Composite technologies

Basalt fiber: Filament winding

Automated production of tanks, pipes, spheres, golf club shafts and other hollow symmetrical structures made of reinforced plastics are a natural fit for the filament winding process. Even non-symmetrical windings such as wind turbine blades and aircraft components are wound using advanced design and control software.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

Filament winding is a very fast and efficient method of laying down resin and reinforcements to create strong, lightweight composite products. Windings are limited to the size of the machine and the rotating mandrel. Parts requiring mandrels of more than 30 m (100 ft) in diameter generally are wound at the site of the installation. Filament-wound parts provide high fibre volume fractions (up to 80%) and precisely controlled fibre orientation.

In the filament winding process, continuous strands of resin-impregnated glass fibre, carbon fibre or other reinforcements are wound under tension onto the mandrel in precise geometric patterns to build up the part. Once the desired winding thickness is achieved, the winder stops, the part is allowed to cure, and the mandrel is removed using an extractor. Mandrels can be left inside the winding to become an integral part of the component. Collapsible mandrels facilitate the job of extraction.

Most filament winders are two-axis machines. They have a carriage that moves back and forth along the mandrel, guiding the fibre rovings in either angled helical patterns for high tensile strength or in straight (90°) hoop patterns for enhanced crush strength. Chopped glass can also be sprayed onto the mandrel to selectively add material.

The rovings are fed from multiple spools positioned on a creel, through a tensioning system. A bath of catalysed low-viscosity thermoset resin is typically used to wet out the strands, although thermoplastic resin pre-impregnated tow preg materials can be used. For faster winding, dry fibres can be sprayed with resin as they are applied to the mandrel.

Multi-axis filament winding systems offer the ability to fabricate parts with up to six axes of motion control for the production of higher-performance pressure tanks and non-symmetrical components. Advances in winding software and computer numerical control enable the filament winding of such products as pipe elbows and other curved shapes.


Industries: Oil & Gas

Technologies: Filament Winding

Terms: Pipes


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