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Old 12-28-2015, 02:01 PM   #377 (permalink)
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The difference between Dacron and carbon fiber is the former is an unstressed, and the latter a stressed skin, construction. The underlying structures would be wholey different. I thought the OP was intending a fabric skin on the upper fairing.

What I understand is that carbon fiber is prone to shattering. Here is an article on basalt roving impregnated with graphite nanotubes.

Impacting our World - Basalt Fibers & Nanotechnology - Basalt Guru

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The results were astonishing. Going from psi to megapascal test results. Which means the performance of the basalt fiber fabrics under impact and load testing was many times improved.
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