Faculty Advisor

Ault, Holly K.

Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.


The design and fabrication of a Transverse Directional Orienter thread-up device was posed. Three designs were developed using functional decomposition and decision matrices. Prototype development was waived to investigate the feasibility of using air knives to push webbing across a tabletop. A test rig was developed to evaluate the effects of variables on the web travel distance. Air knives were determined to be a viable method for pushing webbing over a tabletop. Web behaviors were identified that warrant future investigation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering