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.