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Old 10th May 2004, 01:22 AM   #11
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I'm sure a speaker would benefit more from mounting the drivers on a carbon fiber body than having carbon fiber wrapped around the body. Carbon fiber is extreemly rigid, yet it also takes ALOT of the vibration out of things. This is ideal for a speaker enclosure, or at least a front baffle. For a more tangible explaination, go to your local bike shop, ride a Al. bike, then ride a carbon fiber bike, you will notice a huge difference in ride smoothness, yet it will still have all the stiffness of the Al bike.
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In an oven, yes, to cure the epoxy.
Autoclaves also work under pressure, so they increase the ratio of carbonfibers in the composite. Plenty of epoxy's can be used that cure perfectly happily at room temperature. The main disadvantage is the ratio thing as far as i know.
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I'm sure a speaker would benefit more from mounting the drivers on a carbon fiber body than having carbon fiber wrapped around the body. Carbon fiber is extreemly rigid, yet it also takes ALOT of the vibration out of things. This is ideal for a speaker enclosure, or at least a front baffle. For a more tangible explaination, go to your local bike shop, ride a Al. bike, then ride a carbon fiber bike, you will notice a huge difference in ride smoothness, yet it will still have all the stiffness of the Al bike.
Hmmm, never ridden a carbon bike, but from the description steel frames would be even more the other end of the spectrum to carbon. I quite like the springiness of steel frames though.
Maybe laying up carbon for a baffle with the weave in random directions would be a good idea?
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I'm sure a speaker would benefit more from mounting the drivers on a carbon fiber body than having carbon fiber wrapped around the body. Carbon fiber is extreemly rigid, yet it also takes ALOT of the vibration out of things. This is ideal for a speaker enclosure, or at least a front baffle. For a more tangible explaination, go to your local bike shop, ride a Al. bike, then ride a carbon fiber bike, you will notice a huge difference in ride smoothness, yet it will still have all the stiffness of the Al bike.
This is indeed true my dad does time trials and races etc on a regular basis and has recently bought a set of carbon fibre front forks to improce the ride.

Hmm what about a dipole panel making that really stiff etc

I was going to make mine finally out of MDF but with goves cut out and trus rods (the things used in guitars to stop the neck breaking under steel strings) placed in the groves. However a carbon fibre panel could easily be made.
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This is indeed true my dad does time trials and races etc on a regular basis and has recently bought a set of carbon fibre front forks to improce the ride.
Ahh I see you were on about road bikes now...
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Actually steel provides a smoother ride that Al. Al is usually considered the most harsh, but lighter than steel. Steel and Ti are both considered to be smoother and less harsh, but the Ti bikes are usually as light or lighter than Al ones but much more expensive. And carbon bikes are the smoothest and usually more expensive, but not quite as expensive as Ti. I guess a drawback (depending on who your asking) of Carbon bikes is you can't "feel" the road under you like you can with other bikes.
this is what i race on, except i have the black version

That carbon bi-pole idea sounds great, i would just add some mass to it since carbon fiber is so light weight.
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Old 10th May 2004, 03:57 PM   #17
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How about some aircraft epoxy and composite materials:

http://www.wicksaircraft.com/catalog...d=1/index.html
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