WIT Press


On Uniqueness Of Fibrous Materials

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/DN040491

Volume

73

Pages

10

Published

2004

Size

298 kb

Author(s)

N. Pan

Abstract

This paper summarizes some remarkable issues in fibrous materials, i.e., any material systems formed by fiber-like constituents such as felt, cloth, paper, muscle and wood. Such interest can go back as far as Galileo who was fascinated by the fact that short fibres can form a long and strong rope via friction between fibers induced by twisting, although a relatively rigorous account for the mechanism has not been available until recently. It is almost exclusively the feature of fibrous materials where pliability, compressibility, high toughness and durability coexist, making the material irreplaceable and indispensable in many engineering applications. The questions regarding fiber packing, flexibility, friction, and fabric formability have inspirited studies not only from fiber scie

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