Accession Number : ADA316952

Title :   A Survey of Research on the Behavior and Mechanical Properties of Textile Composites.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INST AND STATE UNIV BLACKSBURG DEPT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Suherman, Surjani

PDF Url : ADA316952

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 29

Abstract : Structures supported by a framework of inflated toroidal and cylindrical tubes would have relatively low weight and be easy to transport and erect. The tubes would be made of fabrics. Fabric composites have superior mechanical performance, such as high strength and low weight. In recent years, the development of textile structural composites has increased the need to investigate their behavior and effective properties. The properties can be controlled by changing the parameters, e.g., fiber orientation, fiber and matrix material properties, and fiber volume fraction. In this study, a survey of the research on the behavior and mechanical properties of textile composites of two common types, woven and braided, is presented. Various investigations, both analytical and experimental, are described. Elementary models, laminate theory models, and numerical (finite element) models are included in the review. Some programs that have been developed to calculate the mechanical properties of textile composites, such as TEXCAD and FABCAD, are discussed. The failure behavior of textile composites is also surveyed.

Descriptors :   *COMPOSITE STRUCTURES, *TEXTILES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, FIBERS, MECHANICAL PROPERTIES, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, LAMINATES, FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS, MATRIX MATERIALS, HIGH STRENGTH, FABRICS, LIGHTWEIGHT, FAILURE(MECHANICS), BRAIDS, YARNS, TUBES.

Subject Categories : Laminates and Composite Materials
      Textiles

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE