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Carbon Fiber Quad Rail Technology - CTS Ultra Carbon Series

Posted by Jose Rueda on Apr 20th 2014

CTS Ultra Carbon Series Technology

Introduction to Carbon Fiber :

Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers are composite materials. In this case the composite consists of two parts: a matrix and a reinforcement. In CFRP the reinforcement is carbon fiber, which provides the strength. The matrix is usually a polymer resin, such as epoxy, to bind the reinforcements together. Because CFRP consists of two distinct elements, the material properties depend on these two elements. The reinforcement will give the CFRP its strength and rigidity; measured by stress and elastic modulus respectively. Unlike isotropic materials like steel and aluminum, CFRP has directional strength properties. The properties of CFRP depend on the layouts of the carbon fiber and the proportion of the carbon fibers relative to the polymer.

Strength, Stiffness, and Comparisons With Other Materials

Carbon fiber is extremely strong. It is typical in engineering to measure the benefit of a material in terms of strength to weight ratio and stiffness to weight ratio, particularly in structural design, where added weight may translate into increased lifecycle costs or unsatisfactory performance. The stiffness of a material is measured by its modulus of elasticity. The modulus of carbon fiber is typically 20 msi (138 Gpa) and its ultimate tensile strength is typically 500 ksi (3.5 Gpa). High stiffness and strength carbon fiber materials are also available through specialized heat treatment processes with much higher values. Compare this with 2024-T3 Aluminum, which has a modulus of only 10 msi and ultimate tensile strength of 65 ksi, and 4130 Steel, which has a modulus of 30 msi and ultimate tensile strength of 125 ksi.

Carbon Fiber Technology Applied:

CTS Ultra Lightweight Carbon-Fiber Handguard for AR pattern rifles weighs less than comparable aluminum handguard systems without sacrificing rigidity or impact strength. The CTS Ultra Carbon can be applied to a variety of rifle configurations and be used in multiple applications. Available in pistol, carbine, mid-length, rifle length and extra long (15-inch), the CTS Ultra Carbon Series handguard offers an advanced, heat-resistant carbon fiber tube; low profile; and multiple sight rail options. SEE THEM NOW