Fiberglass tubing (like what you get from Performance Rocketry) is fiberglass cloth covered in resin and formed to shape. Phenolic tubing is paper tubing injected with resin. Carbon tubing is just like fiberglass tubing except carbon fiber cloth is used, which is a lot stronger than fiberglass.Originally posted by bachsta
how does a fiberglass tube compare to phenolic?
also what's so great about carbon tubes
I know what you mean... If you look closely, you'll see that the fins & CRs are carbon fiber too. When is PML going to produce & sell those?!? Great proof of concept, huh?Originally posted by rstaff3
Sweet, never seen that page before. Just found the stuff on their site. Now I'll say I want one but can't afford it!
I saw that rocket at LDRS in KS two it was really cool. Frank built it for the spot landing compitition that year. If I remember correctly it was only two wraps of carbonfiber and then the manderal was removed. When you held it you could squeeze it and the sides when in quite a bit but the first thing that got you was the weight, or lack of weight. That rocket was not made out of the stuff he sells on his site. That stuff is super heavy duty the UltimateIo was a one off to see what he could do.Originally posted by lalligood
For a really cool application of carbon fiber components (not just tubing), check out this page on PML's website:
I also like to point to this story to show people out there why you shouldn't overbuild your rockets either...