In-plane shear properties of woven fabric reinforced composites

J. Cao*, J. Chen, X. Q. Peng

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This chapter discusses the in-plane shear properties of textile composites. Shear deformation is the dominate deformation mode for woven fabrics in forming, therefore trellis-frame (picture-frame) and bias extension tests for both balanced and unbalanced fabrics have been conducted and compared. Tests were conducted by seven international research institutions on three identical woven fabrics. Both the variations in the setup of each research laboratory and the normalization methods used to compare the test results are presented and discussed. With an understanding of the effects of testing variations on the results and the normalization methods, numerical modeling efforts can commence and new testing methods can be developed to advance the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComposite Reinforcements for Optimum Performance
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages39
ISBN (Print)9781845699659
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Mechanical properties
  • Shear
  • Testing
  • Woven fabric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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