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Injection molding  

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This book deals with injection molding and plastic industry with trend of plastic industry and injection molding like production and consume of plastic in the world, plastic molding such as forming and property process, various molding with shape forming, theories on main molding and the position of injection molding, prospect of injection molding. It also describes property of material on injection molding; introduction, molecule structure, density, crystalizability, transition point, heat condition quality and compressible volume.

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Bubble growth in mold cavities during microcellular injection molding processes  

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Bubble nucleation and growth are the key steps in polymer foam generation processes. The mechanical properties of foam polymers are closely related to the size of the bubbles created inside the material, and most existing analysis methods use a constant viscosity and surface tension to predict the size of the bubbles. Under actual situations, however, when the polymer contains gases, changes occur in the viscosity and surface tension that cause discrepancies between the estimated and observed bubble sizes. Therefore, we developed a theoretical framework to improve our bubble growth rate and size predictions, and experimentally verified our theoretical results using an injection molding machine modified to make microcellular foam products

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Process and part filling control in micro injection molding  

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The influence of process parameters on ?-injection molding (?IM) and on ?-injection molded parts has been investigated using Design of Experiments. A mold with a sensor applied at injection location was used to monitor actual injection pressure and to determine the cavity filling time. Flow markers position was measured on the polymer ?-parts to evaluate filling behavior of the polymer melt flowing through ?-features. Experimental results obtained under different processing conditions were evaluated to correlate the process parameter levels influence on the selected responses. Results showed that the injection speed in one of the most influencing process parameters on the ?IM process and on the ?-parts filling.

Tosello, Guido; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

2008-01-01

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Thermal monitoring of the thermoplastic injection molding process with FBGs  

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Injection molding is an important polymer processing method for manufacturing plastic components. In this work, the thermal monitoring of the thermoplastic injection molding is presented, since temperature is a critical parameter that influences the process features. A set of fiber Bragg gratings were multiplexed, aiming a two dimensional monitoring of the mold. The results allowed to identify the different stages of the thermoplastic molding cycle. Additionally, the data provide information about the heat transfer phenomena, an important issue for the thermoplastic injection sector, and thus for an endless number of applications that employ this type of materials.

Alberto, Nélia J.; Nogueira, Rogério N.; Neto, Victor F.

2014-08-01

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Injection molding metallic glass  

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Advances in alloy development have produced the Zr35Ti30Be27.5Cu7.5 alloy with a crystallization-glass transition temperature, ?T, of 165 deg. C. This alloy's large supercooled liquid region provides the longest processing times and lowest processing viscosities of any metallic glass and was injection molded using tooling based on plastic injection molding technology. Injection-molded beams and die-cast beams were tested in three-point bending. The average modulus of rupture (MOR) was found to be similar, while injection-molded beams had a smaller standard deviation in MOR

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RECENT METHODS FOR OPTIMIZATION OF PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING PROCESS –A RETROSPECTIVE AND LITERATURE REVIEW  

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Injection molding has been a challenging process for many manufacturers and researchers to produce products meeting requirements at the lowest cost. Faced with global competition in injection molding industry, using the trialand- error approach to determine the process parameters for injection molding is no longer good enough. Factors that affect the quality of a molded part can be classified into four categories: part design, mold design, machineperformance and processing conditions. The par...

Bharti, P. K.; M. I. Khan,; Harbinder Singh

2010-01-01

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The Elastic Mold Deformation During the Filling and Packing Stage of the Injection Molding Process  

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Full Text Available The accurate numerical prediction of the mold filling process of long and thin walled parts is dependent on numerous factors. This paper investigates the effect of various influencing variables on the filling pattern by means of simulation and experimental validation. It was found that mold temperature, process settings and venting conditions have little effect on the predicted filling pattern. However, in the actual case study, the filling behavior observed during the experiments was significantly different compared to the numerical prediction. A structural finite element analysis of the moving mold half showed an unacceptable large deformation of the mold plates under injection pressure. A very good correlation between simulation and experiment was attained after improving the stiffness of the mold. Therefore it can be concluded, that the elasticity of the mold may have a significant influence on the filling pattern when long and thin walled products are considered. Furthermore, it was shown, that even an apparently stiff mold can exhibit a distinct deformation during filling and packing stage.

Stefan Kleindel

2014-03-01

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The effect of mold surface topography on plastic parat in-process shrinkage in injection molding  

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An experimental study of the effect of mold surface roughness on in-process in-flow linear part shrinkage in injection molding has been carried out. The investigation is based on an experimental two-cavity tool, where the cavities have different surface topographies, but are otherwise identical. The study has been carried out for typical commercial polystyrene and polypropylene grades. The relationship between mold surface topography and linear shrinkage has been investigated with an experimental two-cavity mold producing simple rectangular parts with the nominal dimensions 1 x 25 x 50 mm (see figure 1). The cavities have different surface topographies on one side, but are otherwise identical (see discussion of other contribution factors).

ArlØ, Uffe Rolf; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

2003-01-01

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Development of the computer-aided process planning (CAPP system for polymer injection molds manufacturing  

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Full Text Available Beginning of production and selling of polymer products largely depends on mold manufacturing. The costs of mold manufacturing have significant share in the final price of a product. The best way to improve and rationalize polymer injection molds production process is by doing mold design automation and manufacturing process planning automation. This paper reviews development of a dedicated process planning system for manufacturing of the mold for injection molding, which integrates computer-aided design (CAD, computer-aided process planning (CAPP and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM technologies.

J. Tepi?

2011-10-01

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A senior manufacturing laboratory for determining injection molding process capability  

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The following is a laboratory experiment designed to further understanding of materials science. This subject material is directed at an upper level undergraduate/graduate student in an Engineering or Engineering Technology program. It is assumed that the student has a thorough understanding of the process and quality control. The format of this laboratory does not follow that which is normally recommended because of the nature of process capability and that of the injection molding equipment and tooling. This laboratory is instead developed to be used as a point of departure for determining process capability for any process in either a quality control laboratory or a manufacturing environment where control charts, process capability, and experimental or product design are considered important topics.

Wickman, Jerry L.; Plocinski, David

1992-01-01

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Improved silicon carbide for advanced heat engines. I - Process development for injection molding  

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Alternate processing methods have been investigated as a means of improving the mechanical properties of injection-molded SiC. Various mixing processes (dry, high-sheer, and fluid) were evaluated along with the morphology and particle size of the starting beta-SiC powder. Statistically-designed experiments were used to determine significant effects and interactions of variables in the mixing, injection molding, and binder removal process steps. Improvements in mechanical strength can be correlated with the reduction in flaw size observed in the injection molded green bodies obtained with improved processing methods.

Whalen, Thomas J.; Trela, Walter

1989-01-01

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RECENT METHODS FOR OPTIMIZATION OF PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING PROCESS –A RETROSPECTIVE AND LITERATURE REVIEW  

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Full Text Available Injection molding has been a challenging process for many manufacturers and researchers to produce products meeting requirements at the lowest cost. Faced with global competition in injection molding industry, using the trialand- error approach to determine the process parameters for injection molding is no longer good enough. Factors that affect the quality of a molded part can be classified into four categories: part design, mold design, machineperformance and processing conditions. The part and mold design are assumed as established and fixed. During production, quality characteristics may deviate due to drifting or shifting of processing conditions caused by machine wear, environmental change or operator fatigue. Determining optimal process parameter settings critically influences productivity, quality, and cost of production in the plastic injection molding (PIM industry. Previously, production engineers used either trial-and-error method or Taguchi’s parameter design method to determine optimal process parameter settings for PIM. However, these methods are unsuitable in present PIM because of the increasing complexity of product design and the requirement of multi-response quality characteristics. This article aims to review the recent research in designing and determining process parameters of injection molding. A number of research works based on various approaches have been performed in the domain of the parameter setting for injection molding. These approaches, including mathematical models, Taguchi method, Artificial Neural Networks (ANN,Fuzzy logic, Case Based Reasoning (CBR, Genetic Algorithms (GA, Finite Element Method(FEM,Non Linear Modeling, Response Surface Methodology, Linear Regression Analysis ,Grey Rational Analysis and Principle Component Analysis (PCA are described in this article. The strength and theweakness of individual approaches are discussed. It is then followed by conclusions and discussions of the potential research in determining process parameters for injection molding.

P.K. Bharti

2010-09-01

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Processing study of injection molding of silicon nitride for engine applications  

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The high hardness of silicon nitride, which is currently under consideration as a structural material for such hot engine components as turbine blades, renders machining of the material prohibitively costly; the near net shape forming technique of injection molding is accordingly favored as a means for component fabrication. Attention is presently given to the relationships between injection molding processing parameters and the resulting microstructural and mechanical properties of the resulting engine parts. An experimental program has been conducted under NASA sponsorship which tests the quality of injection molded bars of silicon nitride at various stages of processing.

Rorabaugh, M. E.; Yeh, H. C.

1985-01-01

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Process control and product evaluation in micro molding using a screwless/two-plunger injection unit  

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A newly developed ?-injection molding machine equipped with a screwless/two-plunger injection unit has been employed to mould miniaturized dog-bone shaped specimens on polyoxymethylene and its process capability and robustness have been analyzed. The influence of process parameters on ?-injection molding was investigated using the Design of Experiments technique. Injection pressure and piston stroke speed as well as part weight and dimensions were considered as quality factors over a wide range of process parameters. Experimental results obtained under different processing conditions were evaluated to correlate the process parameter levels influence on the selected responses, considering both average values and standard deviations.

Tosello, Guido Technical University of Denmark,

2010-01-01

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Study on the low energy & pollution manufacturing of micro cutting tools by powder injection molding process  

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In this paper, micro cutting tools were manufactured by the powder injection molding process. Most of cutting tools are manufactured by bulk-molding and grinding methods but, the fabrication of micro cutting tools is very difficult because of their minute flute shapes and cutting edges. Therefore, a powder injection molding (PIM) process was used to fabricate the green part of a micro cutting tool with zirconia mixer feedstock and the de-binding and sintering processes were performed. Besides, the grinding processes can be dropped by PIM. Finally, the micro cutting experiment using the newly manufactured tool by PIM was executed for verifying the utility of manufactured tool.

Heo, Young-Moo; Kim, Gun-Hee; Chang, Sung-Ho; Lee, Geun-An

2012-08-01

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Processing development of Si3N4 components by injection molding  

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The development of complex-shaped ceramic components by powder injection molding has been considered as a promising technique by industry. In this study silicon nitride was used as a sample material for demonstrating the possibility of fabricating ceramic components by injection molding. An optimized process for the manufacture of components by injection molding will be presented. The effects of solid content, binder type, solvent and thermal debinding and effects of firing atmosphere will be discussed. Some promising physical and mechanical properties of sintered silicon nitride will be illustrated. Some prototypes will also be demonstrated. The developed technique could be extended for fabricating engine or functional components. (author)

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Ceramic injection molding  

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Interest in making complex net-shape ceramic parts with good surface finishing and sharp tolerances without machining is a driving force for studying the injection molding technique. This method consists of softhening the ceramic material by means of adding some plastic and heating in order to inject the mixture under pressure into a relatively cold mold where solidification takes place. Essentially, it is the same process used in thermoplastic industry but, in the present case, the ceramic powder load ranges between 80 to 90 wt.%. This work shows results obtained from the fabrication of pieces of different ceramic materials (alumina, barium titanate ferrites, etc.) in a small scale, using equipments developed and constructed in the laboratory. (Author)

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Microcellular Injection Molding Using Helium  

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In comparison with conventional foaming process microcellular injection molding process has advantages such as small bubble size, the removal of sink mark, scale reliability, and weight lightening. So microcellular injection molded parts are applied to electrical product and automobile part. Conventional microcellular foaming process used carbon dioxide and nitrogen as a foaming agent. And it has been never researched and applied about microcellular injection molding process using helium. In this paper, we did a microcellular injection molding process using helium based on previous research result and made samples. From this we can certificate the possibility of microcellular continuous process using helium. Helium is lighter and faster in diffusion than carbon dioxide or nitrogen so through this technique, it can be solved the problem such as spray or labeling

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Scratch tests on micro-structured polymer surfaces produced by injection molding and reaction processes  

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This work focuses on the mechanical behavior of micro surface structures (molded both in the injection and reaction injection processes) in scratch tests using rounded cone indenters of different sizes. The interest in polymeric micro surface structures has increased in diagnostics, mass storage or optical fields as well as in the production of miniaturized devices such as micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) in which surface properties are essential. Using replication technologies like the injection molding process, such structures can be molded on a mass-production scale with low production costs at the same time. However, if the molded features are not protected, their surfaces are more sensitive compared to their unstructured surface and their functional loss is often a crucial factor. Therefore, the damage mechanisms of random and periodic structures at different length scales below 5 µm are investigated using an AFM and a SEM taking into account different materials and their structures.

Kuhn, Sascha; Burr, August; Kübler, Michael; Deckert, Matthias; Bleesen, Christoph

2011-06-01

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Design and fabrication of optical homogenizer with micro structure by injection molding process  

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This paper is to design and fabricate an optical homogenizer with hybrid design of collimator, toroidal lens array, and projection lens for beam shaping of Gaussian beam into uniform cylindrical beam. TracePro software was used to design the geometry of homogenizer and simulation of injection molding was preceded by Moldflow MPI to evaluate the mold design for injection molding process. The optical homogenizer is a cylindrical part with thickness 8.03 mm and diameter 5 mm. The micro structure of toroidal array has groove height designed from 12 ?m to 99 ?m. An electrical injection molding machine and PMMA (n= 1.4747) were selected to perform the experiment. Experimental results show that the optics homogenizer has achieved the transfer ratio of grooves (TRG) as 88.98% and also the optical uniformity as 68% with optical efficiency as 91.88%. Future study focuses on development of an optical homogenizer for LED light source.

Chen, C.-C. A.; Chang, S.-W.; Weng, C.-J.

2008-08-01

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Injection Molding of High Aspect Ratio Nanostructures  

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We present a process for injection molding of 40 nm wide and >100 nm high pillars (pitch: 200 nm). We explored the effects of mold coatings and injection molding conditions on the replication quality of nanostructures in cyclic olefin copolymer. We found that optimization of molding parameters using native nickel molds only lead to slight improvements in replication quality. In contrast, a fluorocarbon based antistiction coating (FDTS) was found to improve the replication quality significantly.

Matschuk, Maria; Larsen, Niels Bent

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Injection Molding of Plastics from Agricultural Materials  

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The objective of this research was to conduct a systematic study to relate injection molding parameters to properties of blends of starch and synthetic polymer. From this study, we wished to develop a thorough understanding of the injection molding process and gain significant insight into designing molds and aiding in developing products cheaply and efficiently.

Bhattacharya, M.; Ruan, R.

2001-02-22

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Injection molding of Y-TZP powders prepared by colloidal processing  

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TZP powders containing 3mol% Y2O3 were prepared from ZrOCl2 solution via an aqueous colloidal suspension of ZrO2. Processing variables were optimized to obtain powders suitable for injection molding. Wettability of powders with binders, fluidity of melting compound, removal of binder from green body, and properties of sintered body were investigated

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On Optimization of Injection Molding Cooling  

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This thesis is devoted to analysis and optimization of the injection molding process with a focus on the mold. In the analysis, both process parameters and the design of the mold are taken in consideration. A procedure has been developed, i.e. a method and a program code, which enables optimization of different quantities, not only restricted to injection molding simulation, by altering different variables. There are many ways to interpret the word “optimization”. In this work, “optimiz...

Ra?nnar, Lars-erik

2008-01-01

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Validation of New Process Models for Large Injection-Molded Long-Fiber Thermoplastic Composite Structures  

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This report describes the work conducted under the CRADA Nr. PNNL/304 between Battelle PNNL and Autodesk whose objective is to validate the new process models developed under the previous CRADA for large injection-molded LFT composite structures. To this end, the ARD-RSC and fiber length attrition models implemented in the 2013 research version of Moldflow was used to simulate the injection molding of 600-mm x 600-mm x 3-mm plaques from 40% glass/polypropylene (Dow Chemical DLGF9411.00) and 40% glass/polyamide 6,6 (DuPont Zytel 75LG40HSL BK031) materials. The injection molding was performed by Injection Technologies, Inc. at Windsor, Ontario (under a subcontract by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL) using the mold offered by the Automotive Composite Consortium (ACC). Two fill speeds under the same back pressure were used to produce plaques under slow-fill and fast-fill conditions. Also, two gating options were used to achieve the following desired flow patterns: flows in edge-gated plaques and in center-gated plaques. After molding, ORNL performed measurements of fiber orientation and length distributions for process model validations. The structure of this report is as follows. After the Introduction (Section 1), Section 2 provides a summary of the ARD-RSC and fiber length attrition models. A summary of model implementations in the latest research version of Moldflow is given in Section 3. Section 4 provides the key processing conditions and parameters for molding of the ACC plaques. The validations of the ARD-RSC and fiber length attrition models are presented and discussed in Section 5. The conclusions will be drawn in Section 6.

Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Jin, Xiaoshi; Wang, Jin; Kunc, Vlastimil; Tucker III, Charles L.

2012-02-23

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Powder injection molding of niobium  

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Niobium and niobium-based alloys are used in a variety of high temperature applications ranging from light bulbs to rocket engines. Niobium has excellent formability and the lowest specific weight among refractory metals (Nb, Ta, Mo, W, and Re). Powder injection molding of niobium powder was investigated for efficiency of the process. The sintering of injection molded bars was conducted up to 2000 C in vacuum and low oxygen partial pressure atmosphere. This paper investigates the effect of sintering time, temperature and atmosphere on processing of pure niobium. (orig.)

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Injection molding ceramics to high green densities  

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The injection molding behavior of a concentrated suspension of Si powder in wax was studied. It was found that the injection molding behavior was a function of the processing techniques used to generate the powder. Dry ball-milled powders had the best molding behavior, while air classified and impact-milled powders demonstrated poorer injection moldability. The relative viscosity of these molding batches was studied as a function of powder properties: distribution shape, surface area, packing density, and particle morphology. The experimental behavior, in all cases, followed existing theories. The relative viscosity of an injection molding composition composed of dry ball-milled powders could be expressed using Farris' relation.

Mangels, J. A.; Williams, R. M.

1983-01-01

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Determination of injection molding process windows for optical lenses using response surface methodology.  

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This study focuses on injection molding process window determination for obtaining optimal imaging optical properties, astigmatism, coma, and spherical aberration using plastic lenses. The Taguchi experimental method was first used to identify the optimized combination of parameters and significant factors affecting the imaging optical properties of the lens. Full factorial experiments were then implemented based on the significant factors to build the response surface models. The injection molding process windows for lenses with optimized optical properties were determined based on the surface models, and confirmation experiments were performed to verify their validity. The results indicated that the significant factors affecting the optical properties of lenses are mold temperature, melt temperature, and cooling time. According to experimental data for the significant factors, the oblique ovals for different optical properties on the injection molding process windows based on melt temperature and cooling time can be obtained using the curve fitting approach. The confirmation experiments revealed that the average errors for astigmatism, coma, and spherical aberration are 3.44%, 5.62%, and 5.69%, respectively. The results indicated that the process windows proposed are highly reliable. PMID:25321095

Tsai, Kuo-Ming; Wang, He-Yi

2014-08-20

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The reflectivity, wettability and scratch durability of microsurface features molded in the injection molding process using a dynamic tool tempering system  

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In this paper the replication qualities of periodically and randomly arranged micro-features molded in the injection molding process and their effects on surface properties are studied. The features are molded in PC, PMMA and PP at different mold wall temperatures in order to point out the necessity and profitability of a variotherm mold wall temperature control system. A one-dimensional heat conduction model is proposed to predict the cycle times of the variotherm injection molding processes. With regard to these processes, the molding results are compared to the molded surface feature heights using an atomic force microscope. In addition, the effects of the molded surface features on macroscopic surfaces are characterized in terms of light reflection using a spectrometer and in terms of water wettability by measuring the static contact angle. Furthermore, due to the sensitivity of the surface features on the molded parts, their durability is compared in a scratch test with a diamond tip. This leads to successful implementation in applications in which the optical appearance, in terms of gloss and reflection, and the water repellence, in terms of drag flow and adhesion, are of importance.

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The reflectivity, wettability and scratch durability of microsurface features molded in the injection molding process using a dynamic tool tempering system  

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In this paper the replication qualities of periodically and randomly arranged micro-features molded in the injection molding process and their effects on surface properties are studied. The features are molded in PC, PMMA and PP at different mold wall temperatures in order to point out the necessity and profitability of a variotherm mold wall temperature control system. A one-dimensional heat conduction model is proposed to predict the cycle times of the variotherm injection molding processes. With regard to these processes, the molding results are compared to the molded surface feature heights using an atomic force microscope. In addition, the effects of the molded surface features on macroscopic surfaces are characterized in terms of light reflection using a spectrometer and in terms of water wettability by measuring the static contact angle. Furthermore, due to the sensitivity of the surface features on the molded parts, their durability is compared in a scratch test with a diamond tip. This leads to successful implementation in applications in which the optical appearance, in terms of gloss and reflection, and the water repellence, in terms of drag flow and adhesion, are of importance.

