The paper addresses the experimental investigation of the unit cell architecture in a structurally stitched multilayer carbon-fibre preform. Each layer is a multiaxial multiply non-crimp fabric (NCF) knit with a non-structural stitching. The term “structural” presumes here that the stitching yarn does not only consolidate the plies (as the non-structural one does) but also forms a 3D reinforcement. One stitching technique — tufting — is studied, with 120 tex aramide yarn. The experimental data reveals a considerable irregularity of the piercing pattern and fibre distribution.
|Publication status||Published - 2006|