Design and Analysis of a Novel Tension Control Method for Winding Machine

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    Design and Analysis of a Novel Tension Control Method for Winding Machine

    Design and Analysis of a Novel Tension Control Method for Winding Machine
        The filament winding technique has evolved in recent decades moving from classical

    lathe-type towards winding with an increased number of degrees of freedom using more

    complex equipment. These advancements complicate the selection of an optimum

    toroid winding machine

    set-up for the realization of particular winding methods and correlating part designs. This

    is further complicated by the variety of approaches. In order to investigate existing

    equipment technologies regarding feasibility, operational and economic aspects, different

    filament winding equipment is established in an experimental environment. Thereby

    advantageous solutions can be assigned to particular winding methods and the selection of

    appropriate filament winding equipment is facilitated.
        Filament winding has emerged as the main process for carbon fiber reinforced plastic

    (CFRP) fabrication, and tension control plays a key role in enhancing the quality of the

    winding products. With the continuous improvement of product quality and efficiency, the

    precision of the tension control system is constantly improving. In this paper, a novel

    tension control method is proposed, which can regulate the fiber tension and transport

    speed of the winding process by governing the outputs of three different driven rollers

    (the torque of the unwind roll, the torque of the magnetic powder brake roller, and the

    speed of the master speed roller) in three levels. The mechanical structures and dynamic

    models of the driven rollers and idle rollers are established by considering the time-

    varying features of the roller radius and inertia. Moreover, the influence of parameters

    and speed variation on fiber tension is investigated using the increment model.

    Subsequently, the control method is proposed by applying fiber tension in three levels

    according to the features of the three driven rollers. An adaptive fuzzy controller is

    designed for tuning the PID parameters online to control the speed of the master speed

    roller. Simulation is conducted for verifying the performance and stability of the proposed

    tension control method by comparing with those of the conventional PID control method. The

    result reveals that the proposed method outperforms the conventional method. Finally, an

    experimental platform is constructed, and the proposed system is applied to a

    gear

    toroidal winding machine
    . The performance and stability of the tension control system

    are demonstrated via a series of experiments using carbon fiber under different reference

    speeds and tensions. This paper proposes a novel tension control method to regulate the

    fiber tension and transport speed.
        High modulus carbon fiber is an excellent industrial material, which is widely used in

    several fields such as satellite supporting cylinder, shells of rocket engine, and solar

    array. The composite manufacturing process is the key to the application of carbon fiber.

    Filament winding has emerged as the main process for fabricating composite structures. It

    is widely used in building rotational parts. In the filament winding process, the carbon

    fiber is delivered from the unwind roll and passed through the resin bath to mix with resin

    under different temperatures and finally wrap around the surface of the mandrel in the

    designed pattern. The major specifications that should be satisfied during the winding

    process are the winding line type and the fiber tension, which are considered to be the key

    factors related to the tensile strength of the fiber products. The winding line type is

    determined using the numerical control system, so this paper focuses on the tension control

    problem during the winding process. Researchers have shown that unstable tension may lead

    to loss in strength of fiber winding products [1]. Therefore, fiber tension should be

    maintained at the reference value during the winding process for ensuring the product

    quality.
        Several factors shape the tension control design to be challenging, which include

    significant parameter variations and disturbances. Small variations in the change of

    velocity of the transport rollers can cause significant variations in tension. On the other

    hand, we used different shapes of mandrels for maintaining the line speed in acceleration

    or deceleration states. Because of the coupling between the tension and the line speed, it

    is difficult to maintain the tension at a desired value. Researchers have investigated

    considerably for acquiring better control result. Lee et al. [2] used a magneto rheological

    brake to provide back tension to prevent frequent part changes and fatal malfunction for a

    tension control system, and a PID controller was designed, and test results showed the

    feasibility with satisfying the time constant and the allowable error. Nishida et al. [3]

    divided the transport system into several subsystems and a self-tuning PI controller with

    an estimator based on a novel adaptive particle swarm optimization method was constructed

    to solve the strong coupling between the velocity and tension of the web. A self-tuning PID

    controller to control the tension for tape winding of composites was designed and the

    constant extension ratio is guaranteed. To reduce the time required for the stabilization

    of the tension, a faststabilization method [4] for web tension is proposed. The model of

    dancer system and stabilization of web tension in drying process are established, and the

    variation of tension is used as a reference value for the tension stabilization. The

    integration of load cells and active dancer system for printed electronics applications was

    used to improve the accuracy of web tension, and self-adapting neural network control was

    proposed to reduce tension spikes due to the change in roll diameter of winder and unwinder

    rolls. Wu et al. [5] developed a tension detection and control mechanism and analyzed the