Kuhn, Sascha; Burr, August; Kübler, Michael; Deckert, Matthias; Bleesen, Christoph

2011-02-01

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Two component tungsten powder injection molding - An effective mass production process  

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Tungsten and tungsten-alloys are presently considered to be the most promising materials for plasma facing components for future fusion power plants. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) divertor design concept for the future DEMO power plant is based on modular He-cooled finger units and the development of suitable mass production methods for such parts was needed. A time and cost effective near-net-shape forming process with the advantage of shape complexity, material utilization and high final density is Powder Injection Molding (PIM). This process allows also the joining of two different materials e.g. tungsten with a doped tungsten alloy, without brazing. The complete technological process of 2-Component powder injection molding for tungsten materials and its application on producing real DEMO divertor parts, characterization results of the finished parts e.g. microstructure, hardness, density and joining zone quality are discussed in this contribution.

Antusch, Steffen; Commin, Lorelei; Mueller, Marcus; Piotter, Volker; Weingaertner, Tobias

2014-04-01

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Effect of injection molding processing conditions on optical properties of polyetherimide  

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SABIC's ULTEMTM (polyetherimide) resin has been the choice of material for injection moldable micro lenses and lens arrays in optical communication components such as transceivers due to its unique combination of physical, thermal and optical properties including high refractive index, low absorption in near IR range, good dimensional stability and high heat performance. It's known that processing conditions affect properties of final parts. Often the processing conditions are optimized for best mechanical properties, while their effect on optical properties is sidelined. In this study, the effect of injection molding processing conditions on optical properties of polyetherimide resin is discussed.

Zhao, Wei; Wall, Christopher; Maddikeri, Raghavendra; May, Andy

2014-09-01

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Foam injection molding of thermoplastic elastomers: Blowing agents, foaming process and characterization of structural foams  

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Polymer foams play an important role caused by the steadily increasing demand to light weight design. In case of soft polymers, like thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), the haptic feeling of the surface is affected by the inner foam structure. Foam injection molding of TPEs leads to so called structural foam, consisting of two compact skin layers and a cellular core. The properties of soft structural foams like soft-touch, elastic and plastic behavior are affected by the resulting foam structure, e.g. thickness of the compact skins and the foam core or density. This inner structure can considerably be influenced by different processing parameters and the chosen blowing agent. This paper is focused on the selection and characterization of suitable blowing agents for foam injection molding of a TPE-blend. The aim was a high density reduction and a decent inner structure. Therefore DSC and TGA measurements were performed on different blowing agents to find out which one is appropriate for the used TPE. Moreover a new analyzing method for the description of processing characteristics by temperature dependent expansion measurements was developed. After choosing suitable blowing agents structural foams were molded with different types of blowing agents and combinations and with the breathing mold technology in order to get lower densities. The foam structure was analyzed to show the influence of the different blowing agents and combinations. Finally compression tests were performed to estimate the influence of the used blowing agent and the density reduction on the compression modulus.

Ries, S.; Spoerrer, A.; Altstaedt, V.

2014-05-01

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Optimization of plastic injection molding process parameters for manufacturing a brake booster valve body  

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Highlights: • PIM process parameters have been optimized for a brake booster valve body. • The Taguchi method and computer-aided engineering have been integrated and used. • Seven key parameters of PIM process have been considered. • A nearly 12% improvement have been found by using the optimal PIM process parameters. • The efficient improvement can improve the safety performance of a vehicle. - Abstract: The plastic injection molding (PIM) process parameters have been investigated for manufacturing a brake booster valve body. The optimal PIM process parameters is determined with the application of computer-aided engineering integrating with the Taguchi method to improve the compressive property of the valve body. The parameters considered for optimization are the following: number of gates, gate size, molding temperature, resin temperature, switch over by volume filled, switch over by injection pressure, and curing time. An orthogonal array of L18 is created for the statistical design of experiments based on the Taguchi method. Then, Mold-Flow analyses are performed by using the designed process parameters based on the L18 orthogonal array. The signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio and the analysis of variance (ANOVA) are used to find the optimal PIM process parameters and to figure out the impact of the viscosity of resin, curing percentage, and compressive strength on a brake booster valve body. When compared with the average compression strength out of the 18 design experiments, the compression strength of the valve body produced using the optimal PIM process parameters showed a nearly 12% improvement

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Development of Metal Plate with Internal Structure Utilizing the Metal Injection Molding (MIM) Process  

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In this study, we focus on making a double-sided metal plate with an internal structure, such as honeycomb. The stainless steel powder was used in the metal injection molding (MIM) process. The preliminary studies were carried out for the measurement of the viscosity of the stainless steel feedstock and for the prediction of the filling behavior through Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) simulation. PE (high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE)) and polypropylene (PP)...

Kwangho Shin; Youngmoo Heo; Hyungpil Park; Sungho Chang; Byungohk Rhee

2013-01-01

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How to determine the parameters of polymer crystallization for modeling the injection-molding process?  

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To understand the relationship between 'polymers-processing conditions-structures-properties', crystallization is one of the major concerned phenomena. A general crystallization model derived from Avrami's work has been developed at CEMEF and implemented into a 3D finite element code for injection-molding named Rem3D®. It gives a precise description of the crystallization event, allows the determination of morphological features, but it requires a reliable determination of the crystallizatio...

Boyer, Se?verine A. E.; Silva, Luisa; Gicquel, Mounia; Devisme, Samuel; Chenot, Jean-loup; Haudin, Jean-marc

2008-01-01

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Multi-scale filling simulation of micro-injection molding process  

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This work proposes a multi-scale simulation method that can simulate filling during the micro-injection molding process. The multiscale simulation is comprised of two steps. In the first step, the macro-scale flow is analyzed using the conventional method. In the second step, the micro-scale simulation is conducted taking the slip and surface tension into consideration to investigate the filling of microcavity. Moreover, a conservative level set method is employed to accurately track the flow front. First, numerical tests have been done for circular micro-channels. The results show that slip and surface tension play important roles in the micro-regime. Second, to verify the multi-scale method, filling of a thin plate with micro-channel patterns has been simulated. The results show that the proposed multi-scale method is promising for micro-injection molding simulations

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Process development of injection molded parts with wound fiber structures for local reinforcement  

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Glass and carbon fiber reinforcements in injection molded parts have been used for many decades in combination with thermoplastics. Where short- or long-fiber pellets are used, all areas of the part are nearly equally reinforced by fibers. With local continuous-fiber reinforcements it is possible to reduce fiber usage to the most highly loaded areas of the components along the lines of flux. This method, which draws on principles applied in nature, strengthens the parts with only a slight weight increase compared to non-reinforced parts. The combination of injection molding as a process for large-scale production with the high mechanical properties of continuous-fiber-reinforcements enables the production of high-strength components at reasonable costs. The paper presents the investigation of a process development with injection molded components in combination with wound fiber structures. Fundamental experiments with tensile loaded wound fiber structures regarding to their design influences are presented. On this basis a reinforcement structure for a demonstrator was developed and examined.

Heinzle, V.; Huber, T.; Henning, F.; Elsner, P.

2014-05-01

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Investigation of process parameters for an Injection molding component for warpage and Shrinkage  

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Full Text Available The purpose of the research is to explore the influence of different mold temperatures on the warpage & shrinkage of the injection molded component’s. The simulation software MOLDEX 3D was used for this study, the simulations were done by varying different mold temperatures and their corresponding warpage & shrinkage were collected. It was found that the different mold wall temperature causes the asymmetrical polymer flow in the cross-section due to which the asymmetrical structure in the parts cross-section occurs and this was observed using the flow analysis software. So it is required to assurehomogeneous mold wall temperature across the entire cavityduring the production of injection molded parts. This researchfinally concludes that warpage and shrinkage decreases for increased values of mold temperature

Mohammad Aashiq M1 , Arun A.P1 ,Parthiban M

2013-04-01

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Development of a Plastic Injection Molding Processing Laboratory for Freshman Mechanical Engineering Technology Students  

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As is the case with many educational institutions that offer a MET degree, an introductory course in manufacturing materials and processes is required. At Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, we offer first-year Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) students the introductory manufacturing materials and processes course. The course has both a lecture and laboratory segment. During the lab segment of the course, students have the opportunity to experience: material testing, plant tours, manufacturing processes, statistical process control, and inspection/measurement techniques. With 10 PIM machines, 3 extrusion lines, 2 thermoforming machines, and 2 blow molding machines, Penn State Behrend has the largest educational plastic injection molding (PIM) laboratory in the country. Collaborative efforts were initiated between the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Plastics Engineering Technology departments to enhance the learning experience. Resulting from the collaboration a decision was made to add a PIM laboratory to emphasize the lecture on plastic materials and processes. The PIM laboratory was developed to give the student an introduction to the PIM process, machine, mold and the effects of processing variables on the parts. Also, students would gain knowledge regarding the effects of part design on the process. Prior to the implementation of this lab, the students went on plant tours or were shown videos of the PIM process.

Meckley, Jonathan A.

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Injection molding of metal powders  

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The powder Injection Moulding (PIM) process is a viable and competitive commercial technique for producing complex-shaped parts of various materials in high volumes. PIM based on a new binder system and using a Co-Cr-Mo alloy powder as a test material, has been described. The binder comprises a major fraction of polyethylene glycols (PEGs) of various molecular weights and a minor fraction of very finely dispersed poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) incorporated in the form of an emulsion. Various processing stages of the PIM process, i.e., feedstock preparation, injection molding, de binding and sintering have been discussed. (author)

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Numerical approach of the injection molding process of fiber-reinforced composite with considering fiber orientation  

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One of the most important challenges in the injection molding process of the short-glass fiber/thermoplastic composite parts is being able to predict the fiber orientation, since it controls the mechanical and the physical properties of the final parts. Folgar and Tucker included into the Jeffery equation a diffusive type of term, which introduces a phenomenological coefficient for modeling the randomizing effect of the mechanical interactions between the fibers, to predict the fiber orientation in concentrated suspensions. Their experiments indicated that this coefficient depends on the fiber volume fraction and aspect ratio. However, a definition of the fiber interaction coefficient, which is very necessary in the fiber orientation simulations, hasn't still been proven yet. Consequently, this study proposed a developed fiber interaction model that has been introduced a fiber dynamics simulation in order to obtain a global fiber interaction coefficient. This supposed that the coefficient is a sum function of the fiber concentration, aspect ratio, and angular velocity. The proposed model was incorporated into a computer aided engineering simulation package C-Mold. Short-glass fiber/polyamide-6 composites were produced in the injection molding with the fiber weight concentration of 30 wt.%, 50 wt.%, and 70 wt.%. The physical properties of these composites were examined, and their fiber orientation distributions were measured by micro-computed-tomography equipment ?-CT. The simulation results showed a good agreement with experiment results.

Nguyen Thi, T. B., E-mail: thanhbinh.skku@gmail.com, E-mail: yokoyama@kit.ac.jp; Yokoyama, A., E-mail: thanhbinh.skku@gmail.com, E-mail: yokoyama@kit.ac.jp [Department of Advanced Fibro-Science, Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan); Ota, K., E-mail: kei-ota@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhiro-kodama@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhisa-yamashita@toyobo.jp, E-mail: yumiko-isogai@toyobo.jp, E-mail: kenji-furuichi@toyobo.jp, E-mail: chisato-nonomura@toyobo.jp; Kodama, K., E-mail: kei-ota@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhiro-kodama@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhisa-yamashita@toyobo.jp, E-mail: yumiko-isogai@toyobo.jp, E-mail: kenji-furuichi@toyobo.jp, E-mail: chisato-nonomura@toyobo.jp; Yamashita, K., E-mail: kei-ota@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhiro-kodama@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhisa-yamashita@toyobo.jp, E-mail: yumiko-isogai@toyobo.jp, E-mail: kenji-furuichi@toyobo.jp, E-mail: chisato-nonomura@toyobo.jp; Isogai, Y., E-mail: kei-ota@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhiro-kodama@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhisa-yamashita@toyobo.jp, E-mail: yumiko-isogai@toyobo.jp, E-mail: kenji-furuichi@toyobo.jp, E-mail: chisato-nonomura@toyobo.jp; Furuichi, K., E-mail: kei-ota@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhiro-kodama@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhisa-yamashita@toyobo.jp, E-mail: yumiko-isogai@toyobo.jp, E-mail: kenji-furuichi@toyobo.jp, E-mail: chisato-nonomura@toyobo.jp; Nonomura, C., E-mail: kei-ota@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhiro-kodama@toyobo.jp, E-mail: katsuhisa-yamashita@toyobo.jp, E-mail: yumiko-isogai@toyobo.jp, E-mail: kenji-furuichi@toyobo.jp, E-mail: chisato-nonomura@toyobo.jp [Toyobo Co., LTD. Research Center (Japan)

2014-05-15

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Numerical approach of the injection molding process of fiber-reinforced composite with considering fiber orientation  

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One of the most important challenges in the injection molding process of the short-glass fiber/thermoplastic composite parts is being able to predict the fiber orientation, since it controls the mechanical and the physical properties of the final parts. Folgar and Tucker included into the Jeffery equation a diffusive type of term, which introduces a phenomenological coefficient for modeling the randomizing effect of the mechanical interactions between the fibers, to predict the fiber orientation in concentrated suspensions. Their experiments indicated that this coefficient depends on the fiber volume fraction and aspect ratio. However, a definition of the fiber interaction coefficient, which is very necessary in the fiber orientation simulations, hasn't still been proven yet. Consequently, this study proposed a developed fiber interaction model that has been introduced a fiber dynamics simulation in order to obtain a global fiber interaction coefficient. This supposed that the coefficient is a sum function of the fiber concentration, aspect ratio, and angular velocity. The proposed model was incorporated into a computer aided engineering simulation package C-Mold. Short-glass fiber/polyamide-6 composites were produced in the injection molding with the fiber weight concentration of 30 wt.%, 50 wt.%, and 70 wt.%. The physical properties of these composites were examined, and their fiber orientation distributions were measured by micro-computed-tomography equipment ?-CT. The simulation results showed a good agreement with experiment results

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Numerical approach of the injection molding process of fiber-reinforced composite with considering fiber orientation  

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One of the most important challenges in the injection molding process of the short-glass fiber/thermoplastic composite parts is being able to predict the fiber orientation, since it controls the mechanical and the physical properties of the final parts. Folgar and Tucker included into the Jeffery equation a diffusive type of term, which introduces a phenomenological coefficient for modeling the randomizing effect of the mechanical interactions between the fibers, to predict the fiber orientation in concentrated suspensions. Their experiments indicated that this coefficient depends on the fiber volume fraction and aspect ratio. However, a definition of the fiber interaction coefficient, which is very necessary in the fiber orientation simulations, hasn't still been proven yet. Consequently, this study proposed a developed fiber interaction model that has been introduced a fiber dynamics simulation in order to obtain a global fiber interaction coefficient. This supposed that the coefficient is a sum function of the fiber concentration, aspect ratio, and angular velocity. The proposed model was incorporated into a computer aided engineering simulation package C-Mold. Short-glass fiber/polyamide-6 composites were produced in the injection molding with the fiber weight concentration of 30 wt.%, 50 wt.%, and 70 wt.%. The physical properties of these composites were examined, and their fiber orientation distributions were measured by micro-computed-tomography equipment ?-CT. The simulation results showed a good agreement with experiment results.

Nguyen Thi, T. B.; Yokoyama, A.; Ota, K.; Kodama, K.; Yamashita, K.; Isogai, Y.; Furuichi, K.; Nonomura, C.

2014-05-01

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Thermal-Fluid Coupled Analysis for Injection Molding Process by Considering Thermal Contact Resistance  

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Injection molds are generally fabricated by assembling a number of plates in which the core and cavity components are assembled. This assembled structure has a number of contact interfaces where the heat transfer characteristics are affected by thermal contact resistance. In previous studies, numerical approaches were investigated to predict the effect of thermal contact resistance on the temperature distribution of injection molds. In this study, thermal-fluid coupled numerical analyses are performed to take into account the thermal contact effect on the numerical evaluation of the mold filling characteristics. Comparisons with experimental results show that the proposed coupled analysis provides more reliable results than the conventional analyses in predicting the mold filling characteristics by taking into account the effect of thermal contact resistance inside the injection mold assembly

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Influence of process parameters on the weld lines of a micro injection molded component  

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The insufficient entanglement of the molecular chains and the stress amplification at the v-notch of a weld line compromise the mechanical strength of a plastic product, also in the micro scale. To investigate the influence of process parameters on the weld lines formation, a special micro cavity was designed and manufactured by µEDM (Electro Discharge Machining). Weld lines were quantitatively characterized both in the two-dimensional (direction and position) and three-dimensional range (surface topography characterization). Results showed that shape and position of weld lines are mainly influenced by mold temperature and injection speed.

Tosello, Guido; Gava, Alberto

2007-01-01

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Study of soft magnetic iron cobalt based alloys processed by powder injection molding  

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As a near net shape process, powder injection molding (PIM) opens new possibilities to process Fe-Co alloys for magnetic applications. Due to the fact that PIM does not involve plastic deformation of the material during processing, we envisioned the possibility of eliminating vanadium (V), which is generally added to Fe-Co alloys to improve the ductility in order to enable its further shaping by conventional processes such as forging and cold rolling. In our investigation we have found out two main futures related to the elimination of V, which lead to a cost-benefit gain in manufacturing small magnetic components where high-saturation induction is needed at low frequencies. Firstly, the elimination of V enables the achievement of much better magnetic properties when alloys are processed by PIM. Secondly, a lower sintering temperature can be used when the alloy is processed starting with elemental Fe and Co powders without the addition of V

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End Uses Mechanical Properties Settled By The Modified Sintering Conditions Of The Metal Injection Molding Process  

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Most common mechanical applications require parts with specific properties as hard faced features. It is well known that treating parts under suitable atmospheres may improve hardness and strength yield of steels. Heat treatment process and more particularly thermo-chemical diffusion processes (such as carburizing or its variation: carbonitriding) can be performed to reach the industrial hardness profile requirements. In this work, a low-alloyed steel feedstock based on water soluble binder system is submitted to the MIM process steps (including injection molding, debinding and sintering). As-sintered parts are then treated under a low pressure carbonitriding treatment. This contribution focuses on preliminary results such as microstructural analyses and mechanical properties which are established at each stage of the process to determine and monitor changes.

Marray, Tarek; Jaccquet, Philippe; Moinard-Checot, Delphine; Fabre, Agnès; Barrallier, Laurent

2011-01-01

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End Uses Mechanical Properties Settled By The Modified Sintering Conditions Of The Metal Injection Molding Process  

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Most common mechanical applications require parts with specific properties as hard faced features. It is well known that treating parts under suitable atmospheres may improve hardness and strength yield of steels. Heat treatment process and more particularly thermo-chemical diffusion processes (such as carburizing or its variation: carbonitriding) can be performed to reach the industrial hardness profile requirements. In this work, a low-alloyed steel feedstock based on water soluble binder system is submitted to the MIM process steps (including injection molding, debinding and sintering). As-sintered parts are then treated under a low pressure carbonitriding treatment. This contribution focuses on preliminary results such as microstructural analyses and mechanical properties which are established at each stage of the process to determine and monitor changes.

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Ceramic injection molding material analysis, modeling and injection molding simulation  

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In comparison to unfilled polymers, a ceramic feedstocks has a very high viscosity, a very high heat conductivity and a different pvT-behavior. So far standard simulation tools for plastic injection molding are capable of simulating unfilled or fiber filled compounds with their typical low viscosity and heat conductivity etc. but not for very high ceramic powder filled polymers. This article shows an approach of preparing and adding ceramic feedstocks to standard injection molding tools. Two different feedstocks are used.

Drummer, D.; Messingschlager, S.

2014-05-01

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Experimental validation of viscous and viscoelastic simulations of micro injection molding process  

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The effects of two different rheological models used in the simulation of the micro injection molding (µIM) process are investigated. The Cross-WLF viscous model and the Giesekus viscoelastic model are selected and their performance evaluated using 3D models implemented on two different commercially available software packages. Simulation results are then compared with the experimental µIM process. Validation parameters for the comparison are the flow front position during filling of the micro cavity. They are respectively obtained by applying the short-shots method and the flow-markers method. The µIM part is a polystyrene tensile bar test weighting 20mg and with three µ-features 300µm wide.

Gava, Alberto; Tosello, Guido

2009-01-01

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Functional nanostructures on injection molded plastic  

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Nanotechnology can be used to make inexpensive plastic parts with functional surfaces. The plastic parts can be molded using a standard injection molding process. The nanostructures are directly transferred from the surface of the molding tool to the surface of the molded plastic part during the molding process. The main advantage with this method is that surface treatments and chemical additives are avoided, which minimizes health risks and simplifies recycling. Another advantage is that the unique technology enables nanostructuring of free form molded parts. The functional surfaces can have many different properties including anti-reflective, self-cleaning, anti-stiction or color effects. In this work we focus on the superhydrophobic and self-cleaning properties.

