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TexGen - Open-Source Software for Geometric Modelling of Textile Structures

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Composite materials are increasingly used in a wide range of applications, particularly in the aerospace and automotive industries which take advantage of their low weight and high strength. They comprise a reinforcement embedded in a matrix material which may be made up from many combinations of materials. In the field of polymer composites the materials are typically either a glass or carbon fibre reinforcement in a polymer matrix. In many cases the reinforcements are produced in the form of textiles which gives ease of handling but also, in the case of more complex 3D weaves, gives the opportunity to enhance the properties of the material and to design specific shapes. Computer simulation for prediction of material and processing properties requires accurate models of the textile structures. TexGen is cross-platform open-source software, developed at the University of Nottingham as a pre-processor for the creation of 3D geometric models of textiles. The software was initially released as open source in 2006 and has a world-wide user base.

Dr Louise Brown has been the main developer of TexGen since 2009, including 5 years of funding as an EPSRC Research Software Engineering Fellow. She now holds an academic post in the department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Nottingham. This talk will outline the development of the TexGen project and the types of mechanical and manufacturing properties which can be simulated using the models. It will also consider the development of such code in the context of an RSE career and discuss the issues surrounding the long-term maintenance and funding of such a research code.

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