Local compressibility of draped woven fabrics

D. S. Ivanov, C. Van Gestel, S. V. Lomov, I. Verpoest

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Thickness of infused components obtained under flexible moulding conditions is hard to control. Prior to impregnation the textile preform is constrained by a film, which pressurises the fabric when vacuum is applied. Hence, one of the important factors affecting the resultant thickness of the preform is its compressibility. Draping deformations affect the fabric properties and result in non-uniform thickness. This situation is particularly pronounced for thick components of complex shapes. This paper presents experimental measurements of yarn compaction and fabric compressibility at different draping angles, highlighting important topology features.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCM 2012 - Composites at Venice, Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Composite Materials
PublisherEuropean Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM
ISBN (Print)9788888785332
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Event15th European Conference on Composite Materials: Composites at Venice, ECCM 2012 - Venice, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jun 201228 Jun 2012


Conference15th European Conference on Composite Materials: Composites at Venice, ECCM 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Draping
  • Fabric topology
  • Preform compressibility
  • Resin infusion


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