Johansson, Alicia Charlotte; SØgaard, Emil

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Surface microstructure replication in injection molding  

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In recent years, polymer components with surface microstructures have been in rising demand for applications such as lab-on-a-chip and optical components. Injection molding has proven to be a feasible and efficient way to manufacture such components. In injection molding, the mold surface topography is transcribed onto the plastic part through complex mechanisms. This replication, however, is not perfect, and the replication quality depends on the plastic material properties, the topography itself, and the process conditions. This paper describes and discusses an investigation of injection molding of surface microstructures. The fundamental problem of surface microstructure replication has been studied. The research is based on specific microstructures as found in lab-on-a-chip products and on rough surfaces generated from EDM (electro discharge machining) mold cavities. Emphasis is put on the ability to replicate surface microstructures under normal injection-molding conditions, i.e., with commodity materials within typical process windows. It was found that within typical process windows the replication quality depends significantly on several process parameters, and especially the mold temperature. For the specific microstructures, evidence suggests that step-height replication quality depends linearly on structure width in a certain range

Theilade, Uffe ArlØ; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

2006-01-01

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Injection Compression Molding of Replica Molds for Nanoimprint Lithography  

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Full Text Available As a breakthrough in the cost and durability of molds for nanoimprint lithography (NIL, replica molds are fabricated by injection compression molding (ICM. ICM is commonly used for optical disks such as DVDs or Blu-ray disks and is also a practical fabrication method for nanostructures. In this paper, I successfully demonstrated the fabrication of cycloolefin polymer replica molds with structures smaller than 60 nm by ICM. Furthermore, ultraviolet (UV-NIL using these replica molds was demonstrated. UV-cured resist was replicated over an area of 60 mm diameter. The degree of replication by UV-NIL in the first usage of each replica mold had good repeatability. Because ICM is a high-throughput, low-cost process, the replica mold can be disposed of after a certain time for UV-NIL. This method leads to a high-integrity UV-NIL process of patterned media because multiple large-area replica molds can be fabricated simultaneously.

Keisuke Nagato

2014-03-01

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Injection molded superhydrophobic surfaces based on microlithography and black silicon processing  

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This work is concerned with the design, development, and testing of nanostructured polymer surfaces with self-cleaning properties that can be manufactured by injection molding. In particular, the superimposed micro- and nanometer length scales of the so-called Lotus effect were investigated in detail with an engineering perspective on choice of materials and manufacturability by injection molding. Microscope slides with superhydrophobic properties were succesfully fabricated. Preliminary results indicate a contact angle increase from 95° for the unstructured polymer to a maximum 150°. The lowest drop roll off angles observed were in the range 1° to 5°.

SØgaard, Emil; Andersen, Nis Korsgaard

2012-01-01

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All polymer, injection molded nanoslits, fabricated through two-level UV-LIGA processes  

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Micro- and nanofluidic systems fabricated in silicon and glass substrates are expensive and have long production cycles. To minimize the time used by researchers to fabricate their systems, rather than using them, medium to high volume throughput of specific chips, containing fluidic channels in the micro- and nanoregime is required. To obtain this, injection molding is included in the research process for making several chips (100-1000) with the same layout. The time it takes for the individual chip to be fabricated in this way is much shorter than with conventional cleanroom methods, and the price is equally lower. Optimization of the final chip is explored, by looking at which aspects ratios are possible to obtain in polymer chips. Finally, signal to noise ratio of the chips used for fluorescent experiments is investigated, by an expected reduction of the excitation of fluorescent states in the polymer with the use of chips in different colors.

Østergaard, Peter Friis; Matteucci, Marco

2012-01-01

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Characterization of Injection Molded Structures  

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Microscopy has been widely applied to understand surface structures of solid samples. According to the instrumental methodology, there are different microscopy methods: optical microscopy, electron microscopy, and scanning probe microscopy (SPM). These microscopy methods have individual advantages and limitations. Therefore, it would be difficult to characterize complex, especially hierarchical structures by using only one method. Here we present a combined optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and scanning probe microscopy study on injection molded structures. These structures are used for different applications. We show how to correlate the structures of the polymer replicas with respect to their functionalities. Furthermore, we introduce how we coordinate with all partners in the “Nanoplast” project, and how we utilize the existing facilities of each method to understand structure-properties relationship of the injection molded polymer samples. These results are very important in optimizing injection molding parameters.

Sun, Ling; SØgaard, Emil

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Dynamic Feed Control For Injection Molding  

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The invention provides methods and apparatus in which mold material flows through a gate into a mold cavity that defines the shape of a desired part. An adjustable valve is provided that is operable to change dynamically the effective size of the gate to control the flow of mold material through the gate. The valve is adjustable while the mold material is flowing through the gate into the mold cavity. A sensor is provided for sensing a process condition while the part is being molded. During molding, the valve is adjusted based at least in part on information from the sensor. In the preferred embodiment, the adjustable valve is controlled by a digital computer, which includes circuitry for acquiring data from the sensor, processing circuitry for computing a desired position of the valve based on the data from the sensor and a control data file containing target process conditions, and control circuitry for generating signals to control a valve driver to adjust the position of the valve. More complex embodiments include a plurality of gates, sensors, and controllable valves. Each valve is individually controllable so that process conditions corresponding to each gate can be adjusted independently. This allows for great flexibility in the control of injection molding to produce complex, high-quality parts.

Kazmer, David O. (San Francisco, CA)

1996-09-17

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Injection Compression Molding of Replica Molds for Nanoimprint Lithography  

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As a breakthrough in the cost and durability of molds for nanoimprint lithography (NIL), replica molds are fabricated by injection compression molding (ICM). ICM is commonly used for optical disks such as DVDs or Blu-ray disks and is also a practical fabrication method for nanostructures. In this paper, I successfully demonstrated the fabrication of cycloolefin polymer replica molds with structures smaller than 60 nm by ICM. Furthermore, ultraviolet (UV)-NIL using these replica molds was demo...

Keisuke Nagato

2014-01-01

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Dynamic of taking out molding parts at injection molding  

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Full Text Available Most plastic parts used in automobile production are manufactured by injection molding. Their quality depends also on taking out molding and on the manipulators for it. Task of this contribution is to theoretically describe a transport of molding at taking out after injection molding in relation on its regulation. The following quantities are derived at it: the transition characteristic of the taking out system, the blocking diagram of taking out molding regulation, the amplitude and phase characteristic and the transition characteristic of action quantity at taking out molding regulation.

E. Ragan

2012-10-01

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Automatic polishing process of plastic injection molds on a 5-axis milling center  

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The plastic injection mold manufacturing process includes polishing operations when surface roughness is critical or mirror effect is required to produce transparent parts. This polishing operation is mainly carried out manually by skilled workers of subcontractor companies. In this paper, we propose an automatic polishing technique on a 5-axis milling center in order to use the same means of production from machining to polishing and reduce the costs. We develop special algorithms to compute 5-axis cutter locations on free-form cavities in order to imitate the skills of the workers. These are based on both filling curves and trochoidal curves. The polishing force is ensured by the compliance of the passive tool itself and set-up by calibration between displacement and force based on a force sensor. The compliance of the tool helps to avoid kinematical error effects on the part during 5-axis tool movements. The effectiveness of the method in terms of the surface roughness quality and the simplicity of impleme...

Pessoles, Xavier; 10.1016/j.jmatprotec.2008.08.034

2010-01-01

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Finger-powered microfluidic systems using multilayer soft lithography and injection molding processes.  

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Point-of-care (POC) and disposable biomedical applications demand low-power microfluidic systems with pumping components that provide controlled pressure sources. Unfortunately, external pumps have hindered the implementation of such microfluidic systems due to limitations associated with portability and power requirements. Here, we propose and demonstrate a 'finger-powered' integrated pumping system as a modular element to provide pressure head for a variety of advanced microfluidic applications, including finger-powered on-chip microdroplet generation. By utilizing a human finger for the actuation force, electrical power sources that are typically needed to generate pressure head were obviated. Passive fluidic diodes were designed and implemented to enable distinct fluids from multiple inlet ports to be pumped using a single actuation source. Both multilayer soft lithography and injection molding processes were investigated for device fabrication and performance. Experimental results revealed that the pressure head generated from a human finger could be tuned based on the geometric characteristics of the pumping system, with a maximum observed pressure of 7.6 ± 0.1 kPa. In addition to the delivery of multiple, distinct fluids into microfluidic channels, we also employed the finger-powered pumping system to achieve the rapid formation of both water-in-oil droplets (106.9 ± 4.3 ?m in diameter) and oil-in-water droplets (75.3 ± 12.6 ?m in diameter) as well as the encapsulation of endothelial cells in droplets without using any external or electrical controllers. PMID:25102160

Iwai, Kosuke; Shih, Kuan Cheng; Lin, Xiao; Brubaker, Thomas A; Sochol, Ryan D; Lin, Liwei

2014-10-01

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Modeling and Analysis of Process Parameters for Evaluating Shrinkage Problems During Plastic Injection Molding of a DVD-ROM Cover  

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Plastic injection molding plays a key role in the production of high-quality plastic parts. Shrinkage is one of the most significant problems of a plastic part in terms of quality in the plastic injection molding. This article focuses on the study of the modeling and analysis of the effects of process parameters on the shrinkage by evaluating the quality of the plastic part of a DVD-ROM cover made with Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) polymer material. An effective regression model was developed to determine the mathematical relationship between the process parameters (mold temperature, melt temperature, injection pressure, injection time, and cooling time) and the volumetric shrinkage by utilizing the analysis data. Finite element (FE) analyses designed by Taguchi (L27) orthogonal arrays were run in the Moldflow simulation program. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was then performed to check the adequacy of the regression model and to determine the effect of the process parameters on the shrinkage. Experiments were conducted to control the accuracy of the regression model with the FE analyses obtained from Moldflow. The results show that the regression model agrees very well with the FE analyses and the experiments. From this, it can be concluded that this study succeeded in modeling the shrinkage problem in our application.

Öktem, H.

2012-01-01

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Injection molding of silicon nitride  

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Silicon Nitride with 9-13 vol% liquid phase, recrystallised at 1100-1400 C after sintering at 1850 C (2,5-3,5h) in a powder bed have been produced in near net shape by injection molding. During molding with a binder of polystyrene, micro wax and dispersion agents a maximum powder content of 62 vol% and 59 vol% was obtained for the the two Silicon Nitride powders (UBE, SN-ESP and HCST, S respectively). Due to microcracking during binder removal (Tmax=500 C) in atmospheric air the bending strength was low even at relative theoretical densities of 95,5%. (orig.)

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Injection-Molded Long-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites: From Process Modeling to Prediction of Mechanical Properties  

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This article illustrates the predictive capabilities for long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composites that first simulate the injection molding of LFT structures by Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® Insight (ASMI) to accurately predict fiber orientation and length distributions in these structures. After validating fiber orientation and length predictions against the experimental data, the predicted results are used by ASMI to compute distributions of elastic properties in the molded structures. In addition, local stress-strain responses and damage accumulation under tensile loading are predicted by an elastic-plastic damage model of EMTA-NLA, a nonlinear analysis tool implemented in ABAQUS® via user-subroutines using an incremental Eshelby-Mori-Tanaka approach. Predicted stress-strain responses up to failure and damage accumulations are compared to the experimental results to validate the model.

Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Kunc, Vlastimil; Jin, Xiaoshi; Tucker III, Charles L.; Costa, Franco

2013-12-18

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Nanostructuring steel for injection molding tools  

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The production of nanostructured plastic items by injection molding with ridges down to 400 nm in width, which is the smallest line width replicated from nanostructured steel shims, is presented. Here we detail a micro-fabrication method where electron beam lithography, nano-imprint lithography and ion beam etching are combined to nanostructure the planar surface of a steel wafer. Injection molded plastic parts with enhanced surface properties, like anti-reflective, superhydrophobic and structural colors can be achieved by micro- and nanostructuring the surface of the steel molds. We investigate the minimum line width that can be realized by our fabrication method and the influence of etching angle on the structure profile during the ion beam etching process. Trenches down to 400 nm in width have been successfully fabricated into a 316 type electro-polished steel wafer. Afterward a plastic replica has been produced by injection molding with good structure transfer fidelity. Thus we have demonstrated that by utilizing well-established fabrication techniques, nanostructured steel shims that are used in injection molding, a technique that allows low cost mass fabrication of plastic items, are produced.

Al-Azawi, A.; Smistrup, K.; Kristensen, A.

2014-05-01

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Nanostructuring steel for injection molding tools  

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The production of nanostructured plastic items by injection molding with ridges down to 400 nm in width, which is the smallest line width replicated from nanostructured steel shims, is presented. Here we detail a micro-fabrication method where electron beam lithography, nano-imprint lithography and ion beam etching are combined to nanostructure the planar surface of a steel wafer. Injection molded plastic parts with enhanced surface properties, like anti-reflective, superhydrophobic and structural colors can be achieved by micro-and nanostructuring the surface of the steel molds. We investigate the minimum line width that can be realized by our fabrication method and the influence of etching angle on the structure profile during the ion beam etching process. Trenches down to 400 nm in width have been successfully fabricated into a 316 type electro-polished steel wafer. Afterward a plastic replica has been produced by injection molding with good structure transfer fidelity. Thus we have demonstrated that by utilizing well-established fabrication techniques, nanostructured steel shims that are used in injection molding, a technique that allows low cost mass fabrication of plastic items, are produced.

Al-Azawi, A.; Smistrup, Kristian

2014-01-01

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Progress in Titanium Metal Powder Injection Molding  

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Full Text Available Metal powder injection molding is a shaping technology that has achieved solid scientific underpinnings. It is from this science base that recent progress has occurred in titanium powder injection molding. Much of the progress awaited development of the required particles with specific characteristics of particle size, particle shape, and purity. The production of titanium components by injection molding is stabilized by a good understanding of how each process variable impacts density and impurity level. As summarized here, recent research has isolated the four critical success factors in titanium metal powder injection molding (Ti-MIM that must be simultaneously satisfied—density, purity, alloying, and microstructure. The critical role of density and impurities, and the inability to remove impurities with sintering, compels attention to starting Ti-MIM with high quality alloy powders. This article addresses the four critical success factors to rationalize Ti-MIM processing conditions to the requirements for demanding applications in aerospace and medical fields. Based on extensive research, a baseline process is identified and reported here with attention to linking mechanical properties to the four critical success factors.

Randall M. German

2013-08-01

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Influence of different process settings conditions on the accuracy of micro injection molding simulations: an experimental validation  

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Currently available software packages exhibit poor results accuracy when performing micro injection molding (µIM) simulations. However, with an appropriate set-up of the processing conditions, the quality of results can be improved. The effects on the simulation results of different and alternative process conditions are investigated, namely the nominal injection speed, as well as the cavity filling time and the evolution of the cavity injection pressure as experimental data. In addition, the sensitivity of the results to the quality of the rheological data is analyzed. Simulated results are compared with experiments in terms of flow front position at part and micro features levels, as well as cavity injection filling time measurements.

Tosello, Guido; Gava, Alberto

2009-01-01

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CD injection molding I: Navier-Stokes  

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State simplifying assumptions which can be made regarding radial injection molding of liquid polycarbonate polymer into a CD mold, and simplify the cylindrical form of the Navier-Stokes equations accordingly.

Powell, Adam C., IV

2004-08-26

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Mold  

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This book consists of three parts, which explains the basic principle of making mold. The first part includes plastic mold with introduction of plastic mold, mold compression, transfer mold, injection mold, heat and cool for mold, runner and gate, making of core and cavity and preparation of mold. The second part indicates die casting mold with zinc die casting mold, aluminum die casting mold, finishing of mold. The third part gives a description of rubber mold with manufacture of rubber mold.

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Validation of three-dimensional micro injection molding simulation accuracy  

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Data analysis and simulations on micro-molding experiments have been conducted. Micro molding simulations have been executed taking into account actual processing conditions implementation in the software. Various aspects of the simulation set-up have been considered in order to improve the simulation accuracy (i.e. decrease deviations from experimental values): injection speed profile, cavity injection pressure, melt and mold temperatures, three-dimensional mesh parameters, and material rheological characterization. Quality factors investigated for the quantitative comparisons were: short shot length, injection pressure profile, molding mass and flow pattern. The importance of calibrated micro molding process monitoring for an accurate implementation strategy of the simulation and its validation has been demonstrated. In fact, inconsistencies and uncertainties in the experimental data must be minimized to avoid introducing uncertainties in the simulation calculations. Simulations of bulky sub-100 milligrams micro molded parts have been validated and a methodology for accurate micro molding simulations was established.

Tosello, Guido Technical University of Denmark,

2011-01-01

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A Fully Coupled Simulation and Optimization Scheme for the Design of 3D Powder Injection Molding Processes  

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The paper is concerned with optimization and parametric identification of Powder Injection Molding process that consists first in injection of powder mixture with polymer binder and then to the sintering of the resulting powders parts by solid state diffusion. In the first part, one describes an original methodology to optimize the injection stage based on the combination of Design Of Experiments and an adaptive Response Surface Modeling. Then the second part of the paper describes the identification strategy that one proposes for the sintering stage, using the identification of sintering parameters from dilatometer curves followed by the optimization of the sintering process. The proposed approaches are applied to the optimization for manufacturing of a ceramic femoral implant. One demonstrates that the proposed approach give satisfactory results

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Injection molding of high aspect ratio sub-100 nm nanostructures  

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We have explored the use of mold coatings and optimized processing conditions to injection mold high aspect ratio nanostructures (height-to-width >1) in cyclic olefin copolymer (COC). Optimizing the molding parameters on uncoated nickel molds resulted in slight improvements in replication quality as described by height, width and uniformity of the nanoscopic features. Use of a mold temperature transiently above the polymer glass transition temperature (Tg) was the most important factor in increasing the replication fidelity. Surface coating of the nickel molds with a fluorocarbon-containing thin film (FDTS) greatly enhanced the quality of replicated features, in particular at transient mold temperatures above Tg. Injection molding using the latter mold temperature regime resulted in a bimodal distribution of pillar heights, corresponding to either full or very poor replication of the individual pillars. The poorly replicated structures on nickel molds with or without FDTS coatings all appeared fractured. We investigated the underlying mechanism in a macroscopic model system and found reduced wetting and strongly decreased adhesion of solidified COC droplets on nickel surfaces after coating with FDTS. Reduced adhesion forces are consistent with lowered friction that reduces the risk of fracturing the nanoscopic pillars during demolding. Optimized mold surface chemistry and associated injection molding conditions permitted the fabrication of square arrays of 40 nm wide and 107 nm high (aspect ratio >2.5) pillars on a 200 nm pitch.

Matschuk, Maria; Larsen, Niels B.

2013-02-01

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Injection molding of high aspect ratio sub-100 nm nanostructures  

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We have explored the use of mold coatings and optimized processing conditions to injection mold high aspect ratio nanostructures (height-to-width >1) in cyclic olefin copolymer (COC). Optimizing the molding parameters on uncoated nickel molds resulted in slight improvements in replication quality as described by height, width and uniformity of the nanoscopic features. Use of a mold temperature transiently above the polymer glass transition temperature (Tg) was the most important factor in increasing the replication fidelity. Surface coating of the nickel molds with a fluorocarbon-containing thin film (FDTS) greatly enhanced the quality of replicated features, in particular at transient mold temperatures above Tg. Injection molding using the latter mold temperature regime resulted in a bimodal distribution of pillar heights, corresponding to either full or very poor replication of the individual pillars. The poorly replicated structures on nickel molds with or without FDTS coatings all appeared fractured. We investigated the underlying mechanism in a macroscopic model system and found reduced wetting and strongly decreased adhesion of solidified COC droplets on nickel surfaces after coating with FDTS. Reduced adhesion forces are consistent with lowered friction that reduces the risk of fracturing the nanoscopic pillars during demolding. Optimized mold surface chemistry and associated injection molding conditions permitted the fabrication of square arrays of 40 nm wide and 107 nm high (aspect ratio >2.5) pillars on a 200 nm pitch.

Matschuk, Maria; Larsen, Niels B

2013-01-01

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Hydrogen silsesquioxane mold coatings for improved replication of nanopatterns by injection molding  

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We demonstrate the replication of nanosized pillars in polymer (cyclic olefin copolymer) by injection molding using nanostructured thermally cured hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) ceramic coatings on stainless steel mold inserts with mold nanostructures produced by a simple embossing process. At isothermal mold conditions, the average pillar height increases by up to 100% and a more uniform height distribution is observed compared to a traditional metal mold insert. Thermal heat transfer simulations predict that the HSQ film retards the cooling of the polymer melt during the initial stages of replication, thus allowing more time to fill the nanoscale cavities compared to standard metal molds. A monolayer of a fluorinated silane (heptadecafluorotrichlorosilane) deposited on the mold surface reduces the mold/polymer interfacial energy to support demolding of the polymer replica. The mechanical stability of thermally cured HSQ makes it a promising material for nanopattern replication on an industrial scale without the need for slow and energy intensive variotherm processes.

Hobæk, Thor Christian; Matschuk, Maria; Kafka, Jan; Pranov, Henrik J.; Larsen, Niels B.

2015-03-01

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Hydrogen silsesquioxane mold coatings for improved replication of nanopatterns by injection molding  

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We demonstrate the replication of nanosized pillars in polymer (cyclic olefin copolymer) by injection molding using nanostructured thermally cured hydrogen silsesquioxane (HSQ) ceramic coatings on stainless steel mold inserts with mold nanostructures produced by a simple embossing process. At isothermal mold conditions, the average pillar height increases by up to 100% and a more uniform height distribution is observed compared to a traditional metal mold insert. Thermal heat transfer simulations predict that the HSQ film retards the cooling of the polymer melt during the initial stages of replication, thus allowing more time to fill the nanoscale cavities compared to standard metal molds. A monolayer of a fluorinated silane (heptadecafluorotrichlorosilane) deposited on the mold surface reduces the mold/polymer interfacial energy to support demolding of the polymer replica. The mechanical stability of thermally cured HSQ makes it a promising material for nanopattern replication on an industrial scale without the need for slow and energy intensive variotherm processes.

Hobæk, Thor Christian; Matschuk, Maria

2015-01-01

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Fabrication of long-focal-length plano-convex microlens array by combining the micro-milling and injection molding processes.  

