The Carbon Erector main block and connector kit.
The Carbon Erector main block and connector kit.

Rock West Composites (RWC) has launched a new system of aircraft-grade, aluminum connector joints that make it possible to construct an extensive variety of structures made of prefabricated carbon fiber composite tubes and plates.

Structures made with Carbon Erector joints will be reportedly stronger and lighter in weight.

The initial Carbon Erector product line comprises a series of 24 different connector kits, which include connectors made of CNC-machined, aircraft-grade 6061-T6 black anodized aluminum and screws with 170,000 PSI tensile strength. The construction method is mechanical and requires no adhesives or bonding. The product line currently supports construction using 1 inch, 1.5 inch and 2.0 inch interior diameter round carbon fiber composite tubing of varying thicknesses and any plate thickness.

The joints are designed to facilitate an almost infinite number of connections on planes, intersections and corners. The kits will allow the rapid construction and reconfiguration of modular structures utilizing pre-manufactured and readily available carbon fiber composite tubing and plates. Rock West Composites is also able to design connectors for other tube sizes based on customers’ specific needs.

This story is reprinted from material from Rock West Composites, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.