First Announcement and Call for Papers

The 8th World Conference in 3D Fabrics and Their Applications
28-29 March 2018, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Co-chaired by Professor Constantinos Soutis and Dr Xiaogang Chen

Textiles made into three dimensions (3D textiles) have been widely used in many fields because of the special characteristics they offer, where 3D structural integrity, manageable fibre orientation, and shape-ability all contribute to achieving properties and performance required for end applications. Recent years have witnessed the developments and progress in engineering and modelling of various solid, hollow, shell and nodal 3D textiles for applications in aerospace, transport, marine, wind energy, medical, and ballistic protection. Technologies involved in manufacturing 3D textiles include weaving, knitting, braiding, embroidery, filament winding and nonwoven. Improving manufacturing technologies, better understanding of micro-structure and properties, damage mechanisms and long term performance when used in advanced applications remain main concerns for further research. This series of conference has served as an exclusive forum of distinguished engineers and scientists where they present and exchange ideas and share their wealth of knowledge regarding 3D textile architecture, properties and their applications.

This series of conferences started in Manchester, UK in 2008 by the late Professor John Hearle and Dr Xiaogang Chen of TexEng Software Ltd at the University of Manchester with more than 150 attendees from the industries and academia. The conference continued in Greenville, SC, USA in 2009, Wuhan, China in 2011, Aachen, Germany in 2012, Delhi, India in 2013, Raleigh, NC, USA in 2015, and Roubaix, France in 2016. It has become one important event for the global textile and application communities. The conferences have proved to be popular among academic researchers as well as industrialists working in practical problems of textile materials and structures.

We are now pleased to announce that TexEng Software Ltd will organise the Eighth World Conference in 3D Fabrics and Their Applications in Manchester, UK during 28-29 March 2018, hosted by School of Materials, the University of Manchester, one of the leaders in textile engineering education and research with strong research activities in 3D textiles. Central to the meeting is the opportunity to discuss the latest concepts and share experiences in fabrication, performance and the use of design optimization tools across a wide spectrum of applications.

We kindly ask you to inform your colleagues of the 8th conference and spread the information among your contacts.

We look forward to seeing you in Manchester, UK in March 2018.

Prof Constantinos Soutis and Dr Xiaogang Chen
Co-Chair of Conference