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A uniform plano-convex spherical microlens array with a long focal length was fabricated by combining the micromilling and injection molding processes in this work. This paper presents a quantitative study of the injection molding process parameters on the uniformity of the height of the microlenses. The variation of the injection process parameters, i.e., barrel temperature, mold temperature, injection speed, and packing pressure, was found to have a significant effect on the uniformity of the height of the microlenses, especially the barrel temperature. The filling-to-packing switchover point is also critical to the uniformity of the height of the microlenses. The optimal uniformity was achieved when the polymer melts completely filled the mold cavity, or even a little excessively filled the cavity, during the filling stage. In addition, due to the filling resistance, the practical filling-to-packing switchover point can vary with the change of the filling processing conditions and lead to a non-negligible effect on the uniformity of the height of the microlenses. Furthermore, the effect of injection speed on the uniformity of the height of the microlenses was analyzed in detail. The results indicated that the effect of injection speed on the uniformity of the height of the microlenses is mainly attributed to the two functions of injection speed: transferring the filling-to-packing switchover point and affecting the distribution of residual flow stress in the polymer melt. PMID:25402902

Chen, Lei; Kirchberg, Stefan; Jiang, Bing-Yan; Xie, Lei; Jia, Yun-Long; Sun, Lei-Lei

2014-11-01

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CENTRAL CONVEYING & AUTO FEEDING SYSTEMS FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING SHOP  

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Full Text Available Nowadays injection molding is probably the most important method of Processing of consumer and industrial goods, and is performed everywhere in the world. The developing of injection molding becomes a competition from day to day. This Process now integrated with computer control make the production better in quality and Better quantity. The trends of producing a plastics product in injection molding industries are recently changing from traditional method to using the FEA analysis. For injection molding industries, time and cost is very important aspects to consider because these two aspectswill directly related to the profits at a company. The next issue toconsider, to get the best parameter for the injection molding process, plastics has been waste. Through the experiment, operator will use large amount of plastics material to get the possibly parameters to setup the machine.To produce the parts with better quality and quantity these molding defects are the major obstacles in achieving the targets with quality & quantity. Various defects like Short shot, colour streaks and low productivity rates are associated with the material mixing and feeding as molded plastics are often a blend of two or more materials. Colors (master batch and other additives are often mixed (blended with the raw plastic material prior to the molding process in molding plants. So it is very necessary to work out auto blending and auto feeding of plasticgranules to the machine hopper. This paper will cover the studyof automatic blending unit & central conveying system for plasticgranule feeding to machine & will help in optimizing the injection molding process.

Sanjeev Kumar

2011-08-01

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Powder Injection Molding of Ceramic Engine Components for Transportation  

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Silicon nitride has been the favored material for manufacturing high-efficiency engine components for transportation due to its high temperature stability, good wear resistance, excellent corrosion resistance, thermal shock resistance, and low density. The use of silicon nitride in engine components greatly depends on the ability to fabricate near net-shape components economically. The absence of a material database for design and simulation has further restricted the engineering community in developing parts from silicon nitride. In this paper, the design and manufacturability of silicon nitride engine rotors for unmanned aerial vehicles by the injection molding process are discussed. The feedstock material property data obtained from experiments were used to simulate the flow of the material during injection molding. The areas susceptible to the formation of defects during the injection molding process of the engine component were identified from the simulations. A test sample was successfully injection molded using the feedstock and sintered to 99% density without formation of significant observable defects.

Lenz, Juergen; Enneti, Ravi K.; Onbattuvelli, Valmikanathan; Kate, Kunal; Martin, Renee; Atre, Sundar

2012-03-01

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Gastroresistant capsular device prepared by injection molding.  

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In the present work, the possibility of manufacturing by injection molding (IM) a gastro-resistant capsular device based on hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) was investigated. By performing as an enteric soluble container, such a device may provide a basis for the development of advantageous alternatives to coated dosage forms. Preliminarily, the processability of the selected thermoplastic polymer was evaluated, and the need for a plasticizer (polyethylene glycol 1500) in order to counterbalance the glassy nature of the molded items was assessed. However, some critical issues related to the physical/mechanical stability (shrinkage and warpage) and opening time of the device after the pH change were highlighted. Accordingly, an in-depth formulation study was carried out taking into account differing release modifiers potentially useful for enhancing the dissolution/disintegration rate of the capsular device at intestinal pH values. Capsule prototypes with thickness of 600 and 900 ?m containing Kollicoat(®) IR and/or Explotab(®) CLV could be manufactured, and a promising performance was achieved with appropriate gastric resistance in pH 1.2 medium and break-up in pH 6.8 within 1h. These results would support the design of a dedicated mold for the development of a scalable manufacturing process. PMID:22683648

Zema, Lucia; Loreti, Giulia; Melocchi, Alice; Maroni, Alessandra; Palugan, Luca; Gazzaniga, Andrea

2013-01-20

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Preparation and Characterization of Copper Feedstock for Metal Injection Molding  

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Powder loading is one of the most critical factors which have important influence on metal injection molding processes. In this study, four different loading feedstocks were prepared from gas atomized copper powder with wax-based binders. Mixes of four feedstocks with 2 Vol. % incremental powders loading from 55% to 61 Vol. % were carried out in a Z-blade mixer. The injection molding was carried out at low pressure. A combination of solvent and thermal debinding was used for binder removal fr...

Mohd. Afian Omar; Mamat, O.; Ahmad, F.; Goudah, G.

2010-01-01

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Polyethylene ionomer-based nano-composite foams prepared by a batch process and MuCell injection molding  

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To understand the correlation between foamability and melt rheology of polyethylene-based ionomers having different degrees of the neutralization and corresponding nano-composites, we have conducted the foam processing via a batch process in an autoclave and microcellular foam injection molding (FIM) process using the MuCell technology. We have discussed the obtainable morphological properties in both foaming processes. All cellular structures were investigated by using field emission scanning electron microscopy. The competitive phenomenon between the cell nucleation and the cell growth including the coalescence of cell was discussed in light of the interfacial energy and the relaxation rate as revealed by the modified classical nucleation theory and rheological measurement, respectively. The FIM process led to the opposite behavior in the cell growth and coalescence of cell as compared with that of the batch process, where the ionic cross-linked structure has significant contribution to retard the cell growth and coalescence of cell. The mechanical properties of the structural foams obtained by FIM process were discussed.

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A method for manufacturing a tool part for an injection molding process, a hot embossing process, a nano-imprint process, or an extrusion process  

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The present invention relates to a method for manufacturing a tool part for an injection molding process, a hot embossing process, nano-imprint process or an extrusion process. First, there is provided a master structure (10) with a surface area comprising nanometre-sized protrusions (11) with a minimum density of approximately 105 protrusions/mm2, the protrusions being positioned in a non- periodic, irregular pattern, said protrusions being created by a process comprising alternating passivation and etching into the master structure. Secondly, there is made a transfer of the master structure into a metal insert (20), the metal insert having a corresponding nanometre-sized pattern (21) from said protrusions, and thirdly, adapting the metal insert into a tool part (30) for enabling nanometre- sized patterns being formed by the tool part. The invention provides an easier and faster way of manufacturing the master structure, e.g. a black silicon wafer. It is a further advantage of the present invention that it provides an advantageous way of making tools capable of producing self-cleaning surfaces without the need for chemical coating.

SØgaard, Emil Technical University of Denmark,

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Two component micro injection molding for MID fabrication  

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Molded Interconnect Devices (MIDs) are plastic substrates with electrical infrastructure. The fabrication of MIDs is usually based on injection molding and different process chains may be identified from this starting point. The use of MIDs has been driven primarily by the automotive sector, but recently the medical sector seems more and more interested. In particular the possibility of miniaturization of 3D components with electrical infrastructure is attractive. The paper describes possible manufacturing routes and challenges of miniaturized MIDs based on two component micro injection molding and subsequent metallization. The technology will be demonstrated by an industrial component.

Islam, Mohammad Aminul; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

2009-01-01

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Bag molding processes  

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Features, materials, and techniques of vacuum, pressure, and autoclave FRP bag molding processes are described. The bags are used in sealed environments, inflated to flexibly force a curing FRP laminate to conform to a stiff mold form which defines the shape of the finished product. Densification is achieved as the bag presses out the voids and excess resin from the laminate, and consolidation occurs as the plies and adherends are bonded by the bag pressure. Curing techniques nominally involved room temperature or high temperature, and investigations of alternative techniques, such as induction, dielectric, microwave, xenon flash, UV, electron beam, and gamma radiation heating are proceeding. Polysulfone is the most common thermoplastic. Details are given of mold preparations, peel plies or release films and fabrics, bagging techniques, and reusable venting blankets and silicone rubber bags.

Slobodzinsky, A.

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Residual stress distribution in injection molded parts  

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Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents the results of the investigations of influence of the amorphous polystyrene (PSprocessing on the diversity of the internal stresses observed in the injection moulded piece.Design/methodology/approach: For the tests, the standardized mould piece designed for the investigations ofthe processing shrinkage of thermoplastics materials has been used. The samples have been prepared using theDesign of Experiment (DoE theory.The state of internal stresses has been analysed by means of photoelastic method (used stress viewer equipmenton the basis of the layout and size of the isochromatics (fields with the same colour, which determine the mouldpiece’s areas where the same value for the difference of main tensions. In the article the results of investigationsof influence of 5 chosen processing parameters such as injection temperature Tw, mould temperature Tf,clamping pressure pd, cooling time tch and the injection speed vw on the changes in isochromatics layout as adeterminant for diversity of internal stresses in injection moulded pieces have been presented.Findings: The performed investigations of the influence of injection conditions on the state of internal stressesreached for injection mould pieces were to determine the parameters of injection at which the achieved state ofthe stresses in the mould piece (described by the difference of main tensions will show the lowest values.Practical implications: Effects of examinations of influence of processing conditions on residual stress ininjection molded parts (presented in the article could find practical application in polymer industry, both smalland large enterprises.Originality/value: New approach to fast estimation of value of residual stresses were present in the paper.

P. Postawa

2006-08-01

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Injection molding of zirconia oxygen sensor thimbles by an aqueous process  

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This patent describes a method of forming the ceramic element in a zirconia oxygen sensor. It comprises: forming a mixture. It comprises: ZrO2 and a stabilizer selected from the element group consisting of oxides of Y, Ce, Mg, Ca and mixtures thereof and having an average particle size less than or equal to 1 micron; an agaroid gel-forming material having a gel strength, measured at a temperature between 0 degrees C and about 22 degrees C on a gel consisting essentially of about 4 wt % of the gel-forming material and water, of at least about 100 g/cm2; a gel-forming material solvent; and molding the mixture at a temperature sufficient to produce the ceramic element; and sintering the ceramic element at an elevated temperature to a density of at least 5.5 g/cm3

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Assessment of weld line performance of PP/Talc moldings produced in hot runner injection molds  

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Weld lines are weak regions in thermoplastic injection moldings caused by low molecular entanglement and unfavorable orientation. Their occurrence may lead to a significantly reduced mechanical performance of the products. Therefore, when weld lines are likely to occur in molded products, they must be taken into account during the mechanical and technological design processes. The weld lines become more critical when particulate fillers are compounded with the polymer. The performance o...

Morelli, Carolina L.; Sousa, Jose? Alexandrino; Pouzada, A. S.

2007-01-01

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Investigating the Influence of Different Process Parameters on Shrinkage of Injection-Molded Parts  

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Full Text Available Different models have been proposed to investigate the effects of various process parameters on shrinkage of plastic parts, which in most cases the effect of each parameter is obtained by changing one factor at a time. In this research, a simple flat model has been used and a simulation code has been developed. Then, through this simulation code, the effects of different process parameters have been investigated. This code was run for a typical thermoplastic (polycarbonate and finally, a Design Of Experiments (DOE approach was used to study the effects of multiple variables on shrinkage simultaneously.

A. R. Jafarian

2005-01-01

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Stability of FDTS monolayer coating on aluminum injection molding tools  

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The injection molding industry often employs prototype molds and mold inserts from melt spun (rapid solidification processing [1,2]) aluminum, especially for applications in optics [3,4], photonics [5] and microfludics. Prototypes are also used for verification of mold filling. The use of aluminum tools has reduced lead time (days instead of weeks) and manufacturing cost (30% of conventional mold). Moreover, for aluminum, a surface roughness (RMS) below 5 nm can be obtained with diamond machining [3,4,6]. Conventional mold coatings add cost and complexity, and coatings with thicknesses of a few microns can obliterate small features. The nanoimprint lithography community extensively uses functional monolayer coatings on silicon/SiO2 lithographic stamps [7–11]. This treatment dramatically reduces stiction, and improves yield and quality of replicated nanostructures. Here we report on a fluorinated trichloro-silane based coating deposited on aluminum or its alloys by molecular vapor deposition. Wehave tested the stability of this coating in challenging conditions of injection molding, an environment with high shear stress from the molten polymer, pressures up to 200 MPa, temperatures up to 250 ?C, and rapid thermal cycling.

Cech, Jiri; Taboryski, Rafael J.

2012-01-01

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Morphology Evolution during Injection Molding: effect of packing pressure  

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Injection molding is one of the most widely employed methods for manufacturing polymeric products. The final properties and the quality of an injection molded part are to a great extent affected by morphology. Thus, the prediction of microstructure formation is of technological importance, also for optimizing processing variables, in order to cut down on the expensive costs of tooling and the trial-and-error procedures. In this work, some injection molding tests were performed with the aim of studying the effects of packing pressure on morphology distribution. The resulting morphology of the moldings was in fact characterized by adopting different experimental techniques and, in order to underline the effects of holding pressure, it was compared with previous results gathered on samples obtained applying a lower holding pressure. Furthermore, the molding tests were simulated by means of a code developed at University of Salerno, which implements procedures able to model molecular orientation, crystallization kinetics and morphology evolution. The results obtained show that on increasing holding pressure the molecular orientation inside the samples increases, and simulations show that this is due mainly to the increase of relaxation time caused by the higher pressures. Furthermore, a sensible reduction of the percentage of ?-phase is found on increasing the holding pressure, whereas the percentage of mesomorphic phase increases and a small fraction of ?-phase is found, which was not present in the samples molded at lower holding pressures.

Pantani, R.; Coccorullo, I.; Speranza, V.; Titomanlio, G.

2007-04-01

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Assessment of Current Process Modeling Approaches to Determine Their Limitations, Applicability and Developments Needed for Long-Fiber Thermoplastic Injection Molded Composites  

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This report describes the status of the current process modeling approaches to predict the behavior and flow of fiber-filled thermoplastics under injection molding conditions. Previously, models have been developed to simulate the injection molding of short-fiber thermoplastics, and an as-formed composite part or component can then be predicted that contains a microstructure resulting from the constituents’ material properties and characteristics as well as the processing parameters. Our objective is to assess these models in order to determine their capabilities and limitations, and the developments needed for long-fiber injection-molded thermoplastics (LFTs). First, the concentration regimes are summarized to facilitate the understanding of different types of fiber-fiber interaction that can occur for a given fiber volume fraction. After the formulation of the fiber suspension flow problem and the simplification leading to the Hele-Shaw approach, the interaction mechanisms are discussed. Next, the establishment of the rheological constitutive equation is presented that reflects the coupled flow/orientation nature. The decoupled flow/orientation approach is also discussed which constitutes a good simplification for many applications involving flows in thin cavities. Finally, before outlining the necessary developments for LFTs, some applications of the current orientation model and the so-called modified Folgar-Tucker model are illustrated through the fiber orientation predictions for selected LFT samples.

Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Holbery, Jim; Smith, Mark T.; Kunc, Vlastimil; Norris, Robert E.; Phelps, Jay; Tucker III, Charles L.

2006-11-30

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Injection molding of coarse 316L stainless steel powder  

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Metal injection molding (MIM) process using 316L stainless steel powder of 45 ?m was investigated. The binder system consists of a major fraction of palm stearins and minor fraction of polyethylene with a powder loading of 65 vol. %. The rheological behaviour of the feedstock was determined using Capillary Rheometer. The feedstock then injected using vertical injection molding machine into the tensile test bar. Then molded parts were de bound and sintered in vacuum at temperature of 1360 degree Celsius. The results show that the viscosity of the feedstock decreased with the temperature increased. The best sintered density achieved was about 7.5 g/cm3 with the tensile strength of more than 460 MPa. The properties of the sintered specimens could be increased with the increasing of sintering temperature. (author)

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Orientation of Carbon Fibers in Copper matrix Produced by Powder Injection Molding  

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Full Text Available Fiber orientation is a big challenge in short fiber reinforced composites. Powder injection molding (PIM process has some intrinsic fiber alignment associated with it. During PIM process fibers in skin region of moldings are aligned as these regions experience higher shear flow caused by the mold walls. Fibers in the core region remain randomly aligned as these regions are far from mold walls and experience lesser shear flow. In this study short carbon fiber (CF reinforced copper matrix composite was developed by PIM process. Two copper composite feedstock formulations were prepared having 5 vol% and 10 vol% CFs and a wax based binder system. Fiber orientation was controlled during injection molding by using a modified mold that has a diverging sprue. The sprue creates converging flow when feedstock enters into the mold cavity. Fiber orientation was analysed after molding using FESEM. The orientation of fibers can be controlled by controlling flow of feedstock into the mold.

Irfan Shirazi M.

2014-07-01

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An investigation into the injection molding of PMR-15 polyimide  

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The chemorheological behavior of the PRM-15 molding compounds were characterized, the range of suitable processing parameters for injection molding in a reciprocating screw injection molding machine was determined, and the effects of the injection molding processing parameters on the mechanical properties of molded PMR-15 parts were studied. The apparatus and procedures for measuring viscosity and for determining the physical response of the material during heating are described. Results show that capillary rheometry can be effectively used with thermosets if the equipment is designed to overcome some of the inherent problems of these materials. A uniform temperature was provided in the barrel by using a circulating hot oil system. Standard capillary rheometry methods can provide the dependence of thermoset apparent viscosity on shear rate, temperature, and time. Process conditions resulting in complete imidization should be carefully defined. Specification of controlled oven temperature is inadequate and can result in incomplete imidization. For completely imidized PMR-15 heat at 15 C/min melt flow without gas evolution occurs in the temperature range of 325 C to 400 C.

Colaluca, M. A.

1984-01-01

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Behavior and modeling of injection molded PP  

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The structural impact laboratory (SIMLab) at NTNU have developed a constitutive material modelto represent the behavior of brittle and ductile polymeric materials. The material model can be implementedinto finite element solvers, e.g. LS-Dyna and Abaqus. In this thesis, the material model?sability to describe the behavior of an injection molded polypropylene, provided by TOYOTA, hasbeen studied.The material had during previous experimental tests shown an inhomogeneous material behavior.A...

Røstum, Heine Havneraas

2014-01-01

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Injection molding of M2 high speed steel  

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The purpose of this work is to study the feasibility of Powder Injection Molding in order to obtain M2 High Speed Steels with higher performances than those obtained by conventional P/M. With this object trials have been carried out in order to optimize all the process steps (mixing,injection, debinding and sintering) and to evaluate the mechanical properties (hardness and transverse tensile strength) of the manufactured M2 HSS sample. (Author) 11 refs

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Injection Molding and its application to drug delivery.  

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Injection Molding (IM) consists in the injection, under high pressure conditions, of heat-induced softened materials into a mold cavity where they are shaped. The advantages the technique may offer in the development of drug products concern both production costs (no need for water or other solvents, continuous manufacturing, scalability, patentability) and technological/biopharmaceutical characteristics of the molded items (versatility of the design and composition, possibility of obtaining solid molecular dispersions/solutions of the active ingredient). In this article, process steps and formulation aspects relevant to IM are discussed, with emphasis on the issues and advantages connected with the transfer of this technique from the plastics industry to the production of conventional and controlled-release dosage forms. Moreover, its pharmaceutical applications thus far proposed in the primary literature, intended as either alternative manufacturing strategies for existing products or innovative systems with improved design and performance characteristics, are critically reviewed. PMID:22245483

Zema, Lucia; Loreti, Giulia; Melocchi, Alice; Maroni, Alessandra; Gazzaniga, Andrea

2012-05-10

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Rapid and low-cost prototyping of medical devices using 3D printed molds for liquid injection molding.  

