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Textile composite materials consist of a polymer matrix (thermoplastic or thermoset) combined with a textile reinforcement. Materials of particular interest to the group include commingled glass/polypropylene fabrics, dry fabrics (woven, warp-knitted or braided) combined with thermoset resins via liquid moulding, and carbon/epoxy thermoset prepregs. Typical applications range from high performance aerospace components to structural parts for high volume cars.
Our current activities are focused on prediction of processing, mechanical and functional properties of textile composites. Here predictive models are developed based on our textile modelling schema, TexGen. These are then implemented within macroscopic models for manufacturing processes and subsequent performance. The overall philosophy is outlined on the left.
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For more information, please contact:
Professor Andrew Long
Faculty of EngineeringThe University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG9 5HR
contact: Prof Nick Warrior