Title: Integrated manufacturing system of high-pressure FRP pipes

Authors: Bo You, Jiazhong Xu, Xiongjian Wang

Addresses: College of Automation Engineering, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150080, China. ' College of Automation Engineering, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150080, China. ' College of Automation Engineering, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150080, China

Abstract: In order to realise industrialised manufacturing of epoxy FRP pipes, the manufacturing system which can accomplish winding, internal heating curing and extraction processes by only one machine tool was developed. The winding motion control is undertaken by an embedded motion controller. The curing control system composed of embedded industrial computer and PLC was designed to undertake curing, cooling and blowing control. A thermo-chemical model during cure was established, and an analysis based on the finite element technique was developed to simulate the curing process. It is proved that the applying of internal heating curing process can improve the production efficiency and the quality of high pressure FRP pipes.

Keywords: FRP pipes; winding; internal heating curing; integrated manufacturing; high-pressure pipes; fibreglass reinforced plastics; motion control; embedded controllers; curing control; cooling control; blowing control; thermochemical modelling; simulation; finite element method; FEM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2007.017236

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2007 Vol.30 No.4, pp.245 - 255

Published online: 19 Feb 2008 *

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