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Carbon Fiber: Properties, Testing, and Analysis

  1. Siti-Ros Shamsuddin1,
  2. Kingsley Kin Chee Ho2,
  3. Koon-Yang Lee1,
  4. John M. Hodgkinson1,
  5. Alexander Bismarck1

Published Online: 20 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc023

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

How to Cite

Shamsuddin, S.-R., Chee Ho, K. K., Lee, K.-Y., Hodgkinson, J. M. and Bismarck, A. 2012. Carbon Fiber: Properties, Testing, and Analysis. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–17.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Imperial College London, London, UK

  2. 2

    Cytec Engineered Materials, Wrexham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 JUL 2012


Carbon fibers have been widely used in fibre-reinforced composites where strength-to-weight ratio is of upmost importance. In this article, a brief discussion of the production of PAN-based carbon fibers is presented. The characterization of the physical and chemical properties of carbon fibers is discussed. Following this, the methods of quantifying the wettability and surface properties of carbon fibers are outlined. We also present the method of measuring the tensile properties of a single carbon fibre. Finally, a brief outline is given on the quantification of the fibre–matrix interface, which is the key that determines the mechanical performance of the composites.


  • carbon fibers;
  • surface chemistry;
  • interfacial properties;
  • composite;
  • mechanical properties