Comparative Study on the Mechanical Properties of Weft Knitted and Warp Fabric Reinforced Composites
Knitted fabric composites occupy a special interest in the field of engineering and materials science because of their easy to form complex component and high impact energy absorption. Mechanical tests were carried out in the course, wale and slanting directions of the knitted fabric reinforced composites. The stress-strain curves and failure modes of warp and weft knitted fabrics were investigated and compared. The test results revealed from the composite structure fabricated from warp knitted fabric shown better mechanical properties than weft knitted fabric because of the warp knitted fabric distinct by the process of overlap between the stitches that gave better resistance.
Keywords:Warp Knitting, Interloping, Mechanical properties
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