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First International Conference on Digital Technologies for the Textile Industries
To buy a copy of the proceedings, please e-mail Dr Xiaogang Chen. xiaogang.chen@manchester.ac.uk

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1. Weaving 3D fabrics:a fast developing new technology. Click here to find out more.

2. More technique papers can be found in the TechInfo page.

3. You can try our software of demo version here.

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Bridges Made from 3D Textile Reinforced Composites

Dr Xiaogang Chen and Professor John Hearle have carried out a feasibility study for Blackburn Fraser Ltd, a company that custom-makes pedestrian bridges and similar products. A simple design with tubular 3D fabric components is proposed with suggestions for aesthetic enhancement. Predicted costs are competitive and the carbon footprint should be less than for steel bridges.

For further information, contact xiaogang.chen@manchester.ac.uk or johnhearle@hearle.eclipse.co.uk.

Conventional bridges have been made for centuries of stone and wood, from cast iron and steel after the Industrial Revolution, and more recently of reinforced concrete. From around 1950, fibre-reinforced compositesī€Ē became available for structural uses but have been slow to move into the construction industry. The first composite bridge was built across the River Tay in Aberfeldy in 1990 as a footbridge to link two parts of a golf course. Growth is accelerating. In 2003, Black wrote: "Worldwide, there are at least 175 vehicular bridges and 160 pedestrian bridges in service today that incorporate composites 10 years ago, there were about a dozen. The rapid proliferation is due to growing recognition of composites' structural durability, corrosion resistance and light weight, and how those properties translate to fast installation, better load-carrying capability (because dead load or bridge self-weight is so low) and virtually no maintenance over the life of the bridge. Yet many civil engineers remain unconvinced". In USA, there is now a substantial replacement of concrete bridge decks, which need replacing after a limited life, with composite decks . For decks the usual ways of making flat composite panels can be employed. Supporting beams are most commonly pultruded. However, the use of the developing technology of 3D textile preforms offers advantages. This is particularly so for small bridges that are individually designed and assembled.