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Polymer film production: Modeling and control of the forward draw

Lookup NU author(s): Colin MacLaine, Professor Paul Acarnley


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Many industrial processes involve the transportation of a continuous web of material over a series of rollers to obtain a finished product. The manufacture of polymer film is one such web transport process, which utilizes a series of rotating elements that act to manipulate the film. This paper develops a dynamic mathematical model of the "forward draw" in a polymer film production process. The model is capable of being implemented in real-time for control purposes, yet includes significant physical phenomena such as material damping. Experimental results from a pilot production plant are used to validate the model under steady-state and transient conditions. The model is then used as a basis for a feed-forward control scheme, which reduces speed variations in the forward draw by a factor of 8 and therefore improves considerably the film quality. Copyright © 2010 by ASME.

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Author(s): MacLaine C, Acarnley P, Shanahan J, Mousalli P, Deighton M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the ASME

Year: 2010

Volume: 132

Issue: 1

Pages: 0110041-01100413

ISSN (print): 1087-1357

ISSN (electronic): 1528-8935

Publisher: ASME International


DOI: 10.1115/1.4000712


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