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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

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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