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Title: Design and manufacture of 3D nodal structures for advanced textile composites
Author: Waterton Taylor, Lindsey
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2007
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Traditional weaving technologies have been utilised over the past twenty-to-thirty years in producing woven textile components that meet engineering requirements through the interlacement of high performance yarns such as carbon, glass and Kevlar. The end performance properties and lightweight characteristics of these fabrics have been adapted within the development of both flat multilevel and shaped configurations for the composites industry. The purpose of the present research required the employment of conventional weaving technologies with limited modifications for the production of 3D woven textile preforms in a variety of truss like configurations; therefore, generating a generic procedure for all yarn combinations and strut and node dimensions for production on dissimilar jacquard looms. The ultimate driving force behind the research was to produce a truss like configuration for the aerospace industry incorporating the design criterion of solid and hollow woven counterparts. This would enable the end truss configuration to have two functions; the first being a lightweight structure by the elimination of bonding applications, through the utilisation of a fully integrated fabrication process; secondly to incorporate hollow struts for a novel storage solution.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: 3D, Woven, Reinforcements, Multilayer