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Biologically inert elastomers such as silicone are favorable materials for medical device fabrication, but forming and curing these elastomers using traditional liquid injection molding processes can be an expensive process due to tooling and equipment costs. As a result, it has traditionally been impractical to use liquid injection molding for low-cost, rapid prototyping applications. We have devised a method for rapid and low-cost production of liquid elastomer injection molded devices that utilizes fused deposition modeling 3D printers for mold design and a modified desiccator as an injection system. Low costs and rapid turnaround time in this technique lower the barrier to iteratively designing and prototyping complex elastomer devices. Furthermore, CAD models developed in this process can be later adapted for metal mold tooling design, enabling an easy transition to a traditional injection molding process. We have used this technique to manufacture intravaginal probes involving complex geometries, as well as overmolding over metal parts, using tools commonly available within an academic research laboratory. However, this technique can be easily adapted to create liquid injection molded devices for many other applications. PMID:24998993

Chung, Philip; Heller, J Alex; Etemadi, Mozziyar; Ottoson, Paige E; Liu, Jonathan A; Rand, Larry; Roy, Shuvo

2014-01-01

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Injection molded 1-3 piezocomposite velocity sensors  

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A cost-effective technology has been developed for producing 1-3 piezoelectric ceramic/polymer composites and transducers for underwater actuators, pressure sensors, and velocity sensors. Applications include active and passive sonar, underwater imaging, and active surface control. The key technology in the manufacturing process in the PZT ceramic injection molding process, in which an entire array of piezoelectric elements is molded to final net shape in one operation. Several designs of low-profile, area-averaging 1-3 piezocomposite accelerometers have been fabricated. The initial breadboard accelerometers were made using a prepoled 50×50 mm injection molded 1-3 PZT-5H preforms, containing 361 identical rods on a common baseplate. Additional mass was attached to the baseplate, which was metallized to serve as an electrode, and the free ends of the PZT rods were bonded to a fixed surface, which also functions as the other electrode. Subsequently, a manufacturing process was developed to create accelerometer ``islands'' within a 1-3 piezocomposite transducer. The accelerometers can be made in arbitrary areas, shapes, and arrangements within the transducer panel, with the remaining area used either as a hydrophone or an actuator. This integral accelerometer technology is being optimized as part of an ARPA-funded active surface control program. This paper reviews the current state-of-the-art of injection molded piezocomposite transducers and describes some of the velocity sensor configurations made using this technology.

Gentilman, Richard L.; Bowen, Leslie J.; Fiore, Daniel F.; Pham, Hong T.; Serwatka, William J.

1996-04-01

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Microstructural and mechanical characterization of injection molded 718 superalloy powders  

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Highlights: •Microstructural and mechanical properties of injection molded Nickel 718 superalloy were studied. •The maximum sintered density achieved this study was 97.3% at 1290 °C for 3 hours. •Tensile strength of 1022 MPa and elongation of 5.3% were achieved for sintered-heat treated samples. -- Abstract: This study concerns with the determination of optimum production parameters for injection molding 718 superalloy parts. And at the same time, microstructural and mechanical characterization of these produced parts was also carried out. At the initial stage, 718 superalloy powders were mixed with a multi-component binder system for preparing feedstock. Then the prepared feedstock was granulated and shaped by injection molding. Following this operation, the shaped samples were subjected to the debinding process. These samples were sintered at different temperatures for various times. Samples sintered under the condition that gave way to the highest relative density (3 h at 1290 °C) were solution treated and aged respectively. Sintered, solution treated and aged samples were separately subjected to microstructural and mechanical characterization. Microstructural characterization operations such as X-ray diffraction, optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and elemental analysis showed that using polymeric binder system led to plentiful carbide precipitates to be occurred in the injection molded samples. It is also observed that the volume fractions of the intermetallic phases (?? and ??) obtained by aging treatment were decreased due to the plentiful carbide precipitation in the samples. Mechanical characterization was performed by hardness measurements and tensile tests.

Özgün, Özgür [Bingol University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Mechanical Eng. Dep., 12000 Bingol (Turkey); Gülsoy, H. Özkan, E-mail: ogulsoy@marmara.edu.tr [Marmara University, Technology Faculty, Metallurgy and Materials Eng. Dep., 34722 Istanbul (Turkey); Y?lmaz, Ramazan [Sakarya University, Technology Faculty, Metallurgy and Materials Eng. Dep., 54187 Sakarya (Turkey); F?nd?k, Fehim [Sakarya University, Technology Faculty, Metallurgy and Materials Eng. Dep., 54187 Sakarya (Turkey) and International University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegowina)

2013-11-05

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Microstructural and mechanical characterization of injection molded 718 superalloy powders  

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Highlights: •Microstructural and mechanical properties of injection molded Nickel 718 superalloy were studied. •The maximum sintered density achieved this study was 97.3% at 1290 °C for 3 hours. •Tensile strength of 1022 MPa and elongation of 5.3% were achieved for sintered-heat treated samples. -- Abstract: This study concerns with the determination of optimum production parameters for injection molding 718 superalloy parts. And at the same time, microstructural and mechanical characterization of these produced parts was also carried out. At the initial stage, 718 superalloy powders were mixed with a multi-component binder system for preparing feedstock. Then the prepared feedstock was granulated and shaped by injection molding. Following this operation, the shaped samples were subjected to the debinding process. These samples were sintered at different temperatures for various times. Samples sintered under the condition that gave way to the highest relative density (3 h at 1290 °C) were solution treated and aged respectively. Sintered, solution treated and aged samples were separately subjected to microstructural and mechanical characterization. Microstructural characterization operations such as X-ray diffraction, optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and elemental analysis showed that using polymeric binder system led to plentiful carbide precipitates to be occurred in the injection molded samples. It is also observed that the volume fractions of the intermetallic phases (?? and ??) obtained by aging treatment were decreased due to the plentiful carbide precipitation in the samples. Mechanical characterization was performed by hardness measurements and tensile tests

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Integrated Numerical Analysis of Induction-Heating-Aided Injection Molding Under Interactive Temperature Boundary Conditions  

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In recent years, several rapid-mold-heating techniques that can be used for the injection molding of thin-walled parts or micro/nano structures have been developed. High-frequency induction heating, which involves heating by electromagnetic induction, is an efficient method for the rapid heating of mold surfaces. The present study proposes an integrated numerical model of the high-frequency induction heating process and the resulting injection molding process. To take into account the effects of thermal boundary conditions in induction heating, we carry out a fully integrated numerical analysis that combines electromagnetic field calculation, heat transfer analysis, and injection molding simulation. The proposed integrated simulation is extended to the injection molding of a thin-wall part, and the simulation results are compared with the experimental findings. The validity of the proposed simulation is discussed according to the ways of the boundary condition imposition

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Stability of FDTS monolayer coating on aluminum injection molding tools  

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Highlights: ? We present novel and highly useful results on FDTS monolayer coating of aluminum. ? The coating is particularly applicable for coating of prototyping injection molding tools, which often are made of Al. ? We have demonstrated that the coating prevails in injection molding conditions and that the coating will prevent wear of the tools. - Abstract: We have characterized perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS) molecular coating of aluminum molds for polymer replication via injection molding (IM). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data, sessile drop contact angles with multiple fluids, surface energies and roughness data have been collected. Samples have been characterized immediately after coating, after more than 500 IM cycles to test durability, and after 7 months to test temporal stability. The coating was deposited in an affordable process, involving near room temperature gas phase reactions. XPS shows detectable fluorine presence on both freshly coated samples as well as on post-IM samples with estimated 30 at.% on freshly coated and 28 at.% on post-IM samples with more than 500 IM cycles with polystyrene (PS) and ABS polymer.

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Stability of FDTS monolayer coating on aluminum injection molding tools  

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Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We present novel and highly useful results on FDTS monolayer coating of aluminum. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The coating is particularly applicable for coating of prototyping injection molding tools, which often are made of Al. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have demonstrated that the coating prevails in injection molding conditions and that the coating will prevent wear of the tools. - Abstract: We have characterized perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS) molecular coating of aluminum molds for polymer replication via injection molding (IM). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data, sessile drop contact angles with multiple fluids, surface energies and roughness data have been collected. Samples have been characterized immediately after coating, after more than 500 IM cycles to test durability, and after 7 months to test temporal stability. The coating was deposited in an affordable process, involving near room temperature gas phase reactions. XPS shows detectable fluorine presence on both freshly coated samples as well as on post-IM samples with estimated 30 at.% on freshly coated and 28 at.% on post-IM samples with more than 500 IM cycles with polystyrene (PS) and ABS polymer.

Cech, Jiri [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Nanotech, Building 345E, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark); Taboryski, Rafael, E-mail: rafael.taboryski@nanotech.dtu.dk [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, DTU Nanotech, Building 345E, DK-2800 Kongens Lyngby (Denmark)

2012-10-15

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Fabrication of injection molded sintered alpha SiC turbine components  

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Fabrication of a sintered alpha silicon carbide turbine blade by injection molding is described. An extensive process variation matrix was carried out to define the optimum fabrication conditions. Variation of molding parameters had a significant impact on yield. Turbine blades were produced in a reasonable yield which met a rigid quality and dimensional specification. Application of injection molding technology to more complex components such as integral rotors is also described.

Storm, R. S.; Ohnsorg, R. W.; Frechette, F. J.

1981-01-01

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Foaming morphology control of microcellular injection molded parts with gas counter pressure and dynamic mold temperature control  

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Microcellular injection molding process is a promising solution for products with special requirements such as weight reduction, extra thin wall, high dimensional stability, clamping force reduction, etc. Despite microcellular foaming application used in reciprocating screw injection molding machine was built more than a decade, some limitations, such as poor surface quality or poor foaming control, confine the usage of this technology. Earlier CAE simulation tool for microcellular injection molding was not successful due to insufficient physical and computational considerations, limited by complicated bubble growth mechanism; so that, an economic and efficient tool for examining foaming quality of injection foaming product was lack. In this study, a recent developed three-dimensional simulation tool is used to predict injection foaming process. Predictions are carried out with commodity polypropylene and polystyrene with nitrogen and carbon dioxide supercritical fluids (SCFs). Comparisons of simulations between microcellular injection molding with and without counter pressure are discussed to provide insights into the correlation of surface quality and cell size distribution near the surface of product. Furthermore, comparisons between simulation predictions and experimental results of molding process, which is featured with dynamic mold temperature and gas counter pressure, are given for understanding quality improvement by controlling foaming morphology, and benefit of industrial application.

Shiu, Tai-Yi; Huang, Chao-Tsai; Chang, Rong-Yu; Hwang, Shyh-Shin

2014-05-01

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Injection molding tools with micro/nano-meter pattern  

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The present invention relates to methods for embedded a micrometer and/or nanometer pattern into an injection molding tool. In a first main aspect, a micro/nanometer structured imprinting device is applied in, or on, an active surface so as to transfer the micro/nanometer patterned structure to the tool while the imprinting device is, at least partly, within a cavity of the injection molding tool. In a second main aspect, a base plate with a micro/nanometer structured pattern positioned on an upper part is positioned on the active surface within the tool, the lower part of the base plate facing the tool, the active surface receiving the base plate being non-planar on a macroscopic scale. Both aspects enable a simple and effective way of transferring the pattern, and the pattern may be transferred on the active working site of tool immediately prior to molding without the need for extensive preparations or remounting of the tool before performing the molding process.

Kristensen, Anders Technical University of Denmark,

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Microcellular injection-molding of polylactide with chain-extender  

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The effects of adding an epoxy-based chain-extender (CE) on the properties of injection-molded solid and microcellular polylactide (PLA) were studied. PLA and PLA with 8 wt.% CE (PLA-CE) were melt-compounded using a twin-screw extruder. Solid and microcellular specimens were produced via a conventional and microcellular injection-molding process, respectively. Various characterization techniques including gel permeation chromatography, tensile testing and dynamic mechanical analysis, scanning electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry were applied to study the molecular weight, static and dynamic mechanical properties, cell morphology, and crystallization behavior, respectively. The addition of CE enhanced the molecular weight but decreased the crystallinity of PLA. The addition of CE also reduced the cell size and increased the cell density. Furthermore, the decomposition temperatures and several tensile properties, including specific strength, specific toughness, and strain-at-break of both solid and microcellular PLA specimens, increased with the addition of CE.

Pilla, Srikanth [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee (United States); Kramschuster, Adam [Polymer Engineering Center, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison (United States); Yang Liqiang [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee (United States); Lee, Junghoo [Polymer Engineering Center, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison (United States); Gong Shaoqin, E-mail: sgong@uwm.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee (United States); Department of Materials, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee (United States); Turng, Lih-Sheng, E-mail: turng@engr.wisc.edu [Polymer Engineering Center, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison (United States)

2009-05-05

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Microcellular injection-molding of polylactide with chain-extender  

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The effects of adding an epoxy-based chain-extender (CE) on the properties of injection-molded solid and microcellular polylactide (PLA) were studied. PLA and PLA with 8 wt.% CE (PLA-CE) were melt-compounded using a twin-screw extruder. Solid and microcellular specimens were produced via a conventional and microcellular injection-molding process, respectively. Various characterization techniques including gel permeation chromatography, tensile testing and dynamic mechanical analysis, scanning electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry were applied to study the molecular weight, static and dynamic mechanical properties, cell morphology, and crystallization behavior, respectively. The addition of CE enhanced the molecular weight but decreased the crystallinity of PLA. The addition of CE also reduced the cell size and increased the cell density. Furthermore, the decomposition temperatures and several tensile properties, including specific strength, specific toughness, and strain-at-break of both solid and microcellular PLA specimens, increased with the addition of CE.

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Packing parameters effect on injection molding of polypropylene nanostructured surfaces  

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In today´s industry, applications involving surface patterning of sub-?m to nanometer scale structures have shown a high growth potential. To investigate the injection molding capability of replicating sub-?m surface texture on a large scale area, a 30x80 mm2 tool insert with surface structures having a diameter of 500 nm was employed. The tool insert surface was produced using chemical-based-batch techniques such aluminum anodization and nickel electroplating. During the injection molding process, polypropylene (PP) was employed as material and packing phase parameters (packing time, packing pressure) were investigated. The replicated surface topographies were quantitatively characterized by atomic force microscopy using specific three-dimensional surface parameters and qualitatively inspected by scanning electron microscopy. Results showed that the degree of replication from the tool to the polymer part was mainly influenced by packing pressure level and distance from the gate.

Calaon, Matteo; Tosello, Guido

2012-01-01

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Development of magnesium semi-solid injection molding; Magnesium han`yoyu shashutsu seikei gijutsu no kaihatsu  

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Magnesium semi-solid injection molding is safety and clean process. We have investigated influence of molding conditions on mechanical properties and dimension accuracy of products by semi-solid injection molding. As a result it was proved that the accuracy of products by this process is superior to die casting. This advantage as well as better mechanical properties can be utilized for net shape molding of some automobile parts. 4 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs.

Sakamoto, K.; Sakate, N.; Ishida, K.; Yamamoto, Y.; Nishimura, K. [Mazda Motor Corp., Hiroshima (Japan)

1997-10-01

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Modeling injection molding of net-shape active ceramic components.  

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To reduce costs and hazardous wastes associated with the production of lead-based active ceramic components, an injection molding process is being investigated to replace the current machining process. Here, lead zirconate titanate (PZT) ceramic particles are suspended in a thermoplastic resin and are injected into a mold and allowed to cool. The part is then bisque fired and sintered to complete the densification process. To help design this new process we use a finite element model to describe the injection molding of the ceramic paste. Flow solutions are obtained using a coupled, finite-element based, Newton-Raphson numerical method based on the GOMA/ARIA suite of Sandia flow solvers. The evolution of the free surface is solved with an advanced level set algorithm. This approach incorporates novel methods for representing surface tension and wetting forces that affect the evolution of the free surface. Thermal, rheological, and wetting properties of the PZT paste are measured for use as input to the model. The viscosity of the PZT is highly dependent both on temperature and shear rate. One challenge in modeling the injection process is coming up with appropriate constitutive equations that capture relevant phenomenology without being too computationally complex. For this reason we model the material as a Carreau fluid and a WLF temperature dependence. Two-dimensional (2D) modeling is performed to explore the effects of the shear in isothermal conditions. Results indicate that very low viscosity regions exist near walls and that these results look similar in terms of meniscus shape and fill times to a simple Newtonian constitutive equation at the shear-thinned viscosity for the paste. These results allow us to pick a representative viscosity to use in fully three-dimensional (3D) simulation, which because of numerical complexities are restricted to using a Newtonian constitutive equation. Further 2D modeling at nonisothermal conditions shows that the choice of representative Newtonian viscosity is dependent on the amount of heating of the initially room temperature mold. An early 3D transient model shows that the initial design of the distributor is sub-optimal. However, these simulations take several months to run on 4 processors of an HP workstation using a preconditioner/solver combination of ILUT/GMRES with fill factors of 3 and PSPG stabilization. Therefore, several modifications to the distributor geometry and orientations of the vents and molds have been investigated using much faster 3D steady-state simulations. The pressure distribution for these steady-state calculations is examined for three different distributor designs to see if this can indicate which geometry has the superior design. The second modification, with a longer distributor, is shown to have flatter, more monotonic isobars perpendicular to the flow direction indicating a better filling process. The effects of the distributor modifications, as well as effects of the mold orientation, have also been examined with laboratory experiments in which the flow of a viscous Newtonian oil entering transparent molds is recorded visually. Here, the flow front is flatter and voids are reduced for the second geometry compared to the original geometry. A horizontal orientation, as opposed to the planned vertical orientation, results in fewer voids. Recently, the Navier-Stokes equations have been stabilized with the Dohrman-Bochev PSPP stabilization method, allowing us to calculate transient 3D simulations with computational times on the order of days instead of months. Validation simulations are performed and compared to the experiments. Many of the trends of the experiments are captured by the level set modeling, though quantitative agreement is lacking mainly due to the high value of the gas phase viscosity necessary for numerical stability, though physically unrealistic. More correct trends are predicted for the vertical model than the horizontal model, which is serendipitous as the actual mold is held in a vertical geometry. The full, transient mold fillin

Baer, Tomas (Gram Inc.); Cote, Raymond O.; Grillet, Anne Mary; Yang, Pin; Hopkins, Matthew Morgan; Noble, David R.; Notz, Patrick K.; Rao, Rekha Ranjana; Halbleib, Laura L.; Castaneda, Jaime N.; Burns, George Robert; Mondy, Lisa Ann; Brooks, Carlton, F.

2006-11-01

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Fast prototyping of injection molded polymer microfluidic chips  

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We present fast prototyping of injection molding tools by the definition of microfluidic structures in a light-curable epoxy (SU-8) directly on planar nickel mold inserts. Optimized prototype mold structures could withstand injection molding of more than 300 replicas in cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) without any signs of failure or release. The key parameters to avoid mold failure are maximum adhesion strength of the epoxy to the nickel insert and minimum interfacial energy of the epoxy pattern to the molded polymer. Optimal molding of microstructures with vertical sidewalls was found for nickel inserts pre-coated by silicon oxide before applying the structured epoxy, followed by coating of the epoxy by a fluorocarbon layer prior to injection molding. Further improvements in the mold stability were observed after homogeneous coating of the patterned epoxy by a second reflowed layer of epoxy, likely due to the resulting reduction in sidewall steepness. We employed the latter method for injection molding bondable polymer microfluidic chips with integrated conducting polymer electrode arrays that permitted the culture and on-chip analysis of cell spreading by impedance spectroscopy.

Hansen, Thomas Steen; Selmeczi, David

2010-01-01

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Fast prototyping of injection molded polymer microfluidic chips  

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We present fast prototyping of injection molding tools by the definition of microfluidic structures in a light-curable epoxy (SU-8) directly on planar nickel mold inserts. Optimized prototype mold structures could withstand injection molding of more than 300 replicas in cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) without any signs of failure or release. The key parameters to avoid mold failure are maximum adhesion strength of the epoxy to the nickel insert and minimum interfacial energy of the epoxy pattern to the molded polymer. Optimal molding of microstructures with vertical sidewalls was found for nickel inserts pre-coated by silicon oxide before applying the structured epoxy, followed by coating of the epoxy by a fluorocarbon layer prior to injection molding. Further improvements in the mold stability were observed after homogeneous coating of the patterned epoxy by a second reflowed layer of epoxy, likely due to the resulting reduction in sidewall steepness. We employed the latter method for injection molding bondable polymer microfluidic chips with integrated conducting polymer electrode arrays that permitted the culture and on-chip analysis of cell spreading by impedance spectroscopy

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Injection-molded capsular device for oral pulsatile release: development of a novel mold.  

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The development of a purposely devised mold and a newly set up injection molding (IM) manufacturing process was undertaken to prepare swellable/erodible hydroxypropyl cellulose-based capsular containers. When orally administered, such devices would be intended to achieve pulsatile and/or colonic time-dependent delivery of drugs. An in-depth evaluation of thermal, rheological, and mechanical characteristics of melt formulations/molded items made of the selected polymer (Klucel® LF) with increasing amounts of plasticizer (polyethylene glycol 1500, 5%-15% by weight) was preliminarily carried out. On the basis of the results obtained, a new mold was designed that allowed, through an automatic manufacturing cycle of 5 s duration, matching cap and body items to be prepared. These were subsequently filled and coupled to give a closed device of constant 600 ?m thickness. As compared with previous IM systems having the same composition, such capsules showed improved closure mechanism, technological properties, especially in terms of reproducibility of the shell thickness, and release performance. Moreover, the ability of the capsular container to impart a constant lag phase before the liberation of the contents was demonstrated irrespective of the conveyed formulation. PMID:23161022

Zema, Lucia; Loreti, Giulia; Macchi, Elena; Foppoli, Anastasia; Maroni, Alessandra; Gazzaniga, Andrea

2013-02-01

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Binder Removal from Powder Injection Molded 316L Stainless Steel  

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Full Text Available This study reports the results of preparation of 316L stainless steel polymer based injection molded feed stock, rheology of feed stock and injection molding. The plastic binder was extracted from molded samples. The binder extraction was carried out in two steps: by solvent and thermal techniques. The results showed that feed stock prepared was suitable for injection molding and this was confirmed by rheology data measured by using capillary rheometer. The test samples were injection molded without physical defects. Paraffin Wax (major binder was extracted by using solvent extraction for 300 min. The thermal debinding was performed four different heating rates rage 1-7C min-1. The SEM results showed that the PW was completely extracted from the test samples after 300 min.

