Strong and lightweight, carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) offers numerous benefits to automotive and aerospace manufacturers. Many engineers are intrigued by potential applications for the material, yet remain frustrated by joining challenges. However, new products make it easier than ever to assemble composites to dissimilar materials such as aluminum and steel.
Carbon-fiber composites offer lighter weight, better corrosion resistance and higher impact strength than metal. They weigh approximately one-fifth as much as steel and are up to three times lighter than aluminum, yet they’re comparable in terms of resistance and strength, depending on fiber grades, orientation and processing techniques.