The manipulation of fibre architecture is key to producing an optimal component with tailored composite component performance.

The AMRC is working with traditional textile technologies, such as weaving and braiding, and pushing their capabilities beyond the conventional standards to produce novel composite fibre architectures.

Recent work includes the recreating of an automotive component - originally created using multiple 2D woven preforms joined together - using one single 3D woven preform.

Research Areas

  • Developing new 3D architectures and understanding the mechanical property improvements offered by the new structures.
  • Creating 3D preforms of optimal fibre positioning.
  • Creating unitised single piece preforms for maximised fibre continuity.
  • Preform infusion / conversion to composite (and intermediary processes).
  • Developing software to allow improved 3D structure considerations (including damage response).

Industrial Application and Benefit

The novel preforming processes developed here at the AMRC yield the following benefits:

  • Near net shape preforming.
  • Thicker preforms.
  • Reduced labour times as a direct result of the above.
  • Higher performance components resulting in lighter designs.
  • More accurate material deposition, and increased repeatability of composite conversion.

Also of note

The AMRC is well known for assisting supply chains in developing and demonstrating technology. This research theme has enabled this service to be extended to the technical textiles sector.

The AMRC’s preforming capabilities have been utilised extensively in the cross-HVMC centre project - LSP.

For more information, please contact:

compositecentre@amrc.co.uk
0114 222 1747