Sub: Engineering Topic: Civil Engineering
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Cost is the main hurdle carbon fiber will have to overcome before it can provide a viable energysolution. The second hurdle is waste disposal. When a typical car breaks down, its steel can bemelted and used to construct another car . Carbon fiber can't be melted down, and it's not easy torecycle. The global demand on carbon fiber composites was valued at roughly US$10.8 billion in2009, which declined 8-10% from the previous year. It is expected to reach US$13.2 billion by 2012and to increase to US$18.6 billion by 2015 with an annual growth rate of 7% or more. Strongestdemands come from aircraft & aerospace, wind energy, as well as the automotive industry. Thefuture of Carbon Fiber is very bright, with vast potential in many different industries. Among themare:Alternate Energy
Wind turbines, compressed natural gas storage and transportation, fuel cellsFuel Efficient Automobiles
Currently used in small production, high performance automobiles, butmoving toward large production series carsConstruction and Infrastructure
Light weight pre-cast concrete, earth quake protectionOil Exploration
Deep Sea drilling platforms, buoyancy, umbilical, choke, and kill lines, drill pipes