Finite Element Study on the Influence of Structural Parameters on the Ballistic Performance of 3D Networked Fabrics

Haoxian Zeng, Zishun Yuan, Jiawen Qiu, Xiaogang Chen

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Abstract

Networked fabrics are a type of three-dimensional multilayer fabrics having predetermined interconnections between layers by combining yarns from two adjacent sublayers into one. This paper reports the research on the influence of structural parameters on the ballistic performance of networked fabrics using finite element analysis in parallel with experiment. The widths of separate and combined sections are found to affect the energy absorption (EA) of regular networked fabrics against high-velocity impact. Separate sections of networked fabrics generally outperform combined sections. The optimal width of the separate section is around 9.5 cm for both dense and loose networked fabrics when impacted at the separate section. The optimal width of combined section decreases from 2.38 cm to 1.15 cm with the decrease of weave density in this area. For the studied structural parameters, highest EAs of dense and loose networked fabrics are around 13.3% and 17.1% higher than those of their counterpart layups of dense and loose plain-woven fabrics, respectively. These findings suggest networked fabrics could be engineered to improve the ballistic performance of flexible fabrics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)891–903
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Composite Materials
Volume25
Issue number4
Early online date1 Sept 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • 3D networked fabric
  • Ballistic impact
  • Finite element modelling

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