Goodrich Needler

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ME 4 Team: Christine Goodrich, Michael Palodichuk, Stephanie Sabin
Advisor:
Mike Keegan
Liaison:
Lynn Spivey
Goodrich Engineers: Mark Wolke, John McDonagh

Our project is to make a subscale needling machine to be used by Goodrich for experimental uses of carbon fabric. The process at the Goodrich plant is set up to handle only full‐sized boards, which is cumbersome and wasteful. There is a need to utilize the fabric and needle it for small, non‐product, experimental projects. We have created a safe, ergonomic machine that allows a single operator to pull fabric past a needling mechanism. Our machine can handle fabric pieces in the range of two inches to four feet and with a thickness of one layer up to 8 inches.

Download the research project's final report

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