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Examination of the failure of 3D woven composites

Quinn, JP, McIlhagger, AT and McIlhagger, R (2008) Examination of the failure of 3D woven composites. COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING, 39 (2). pp. 273-283. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2007.10.012


The manufacture of advanced 3D woven textiles as reinforcements has been possible for number of years using standard textile weaving machinery with minimal modifications. Orthogonal structures represent one of the more straightforward structures in terms of tow path complexity, yet also represent a structure where the advantages of a high proportion of straight tows bound together by a binder tow result in a composite with high performance and additionally reduced sensitivity to interlaminar shear. The results presented in this paper are from an examination of the failure of 3D woven composites in tension and an examination of the strain distribution using electronic speckle pattern interferometery (ESPI). The study reports the performance of 3D woven specimens, loaded in tension and shows increased strain in the area where the binder tow enters the subsurface layers of the fabric structure to bind the layers together. The ESPI technique is used to illustrate how the magnitude of the strains induced in the test specimen under load, are distributed across the surface of the specimen. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:carbon fibre; fabrics/textiles; mechanical properties; physical properties; resin transfer moulding
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:5866
Deposited By: Dr Alistair McIlhagger
Deposited On:18 Jan 2010 11:44
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 10:04

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