Snecma and Albany Engineered Composites Inc. | Date: 2012-12-10
A jacquard type loom for making a fabric by weaving plural warp yarns with plural weft yarns, the fabric including a determined number of columns of warp yarns per unit length and a determined number of layers of weft yarns. The loom includes a comber board including plural holes passing a corresponding number of control cords, each control cord including an heddle eye through which a warp yarn passes. The holes are distributed in a determined number of columns extending parallel to the warp yarn direction and a determined number of rows per column extending in a direction perpendicular to the warp yarn direction. The comber board includes a number of columns of holes per unit length smaller than the number of warp columns in the same unit length in the fabric, and a number of rows of holes greater than the number of warp layers in the fabric.
Albany Engineered Composites Inc. | Date: 2012-12-26
A three-dimensional corner lap joint preform and a method of forming a three-dimensional corner lap joint preform including a woven flange with one or more legs that extend from the flange. The legs may include one or more independently woven portions which allow formation of a corner without darting the leg or adding additional reinforcement. The independently woven portions may include warp fibers which are not woven into the preform. The unwoven area allows removal of a portion of the leg prior to formation of the corner, allowing the portions of the leg to overlap and form a lap joint.
Albany Engineered Composites Inc. | Date: 2012-02-17
A woven preform for a reinforced composite material, which may be woven flat and folded into shape. The preform has off-axis reinforcement with one or more legs and/or base extending in an off axis or bias (non 0/90 degree) orientation with respect to the warp/weft fibers. One or more legs extend from a base, the base and legs each having at least two layers of warp fibers. The legs may be parallel or angled to each other. The outer ends of the base and/or the legs may have tapers formed from terminating layers of warp fibers in a stepped or angled pattern.
Albany Engineered Composites Inc. | Date: 2013-09-20
A tubular structure which includes a plurality of axial sites in circular relation to one another and a plurality of bias sites that interconnect the axial sites to form the tubular structure. The tubular structures axial sites have a greater diameter than the structures bias sites.
Albany Engineered Composites Inc. | Date: 2014-02-04
Preforms including fiber reinforced nodes for use in fiber reinforced composite structures and methods for making fiber reinforced composite structures. Preforms with woven fabric elements extending radially from a common node include at least one reinforcing fiber interwoven between at least two elements and passing through the node. A method of assembling preform structures using the preforms to provide a structure with reinforced nodes.