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An Investigation on the Effect of 3D Weaving on Carbon Fibre Tows, Fabrics and Composites

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Archer, E, Buchanan, S, McIlhagger, AT, Quinn, JP and Morgan, M (2008) An Investigation on the Effect of 3D Weaving on Carbon Fibre Tows, Fabrics and Composites. In: RECENT ADVANCES IN TEXTILE COMPOSITES. UNSPECIFIED. 9 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

3D woven textile reinforced composites allow the optimisation and tailoring of specific material properties into the final component. This paper investigates the damage imparted on load bearing carbon fibres during the 3D weaving process. 3D multi-layer woven reinforcements were manufactured on a textile loom with few mechanical modifications to produce reinforcements with fibres orientated in the warp, weft and through-the-thickness directions. Tensile tests were conducted on 3 types of commercially available carbon fibres, 12k HTA, 6k HTS and 3k HTS in an attempt to quantify the effect of fibre damage induced during the 3D weaving process on the mechanical and physical performance of the fibre tows in the woven composite. The tests were conducted on fibre tows sampled from different locations in the manufacturing process from the bobbin, through the creel and loom mechanism, to the final woven fabric.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Composites
ID Code:5740
Deposited By:Dr Edward Archer
Deposited On:13 Jan 2010 09:35
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 11:07

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