Braided Structures and Composites
Production, Properties, Mechanics, and Technical Applications
Braiding is a very old textile manufacturing technology that traditionally has been used to produce items like ropes, shoe laces, and cables. Recently, braiding has gained attention in the medical, aerospace, transportation, and civil engineering communities, among others, due to its ability to produce structures that can fulfill the explicit demands imposed by these technical sectors.
Braided Structures and Composites: Production, Properties, Mechanics, and Technical Applications provides a single source of cutting-edge information on braiding and its applications. Featuring chapters authored by leading experts in their respective fields, this first-of-its-kind book:
- Explains the basic principles of braiding technology for industrial textiles, composites, and products
- Identifies the key parameters that influence the braiding process and its produced structures
- Shows how to control these parameters to achieve the desired material characteristics
- Discusses braided structure modeling and analysis techniques and software tools
- Describes various application requirements and their design solutions
Braided Structures and Composites: Production, Properties, Mechanics, and Technical Applications supplies a critical understanding of braiding from concept to product design and application. This book is vital to the development of multifunctional products with highly specific features using braiding technology.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Braiding. Braiding Process and Parameters. Analysis of Braided Structures and Properties. Braided Composites: Production, Properties, and Latest Developments. Analysis of Braided Composites. Applications of Braided Structures in Medical Fields. Applications of Braided Structures in Civil Engineering. Applications of Braided Structures in Aerospace Engineering. Applications of Braided Structures in Transportation. Conclusions and Future Directions.
Sohel Rana is the scientific manager in the Fibrous Materials Research Group at the University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in textile technology from University of Calcutta, India, and his master’s degree and Ph.D in fiber science and technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Dr. Rana is the author of one book, more than 10 book chapters, two keynote papers, and more than 80 publications in various refereed journals and international conferences. Currently, he is editing four books on composites and nanomaterials. He is also an editorial board member and potential reviewer for numerous scientific journals.
Raul Fangueiro is a professor and researcher in the School of Engineering at the University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. He is also the coordinator of the University of Minho’s Fibrous Materials Research Group. He holds a Ph.D in textile engineering, has published more than 120 scientific articles in refereed journals, has presented more than 350 communications in international conferences, and is the author and co-author of 14 technical books and 12 patents. He is a European Textile Platform expert, an editorial board member of several scientific journals, and the coordinator of the FIBRENAMICS International Platform (www.fibrenamics.com).
"This book is an excellent contribution to the technical application of braided structures. The contents are well laid out and diversified. It features a variety of important topics concerning the structure, manufacture, properties, modeling, and applications of braids. It also includes excellent examples of the use of braided structures for the reinforcement of composite materials. … The advantage of this book is that it covers the most important topics concerning braiding technology in one single volume. … It is advised to students, researchers, and manufacturers concerned with braiding technology and its applications, including composite materials reinforcement."
—Mario de Araujo, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal
"To the best of my knowledge, braided reinforcements have received little previous coverage. … This new publication could become the standard reference work for anyone interested in using these much-neglected reinforcement forms for high-performance composites."
—Dr. John Summerscales, CEng, CEnv, CSci, University of Plymouth, UK