M.A. Omar

2011-01-01

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Optimizing the Filling Time and Gate of the Injection Mold on Plastic Air Intake Manifold of Engines  

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Full Text Available In order to acquire the best filling time, Mold trial is made by setting different injection time, or Mold flow software is used to analyze data recorded by computer. Whether doing successive trials or being simulated point by point, is very tedious. A new method is put forward-seeking the minimum of curve being simulated by Lagrange interpolation. The minimum of the curve is the best filling time. This method can improve the efficiency of the simulation analysis. The software Mold flow provides the possibility to simulate the flow processes of plastic air intake manifold with different gate location and number of injection mold and to predict the position of air traps and weld lines. The location and number of the gate in injection mold are determined by comparing analysis results and avoid mold adjustment and mold repairing. Finished injection mold of plastic air intake manifold on basis of simulation is perfect.

Shiqiang Zhang

2013-01-01

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Capabilities Of Micro Powder Injection Molding For Microparts Manufacturing  

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The Micro-PIM processing technology satisfies the increasing demand in terms of smaller parts and miniaturization. Research works in this area have been carried out at FEMTO-ST Institute by performing the injection molding with 316L stainless steel fine powders and polymer binders. Several formulations with different proportion of powders and binders as well various polymers have been tested, and then a well adapted one has been selected. The process to select the well adapted formulation and the rheological characteristics of the feedstock realized according with the selected formulation are also detailed. Several test specimens have been successfully manufactured.

Kong, X.; Barriere, T.; Gelin, J. C.

2011-01-01

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Analysis of Cavity Pressure and Warpage of Polyoxymethylene Thin Walled Injection Molded Parts: Experiments and Simulations  

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Process analysis and simulations on molding experiments of 3D thin shell parts have been conducted. Moldings were carried out with polyoxymethylene (POM). The moldings were performed with cavity pressure sensors in order to compare experimental process results with simulations. The warpage was characterized by measuring distances using a tactile coordinate measuring machine (CMM). Molding simulations have been executed taking into account actual processing conditions. Various aspects have been considered in the simulation: machine barrel geometry, injection speed profiles, cavity injection pressure, melt and mold temperatures, material rheological and pvT characterization. Factors investigated for comparisons were: injection pressure profile, short shots length, flow pattern, and warpage. A reliable molding experimental database was obtained, accurate simulations were conducted and a number of conclusions concerning improvements to simulation accuracy are presented regarding: pvT data, mesh, short shots, cavity pressure for process control validation as well as molding machine geometry modelling. Eventually, a methodology for improved molding simulations of cavity injection pressure, filling pattern and warpage was established.

Guerrier, Patrick; Tosello, Guido

2014-01-01

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The use of stereolithography rapid tools in the manufacturing of metal powder injection molding parts  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in english The utilization of stereolithography molds in the manufacture pre-series for injection molded plastic parts aims to reduce costs throughout the product life-time, but mainly during design and manufacturing phases. The use of this Rapid Tooling technique in powder metal injection molding is evaluated [...] in this work. One of the greatest differences between traditional and stereolithography tools is related to the heat conductivity of the materials employed. For example, steel molds have a heat conductivity coefficient 300 times higher than molds made with the photosensitive resin used in the stereolithography process. The discrepancy regarding the cooling rate of the molded parts during the injection cycle must be compensated with adjustments in the injection molding parameters, such as temperature, pressure and speed. The optimization of these parameters made it possible to eject green parts from the mold without causing defects which would become evident in debinding and sintering stages. The dimensional analysis performed at the end of each case study showed that the shrinking factor of the component after the sintering had the same value obtained for components using traditional metallic molds. Moreover, the dimensional error remains under 2% which can be considered low for a pre-series of components (or prototype series).

V. E., Beal; C. H., Ahrens; P. A., Wendhausen.

2004-03-01

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The use of stereolithography rapid tools in the manufacturing of metal powder injection molding parts  

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Full Text Available The utilization of stereolithography molds in the manufacture pre-series for injection molded plastic parts aims to reduce costs throughout the product life-time, but mainly during design and manufacturing phases. The use of this Rapid Tooling technique in powder metal injection molding is evaluated in this work. One of the greatest differences between traditional and stereolithography tools is related to the heat conductivity of the materials employed. For example, steel molds have a heat conductivity coefficient 300 times higher than molds made with the photosensitive resin used in the stereolithography process. The discrepancy regarding the cooling rate of the molded parts during the injection cycle must be compensated with adjustments in the injection molding parameters, such as temperature, pressure and speed. The optimization of these parameters made it possible to eject green parts from the mold without causing defects which would become evident in debinding and sintering stages. The dimensional analysis performed at the end of each case study showed that the shrinking factor of the component after the sintering had the same value obtained for components using traditional metallic molds. Moreover, the dimensional error remains under 2% which can be considered low for a pre-series of components (or prototype series.

Beal V. E.

2004-01-01

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Fabrication of sinterable silicon nitride by injection molding  

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Transformation of structural ceramics from the laboratory to production requires development of near net shape fabrication techniques which minimize finish grinding. One potential technique for producing large quantities of complex-shaped parts at a low cost, and microstructure of sintered silicon nitride fabricated by injection molding is discussed and compared to data generated from isostatically dry-pressed material. Binder selection methodology, compounding of ceramic and binder components, injection molding techniques, and problems in binder removal are discussed. Strength, oxidation resistance, and microstructure of sintered silicon nitride fabricated by injection molding is discussed and compared to data generated from isostatically dry-pressed material.

Quackenbush, C. L.; French, K.; Neil, J. T.

1982-01-01

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Computer Aided Design of The Cooling System for Plastic Injection Molds  

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Full Text Available The design of plastic injection molds and their cooling systems affect both the dimension, the shape, the quality of a plastic part and the cycle time of process and the cost of mold. In this study, the solid model design of a plastic injection mold and the design of cooling sysytem were possibly carried out without the designer interaction. Developed program permited the use of three types of the cooling system and the different cavity orientations and the multible plastic part placement into the mold cores. The program which was developed by using Visual LISP language and the VBA (Visual BASIC for Application modules, was applicated in the AutoCAD software domain. Trial studies were presented that the solid model design of plastic injection molds and the cooling systems increased the reliability, the flexibility and the speed of the design.

Hakan GÜRÜN

2009-02-01

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A Review of Effects of Molding Methods, Mold Thickness and Other Processing Parameters on Fiber Orientation in Polymer Composites  

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Full Text Available In injection molded fiber reinforced composites, the mechanical and physical properties of the final product are highly dependent on the patterns of fibers alignment. The orientation of the fibers can be influenced by many factors such as molding methods, materials used, geometry of the part and other processing parameters. Thus, there is considerable interest in studying the factors that affect the fiber orientation, hence the properties of the final product. This study presented a general review on the effects of these factors on fiber orientation in injection molded fiber-reinforced polymer composites. The fiber orientation of a part made by conventional injection molding is compared with those produced by injection-compression and push-pull injection techniques. Effects of injection speed, type of flow and mold thickness on fiber orientation are also discussed. Hence, this review could assist in decisions regarding the design of composite products.

Ahmed N. Oumer

2013-01-01

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Aplicação das técnicas de planejamento e análise de experimentos no processo de injeção plástica Application design of experiments in the injection molding process  

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Full Text Available Experimentos industriais são realizados pelas empresas com o intuito de melhorar o desempenho dos produtos e os processos de fabricação. Nesse sentido, este trabalho tem por objetivo estudar e aplicar as técnicas de planejamento e análise de experimentos na melhoria da qualidade industrial. Especificamente são aplicadas as técnicas de planejamento Fatorial Fracionado 2k-p, Metodologia de Superfície de Resposta e Análise de Variância, em um processo de moldagem por injeção plástica. Com essa pesquisa experimental foi possível identificar os níveis ótimos de regulagem e os parâmetros mais importantes da injeção plástica: temperatura da máquina e pressão de injeção. Para finalizar é avaliado o procedimento de implementação das técnicas de experimentação e as dificuldades práticas encontradas na empresa.Industrial experiments are made by companies in order to improve the quality characteristics of products and production processes. In this sense, the objective of this paper is to study and apply the design of experiments in the industrial quality improvement. In addition, as a part of the objective, an application of the techniques of design Fractional Factorial 2k-p, Analysis of Variance and Response Surface Methodology is done. It is focused in an injection molding process applied by a company, that makes and trades plastic products for the civil construction. Using this experimental study, the most important parameters of plastic injection are identified: machine temperature and injection pressure. At the same time, the optimal levels of adjustment of these parameters are determined. From this study, it is evaluated both the implantation procedures of the designs of experiments as well as the difficulties faced. Also, this study tries to contribute to the university-company relationship.

Edwin V. Cardoza Galdamez

2004-04-01

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Aplicação das técnicas de planejamento e análise de experimentos no processo de injeção plástica / Application design of experiments in the injection molding process  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Experimentos industriais são realizados pelas empresas com o intuito de melhorar o desempenho dos produtos e os processos de fabricação. Nesse sentido, este trabalho tem por objetivo estudar e aplicar as técnicas de planejamento e análise de experimentos na melhoria da qualidade industrial. Especifi [...] camente são aplicadas as técnicas de planejamento Fatorial Fracionado 2k-p, Metodologia de Superfície de Resposta e Análise de Variância, em um processo de moldagem por injeção plástica. Com essa pesquisa experimental foi possível identificar os níveis ótimos de regulagem e os parâmetros mais importantes da injeção plástica: temperatura da máquina e pressão de injeção. Para finalizar é avaliado o procedimento de implementação das técnicas de experimentação e as dificuldades práticas encontradas na empresa. Abstract in english Industrial experiments are made by companies in order to improve the quality characteristics of products and production processes. In this sense, the objective of this paper is to study and apply the design of experiments in the industrial quality improvement. In addition, as a part of the objective [...] , an application of the techniques of design Fractional Factorial 2k-p, Analysis of Variance and Response Surface Methodology is done. It is focused in an injection molding process applied by a company, that makes and trades plastic products for the civil construction. Using this experimental study, the most important parameters of plastic injection are identified: machine temperature and injection pressure. At the same time, the optimal levels of adjustment of these parameters are determined. From this study, it is evaluated both the implantation procedures of the designs of experiments as well as the difficulties faced. Also, this study tries to contribute to the university-company relationship.

Edwin V. Cardoza, Galdamez; Luiz C. Ribeiro, Carpinetti.

2004-04-01

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Pressureless sintering behavior of injection molded alumina ceramics  

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The pressureless sintering behaviors of two widely used submicron alumina (MgOdoped and undoped) with different solid loadings produced by injection molding have been studied systematically. Regardless of the sinterability of different powders depending on their inherent properties, solid loading plays a critical role on the sintering behavior of injection molded alumina, which greatly determines the densification and grain size, and leads to its full densi...

Liu W; Xie Z

2014-01-01

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A Recurrent Neural Network for Warpage Prediction in Injection Molding  

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Full Text Available La inyección de plásticos se considera como uno de los procesos de manufactura más flexibles y económicos con un gran volumen de producción de piezas de plástico. Las causas de variación durante la inyección de plásticos se relacionan con el amplio número de factores que intervienen durante un ciclo [...] de producción regular, tales variaciones impactan la calidad del producto final. Un problema común de calidad en productos terminados es la presencia de deformaciones. Así, este estudio tuvo como objetivo diseñar un sistema basado en redes neuronales recurrentes para predecir defectos de deformación en productos fabricados por medio de inyección de plásticos. Se emplean cinco parámetros del proceso por ser considerados críticos y que tienen un gran impacto en la deformación de componentes plásticos. El presente estudio hizo uso del software de análisis finito llamado Moldflow para simular el proceso de inyección de plásticos para recolectar datos con el fin de entrenar y probar la red neuronal recurrente. Redes neuronales recurrentes fueron utilizadas para entender la dinámica del proceso y debido a su capacidad de memorización, los valores de deformación pudieron ser predichos con exactitud. Los resultados muestran que la red diseñada funciona bien en términos de predicción, superando aquellas predicciones generadas por redes de propagación hacia adelante. Abstract in english Injection molding is classified as one of the most flexible and economical manufacturing processes with high volume of plastic molded parts. Causes of variations in the process are related to the vast number of factors acting during a regular production run, which directly impacts the quality of fin [...] al products. A common quality trouble in finished products is the presence of warpage. Thus, this study aimed to design a system based on recurrent neural networks to predict warpage defects in products manufactured through injection molding. Five process parameters are employed for being considered to be critical and have a great impact on the warpage of plastic components. This study used the finite element analysis software Moldflow to simulate the injection molding process to collect data in order to train and test the recurrent neural network. Recurrent neural networks were used to understand the dynamics of the process and due to their memorization ability, warpage values might be predicted accurately. Results show the designed network works well in prediction tasks, overcoming those predictions generated by feedforward neural networks.

A., Alvarado-Iniesta; D.J., Valles-Rosales; J.L., García-Alcaraz; A., Maldonado-Macias.

2012-12-01

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Residual stress distribution in injection molded parts  

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Purpose: The paper presents the results of the investigations of influence of the amorphous polystyrene (PS)processing on the diversity of the internal stresses observed in the injection moulded piece.Design/methodology/approach: For the tests, the standardized mould piece designed for the investigations ofthe processing shrinkage of thermoplastics materials has been used. The samples have been prepared using theDesign of Experiment (DoE) theory.The state of internal stresses has been analyse...

Postawa, P.; Kwiatkowski, D.

2006-01-01

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Residual orientation in micro-injection molded parts  

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The residual orientation following micro-injection molding of small rectangular plates with linear polyethylene has been examined using small-angle neutron scattering, and small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering. The effect of changing the molding conditions has been examined, and the residual chain orientation has been compared to the residual orientation of the crystallites as a function of position in the sample. This study has found that, for micromoldings, the orientation of the crystallites decreases with increasing injection speed and increasing mold thickness. The combined data suggest that the majority of the orientation present comes from oriented crystal growth rather than residual chain orientation.

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Design of Multimodel based MPC and IMC control schemes applied to injection molding machine  

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Full Text Available Good control of plastic melt temperature for injection molding is very important in reducing operator setup time, ensuring product quality, and preventing thermal degradation of the melt. The controllability and set points of barrel temperature also depend on the precise monitoring and control of plastic melt temperature. Motivated by the practical temperature control of injection molding, this paper proposes MPC and IMC based control scheme. A robust system identification and control methodology is developed which uses canonical varieties analysis for identification and model predictive control for regulation. The injection molding process consists of three zones and the mathematical model for each of the zone is different. The control output for each zone controller is assigned a weight based on the computed probability of each model and the resulting action is the weighted average of the control moves of the individual zone controllers.   Keywords: Injection-Molding Machine (IMM, IMC Control, Temperature Control.

Kanaga Lakshmi

2014-03-01

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Parametric study of injection molding and hot embossing in polymer microfabrication  

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In recent years, plastics have begun to show great commercial potential especially in manufacturing micro-structured parts. Injection molding and hot embossing are two major microfabrication methods. Replication accuracy was investigated for these two methods. Polymethyl methacrylate(PMMA) was used as the polymer substrate. The mold insert (or master) was fabricated by LIGA-type method. In this study, hot embossing was found to have better replication accuracy for microstructure than injection molding. Experiments were also conducted to study the effects of process parameters on the replication quality

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Parametric study of injection molding and hot embossing in polymer microfabrication  

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In recent years, plastics have begun to show great commercial potential especially in manufacturing micro-structured parts. Injection molding and hot embossing are two major microfabrication methods. Replication accuracy was investigated for these two methods. Polymethyl methacrylate(PMMA) was used as the polymer substrate. The mold insert (or master) was fabricated by LIGA-type method. In this study, hot embossing was found to have better replication accuracy for microstructure than injection molding. Experiments were also conducted to study the effects of process parameters on the replication quality.

Wu, Cheng Hsien [National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Taipei (China); Kuo, Hsien Chang [National Central University, Taipei (China)

2007-10-15

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CREEP MODELING FOR INJECTION-MOLDED LONG-FIBER THERMOPLASTICS  

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This paper proposes a model to predict the creep response of injection-molded long-fiber thermoplastics (LFTs). The model accounts for elastic fibers embedded in a thermoplastic resin that exhibits the nonlinear viscoelastic behavior described by the Schapery’s model. It also accounts for fiber length and orientation distributions in the composite formed by the injection-molding process. Fiber length and orientation distributions were measured and used in the analysis that applies the Eshelby’s equivalent inclusion method, the Mori-Tanaka assumption (termed as the Eshelby-Mori-Tanaka approach) and the fiber orientation averaging technique to compute the overall strain increment resulting from an overall constant applied stress during a given time increment. The creep model for LFTs has been implemented in the ABAQUS finite element code via user-subroutines and has been validated against the experimental creep data obtained for long-glass-fiber/polypropylene specimens. The effects of fiber orientation and length distributions on the composite creep response are determined and discussed.

Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Kunc, Vlastimil; Bapanapalli, Satish K.

2008-06-30

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Development and evaluation of P/M processing techniques to improve and control the mechanical properties of metal injection molded parts  

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Metal Injection Molding (MIM) is one of the most rapidly growing areas of powder metallurgy (P/M) but the growth of MIM into new markets and more demanding applications is limited by two fundamental barriers, the availability of low cost metal powders and a lack of knowledge and understanding of how mechanical properties, especially toughness, are affected by the many parameters in the MIM process. The goals of this study were to investigate solutions to these challenges for MIM. Mechanical alloying (MA) is a technique which can produce a wide variety of powder compositions in a size range suited to MIM and in smaller batches. However MA typically suffers from low production volumes and long milling times. This study will show that a saucer mill can produce sizable volumes of MA powders in times typically less than an hour. The MA process was also used to produce powders of 17-4PH stainless steel and the NiTi shape memory alloy for a MIM feedstock. This study shows that the MA powder characteristics led to successful MIM processing of parts. Previous studies have shown that the toughness of individual MIM parts can vary widely within a single production run and from one producer to another. In the last part of the study a Design of Experiments (DOE) approach was used to evaluate the effects of MIM processing parameters on the mechanical properties. Analysis of Variance produced mathematical models for Charpy impact toughness, hardness, density, and carbon content. Tensile properties did not produce a good model due to processing problems. The models and recommendations for improving both toughness and reproducibility of toughness are presented.

Sago, James Alan

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Design and Manufacturing of a Modular Prototype Mold to be employed in Micro Injection Molding Experiments  

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The use of polymer replication methods such as Micro Injection Molding (MIM), can reduce drastically production costs of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) at medium or large scale. The MIM replication of micro-features with high aspect ratios is a problem which requires a complex molding cycle, and further flow modelling techniques, that have to be more deeply investigated. A special approach to this problem is developed in the present work, in which a new modular mold is designed to be employed in MIM experiments. The new design considers important factors such as mold temperature and cavities venting that are determinant in the filling of micro-features. But the main goal of the proposed system is the ability to replace the investigated cavity in a short period of time, without discarding the most of the mold structure components, becoming very suitable equipment for MIM research activity.

Marquez, J. J.; Rueda, J.; Chaves, M. L.

2009-11-01

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Injection molded polymeric micropatterns for bone regeneration study.  

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An industrially feasible process for the fast mass-production of molded polymeric micro-patterned substrates is here presented. Microstructured polystyrene (PS) surfaces were obtained through micro injection molding (?IM) technique on directly patterned stamps realized with a new zirconia-based hybrid spin-on system able to withstand 300 cycles at 90 °C. The use of directly patterned stamps entails a great advantage on the overall manufacturing process as it allows a fast, flexible, and simple one-step process with respect to the use of milling, laser machining, electroforming techniques, or conventional lithographic processes for stamp fabrication. Among the different obtainable geometries, we focused our attention on PS replicas reporting 2, 3, and 4 ?m diameter pillars with 8, 9, 10 ?m center-to-center distance, respectively. This enabled us to study the effect of the substrate topography on human mesenchymal stem cells behavior without any osteogenic growth factors. Our data show that microtopography affected cell behavior. In particular, calcium deposition and osteocalcin expression enhanced as diameter and interpillar distance size increases, and the 4-10 surface was the most effective to induce osteogenic differentiation. PMID:25756304

Zanchetta, Erika; Guidi, Enrica; Della Giustina, Gioia; Sorgato, Marco; Krampera, Mauro; Bassi, Giulio; Di Liddo, Rosa; Lucchetta, Giovanni; Conconi, Maria Teresa; Brusatin, Giovanna

2015-04-01

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Evaluation of stability for monolayer injection molding tools coating  

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We tested and characterized molecular coating of Aluminium and Nickel prototype molds and mold inserts for polymer replication via injection molding (IM). X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data, sessile drop contact angles with multiple fluids, surface energy and roughness data have been collected and used to predict coating lifetimes. Samples have been characterized immediately after coating, after 500+ IM cycles to test durability and after 7 months to test temporal stability. Sessile drop contact angle was measured for multiple fluids, namely water, di-iodomethane and benzylacohol. Detectable coating presence was indicated by an increased angle on all post IM samples. To conclude, we present mold coating evaluation method, which is well suited for ultrathin, controlable, covalently bonded coating, that is reasonably durable, affordable, scalable to production, detectable on surface and especially suitable for rapid prototyping and mold geometry testing.

Cech, Jiri; Taboryski, Rafael J.

