The filament-winding process produces quality consistent composite parts for many industries. Filament winding allows for consistent quality parts by automating the winding process. A recent development of filament winding is the Lotus process. The Lotus process reverses conventional filament winding by leaving the mandrel stationary and winding composite fiber around the mandrel. The automated Lotus filament-winding machine is controlled by four-axis control manipulating the Lotus ring around a fixed mandrel. This allows Lotus filament winding to wind parts that do not have a linear axis. Lotus filament winding is in its early stages of development. As a second step in the development of Lotus filament winding a method of automatic part-to-machine manipulation has been developed. Parts wound on the new automatic-manipulated Lotus machine have comparable quality and appearance to those made by conventional winding.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Technology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Anderson, Jeffrey V., "Automated Manipulation for the Lotus Filament Winding Process" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 377.
filament, Lotus process, filament winding, Lotus, non-axisymmetric, non-linear
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