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Subject: Re: Steel vs. other materials
From: Brett Nordgren brett3nt@.............
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 10:53:07 -0500


I'd assumed that carbon fiber composite = graphite fiber composite.  Sorry 
for the confusion.

They do need to be pretty thin for ordinary-sized instruments in order to 
not have them going beyond their yield strength when bending them to the 
necessary curve.  As I recall 0.008" - 0.015" is the range of thickness 
that usually turns out to be appropriate.  You also want to be using 
one-directional materal, oriented along the spring length.  I don't think 
that woven or mat material works as well.


At 06:24 AM 1/27/2009 -0800, you wrote:
>What about carbon fiber leaf springs? I Googled graphite sheets and a 
>brief look indicated they might be to thin.


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