Towards high performance and multi-functional structural membranes using advanced fibrous and textile materials

R. Fangueiro, S. Rana

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Abstract

Scientific and technological advancements in the area of fibrous and textile materials have greatly enhanced their application potential in several high-end technical and industrial sectors including construction, transportation, medical, sports, aerospace engineering, electronics and so on. Excellent performance accompanied by light-weight, mechanical flexibility, tailor-ability, design flexibility, easy fabrication and relatively lower cost are the driving forces towards wide applications of these materials. Cost-effective fabrication of various advanced and functional materials for structural parts, medical devices, sensors, energy harvesting devices, capacitors, batteries, and many others has been possible using fibrous and textile materials. Structural membranes are one of the innovative applications of textile structures and these novel building skins are becoming very popular due to flexible design aesthetics, durability, lightweight and cost benefits. Current demand on high performance and multi-functional materials in structural applications has motivated to go beyond the basic textile structures used for structural membranes and to use innovative textile materials. Structural membranes with self-cleaning, thermoregulation and energy harvesting capability (using solar cells) are examples of such recently developed multi-functional membranes. Besides these, there exist enormous opportunities to develop wide varieties of multi-functional membranes using functional textile materials. Additionally, it is also possible to further enhance the performance and functionalities of structural membranes using advanced fibrous architectures such as 2D, 3D, hybrid, multi-layer and so on. In this context, the present paper gives an overview of various advanced and functional fibrous and textile materials which have enormous application potential in structural membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Membranes 2015
Subtitle of host publicationVII International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Proceedings
EditorsEugenio Oñate, Kai-Uwe Bletzinger, Bernd Kröplin
PublisherInternational Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Pages296-305
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9788494424489
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Structural Membranes 2015 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 19 Oct 201521 Oct 2015
Conference number: 7

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Structural Membranes 2015
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period19/10/1521/10/15

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