Here's how much stronger carbon fiber is compared to steel in one GIF

What you're looking at is a carbon fiber drive shaft and a steel drive shaft being twisted with force until they break. As you can see in this torque test between the two, the carbon fiber shaft doesn't budge (that's not a still image, folks) while the steel shaft cork screws itself and becomes deformed under the same amount of twisting pressure. Gnarly.

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The steel shaft gave out at around 1376 newton meters while the carbon fiber shaft held until 4728 newton meters. That's a huge chunk of difference. Strands of expensive fiber dominates metal more than three times over. Cool


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CaptainNegatory
CaptainNegatory

Could we not one day use this stuff to construct skyscrapers and avoid potentially catastrophic events with airplanes all together? Assuming that it becomes more economical one day?