    main causes of wire tension variation, and then a PI algorithm was proposed to reduce

    tension variation. An accurate dynamic model for the unwind roll by considering the time

    variation of the roll inertia and radius was developed, and a decentralized controller for

    computing the equilibrium inputs for each driven roller was proposed [6]. A sliding mode

    control with guaranteed cost technique [7] was applied for reducing the system

    uncertainties. The simulation results showed that the proposed method had good robustness

    and quick response time. Compensation method [8] by calculating the torque of a driven loop

    lifter was developed to control the tension and thickness of hot-rolled strip. For the

    control strategy, several control methods have been proposed including disturbance

    rejection control [9,10,11,12], neuro-fuzzy control [13,14,15,16], and H∞ control

    [17,18,19]. Choi et al. [20] conducted a survey on various types of control algorithms by

    investigating their strengths and weaknesses, and demonstrated some areas of potential

    future development.

        Most of the above studies considered the dynamics of driven rollers in the models but

    the behavior of idle rollers was ignored. Consequently, the models were under some limited

    conditions, which ignored detailed complex tension dynamics. On the other hand, most

    research focused on dynamic modeling and control strategy design, but the mechanical

    structure and the influence of parameter variation on fiber tension were ignored. In this

    paper, a novel tension control method is presented, which can regulate the tension and

    speed of the filament winding process. The mechanical structure and dynamic model of the

    system are established, and the influences of the parameter and the speed variation on

    fiber tension are examined. Subsequently, according to the features of driven rollers and

    the influence of variation, the control method is proposed by regulating the outputs of the

    torque of unwind roll, the torque of magnetic powder brake roller, and the speed of the

    master speed roller in three levels. Simulations are conducted for verifying the effect by

    comparing the results with those of the conventional PID controller. Finally, the

    performance of the proposed control system is verified through experimental studies using a

    filament slider coil winding machine.
        The structure of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 presents the mechanical

    structure of system. In addition, the dynamic models are constructed, and the influence of

    parameter and speed variation on the rollers is examined. In Section 3, the control

    strategy is proposed. Simulations are conducted for verifying the effect of the proposed

    controller by comparing with that of the conventional PID controller in Section 4. In

    Section 5, the proposed mechanical structure and control strategy are applied to a

    belt

    head winding machine
    , and the experimental study is conducted for verifying the

    performance of the tension control system.
        The process line is divided into three zones (Figure 1): the unwind section, the

    process section, and the rewind section. In each zone, one or two rollers are driven using

    motors for transporting the carbon fiber from the unwind roll to the rewind roll. The

    carbon fiber is delivered from the unwind section to the process section, which consists of

    the magnetic powder brake roll, the master speed roller, and some idle rollers. In the

    process section, the carbon fiber passes through the surface of the master speed roller. As

    the carbon fiber is comprised of thousands of threads, the resin is properly pasted on the

    surface of the carbon fiber. The master speed roller is driven using an AC servomotor, and

    the speed is controlled for acquiring the desired speed and tension. The rewind section

    consists of a four-axis CNC system for acquiring the winding pattern.
        The control method of hook type winding machine is shown in Figure 2 in

    three levels. The control system can regulate the tension and speed of the filament winding

    process by governing the output of three different driven rolls—the torque of the unwind

    roll, the torque of the magnetic powder brake roller, and the speed of the master speed

    roller. In the first level, the unwind roll, which is driven using a torque motor generates

    a reverse force for applying a pretension to the carbon fiber. The pretension is set at a

    small value because large tension will cause the tension to deviate from the set point

    owing to the time-varying radius and the disturbance caused by the periodic swing. In the

    second level, the magnetic powder brake generates another pretension to the carbon fiber.

    The feature of the magnetic powder brake is to generate torque in a wide range without

    introducing considerable tension interference. However, its disadvantage is that the

    accuracy and response speed are inadequate than the speed control using the AC servomotor.

    Finally, in the third level, as the tension is close to the set value, the master speed

    roller is controlled for acquiring the desired tension. On one hand, the speed of the

    master speed roller traces the line speed of the carbon fiber as the reference speed. On

    the other hand, the speed is adjusted for maintaining tension at a desired value. The

    response speed is high when the AC servomotor operates in the speed control mode.

    Consequently, when the line speed of the carbon fiber changes rapidly or in the start-time

    period, the master speed roller maintains tension in a small range. The control system

    measures the speed and tension of the carbon fiber, and then controls the multivariable

    output of the torque of the unwind roll, the torque of the magnetic powder brake roller,

    and speed of the master speed roller. The mechanical structure and dynamic modeling of the

    system is presented as follows.

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