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Special Issue "Advancements of 3D Woven Structures: Design, Manufacturing and Their Application in Technical Textiles"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymeric Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 June 2022) | Viewed by 620

Special Issue Editors

École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles/Génie et Matériaux Textiles Laboratory (ENSAIT/GEMTEX), 2 Allée Louis et Victor Champier, F-59100 Roubaix, France
Interests: 2D and 3D fabrics; weaving technology; textile composites; composite material; finite element modelling; protective solution
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École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles/Génie et Matériaux Textiles Laboratory (ENSAIT/GEMTEX), 2 Allée Louis et Victor Champier, F-59100 Roubaix, France
Interests: modelling of textile fabrics; 3D textiles; material characterization; textile composites; ballistic materials; impact and penetration; failure analysis; technical and smart textiles; virtual reality; apparel design; CAD; product development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This is a Special Issue of the journal Materials dedicated to exploring the innovative design technique, simplified manufacturing methods, and broad applications of 3D woven structures in the field of technical textiles/products. The current research trend in most textile technical application is to become familiarized with low-cost manufacturing techniques for advanced material manufacturing without compromising the overall performances. In recent decades, enormous research works have been conducted on the design, manufacturing, and applications of various 2D fabric structures. Recently, apart from their good mouldability, 3D woven fabric structures have also been designed and developed using advanced techniques to extensively substitute 2D fabric structures. This is due to the fact that 3D woven structures could provide various advantages, including good mechanical behavior, efficiently draped with better surface quality and creating complex shape forms along with good mouldability while forming good ballistic and impact resistance behavior, good flexibility, etc. toward different technical product requirements. However, 3D woven structures also face typical difficulties, including yarn damage during production and problems with producing a large amount due to the production cost and low production speed, and need a dedicated weaving loom for producing a specific fabric type or very time-consuming modifications to the weaving loom. This greatly hinders the effective and wider applications of the promising 3D woven fabric structure.

The main aim of this Special Issue is to bring new insights into innovative design methods, new manufacturing techniques, and effective utilization of 3D woven structures for various technical textiles/products. Therefore, the editors invite the academic, industry and research community to support Materials in this very important initiative by submitting new and ground-breaking papers that will constitute the roadmap of our future research.

The articles presented in this Special Issue will cover various topics, including but not limited to the new classification and design techniques, theoretical, analytical, and multiscale modeling, novel manufacturing techniques, experimental testing, and characterizations and applications of 3D woven structures as dry and composite reinforcement in various technical textiles including defense, aeronautical, automotive, civil infrastructure, etc. You are also welcome to submit comparative studies of 2D, UD, and 3D woven structures.

The topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • New design system, classifications, and optimizations of 3D woven structures;
  • Theoretical, analytical, and multiscale modeling of 3D woven structures;
  • Manufacturing technique of 3D woven structures;
  • 3D woven structures for novel composite reinforcement;
  • Characterization methods of 3D woven structures for better understanding;
  • 2D/3D woven structures in protection equipment;
  • Structural effect analysis on 3D woven preform;
  • 3D woven structure in defense, aeronautical, automotive, civil infrastructure, etc. applications;
  • Comparative study of 2D, UD, and 3D woven structures.

Prof. Dr. Francois Boussu
Dr. Mulat Alubel Abtew
Guest Editors

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  • design and classifications of 3D woven structures
  • modeling of 3D woven structures for optimal manufacturing
  • manufacturing technique of 3D woven structures
  • novel 3D woven structure characterizations
  • 3D woven structure application as dry and composite reinforcement for technical textiles/products
  • forming behaviors and analysis
  • experimental investigations (quasi-static and dynamic loadings)
  • impact and penetration
  • failure and defect analysis

Published Papers

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