Filament winding is used for the manufacture
of parts with high fiber volume fractions and controlled fiber orientation.
Fiber tows are immersed in a resin bath where they are coated with
low or medium molecular weight reactants. The impregnated tows
are then literally wound around a mandrel (mold core) in a controlled pattern to form
the shape of the part. After winding, the resin is then cured, typically using
heat. The mold core may be removed or may be left as an integral component
of the part.
A comprehensive reference on filament winding is:
Filament Winding: Its Development, Manufacture, Applications, and Design
D.V. Rosato, Interscience Publishers, New York (1964).
Suppliers of Filament Winders
Entec Composite Machines Inc.