New Insertion Rules for a new Insertion System (NIRIS) (2008 - 2011)

The aim of the project is to develop a new control algorithm for a new insertion system that exceeds the limits of current day looms.

As a first step towards realizing a new insertion system, a breakthrough is needed in the capability to simulate such new systems on a computer. In a previous research project, a theoretical model was developed to allow simulation of the weft yarn during insertion.
In this project, the model should be further expanded to allow simulation of new insertion systems and to allow an increase in the simulation speed to do this efficiently.

As a second step, it is necessary to develop a functional model of a new insertion system and integrate it into the full weaving process, in order to further develop the new functional model as well as the necessary control strategies. Control strategies should focus on optimum of the yarn tension, air consumption, machine stops and fabric quality.

As a third and final step, an alternative new insertion system and its control strategies are desired, with the purpose of increasing productivity with 10 to 15% and  decreasing the yarn tension up to 50%.

Supported by: IWT

Duration: 12/2008 - 11/2011

Contact: Prof. Dr.ir. Lieva Van Langenhove