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Advances in Aircraft and Spacecraft Science
  Volume 2, Number 1, January 2015 , pages 1-16

Advanced numerical tool for composite woven fabric preforming
Abel Cherouat and Houman Borouchaki

    In this paper, geometrical and mechanical approaches are proposed for the simulation of the draping of woven fabric onto complex parts. The geometrical discrete approach allows to define the ply shapes and fibres orientation in order to optimize the composite structural properties and the continuum meso-structural mechanical approach allows to take into account the mechanical properties of fibres and resin and the various dominating mode of deformation of woven fabrics during the forming process. Some numerical simulations of forming process are proposed and compared with the experimental results in order to demonstrate the efficiency of our approaches.
Key Words
    woven fabric; draping, geometrical approach; continuum finite element analysis
Abel Cherouat and Houman Borouchaki: University of Technology of Troyes, Charles Delaunay Institute/GAMMA3-INRIA Project Team, 12 rue Marie-Curie, BP 2060, 10010 Troyes, France

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