Automated geometric modelling of textile structures

Lin, Hua and Zeng, Xuesen and Sherburn, Martin and Long, Andrew C. and Clifford, Mike J. (2011) Automated geometric modelling of textile structures. Textile Research Journal, 82 (16). pp. 1689-1702. ISSN 0040-5175

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An automated approach (TexGen) for modeling the geometry of textile structures is presented. This model provides a generic approach to the description of yarn geometry and yarn interlacement for all types of weaving. One feature of this model is that the shape and size of the cross sections may change locally; this is exploited in the functions for interference correction, which modify the textile according to geometric considerations to avoid penetration of yarns. Another feature of this model is that it acts as a pre-processor for finite element simulations by generating a mesh, definition of contact, materials orientation and boundary conditions, thus providing an automatic procedure. This paper describes the modelling techniques, algorithms and concepts implemented in TexGen and examines the functionality of their implementation for a range of two-dimensional/three-dimensional commercial fabrics. Comparisons between the images of real fabrics and modeled fabric structures confirm that the software is capable of modeling sophisticated fabric architectures, including twisted yarns with varied yarn cross sections. Accurate input measurements of fabric geometry are critical for successful results. The paper also discusses directions for further development of the approach to overcome current limitations.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 04:14
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 05:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: fabric geometry; modelling; simulation
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401706 Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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