Stochastic modelling of textile structures for resin flow analysis
Gommer, Frank (2013) Stochastic modelling of textile structures for resin flow analysis. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This work addresses the characterisation of the micro-structure of fibre bundles in reinforcement textiles for composites and its influence on resin flow in liquid composite moulding (LCM) processes. Random variations in local filament spacing result in a non-uniform flow velocity field. Merging flow fronts due to differences in local flow velocities can lead to gas entrapment in the matrix phase. This results in formation of micro-scale defects, which can significantly reduce the matrix-dominated mechanical properties of the finished composite.
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