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EPSRC Reference: GR/T18578/01
Title: PLATFORM: Processing and performance of textile composites
Principal Investigator: Rudd, Professor CD
Other Investigators:
Robitaille, Professor F Brooks, Dr R Pickering, Professor SJ
Jones, Dr IA Clifford, Dr MJ Long, Professor A
Walker, Professor GS Warrior, Professor N Scotchford, Dr CA
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Department: Sch of Mech, Mats, Manuf, Eng and Mgt
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Platform Grants (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 February 2005 Ends: 31 January 2009 Value (£): 445,081
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Eng. Dynamics & Tribology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
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Our current research portfolio is centred on the processing of polymer matrix composites with a growing emphasis on modelling and simulation. Given our high level of interest in textile-based composites and their growing importance in the field, wa wish to introduce a common platform for our modelling studies based on our formalised textile generator. Textile modelling provides a launchpad for downstream simulation of processing, damage mechanics and environmental performance. The functionality of our existing textile generator software will be extended, coupled to materials models for simulation of each of the above aspects of physical behaviour. Simulation of each of the physical processes will be enhanced by a common, interchangeable geometric definition of the textile structure within the rigid composite. This will enable a rapid understanding of fabric architecture effects to be built and the approach has excellent potential for application to other physical problems which relate to rigid and flexible composites or technical textiles. The platform grant application seeks continuity of support for key workers during the period of this development.
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