Harper with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on Carbon Fiber Project

The Program was designed to spur the use of high performance supercomputers to advance US manufacturing via public-private partnerships. Specifically, the Harper/ORNL project, titled Development and Validation of Simulation Capability for the High Capacity Production Carbon Fiber, will focus on analysis of crit­ic­al processing factors, such as temperature, gas flow and chemical reaction, in carbon-fiber production equipment. The purpose is to ensure designs, provide the necessary uniformity to produce fiber of a certain quality, output and cost ideal for auto­motive applications. Results will then be validated at the pilot scale equipment designed and installed by Harper at ORNL’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, followed by testing in a commercial production facility.


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