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This paper presents some issues relevant to the automated manufacture of low-cost composites. The process of cutting fabric panels from broadcloth and assembling individual pieces had its origins in the clothing industry. The paper investigates the advances made, and the problems encountered in...
This paper describes a modified system to predict the properties, in particular the areal density and z -axis fibre content, of a 3D woven preform. Previously a model used had incorporated an idealised tow path to describe the placement of a warp tow within the fabric. The idealised tow path was...
The finite element (FE) method has been used to study the mechanical and thermal properties of both conventional and re-entrant (i.e. negative Poisson's ratio) honeycombs, which may be used as the cores of sandwich panel composites. Failure of the honeycomb structures was simulated using a crack...
A basic requirement for an accurate numerical simulation of the resin transfer moulding process is a set of exact permeability coefficients of the applied textile reinforcement. The permeabilities are usually obtained from the measurement of flow front propagation through a stack of planar fibre...
There is a need in biomedical engineering for thin-walled, high-performance structures, which could be used as catheters, or as replacement implants in the body. This paper investigates the basic issues associated with filament winding of thin-walled structures, in which an ultra-thin layer...
Braiding is a relatively less explored textile process for producing composite preforms. Biaxial braids can be produced as hoses and subsequently be draped over different three-dimensional surfaces. However, triaxial braids are relatively stable structures and should be produced to the desired...
The effects of resin properties and resin processing parameters on the crush behaviour of thermoset composite tubes manufactured using resin transfer moulding are considered. The aims were to quantify the performance of tubes produced over a broad spectrum of conditions and to correlate this...
Visualisation of complex 3D textile structures used to reinforce advanced composite materials can be extremely difficult. 3D models to assist in visualisation are recognised as being very helpful. In addition they can be used as the basis for parametric studies and finite element analysis,...
Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) is a successful closed mould technology for small composite products in large series. For large products in smaller series (i.e. boat hulls or rotor blades) the Vacuum Assisted RTM is applied in order to save cost of moulds. Compared with RTM the VARTM technology is...
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