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Precursors and Manufacturing of Carbon Fibers

  • Soo-Jin ParkEmail author
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Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 210)

Abstract

In this chapter, we will present the precursors and manufacturing of carbon fibers. Among the precursors used for the production of carbon fibers, polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based and pitch-based precursors are the most important. A significant amount of work has been done on relating the fiber structure to the properties and translating that relationship into production for either reducing cost or increasing fiber properties. However, challenges, including cost reduction, improvement in tensile and compressive strength, and alternative precursor development, still remain. We will also introduce many linear and cyclic polymers for carbon fibers, which are expected to open the door for the low-cost carbon fibers.

Keywords

Precursors Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) Cellulose Petroleum pitch Coal-tar pitch 

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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryInha UniversityIncheonKorea (Republic of)

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