2012-01-01

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Feed stock preparation and achievement of shape complexity using powder injection molding (PIM)  

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Powder injection molding is one of the near net shape processing (NNSP) techniques used to produce geometrically complex shapes that need very little or no machining. This study presents the comparative study of feedstock preparation for Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding from the view point of achievement of shape complexity. Different variables of feedstock are studied, such as the role of binder, processing temperature, role of additives and the starting powder attributes on shape complexity. In this study, different binder systems; paraffin wax, polyethylene glycol, stearic acid, several thermoplastic resins and powders Fe and Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ are studied. The differences between metal injection molding and ceramic injection molding are clearly emphasized. A major focus of this study is to attain the requisite engineering properties by a control of microstructure using different dies with increasing shape complexity. Powder is mixed with the binder system, the mix is injection molded into the desired shape cavity, the molded part is de-bound and after debinding it is sintered to produce high density products. (author)

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Capturing variability in injection molding with short fiber polymer composites  

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Applications of fiber filled thermoplastic injection molded parts are increasing. The need to predict and quantify the variability in these parts grows with the demand. In this work variability of the fiber orientation is captured through the Folgar-Tucker orientation tensor and variability in anisotropy is captured through the ratio of the first two diagonal terms of the fully anisotropic stiffness matrix. The largest influences on the variability of these two parameters are determined to be the mold temperature, the melt temperature, and the temperature of the heater rods in the mold. Models to predict the response of the parameters over a range of input variability are developed.

Garrett, Jessie Trece

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Micro genetic algorithm based optimal gate positioning in injection molding design  

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The paper deals with the optimization of runner system in injection molding design. The design objective is to locate gate positions by minimizing both maximum injection pressure at the injection port and maximum pressure difference among all the gates on a product with constraints on shear stress and/or weld-line. The analysis of filling process is conducted by a finite element based program for polymer flow. Micro genetic algorithm (mGA) is used as a global optimization tool due to the nature of inherent nonlinearlity in flow analysis. Four different design applications in injection molds are explored to examine the proposed design strategies. The paper shows the effectiveness of mGA in the context of optimization of runner system in injection molding design

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Fatigue failure properties of injection molded superalloy compacts  

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Superalloys have been used especially for aerospace and atomic energy applications because of their excellent attributes of high corrosion and oxidation resistance, and high temperature strength. A Inconel 718 is one of representative Ni-base superalloys. However, it is not easy to produce the complicate shaped parts with low cost due to their poor workability. In this study, Metal Injection Molding (MIN) process, one of near net-shape powder forming, has been applied to fabricate the Inconel 718 alloy compacts using type of powder; gas and water atomized powders. By optimizing the MIM process, their obtained relative density was near full density (98 - 99%). However, the fatigue strength of heat treated sintered Inconel 718 compacts showed 65% of heat treated wrought materials due to the remained pores. The effect of remained pores on fatigue strength was discussed by the prediction equation of endurance limit considering the inclusion. (author)

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A comparative study of Ni-Ti and Ni-Ti-Cu shape memory alloy processed by plasma melting and injection molding  

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Highlights: ? There is only one paper in the literature that uses the PSPP process to fabricate shape memory alloys (SMA). ? Two specific mechanical assemblies have been developed to measure force generated by SMA small strips. ? A relationship between hardness and force generated by the studied Ni-Ti SMA was first established. ? A more focused and specific comparison was still necessary to clarify the effect of copper in Ni-Ti. -- Abstract: Shape memory alloys (SMA) are smart materials that present potential applications in such diverse areas as aeronautics, automotive, electronics, biomedicine and others. This work aimed at comparing some physical and functional properties of a Ni-Ti-Cu and equiatomic Ni-Ti SMA. Therefore, Ni-50Ti and Ni-50Ti-5Cu (at.%) were manufactured using plasma melting followed by injection in metallic mold, named Plasma Skull Push-Pull (PSPP) process. Afterwards, samples of both Ni-Ti based SMA were annealed at 1113 K during 2400 s and water quenched. The obtained specimens were analyzed by optical microscopy, microhardness, differential scanning calorimetry, electrical resistance as a function of temperature, and force generation tests. The results showed that Ni-Ti alloy presented higher levels of hardness and lower generated recover forces during heating when compared to the Ni-Ti-Cu SMA. Moreover, the Ni-Ti alloy holds hysteresis larger than the Ni-Ti-Cu SMA as a result of the presence of the R-phase transformation. There was also a better stability under thermal cycling of NiTiCu SMA compared with the equiatomic NiTi.

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Process for Making Ceramic Mold  

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An improved process for slip casting molds that can be more economically automated and that also exhibits greater dimensional stability is disclosed. The process involves subjecting an investment pattern, preferably made from wax, to successive cycles of wet-dipping in a slurry of colloidal, silica-based binder and dry powder-coating, or stuccoing with plaster of Paris or calcium sulfate mixtures to produce a multi-layer shell over the pattern. The invention as claimed entails applying a primary and a secondary coating to the investment pattern. At least two wet-dipping on in a primary slurry and dry-stuccoing cycles provide the primary coating, and an additional two wet-dippings and dry-stuccoing cycles provide the secondary, or back-up, coating. The primary and secondary coatings produce a multi-layered shell pattern. The multi-layered shell pattern is placed in a furnace first to cure and harden, and then to vaporize the investment pattern, leaving a detailed, high precision shell mold.

Buck, Gregory M. (Inventor); Vasquez, Peter (Inventor)

2001-01-01

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Three dimensional modeling of metal powder injection molding  

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In this work, a three-dimensional transient finite element flow analysis code is used to solve powder injection molding problems. Free surface, non-isothermal flow solutions are obtained by solving the momentum, mass and energy equations. An additional transport equation is solved for the front tracking function indicating the flow front position. The flow of 17-4 stainless steel powder with a water-soluble binder is simulated in a thick three-dimensional part with a diaphragm gate. The compound used is very sensitive to thermal effects because of its high thermal diffusivity and highly sensitive temperature dependence of the viscosity. The simulation predicted several unusual experimentally observed flow patterns: bypass flow (flow external and/or internal to the initial annular flow) and nonuniform flow (nonaxisymmetric flow in a preferred direction through the diaphragm gate). The work considers the effect of filling time, melt/mold temperature, inertia, yield stress, and wall slip on flow patterns, in order to identify the processing conditions that separate regions of uniform and nonuniform flow. (author)

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Simulation of infrared rapid surface heating for injection molding  

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In this study, a three-dimension ray tracing and transient thermal simulation is developed to evaluate the thermal condition of injection mold surface with infrared surface rapid heating system. Several types of reflectors were applied to study the heating ability of the rapid surface heating system. A commercial available optical analysis program, TracePro, was used to simulate the infrared absorption of the mold surface. The surface temperature of the mold insert was evaluated by 2D and 3D transient thermal analysis with a commercial software, ANSYS. The results from simulation and thermal video measurement system agree well. Besides, the temperature distribution of the mold surface can be better observed via the 3D thermal analysis developed in this article. (author)

Chang, Pei-Chi; Hwang, Sheng-Jye [Room 905, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Road, Tainan 701 (China)

2006-10-15

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Multiple Performance Optimization for the Best Metal Injection Molding Green Compact  

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Full Text Available This study presents and demonstrates the effectiveness of optimizing multiple quality characteristics of the injection molding of the MIM green compacts via Taguchi method-based Grey analysis. The modified algorithm adopted here was successfully used for both detraining the optimum setting of the process parameters and for combining multiple quality characteristics into one integrated numerical value called Grey relational grade. The significant molding parameters were identified as (1 Injection Pressure (2 Injection Temperature (3 Powder Loading (4 Mold Temperature (5 Holding Pressure and (6 Injection Speed. In addition, the multiple quality characteristics required are: (1 less defects (2 strong and (3 denser compact. The result concluded that the powder loading (C is very significant for the combination of the quality characteristics.

M.R. Harun

2011-01-01

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Simulation and measurement of optical aberrations of injection molded progressive addition lenses.  

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Injection molding is an important mass-production tool in the optical industry. In this research our aim is to develop a process of combining ultraprecision diamond turning and injection molding to create a unique low-cost manufacturing process for progressive addition lenses (PALs). In industry, it is a well-known fact that refractive index variation and geometric deformation of injection molded lenses due to the rheological properties of polymers will distort their optical performance. To address this problem, we developed a method for determining the optical aberrations of the injection molded PALs. This method involves reconstructing the wavefront pattern in the presence of uneven refractive index distribution and surface warpage using a finite element method. In addition to numerical modeling, a measurement system based on a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor was used to verify the modeling results. The measured spherocylindrical powers and aberrations of the PALs were in good agreement with the model. Consequently, the optical aberrations of injection molded PALs were successfully predicted by finite element modeling. In summary, it was demonstrated in this study that numerically based optimization for PAL manufacturing is feasible. PMID:24085007

Li, Likai; Raasch, Thomas W; Yi, Allen Y

2013-08-20

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Effects of Process Parameters on Replication Accuracy of Microinjection Molded Cyclic Olefins Copolymers Parts  

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In this study, the effects of various processing parameters of microinjection molding on the replication accuracy of the micro featured fluidic platform used for DNA/RNA tests are investigated. LIGA-like processes were utilized to prepare a silicon-based SU-8 photoresist, followed by electroforming to make a Ni-Co-based stamp. A cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) was used as the injection molding material. The molding parameters associated with the replication accuracy of micro channel parts were investigated. It was found that for microinjection molded devices, the replication accuracies of the imprint width and depth increase with increasing of mold temperature, melt temperature, injection velocity, and packing pressure.

Lin, Hsuan-Liang; Chen, Chun-Sheng; Lee, Ruey-Tsung; Chen, Shia-Chung; Chien, Rean-Der; Jeng, Ming-Chang; Hwang, Jiun-Ren

2013-04-01

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EFFECTS OF INJECTION TEMPERATURE ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF BAGASSE/POLYPROPYLENE INJECTION MOLDING COMPOSITES  

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Effects of injection temperature on thermal degradation and porosity of the bagasse/polypropylene injection molding composites were studied. Above 185 ºC, incomplete filling occurred. The incomplete filling increased with increase of injection temperature. It was found that the gas generated by thermal degradation of bagasse fibers was so accumulated in the injection cylinder that the injected composites ended up with incomplete filling. A modified injection method with the venting of gas in...

Shinichi Shibata; Bozlur, Rahman M.; Isao Fukumoto; Yasuyuki Kanda

2010-01-01

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Effects of adding injection-compression to rapid heat cycle molding on the structure of a light guide plate  

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This study investigates the effects of adding injection-compression to rapid heat cycle molding (RHCM) (rapid heat cycle injection-compression molding (RICM)) on the physical quality and optical anisotropy of a molded light guide plate (LGP). Transcription ratio of microstructure, uniformity of part thickness and birefringence were experimentally evaluated on a 7 inch LGP of nominal thickness of 1.12 mm (including a microstructure array of 30 µm diameter and 14 µm height). The designed mold was equipped with rapid heating and compressing facilities and a microstructured nickel stamper was fabricated by UV LIGA process. In addition, to investigate the efficacy of RICM, experiments involving conventional injection molding (CIM), ICM, and RHCM were conducted in parallel with RICM using the same mold. RHCM and RICM yielded excellent transcription ratios for the microstructure, while CIM and RICM provided high thickness uniformity and low birefringence. Thus, RICM obtains high transcription ratio of microstructure, uniform thickness and low birefringence.

Hong, Seokkwan; Min, Inki; Yoon, Kyunghwan; Kang, Jeongjin

2014-01-01

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Injection molding of power-law polymer  

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A polymer in injected with a constant pressure gradient between two parallel plates. The progression of the polymer front is modeled for a power law fluid (typical of a polymer) and compared to results for a Newtonian fluid.

Krane, Matthew J. M.

2008-10-25

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Localized mold heating with the aid of selective induction for injection molding of high aspect ratio micro-features  

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High-frequency induction is an efficient, non-contact means of heating the surface of an injection mold through electromagnetic induction. Because the procedure allows for the rapid heating and cooling of mold surfaces, it has been recently applied to the injection molding of thin-walled parts or micro/nano-structures. The present study proposes a localized heating method involving the selective use of mold materials to enhance the heating efficiency of high-frequency induction heating. For localized induction heating, a composite injection mold of ferromagnetic material and paramagnetic material is used. The feasibility of the proposed heating method is investigated through numerical analyses in terms of its heating efficiency for localized mold surfaces and in terms of the structural safety of the composite mold. The moldability of high aspect ratio micro-features is then experimentally compared under a variety of induction heating conditions.

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Molecular orientation distributions during injection molding of liquid crystalline polymers: Ex situ investigation of partially filled moldings  

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The development of molecular orientation in thermotropic liquid crystalline polymers (TLCPs) during injection molding has been investigated using two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray scattering coordinated with numerical computations employing the Larson-Doi polydomain model. Orientation distributions were measured in 'short shot' moldings to characterize structural evolution prior to completion of mold filling, in both thin and thick rectangular plaques. Distinct orientation patterns are observed near the filling front. In particular, strong extension at the melt front results in nearly transverse molecular alignment. Far away from the flow front shear competes with extension to produce complex spatial distributions of orientation. The relative influence of shear is stronger in the thin plaque, producing orientation along the filling direction. Exploiting an analogy between the Larson-Doi model and a fiber orientation model, we test the ability of process simulation tools to predict TLCP orientation distributions during molding. Substantial discrepancies between model predictions and experimental measurements are found near the flow front in partially filled short shots, attributed to the limits of the Hele-Shaw approximation used in the computations. Much of the flow front effect is however 'washed out' by subsequent shear flow as mold filling progresses, leading to improved agreement between experiment and corresponding numerical predictions.

Fang, Jun; Burghardt, Wesley R.; Bubeck, Robert A. (MMI); (NWU)

2013-01-10

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Modular injection mold manufacturing in a selective laser sintering machine  

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Reduced time to market places exacting requirements for the speed and quality of the design, manufacture and testing of new plastic parts. Traditionally, the greatest time for getting a new plastic product prototyped and tested is that for the mold fabrication phase. New metal materials for selective laser sintering (SLS) rapid prototyping technology allow direct mold fabrication for prototype plastic parts. Typically these molds are also useable for small scale production runs up to 50,000 parts. Using this technology prototype parts can be manufactured using the same materials and processes as used for the final product allowing testing of the whole manufacturing process for the prototype. This gives a company new opportunities to get a new or modified product to market faster and cheaper than by using traditional mold making processes. In this paper we describe this new technology and discuss how small and mid-size manufacturing companies can benefit from it.

Ikonen, Ilkka T.; Biles, William E.

1997-12-01

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Hot mold casting process of ancient East India and Bangladesh  

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Ancient casting process for production of brass or bronze utensils and icons were made in hot molds using clay molded investment casting or piece mold process, as presumed by archaeologists. Piece mold process is still traditionally practiced in many parts of Eastern India and Bangladesh along with investment casting process. Incidentally, Bengal artisans are more accustomed to piece mold process unlike tribal artisans who practiced investment casting process. This piece mold casting process ...

Barnali Mandal; Prasanta Kumar Datta

2010-01-01

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Injection molded nanofluidic chips: fabrication method and functional tests using single-molecule DNA experiments.  

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We demonstrate that fabrication of well-defined nanofluidic systems can be greatly simplified by injection molding of thermoplastic polymers. Chips featuring nanochannel arrays, microchannels and integrated interconnects are produced in a single processing step by injection molding. The resulting open channel structures are subsequently sealed by facile plasma-enhanced thermal bonding of a polymer film. This fast, inexpensive and industry-compatible method thus provides a single-use all-polymer platform for nanofluidic lab-on-a-chip applications. Its applicability for nanofluidics is demonstrated by DNA stretching experiments performed on individual double-stranded DNA molecules confined in the injection molded nanochannels. The obtained results are consistent with measurements performed in costly state-of-the-art silica nanochannels, for both straight and tapered channel geometries. PMID:21057689

Utko, Pawel; Persson, Fredrik; Kristensen, Anders; Larsen, Niels B

2011-01-21

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Cooling effects study by considering a turbulence model in injection molding  

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Cooling stage is critical in injection molding process. A well designed cooling system can effectively shorten cycle time and improve product quality. Three-dimensional cooling analysis has been embedded in injection molding simulation which provides a useful tool for cooling system design validation. However, the current simulation tool is not perfect yet since it does not consider turbulent flow and pipe surface roughness effect. In the current study, a latest simulation tool was applied which can predict the turbulent flow effect on cooling. Two cooling systems (conventional and conformal) were simulated and compared to each other. Turbulence model and surface roughness effects were also studied. The simulation results show a good agreement with experimental data which is helpful at the design stage of an injection molding cooling system.

Hsu, Fu-Hung; Wu, Bo-Han; Huang, Chao-Tsai; Chang, Rong-Yeu

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FPGA-based multiprocessor system for injection molding control.  

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The plastic industry is a very important manufacturing sector and injection molding is a widely used forming method in that industry. The contribution of this work is the development of a strategy to retrofit control of an injection molding machine based on an embedded system microprocessors sensor network on a field programmable gate array (FPGA) device. Six types of embedded processors are included in the system: a smart-sensor processor, a micro fuzzy logic controller, a programmable logic controller, a system manager, an IO processor and a communication processor. Temperature, pressure and position are controlled by the proposed system and experimentation results show its feasibility and robustness. As validation of the present work, a particular sample was successfully injected. PMID:23202036

Muñoz-Barron, Benigno; Morales-Velazquez, Luis; Romero-Troncoso, Rene J; Rodriguez-Donate, Carlos; Trejo-Hernandez, Miguel; Benitez-Rangel, Juan P; Osornio-Rios, Roque A

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Influence of Mold Surface Treatments on Flow of Polymer in Injection Moulding. Application to Weldlines  

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Due to increasing expectations from the market, the aspect of molded parts has to be improved constantly. Some of the defects observed on these parts such as weldlines are related to the filling stage. To limit this, we investigated the influence on weldlines using various surface deposits on the mold surface, mainly PVD and PACVD deposits : Chromium nitride (CrN), Titanium nitride (TiN), Diamond like Carbon (DLC), Chromium and polished steel (PG) on an instrumented plate mold. Injection campaign was led on three polymers which differ in terms of nature (amorphous, semi-crystalline, copolymers). We studied the evolution of the dimensions of weldlines appearing on the plate using the same injection parameters for a given polymer, but with various deposits and thicknesses. Another aspect that had been investigated is the morphology of the weldline through the thickness of the part, depending on polymer nature. Adhesion of polymer at the flow front with the mold surface proved to change. The modification of the initial contact in the filling stage and thus the thermal resistance at the mold implied a change in the process, increasing or reducing the pressure loss in the flow and differential shrinkage in the final part. The induced impact on dimensions of the weldlines allowed to distinguish which surface treatments were able to reduce the defect. A complementary study was led on both polymers in molten state and deposits in terms of wetting using a sessile drop method to confirm the adhesion at the polymer/mold interface. This study proved the influence of the use of surface treatments has clearly an impact on the filling stage of the injection molding process, and it is necessary to get a better knowledge of the interactions between physical adhesion, tribology of polymer/mold contact, and thermal properties of the coatings and their impact on solidification of the polymer.

Chailly, M.; Charmeau, J.-Y.; Bereaux, Y.; Monasse, B.

2007-04-01

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Injection molding of LIGA and LIGA-similar microstructures using filled and unfilled thermoplastics  

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Micromolding is a key technology for the economic production of micro-components for microsystems. It is applied in several microstructuring techniques including the LIGA process which was invented and developed at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. Injection molding of multiple-use LIGA tool inserts produced by deep-etch x-ray lithography and electroforming allows the economic production of components for most applications using microsystems technology. Such microstructures are produced in small and large series and commercialized by Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and the microParts Company, Dormund, Germany, cooperating within the framework of a license agreement. Special molding machines are applied for the production of single- or multi-stepped microstructures of a few micrometers in lateral dimension and structural details in the submicrometer range. Maximum aspect ratios of several ten up to 600 are achieved. In contrast to compact disc production, the machines are equipped with a special control unit, by means of which tool temperature is often kept above the melting temperatures of the plastics processed during injection. Evacuation of the tool cavity is required for the complete filling of the microstructurized nest area of the mold. Cycle time is mainly determined by the heating and cooling of the whole molding tool. Recently, novel techniques were developed for the production of ceramic LIGA or LIGA-similar microstructures at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, where further development of the LIGA technique has been performed for more than a decade. Using lost plastic microstructures and sometimes even metal tools, microstructures are made of structural (e.g., aluminum oxide, zirconium oxide) and functional ceramics (e.g., PZT). Current development activities are aimed at producing lost plastic molds for metal microstructures by injection molding. Molding tests with conductively filled thermoplastics have been carried out to manufacture lost molds for e.g. spin nozzles.

