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Carbon Fiber & Carbon Fiber Composite
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What Is Carbon Fiber?
A carbon fiber is a long, thin strand material about 0.0002-0.0004 in (0.005-0.010 mm) in diameter and composed mostly of carbon atoms. The carbon atoms are bonded together in microscopic crystals that are more or less aligned parallel to the long axis of the fiber. Carbon fiber-reinforced composite materials are used to make aircraft, spacecraft parts, racing car bodies, golf club shafts, bicycle frames, fishing rods, automobile springs, sailboat masts, and many other components where light weight and high strength are needed.

Composite Materials
Composite materials (or composites for short) are engineered materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties which remain separate and distinct on a macroscopic level within the finished structure. Fiber-reinforced composite materials can be divided into two main categories normally referred to as short fiber-reinforced materials and continuous fiber-reinforced materials. Continuous reinforced materials will often constitute a layered or laminated structure. The woven and continuous fiber styles are typically available in a variety of forms, being pre-impregnated with the given matrix (resin), dry, uni-directional tapes of various widths, plain weave, harness satins, braided and stitched.

What Is Fiber Glass?
Fiberglass, (also called glass fibre), is material made from extremely fine fibers of glass. It is used as a reinforcing agent for many polymer products; the resulting composite material, properly known as fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) or glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), is called "fiberglass" in popular usage. Uses for regular fiberglass include mats, thermal insulation, electrical insulation, reinforcement of various materials, tent poles, sound absorption, heat- and corrosion-resistant fabrics, high-strength fabrics, arrows, bows and crossbows, translucent roofing panels, automobile bodies, electrical insulation and boat hulls.

What Is Kevlar?

Kevlar is a well-known component of bullet resistant vests and bullet resistant face masks. Since the early 1980s, the army helmets and vests used by United States military forces have taken Kevlar as a key component; other militaries use the bulletproof facemasks of sentries. 

For daily life, Kevlar reinforced clothing for motorcycle riders protects against abrasion injuries, the gear if it involves high heat (e.g. tackling a fire) and SWAT. Kevlar is widely used for reinforcing composite materials, often in combination with carbon fiber and fiberglass. The matrix for high performance composites usually is epoxy resin. Basically you can apply it to monocoque bodies for F1 racing cars, helicopter rotor blades, tennis, table tennis, badminton and squash rackets, kayaks, cricket bats, and field hockey, ice hockey or lacrosse sticks.

Aramid fibers are widely used for reinforcing composite materials, often in combination with carbon fiber and glass fiber. The matrix for high performance composites is usually epoxy resin. Typical applications include monocoque bodies for F1 racing cars, helicopter rotor blades, tennis, table tennis, badminton and squash rackets, kayaks, cricket bats, and field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse sticks.

Reasons of using carbon fiber for manufacturing drums
General speaking, traditional wooden drums are heavy weight. In order to have a light wooden drum, decreasing thickness in shell and the weight in parts is needed. Therefore, thin wooden layers cannot create a quality sound as well as a good strength in drum shell. Vice versa, to have a good quality sound, the wooden layers need to be packed and heavy.

Using carbon fiber and other composite materials solves the problem for weight and the sound quality. It is not only light weight, but the density is 20 times higher than traditional wooden drum shells. The shell thickness of 1.5~1.8 mm for the carbon drum set has a strong body structure and powerful sound quality. Unlike wooden drums, carbon drum doesn’t cause hydrous in the body layers. Parts and accessories are not easily to be rusty because of the hydrous problems caused by weathers. Winding and woven weave textures made the looks for carbon drum sets streamline and modern.


  Ming Carbon Drum Wood and Metal Drum Advantage
 Weight RMS1412CF about 3.5Kg-light weight Heavy drum shells >7 Kg-heavy weight Easier carry, reduce burden
Strength shell  The thickness is only 1.5~1.8m/m, 200-650GPa & 3-7GPa Plywood shell >7m/m,<10GPa, 1GPa The thin shell, but the strength is greate than wood drum, and has more resonance
heat-resistant  The ignition of carbon fiber is 1000˚c~1500˚c Plywood is 220˚c~290˚c  Heat-resistant, hot to deforme
Non-hydrous  Carbonization, almost non- hydrous Wood shell with hydrous is about 7%, easy to be influenced by weather  almost non- hydrous, the screw and drum parts are not easy to oxidize and influence the sound
Metal drum is easy to oxidize
Weave and filament wound shell  Special manufacture, filament wound and weave Using many plywoods for one wood drum Filament wind continued to bind up drum body with powerful strength.
Using one sheet of metal for one drum.  Carbon weave looks with modern beauty texture 

Comparison of the characteristics of Carbon Fiber, Glass Fiber, Aluminum, and Steel:

The customized size of Ming's Carbon Fiber and Carbon Fiber Composite Shells is 6"~26". Thickness of shells is 1.6~1.8mm and we have three style shells: Wound, Slant Woven and Plain Woven.