1st Edition

Coated and Laminated Textiles for Aerostats and Airships Material Challenges and Technology

Edited By Mangala Joshi Copyright 2022
    350 Pages 148 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book covers material challenges and technology innovation in coated and laminated textiles for aerostats and airships. Aerostats/airships are lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft which are generally used in defence applications and face many harsh environmental conditions. For sustaining such conditions, there are special requirements for the material to be used in aerostats/airships which generally include a multi-layered coated/laminated textile using a textile fabric in base layer and different polymers for coating/lamination. Therefore, this book covers typical materials developed by different countries, challenges for developing material for aerostat/airship envelope and the future scope.


    • Exclusive title on materials used for LTA envelopes.
    • Discusses material challenges such as selection of suitable fibre, polymer, additive, coating/lamination techniques, joint type and sealing techniques.
    • Includes typical materials developed by different companies and researchers worldwide.
    • Clearly explains technical concepts using figures, schemes and tabulated data.
    • Includes case studies on material developed for aerostats/airships by different countries including NASA, Lockheed Martin, JAXA, ADRDE and DRDO.

    This book is aimed at graduate students, researchers and professionals in textiles engineering and aerospace engineering.

    Chapter 1: Introduction to LTA Systems: Aerostats and Airships

    Mangala Joshi and Bapan Adak

    Chapter 2: Modern Technologies for Manufacturing Aerostats and Airships

    B. S. Butola, Shikha Chouhan, and S. Wazed Ali

    Chapter 3: Fibres and Fabrics for Aerostats and Airships

    Abhijit Majumdar and Unsanhame Mawkhlieng

    Chapter 4: Coated Textiles for the Envelopes of Lighter-than-Air (LTA) Systems

    Dipak K. Setua, Biswa R. Das, N. Eswara Prasad, Neeraj Mandlekar, Mangala Joshi

    Chapter 5: Laminated Textiles for the Envelopes of LTA Systems

    Mangala Joshi, Bapan Adak, Rishabh Tiwari and Sidhant Varshney

    Chapter 6: Polyurethane Nanocomposite-Based Advanced Materials for Aerostat/Airship Envelopes

    Mangala Joshi, Bapan Adak, and Upashana Chatterjee

    Chapter 7: Weathering and Degradation Behaviour of Materials Used in Envelopes of LTA Systems

    Mangala Joshi, Upashana Chatterjee, and  Gaurav Singh

    Chapter 8 : Developments in Weather-Resistant Polyurethane Coatings for Inflatables

    Mangala Joshi and Upashana Chatterjee

    Chapter 9: Testing and Evaluation of LTA Systems

    B.S. Butola, S. Parashuram, Gaurav Singh, and Neeraj Mandlekar

    Chapter 10: Modelling for Performance Analysis of Aerostats/Airships

    Bapan Adak, S. Parashuram, and Mangala Joshi

    Chapter 11: Future Trends in the Area of Material Development for Aerostat/Airship

    Subhash Mandal, Debmalya Roy, Kingsuk Mukhopadhyay, N. Eswara Prasad, and Mangala Joshi


    Mangala Joshi is a Professor in the Department of Textile Technology at IIT Delhi. She specializes in Polymer / Fiber Science & Technology and is an alumnus of IIT Delhi having obtained her M Tech and PhD degrees in Polymer Science and Technology in the year 1986 and 1992 respectively. Her current research interests are - Nanotechnology Applications in Textiles, Polymer Nanocomposites: fibers and coatings, Nano-Biomaterials, Nanocoatings and Nanofibers, Bioactive and Functional Textiles and Environmental Friendly Technologies. She has been involved in investigating several sponsored research projects funded by DST (Nanomission), Govt. of India, Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE, Agra) DRDO, Department of Biotechnology (DBT- Govt. of India) and Industry both national and international. She is the recipient of 3rd National award (2012-13) for ‘Technology Innovation’ under the category of R &D in the field of ‘Polymer Science and Technology’ awarded by Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt of India.
    She is the coordinator of research vertical on ‘Smart and Intelligent Textiles’ under the Joint Advanced Technology Centre (JATC) set up at IIT Delhi by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) under an MOU. She is the principal investigator of research project on ‘Development of Materials for Aerostat and Airship Envelope’ under JATC. She was also a member of Nano Research Group at IIT Delhi working on “Bioactive Nanocomposites” under a sponsored project by US multinational Lockheed Martin wherein she holds a US patent and currently working on sponsored project from GAIL India on ‘Multifunctional Hybrid Polymer Nanocomposites’ . She has guided many PhD, M Tech and B Tech projects at IIT Delhi related to these research areas. She has more than 80 refereed publications in international and national journals and about 100+ papers in conferences and also authored several book chapters. She has traveled widely abroad and presented her work at prestigious International as well as national Conferences as invited speaker. She serves as Core member for Expert Committee on “Materials, Mining and Metallurgy’ and Co-opted member for expert committee on “Engineering Sciences” of ‘Science and Engineering Research Board’ SERB, DST, Govt. of India for the year 2015-18. She is member of Research Advisory Council of ADRDE, DRDO, Agra, DMSRDE, Kanpur, Northern India Textile Research Association, NITRA, Ghaziabad and PSG Institute of Advanced Research, Coimbatore. She is an executive member of professional bodies such as Polymer Processing Academy (PPA) and Fiber Forum India (FFI), Textile Association of India.