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Shear behaviour of architectural fabrics subjected to biaxial tensile loads

Lookup NU author(s): Alex Colman, Professor Ben BridgensORCiD, Professor Peter Gosling



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Broad assumptions are made in the testing and simulation of architectural fabrics used for tensile fabric structures. In particular, fabric shear behaviour is poorly understood and is not routinely determined. Tensile structures are continuously subject to a combination of biaxial tensile stress and shear stress, yet there is no accepted method for accurately determining shear behaviour in a tensioned fabric. A novel picture frame shear test design and associated test protocol is described here that aims to provide a practicable solution for the accurate determination of the in-situ shear stiffness of architectural fabrics. Results of shear tests on fabrics subjected to increasing levels of biaxial prestress are presented and the implications for analysis are discussed. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Colman AG, Bridgens BN, Gosling PD, Jou GT, Hsu XY

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing

Year: 2014

Volume: 66

Pages: 163-174

Print publication date: 01/11/2014

Online publication date: 04/08/2014

Acceptance date: 20/07/2014

Date deposited: 02/02/2015

ISSN (print): 1359-835X

ISSN (electronic): 1878-5840

Publisher: Pergamon Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2014.07.015


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