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Woven Composite Structures

  1. Paolo Canonico

Published Online: 20 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118097298.weoc265

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

How to Cite

Canonico, P. 2012. Woven Composite Structures. Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites. 1–13.

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  1. Saati SpA, Via Milano 14, Appiano Gentile (Como), Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 JUL 2012


The woven structure of a composite material represents the reinforcement phase of composite materials and defines the pattern and orientation of the fibers, which are responsible for the technical performances and aesthetic aspects as well. The most common woven structures are described, with the indication of the main properties and related application fields. Different materials (glass, graphite, and aramid) require different weaving techniques and machinery. The weaving processes and the main application fields for woven structure of different fabrics are analyzed. It is likely that in the near future, due to the consolidation of new molding techniques (such as resin infusion, RTM, etc.), the woven structures will play a fundamental role in the development of new generation composite materials and will help their consolidation at the industrial scale.


  • textile;
  • fabric;
  • weaving;
  • loom;
  • fiber;
  • prepreg;
  • warp;
  • weft;
  • carbon;
  • aramid;
  • glass