Abstract

By reviewing the design methodology of textile structural composites, the relationship between the various textile forming techniques and some basic structural elements under various loading configurations is detailed. Additionally, an analytical technique to predict the stiffnesses of the resulting textile composite is discussed and a comparison between the predicted and measured in-plane stiffnesses for three different textile architectures is reviewed. Finally, an examination is made of the Mode I fracture toughness characterization of a stitched textile composite.

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