3D FabricsSixth World Conference on 3D Fabrics and Their ApplicationsMay 26-28, 2015, Raleigh, NC, USA

***Submissions for oral presentation now closed.
Poster abstracts accepted to April 30.
For conference program – click here.
For registration – click here.

First announcement and call for papers
North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC, USA
May 26-28, 2015

Organised by TexEng Software Ltd, Manchester, UK and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA in association with The University of Manchester and supported by The Textile Institute, UK and The Fiber Society, USA.

Conference Co-Chairs: Professor John W S Hearle, Professor Abdel-Fattah Seyam

The official language of the conference will be English.

This series of conferences started in Manchester UK in 2008 with an attendance of 150 people and was followed by conferences in Greenville, SC, USA in 2009, Wuhan, China in 2011, Aachen, Germany in 2012, and Delhi, India in 2013. We are now pleased to announce that the Sixth Conference of this series will be in the USA during May 26-29, 2015, hosted by the Wilson College of Textiles, NCSU,a leader in textile enginneering education and research in the world with a strong activities in 3D fabrics.The advances in the textile-technology for 3D fabrics are diverse. Solid 3D woven fabrics, which can be made on commercial machineryeither as flat panels or 3D shapes, are of importance in composites. They give a potential for major reductions in aircraft weight and have significant applications in military hardware. The stimulus to development given by these uses opens up possibilities in automotive, construction, medical and many other fields. Hollow woven fabrics with multiple voids can be used in protective composites. Tubular forms can be multiply branched. For some forms, braiding is an alternative to weaving. Advances in knitting mean that whole garments can be produced, so that stitching together of separate pieces is eliminated; similar developments are taking place in weaving. This technology can be adapted to make complex 3D shapes for technical uses. 3D shells can be made by nonwoven technology.

The application of information technology through CAD/CAM is important for the growth of the technology through efficient manufacturing. The meeting of the engineering requirements for demanding end-uses needs reliable specifications for product performance. Predictive modelling of mechanical performance will be an important feature of the conference

Closing date for submission of abstracts for oral presentation:  January 15, 2015


The following have been invited to serve.

Chair: Professor Jack Gillespie, Center for Composite Materials, University of Delaware, USA
Professor Bijoy Behera, IIT Delhi, India
Professor Philippe Boisse, INSA-Lyon, France
Professor Tilak Dias, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Professor Geneviève Dion, Drexel University, Philadelohia, USA
Dr Niall Finn, CSIRO, Geelong, Australia
Professor Thomas Gries, Institute for Textile Technology, RWTH, Aachen, Germany
Professor Bhuvenesh Goswami, Clemson University, South Carolina, USA
Professro Bohong Gu, Donghua University, Shanghai, China
Professor Andrew Walker, University of Manchester, UK
Dr Amir Islam, Bally Ribbon Mills, New Jersey, USA
Dr Nandan Khokar, Biteam AB, Gothenburg, Sweden
Professor Frank Ko, University of British Columbia, Canada
Professor Jiri Militky, Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic
Professor Rui Wang, Tianjin Polytechnic University, China
Professor Stepan Lomov, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Dr Mansour Mohamed, 3D Composites, Inc, North Carolina, USA
Dr. Lisa Parrillo-Chapman, North Carolina State University, USA
Professor Behnam Pourdeyhemi, North Carolina State University, USA
Mr Alan Prichard, Consultant, formerly Boeing Company, Seattle, USA
Professor Stephen Russelll, University of Leeds, UK
Professor Masayuki Takaters, Shinshu University, Japan
Professor Xiaoming Tao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Professor Weilin Xu, Wuhan Textile University, China
Professor William Oxenham, North Carolina State University, USA
Professor Trevor Little, North Carolina State University, USA
Dr. Mehmet E. Ince, Gaziantep University, Turkey
Dr. Tamer Hamouda, National Research Center, Egypt

Chair: Dr Xiaogang Chen, TexEng Software Ltd and School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK
Dr Anoura Fernando, School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK
Dr Hugh Gong, School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK
Dr Prasad Potluri, School of Materials, University of Manchester, UK
Professor Jon Rust, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
Co-chairs of conference, ex-officio
Chair of TEXCOMP-12, ex-officio

3D FABRICS: woven – braided – knitted – nonwovenmultilayer flat sheets – 3D shaped solidshollow fabrics – 3D shells – multiple connections
machine control
structure & geometry
mechanical properties
other performance features
medical & health
smart materials

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS To be announced later. 

The organisers invite authors to submit a one-page abstract for each paper that they wish to be considered for inclusion in the oral and/or poster programme for the conference. The abstract should contain sufficient information for a valid decision to be made on the merits of the paper and its relevance to the aims of the conference. Authors should indicate whether they prefer an oral or a poster presentation. Closing date for submissions intended for oral presentation is January 15, 2015. Poster abstracts can also be considered at a later date.

Oral and poster papers to be presented at the conference will be given to delegates on a CD at registration. Full copies of papers should be submitted by April 27, 2015.

The programme for the conference and full details on registration and attendance will be available at the end of January, 2015.All speakers will be expected to register as delegates for the conference and pay a conference fee.  Travel and accommodation expenses are the responsibility of each delegate and no direct compensation is awarded for speakers at the conference.  Your submission of an abstract testifies to your acceptance of these financial conditions.

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