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Intelligent winch - an hositing system with high performance fibre ropes

The main focus of the project is the development of an ultralight winch system. Therefore the companies use a light high performance fibre rope instead of a common steel wire rope. For this case the partners must create a completely new rope system and new parts of the winch for e.G. Flange drums.

Multi-functional textiles, which transmit energy and information, are a radically new line of technology, thus open a complete new range of application fields. A challenge of the interdisciplinary project "iWinch" remains the development of multi-functional textiles with new materials for applicable mechanical components as well as the development of demonstrators operating with these multi-functional mechanical components. The R&D project will open the field for a broad use of technical textiles. Due to their properties (low density paired with high strength), their application will be deemed worthy in more energy and resource efficient industries. The synergy and diversity of the partners of different backgrounds (technical textiles, logistics, material science, information and communication technology) will help to functionalise and customize the textile mechanical components with highly functional and purpose-targeted properties. The use of fibre ropes made from high-modulus polyethylene, TLCP fibres or aramid fibres offers a number of advantages. Due to their high strength and good lifetime predictability, they can be used in hoisting gears, cranes and other lifting applications. The reduction of mass compared to steel wire ropes leads to completely new and smaller power units. Self-sufficient shuttle systems with guide elements (using fibre ropes) which are able to transmit energy and information are conceivable. There are many advantages in using technical textile components in conveying techniques, such as: low energy consumption, space saving, flexibility, short assembly times, no corrosion, shorter maintenance times, high positioning accuracy, etc. A demonstrator will show solutions for future conveying techniques. Mining: Due to the reduction of mass by using fibre ropes, deep mining with enormous hoisting depths can be possible. Hoisting depths (less then 3,000 m) with one single shaft will be possible. The increase of hoisting capacity due to a lower weight of the rope and enormous hoisting depths will give the opportunity to mine raw materials also in European Mines, often so-called "mined out" because of having reached a certain depth that prevents further (economic) mining. The life of these mines can be extended due to available technology allowing reaching greater depths and enabling further economic hoisting of raw materials. Multi-functional technical textiles synthetic fibre ropes specifically, can be the answer to this problem. Lower weight and energy consumption saves operation costs. Logistics: The use of multi-functional textile components leads to more flexible logistic and transporting structures, e.g. with self-sufficient shuttle systems. Mobile factories can also benefit from multi-functional textiles that include energy and information transmission, which can help for example to scale down production lines and contribute to solve the "last-mile-problem". Flexible logistic systems for custom products in small quantities can be considered as an application for multi-functional textiles, as well. Marine Technology: Resistance against corrosion and low density of technical textiles are important advantages for the marine technology. Raw materials (ores, poly-metallic nodules, massive sulfides) occur in deep-sea areas (less then 4,000 m). EU countries are currently examining these sources and are planning to extract them. In the future, companies could cover their demand on raw materials with ores from the ocean, for what appropriate techniques have to be developed. Low-density materials are important to balance less weight on board of ships transporting exploitation equipment. Multi-functional textile ropes will be capable to hoist this equipment and can also transmit signals for steering, camera images, sensor signals, etc. Lower weight and energy consumption decreases operation costs. Applications on erection of offshore wind parks appear obvious, e.g. for floating fundaments, reinforcement of concrete, crane and winch technology.
Acronym: 
iWinch
Project ID: 
10 701
Start date: 
01-06-2016
Project Duration: 
24months
Project costs: 
700 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Process control and logistics
Market Area: 
Hoists, cranes and conveyors

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