2 PhD candidates started working on the SIM3TEX project

(23-11-2023) The primary objective of the SIM3TEX project is to elevate the quality of textile products and optimize production methodologies through the application of advanced mechanical simulations.

In the SIM3TEX project (ICON), the CTSE (Centre for Textile Science and Engineering) is able to advance its research endeavors in collaboration with the textile industry. A  three-year ICON project has been initiated in partnership with industrial partners Sioen, Picanol, and Vandewiele. The primary objective of the project is to elevate the quality of textile products and optimize production methodologies through the application of advanced mechanical simulations. 

The first part of the project (which will be performed by Marco Bertani) focusses on the experimental characterization of the different textile materials, both with natural and polymer fibres. The characterization of textile materials needs to be performed on several scales, as the mechanical performance of these materials is highly dependent on the material itself, the geometric lay-out (both on yarn as on fabric scale), as well as the testing conditions. To achieve an optimal understanding of the materials, various techniques will be implemented, accompanied by the use of advanced tools and on-site measurements. The collected data will then be used to gain a better understanding of the material itself and to calibrate and validate the models developed within the project. 

Simultaneously, the second part focusses on the advanced numerical modelling of these textile materials using finite element simulations. Both the microscale (fibre/yarn) as the macroscale (fabric and interaction with machinery) will be modelled using different numerical approaches. The final goal of this numerical modelling is to obtain a general modelling framework where the microscale material properties can be modelled and used as an input in the macroscale models, in this way ensuring that all details are integrated within the simulation with an acceptable calculation time. As the manufacturing process is highly dynamic, capturing the time dependent behaviour of the simulation will also be very important. The macroscale simulations will be performed by Tomas Verplanken, another PhD student will be responsible for the microscale simulations.  

By developing a general modelling framework for textiles, all industrial partners will be able to make improved designs and bring new developments to the market more quickly. It also paves the way for further digitization, virtual design, automation and improved manufacturing performance. The project illustrates how the synergy between academic developments and industrial engagement can yield tangible benefits for both the academic and business sectors. 

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