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August 28, 2017

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Carbon Fibre Hovercraft

Carbon Fibre Hovercraft

Hovercraft for Commercial, Rescue and Military Applications

I have been asked to detail more information about our Carbon Fibre Hovercraft, and explain why Carbon Fibre is so useful for constructing hovercraft. 

Carbon-Fibre Hovercraft

Carbon-Fibre Hovercraft

All hovercraft are weight sensitive like helicopters, so we look for materials that are lightweight yet without compromising durability.

We combine Carbon Fibre with Kevlar to construct the Hov Pod Carbon Infinity Hovercraft. Measured in units kN.m/kg, Kevlar measures 2514 and Carbon Fibre measures 2457 – compare this to Glass Fibre at 1307 to appreciate the superior characteristics of Carbon Fibre with Kevlar. Carbon Fibre is also extremely rigid, so ideal for hovercraft design and construction.

Certainly for the commercial hovercraft market, Carbon Fibre with Kevlar provides durability to withstand the sort of treatment hovercraft are expected to take when undergoing commercial, rescue and military work.

Affordability

Without compromise, the lightweight characteristics deliver exceptional high strength to low weight ratios. You can measure this by comparing payloads for various hovercraft. Although Carbon Fibre is more expensive to produce than glass fibre, because you can construct larger hovercraft with lower weight, the resulting payload is far superior. To measure this, simply compare the price of a glass fibre or aluminium hovercraft against Carbon Fibre / Kevlar and divide the price by the on-water payload.

How to compare on price / measured by performance

Your calculation might look like this – $20000 /divided by 500 lbs on-water payload lift equals $40 per pound payload. Use this formula to see the real benefits in terms of performance for Carbon Fibre compared to Glass Fibre or Aluminium Hovercraft.

Other benefits

Far better delivery times than aluminium hovercraft.

Easier to operate.

Further reading about Carbon Fibre – Further Reading

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