Novel method for functionalising and patterning textile composites: Liquid resin print

Dmitry Ivanov*, Yann Le Cahain, Surush Arafati, Alexandre Dattin, S.G. Ivanov, Andrey Aniskevich

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The paper reports a novel method of integrating resin into continuous textile reinforcement. The method presents a print of liquid reactive resin into textile preforms. A series of targeted injections forms a patch which upon consolidation and curing transforms into a stiff region continuously spanning through preform thickness. Enhancing the injected resin with conductive phase allows creating a pattern of patches with controlled dimensions and added functionalities. Patterned composites reveal features which are not typical for conventional composites such as fibre bridged interfaces, regular thickness variation, and gradient matrix properties. The presented study explores the role of these features in (a) the mechanical behaviour of these materials, focusing on their deformation and failure mechanisms in tension, and (b) the feasibility of adding functionality by printing electrically conductive resins containing carbon nano-tubes (CNT). It was shown that resin print is a promising method for local functionalization of structural composites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-185
Number of pages11
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Early online date3 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2016

Structured keywords

  • Bristol Composites Institute ACCIS


  • A. Carbon nanotubes and nanofibers
  • A. Multifunctional composites
  • B. Electrical properties
  • E. 3-D printing


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