Advantages and Cost Factors Of Composite Materials

Written by Cliff Lester, under the supervision of Dr. Steven R. Nutt, this white paper provides an overview of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP, or carbon fiber) and looks at the advantages when compared to other materials, such as wood or metal, as well as cost factors associated with manufacturing carbon fiber parts.

Cliff Lester is a Mechanical Engineering undergrad at the University of Southern California (USC) and member of the USC Rocket Propulsion Lab.
Dr. Steven R. Nutt has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Virginia and is the M.C. Gill Chair in Composite Materials and professor of Material Science at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC.

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