health impact is not fully known and requires careful research and analysis before any firm conclusions can be reached; however, based upon current available information, they are primarily an irritant to the eyes and skin, like fiberglass, rather than carcinogenic or destructive to lung tissue. Major manufacturers are aware of the unique problems associated with these materials and have successfully applied controls to avoid the inplant problems.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19780017193., Accession ID: 78N25136., NASA-TM-78718., and PB80-120652.
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