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3D Weaving Innovation; Apparel Manufacturing; Digital Fashion; Fashion Technology

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Yuyuan joined Northumbria University as a Lecturer, following the completion of her PhD at the University of Leeds. Her thesis, titled "Double curved surface composites for anthropometry-formed 3D woven apparel forms," earned her doctorate degree. Prior to this, she received a Master of Engineering (MEng) and a Bachelor of Arts from Sichuan University, China. Yuyuan is also a Visiting Researcher, funded by AROP Program, at RWTH-Aachen University in Germany. 

Yuyuan's research interests are focused on 3D weaving innovation, apparel manufacturing, 2D/3D digital fashion, functional apparel (such as sportswear and personal protective equipment), and clothing engineering. Her research is rooted in the latest weaving technology, using cross-platform CAD/CAM systems to create a broader range of 3D woven seamless apparel forms that enable efficient manufacturing processes and almost zero waste with the assistance of digital tools.

Research interests

Her research focuses on 3D Weaving Innovation & Apparel Technology:

  • 3D weaving technology development for dome shape or double-curved composites
  • 3D woven apparel & sportswear
  • 3D body scanning - Scan2weave
  • Apparel Manufacturing & Technology
  • Zero-waste apparel manufacturing
  • Clothing Engineering & Technology
  • 3D/2D Digital Fashion

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Technologies, PhD, 3D Weaving Technology Innovation, University of Leeds

1 Oct 201831 Dec 2022

Award Date: 15 Mar 2023

Engineering, MEng, Clothing Design and Engineering, Sichuan University

1 Sept 20151 Jul 2018

Award Date: 31 Jul 2018

Fashion Design, BA, Fashion Design and Engineering, Sichuan University

1 Sept 20111 Jul 2015

Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

External positions

RWTH Aachen University

1 Jul 202231 Dec 2022


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  • RWTH Aachen University

    Yuyuan Shi (Visiting researcher)

    1 Jul 202231 Dec 2022

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