Effect of weaving on the tensile properties of fibre tows and woven composites

Lee, B, Leong, K and Herszberg, I 2001, 'Effect of weaving on the tensile properties of fibre tows and woven composites', Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 652-670.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Effect of weaving on the tensile properties of fibre tows and woven composites
Author(s) Lee, B
Leong, K
Herszberg, I
Year 2001
Journal name Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites
Volume number 20
Issue number 8
Start page 652
End page 670
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Tension tests were conducted on (consolidated) tow and woven carbon/epoxy composites in an attempt to quantify the effect of fibre damage induced during weaving on the mechanical performance of fibre tows and their corresponding composites. Two commercially-available carbon fibres were considered. The tension tests were carried out on composites with fibre tows sampled from different locations in the loom setup. These included samples from the tensioning, heddles and reed regions of loom setup. In addition, samples were taken from the external (or, surface) and internal warp layers of the woven preforms. The present work has shown that the tensile properties of fibre composites are detrimentally affected only if the fibres suffer sufficiently large amounts of damage during the weaving process. Compared with unidirectional, non-woven fibre tow composites, further deterioration in properties is expected in multilayer woven composites due to the inevitable presence of fibre crimping.
DOI - identifier 10.1177/073168401772679011
Copyright notice © 2001 Technomic Publishing Co.
ISSN 0731-6844
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