Numerical analysis of permeability tensor for sheared woven fabrics

Naoki Takano, Masaru Zako, Toru Okazaki

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Permeability tensor is a key parameter for Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) of fiber reinforced plastics as well as for its simulation. For sheared textile composites such as woven and knitted fabric composites after preforming or draping, the permeability tensor includes non-diagonal components, which can not be measured easily. This paper describes a numerical evaluation of permeability from both macro- and microscopic standspoints for sheared plain woven fabrics. The asymptotic homogenization theory for solid-fluid mixture is employed to characterize the micro-macro coupling effects. The nature of the macroscopic permeability tensor is discussed first. The microscopic flow field is next evaluated in detail by various ways. The differences of the microscopic flow field was recognized between the undeformed and sheared fabrics. The effects of the macroscopic pressure gradient is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-536
Number of pages8
JournalNippon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • Computational mechanics
  • Homogenization method
  • Microstructure
  • Molding methods
  • Permeability
  • Reinforced plastics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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