Carbon tripods unsuitable in very cold temps?

Started Jan 11, 2008 | Discussions thread
Joel Orlinsky Contributing Member • Posts: 632
Carbon fiber DOES NOT Get Brittle

Carbon fibers do not get brittle at low temperatures. However, carbon fiber tripods, ice axes, airplanes, etc. are not just carbon. If they were, they would fall apart. Rather, they are a composite of carbon fibers held together in a polymer matrix. The polymer may be epoxy or any number of other different materials.

The polymer can become brittle at low temperatures. Different polymers become brittle at different temperatures. That is why you can not generalize about using carbon fiber materials at low temperatures. What is true of one may not be true of another.
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Joel Orlinsky

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