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Old 20th Sep 2007, 03:55
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ChrisVJ
 
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Firstly, the demanded comparison of exactly the same designs being tested against each other is, of course, not the point. One would design an aluminium structure to suit Al and a CF structure to suit that material.

Second, If one wants an example one might care to look at, say, Formula one, (often mentioned on these pages,) where CF has been used for quite a while. The energy absorbing qualities of Cf are well known and tried and are said to be superior to Al, and even fancy honeycomb double skinned stuctures, just their deformation style is radically different.
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