Material Behavior Group
The sail making process is one of the biggest challenges within the sailing industry. The design and use of custom material systems is dependent on the specific boundary conditions of the ship such as speed and stability.
A cruising sail comparable to a Super Yacht for example is combining Mylar© and structural yarn in a specific geometrical configuration to cover the performance requirements.
We want to investigate virtually and physically the properties of textile materials to control the bending stiffness, stretch ability or torsion of composite materials. By designing different patterns of the structural yarn we can achieve lightweight and flexible systems that can enhance architectural spaces.