Ruprecht, Robert; Bacher, Walter; Hausselt, Juergen H.; Piotter, Volker

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Evaluation of W-Cu metal matrix composites produced by powder injection molding and liquid infiltration  

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The near net shape processing of tungsten-copper metal matrix composites by powder injection molding and liquid copper infiltration was studied in this paper. In this technique, powder injection molded bimetallic components were produced. The component was debinded and subsequently heated to an elevated temperature. This facilitated the sintering of the high melting point metal and the liquidation of the lower melting point for infiltration into the preform of the former. Feasibility of this method in the manufacture of tungsten-copper metal matrix composites with high percentage copper, up to 38 wt.%, was demonstrated and mechanical properties were evaluated in this study

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Injection molded pinched flow fractionation device for enrichment of somatic cells in cow milk  

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In this paper the continuous microfluidic separation technique pinched flow fractionation is applied to the enrichment of somatic cells from cow milk. Somatic cells were separated from the smallest fat particles and proteins thus better imaging and analysis of the cells can be achieved. The enrichment was performed using an all-polymer pinched flow fractionation device fabricated by injection molding. The polymer chips were bonded to a 500 lm polymer foil using UV assisted thermal bonding. The quality of the final devices was reproducible and the injection molding process combined with the use of cheap materials ensures the possibility for device mass production

Jensen, Marie PØdenphant; Marie, Rodolphe

2014-01-01

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Flexural Properties of Injection-Molded Bamboo/pbs Composites  

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In recent years, from an environmental perspective, there has been increasing interest in the change to a sustainable society. The use of natural-fiber-reinforced biodegradable composites has been proposed as one solution. Bamboo is an often used renewable bio-resource; it has an inherent advantage of rapid growth. Polybutylene succinate (PBS), used as matrix resin, has biodegradable characteristics. This paper describes flexural properties of bamboo/PBS composites prepared by injection molding. The following results were obtained. The flexural modulus was improved with increasing bamboo powder contents when the cylinder temperature of the injection molder was 140°C. However, the flexural strength showed the opposite tendency to be decreased with increasing bamboo powder contents. An SEM photomicrograph of the fracture surface for bamboo/PBS composites showed typical fracture behavior of pull-out fibers without fiber fracture. Furthermore, there was no adhesion of PBS resin on the bamboo fiber surface. Processing conditions affected mechanical properties of bamboo/PBS composites, imparting higher flexural strength and flexural modulus at high cylinder temperatures such as 180°C and 200°C.

Ohkita, Kazuya; Takagi, Hitoshi

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Injection molding micro patterns with high aspect ratio using a polymeric flexible stamper  

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Full Text Available Poor filling occurs during the injection molding process of micro- or nano- scale patterns mainly because the hot polymer melt rapidly cools and its skin quickly solidifies upon contact with the mold surface. In this study, it is proposed to use Polyethylene terephthalate (PET film coated with patterned polyurethane acrylate (PUA as an effective thermal barrier. It can significantly hinder heat transfer into the mold during the molding process and thus may keep the melt viscosity low for longer duration. As a result, the replication would be improved not only during the filling phase but also during the packing phase. In order to verify the validity of the use of polymeric stamper, the melt-film interface temperature was evaluated by numerical simulation. Experimental results indicated that patterns possessing widths within the range of one to tens of micrometers and a height of approximately 10 µm were successfully filled and demolded.

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Measurement of solidification and melting behavior of resin in injection molding and detection of flaws molded parts by using ultrasonic waves  

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Injection molding of thermoplastics is widely used in many industries. However, it is not so easy to design the mold and to determine the optimal injection conditions. Therefore, a number of CAR mold design software packages for simulating the injection molding process have been developed. In order to confirm the results obtained from CAE, it is necessary to compare the numerical results with the experimental ones. In practice, the filling behavior has been observed with an optical visualization technique, but the solidification behavior of melted resin filled into the cavity has not yet been observed. It has been indirectly detected by measuring the pressure in the mold cavity. On the other hand, the melting behavior of solid resin in the barrel of an infection molding machine has influence on the quality of a molded part. Therefore, it is important to observe the melting behavior of solid resin in the barrel. In this study a method for measuring the solidification behavior in the cavity and the melting behavior in the barrel have been developed by using ultrasonic waves. Moreover, a method of detecting a flaw or a different material included in the molded part has been developed by using ultrasonic waves. Especially, a flaw close to the surface of the molded part can be detected by separating the flaw echo from the surface echo of the molded part. It was determined that the thickness of the solid layer of the melted resin filled into the cavity can be measured by using ultrasonic waves. The melting behavior of the resin on the barrel surface can be observed by measuring the amplitude of the reflected echo on the interface between the barrel and resin. Moreover, the flaw close to the surface of the molded part can be detected by using the ultrasonic waves.

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Single Performance Optimization of Micro Metal Injection Molding for the Highest Green Strength by Using Taguchi Method  

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Full Text Available Micro metal injection molding is drawing attention recently as one the most cost effective processes in powder metallurgy to produce small-scale intricate part and competitive cost for mass production of micro components where it is greatly influenced by injection parameter. Thus, this paper investigated the optimization of highest green strength which plays an important characteristic in determining the successful of micro MIM. Stainless steel SS 316L was used with composite binder, which consists of PEG and PMMA while SA works as a surfactant. Feedstock with 61.5% with several injection parameters were optimized which highly significant through screening experiment such as injection pressure(A, injection temperature(B, mold temperature(C, injection time(D and holding time(E. Besides that, interaction effects between injection pressure, injection temperature and mold temperature were also considered to optimize in the Taguchi’s orthogonal array. Analysis of variance (ANOVA in terms of signal-to-noise ratio (S/N-larger is better for green strength was also presented in this paper. Result shows that interaction between injection temperature and mold temperature (BxC give highest significant factor followed by interaction between injection pressure and injection temperature (AxB. Single factor that also contributes to significant optimization are mold temperature(C, injection time (D and injection pressure (A. Overall, this study shows that Taguchi method would be among the best method to solve the problem with minimum number of trials.

M.H.I Ibrahim

2010-06-01

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Microinjection molding of thermoplastic polymers: morphological comparison with conventional injection molding  

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The skin-core crystalline morphology of injection-molded semi-crystalline polymers is well documented in the scientific literature. The thermomechanical environment provokes temperature and shear gradients throughout the entire thickness of the part during molding, thus influencing the polymer crystallization. Crystalline morphologies of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) micromolded part (?part) and a classical part (macropart) are compared with optical, thermal and x-ray diffraction analyses. Results show that the crystalline morphologies with regard to thickness vary between the two parts. While a 'skin-core' morphology is present for the macropart, the ?part exhibits a specific 'core-free' morphology, i.e. no spherulite is present at the center of the thickness. This result seems to be generated under the specific conditions used in microinjection molding that lead to the formation of smaller and more oriented crystalline entities.

Giboz, Julien; Copponnex, Thierry; Mélé, Patrice

2009-02-01

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Microinjection molding of thermoplastic polymers: morphological comparison with conventional injection molding  

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The skin–core crystalline morphology of injection-molded semi-crystalline polymers is well documented in the scientific literature. The thermomechanical environment provokes temperature and shear gradients throughout the entire thickness of the part during molding, thus influencing the polymer crystallization. Crystalline morphologies of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) micromolded part (?part) and a classical part (macropart) are compared with optical, thermal and x-ray diffraction analyses. Results show that the crystalline morphologies with regard to thickness vary between the two parts. While a 'skin–core' morphology is present for the macropart, the ?part exhibits a specific 'core-free' morphology, i.e. no spherulite is present at the center of the thickness. This result seems to be generated under the specific conditions used in microinjection molding that lead to the formation of smaller and more oriented crystalline entities

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Micro Machining of Injection Mold Inserts for Fluidic Channel of Polymeric Biochips  

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Full Text Available Recently, the polymeric micro-fluidic biochip, often called LOC (lab-on-a-chip, has been focused as a cheap, rapid and simplified method to replace the existing biochemical laboratory works. It becomes possible to form miniaturized lab functionalities on a chip with the development of MEMS technologies. The micro-fluidic chips contain many micro-channels for the flow of sample and reagents, mixing, and detection tasks. Typical substrate materials for the chip are glass and polymers. Typical techniques for micro-fluidic chip fabrication are utilizing various micro pattern forming methods, such as wet-etching, micro-contact printing, and hot-embossing, micro injection molding, LIGA, and micro powder blasting processes, etc. In this study, to establish the basis of the micro pattern fabrication and mass production of polymeric micro-fluidic chips using injection molding process, micro machining method was applied to form micro-channels on the LOC molds. In the research, a series of machining experiments using micro end-mills were performed to determine optimum machining conditions to improve surface roughness and shape accuracy of designed simplified micro-channels. Obtained conditions were used to machine required mold inserts for micro-channels using micro end-mills. Test injection processes using machined molds and COC polymer were performed, and then the results were investigated.

Myeong-Woo Cho

2007-08-01

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Net shaping of tungsten components by micro powder injection molding  

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For future fusion power plants, a He-cooled Divertor design has been developed by the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. The Divertor as one of the plasma facing components has to withstand high heat loads of 10 MW/m2 as well as sputtering due to ion impact on the surface of the Divertor. Tungsten is considered the most promising material to be used for this application. Because of the high hardness of tungsten, fabrication of these parts by standard shaping technologies for steels such as milling is, depending on the component, either difficult or even impossible. The objective of this work is the adoption of tungsten on powder injection moulding (PIM) as a widely used mass production method for net shaping of micro structured ceramic and metal parts. It is well known that for design accuracy and good surface quality as well as high sinter activity the particle size of powders applied to micro PIM should be as small as possible while the powder content of the feedstock should be as high as possible but at least 50 vol.%. In case of tungsten, industrial available powders are usually highly agglomerated. In order to provide a homogeneous feedstock with a solid load above 50 vol.%, powders applied to PIM have to be deagglomerated. Depending on the grain size, tungsten shows different kinds of agglomeration states. Ultra fine grain sizes below 1 ?m build sponge like agglomerates, while bigger grain sizes result in agglomerates being built of individually grown crystals. It was found that pre-milling of powders with a grain size of 0,7 ?m FSSS has nearly no effect on the resulting viscosity whereas in case of 3 ?m FSSS deagglomeration drastically improves the viscosity and the processability of the feedstock. For further improvement of the feedstock, in this paper grain size dependent variations of the solid load shall be discussed to define an optimised grain size for Micro PIM of tungsten components. For initial PIM experiments, a first feedstock based on a tungsten powder with a grain size of 2,5 ?m FSSS and a solid load of 55 vol.% was developed and a microstructured cavity for a gear housing as well as Slot Arrays with 24 Slots were injection molded. Further on, tensile test bars and charpy-test specimens were replicated to provide mechanical data of tungsten samples being prepared by PIM. By debinding and sintering of injection molded tungsten parts, a density of 96% and a residual carbon content <0,003 wt.% was achieved. (author)

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Análise do desenvolvimento morfológico da blenda polimérica PBT/ABS durante as etapas de mistura por extrusão e moldagem por injeção Analysis of the morphological development of PBT/ABS blends during the extrusion and injection molding processes  

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Full Text Available O enfoque principal deste trabalho foi observar o desenvolvimento da morfologia de fases da blenda binária PBT/ABS e desta blenda compatibilizada pela adição de um copolímero acrílico reativo, durante a etapa de mistura por extrusão e de moldagem por injeção. A evolução da morfologia das blendas, durante a etapa de mistura, foi analisada através do uso de amostras coletadas de uma extrusora de rosca dupla co-rotacional, com acessório especialmente projetado para coleta in line. A morfologia observada nas amostras obtidas por injeção foi realizada utilizando amostras retiradas de corpos de prova moldados. As amostras obtidas por extrusão e por moldagem por injeção foram posteriormente preparadas através de crio-ultramicrotomia e observadas através de microscopia eletrônica de transmissão (TEM. Uma "Função Dispersão" foi desenvolvida neste trabalho para comparar as diversas morfologias sob diferentes condições de processamento e de compatibilização. A adição de compatibilizante favorece a formação de uma morfologia de domínios de ABS dispersos em PBT, ao longo do canhão da extrusora, e previne satisfatoriamente o fenômeno de coalescência destes domínios durante o processo de moldagem por injeção. A função dispersão foi utilizada principalmente para mostrar a tendência da evolução morfológica e mostrou um bom desempenho para tal.The aim of this work was to observe the development of the phase morphology of the PBT/ABS blends during their extrusion mixing and injection molding steps. The evolution of the blend morphology during the mixing stage was analyzed using a specially designed co-rotational twin-screw extruder with a collecting device located along the barrel. Blend samples were collected in-line along the length of the extruder barrel during the blending process. Blend morphology was also observed from specimens molded through injection molding. All the samples were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. They were prepared by cryo-ultramicrotomy and the rubbery phase of the ABS contained in the blends was stained with osmium tetroxide (OsO4. A special function was established and is proposed to analyze the blend morphology trends through image analysis. In binary blends, the ABS phase showed better dispersion after the mixture passed through the extruder die. However, a coalescence phenomenon was observed during the next molding step. Compatibilized PBT/ABS blends showed better dispersion than binary blends, even after injection molding. The special function used to quantify the dispersion throughout the mixing and molding steps showed an excellent performance.

Edson N. Ito

2004-06-01

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Metal Injection Molding (MIM) of NdFeB Magnets  

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Due to the increased and unstable prices for Rare Earth elements there are activities to develop alternative hard magnetic materials. Reducing the amount of material necessary to produce complex sintered NdFeB magnets can also help to reduce some of the supply problem. Metal Injection Molding (MIM) is able to produce near net shape parts and can reduce the amount of finishing to achieve final geometry. Although MIM of NdFeB has been patented and published fairly soon after the development of the NdFeB magnets there has never been an industrial production. This could be due to the fact that MIM was very young at that time and hardly developed. Thus, the feasibility of the process needs to be revaluated. This paper presents results of our work on determining the process parameters influencing the magnetic properties of the sintered magnets as well as the shrinkage during processing. The role of binder and powder loading on the alignment of the particles as well as on the carbon and oxygen contamination was examined.

Hartwig, T.; Lopes, L.; Wendhausen, P.; Ünal, N.

2014-07-01

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An in-mold packaging process for plastic fluidic devices.  

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Micro or nanofluidic devices have many channel shapes to deliver chemical solutions, body fluids or any fluids. The channels in these devices should be covered to prevent the fluids from overflowing or leaking. A typical method to fabricate an enclosed channel is to bond or weld a cover plate to a channel plate. This solid-to-solid bonding process, however, takes a considerable amount of time for mass production. In this study, a new process for molding a cover layer that can enclose open micro or nanochannels without solid-to-solid bonding is proposed and its feasibility is estimated. First, based on the design of a model microchannel, a brass microchannel master core was machined and a plastic microchannel platform was injection-molded. Using this molded platform, a series of experiments was performed for four process or mold design parameters. Some feasible conditions were successfully found to enclosed channels without filling the microchannels for the injection molding of a cover layer over the plastic microchannel platform. In addition, the bond strength and seal performance were estimated in a comparison with those done by conventional bonding or welding processes. PMID:21446432

Yoo, Y E; Lee, K H; Je, T J; Choi, D S; Kim, S K

2011-01-01

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Foam injection molding of poly(lactic acid) with physical blowing agents  

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Foam injection molding uses environmental friendly blowing agents under high pressure and temperature to produce parts having a cellular core and a compact solid skin (the so-called "structural foam"). The addition of a supercritical gas reduces the part weight and at the same time improves some physical properties of the material through the promotion of a faster crystallization; it also leads to the reduction of both the viscosity and the glass transition temperature of the polymer melt, which therefore can be injection molded adopting lower temperatures and pressures. These aspects are of extreme interest for biodegradable polymers, which often present a very narrow processing window, with the suitable processing temperatures close to the degradation conditions. In this work, foam injection molding was carried out by an instrumented molding machine, able to measure the pressure evolution in different positions along the flow-path. The material adopted was a biodegradable polymer, namely the Poly(lactic acid), PLA. The effect of a physical blowing agent (PBA) on the viscosity was measured. The density reduction and the morphology of parts obtained by different molding conditions was assessed.

Pantani, R.; Sorrentino, A.; Volpe, V.; Titomanlio, G.

2014-05-01

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Study of microcellular injection-molded polypropylene/waste ground rubber tire powder blend  

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Microcellular polypropylene/waste ground rubber tire powder blend processing was performed on an injection-molding machine with a chemical foaming agent. The molded samples produced based on the design of experiments (DOE) matrices were subjected to tensile testing and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses. Molding conditions and waste ground rubber tire (WGRT) powder have been found to have profound effects on the cell structures and mechanical properties of polypropylene (PP) and waste ground rubber tire powder composite samples. The result shows that microcellular PP/WGRT blend samples exhibit smaller cell size and higher cell density compare with polypropylene resin. Among the molding parameters studied, chemical foaming agent weight percentage has the most significant effect on cell size, cell density, and tensile strength. The results also suggest that tensile strength of microcellular PP/WGRT composites is sensitive to weight reduction, and skin thickness.

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Initial verification of an induction heating set-up for injection molding  

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Molding of thin and long parts by injection molding leads to special requirements for the mold in order to ensure proper filling and acceptable cycle time. This paper investigates the applicability of embedded induction heating for the improvement of the filling of thin long parts. The object selected for the investigation is a thin spiral. For the complete molding of the component, elevated mold temperatures are required. For this propose a new injection molding set-up was developed, which allows rapid heating of the cavity wall by an induction heating system. The temperature was measured by two thermocouples placed in the die insert. The system was used to heat up the cavity wall with heating rates of up to 10 °C/s. Experiments were carried out with ABS material. The lengths of the object were measured by a suitable measurement set up. The experimental result show that the use of the induction heating system process is an efficient way for improving the filling of the cavity.

Menotti, Stefano; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

2013-01-01

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Pressureless sintering behavior of injection molded alumina ceramics  

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Full Text Available The pressureless sintering behaviors of two widely used submicron alumina (MgOdoped and undoped with different solid loadings produced by injection molding have been studied systematically. Regardless of the sinterability of different powders depending on their inherent properties, solid loading plays a critical role on the sintering behavior of injection molded alumina, which greatly determines the densification and grain size, and leads to its full densification at low temperatures. As compared to the MgO-doped alumina powder, the undoped specimens exhibit a higher sinterability for its smaller particle size and larger surface area. While full densification could be achieved for MgO-doped powders with only a lower solid loading, due to the fact that MgO addition can reduce the detrimental effect of the large pore space on the pore-boundary separation.

Liu W.

2014-01-01

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A Simulation Study of Conformal Cooling Channels in Plastic Injection Molding  

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Full Text Available In injection molding process, the cooling channel performance is one of the most crucial factors because it has significant effect on both production rate and the quality of the plastic part. In order to reduce the cycle time, and control the uniform distribution of temperature, it is necessary to create conformal cooling channels, which conform to the shape of the mold cavity and core. This paper presents a simulation study of different types of cooling channels in an injection molded plastic part and compares the performance in terms of time to ejection temperature, shrinkage, temperature profile, and part warpage to determine which configuration is more appropriate to provide uniform cooling with minimum cycle time. Autodesk Moldflow Insight (AMI simulation software is used to examine the results of the cooling channels performance.

Omar A. Mohamed, S.H. Masood, Abul Saifullah

2013-09-01

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Powder Injection Molding of Ceria-Stabilized, Zirconia-Toughened Mullite Parts for UAV Engine Components  

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Powder injection molding (PIM) of ceria-stabilized, zirconia-toughened mullite composites were investigated in the present article with the goal of obtaining performance enhancement in complex geometries for energy and transportation applications. A powder-polymer mixture (feedstock) was developed and characterized to determine its suitability for fabricating complex components using the PIM process. Test specimens were injection molded and subsequently debound and sintered. The sintered properties indicated suitable properties for engine component applications used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The measured feedstock properties were used in computer simulations to assess the mold-filling behavior for a miniature turbine stator. The results from the measurements of rheological and thermal properties of the feedstock combined with the sintered properties of the ceria-stabilized, zirconia-toughened mullite strongly indicate the potential for enhancing the performance of complex geometries used in demanding operating conditions in UAV engines.

Martin, Renee; Vick, Michael; Enneti, Ravi K.; Atre, Sundar V.

2013-11-01

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Carbon Nanotubes Reinforced Copper Matrix Nanocomposites via Metal Injection Molding Technique  

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Full Text Available New thermal management solutions are required to provide cost-effective means of dissipating heat from next generation microelectronic devices. In this paper, fabrication of heat sink nanocomposite made of copper reinforced by multiwalled carbon nanotubes up to 10 Vol. % using metal injection molding technique is presented. A mixture of Cu-MWNTs was compounded using internal mixer machine for homogenous dispersion of the solid powder in the binder. To ensure a flow able feedstock during injection molding process, different binder systems and their Cu-MWNTs feedstocks were examined using capillary rheometer machine. In order to avoid binder degradation, TGA test was carried out. The TGA results showed that the processing temperature such as mixing and injection molding should be lower than 170°C. The injection molding was carried out at low pressure. A combination of solvent and thermal debinding was used for binder removal, and then the samples were isothermally sintered at different sintering temperatures (900-1050°C in argon atmosphere. The results showed that the sintered samples experienced an isotropic shrinkage around 17% with relatively homogeneous dispersion of MWNTs in the copper matrix which is expected to enhance the physical and mechanical properties of the final product.

Norani M. Mohamed

2012-01-01

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Computational simulation and experimental analysis of the mold-filling process in µPIM  

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The micro powder injection molding technique has developed in recent years to be a unique method to fabricate miniature components in the large scale. In this paper numerical simulation of the mold filling of a micro-sized cylinder and gearwheel on a substrate was carried out with the ANSYS CFX software. The feedstock consisted of 56 vol% of carbonyl iron powder and a thermoplastic binder. The simulation results found that inhomogeneity greatly influences the shape precision of the molded micro-sized parts, and the gears located far from the gate exhibited better morphology than those near the gate. A difference in shape accuracy was found in different regions of a molded compact due to the variation of the state of the mold filling and the heat exchange between the feedstock and the die wall. The experimental data testified to the validity of the numerical simulation of the mold-filling process in micro powder injection molding.

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Experimental Study of Fiber Length and Orientation in Injection Molded Natural Fiber/Starch Acetate Composites  

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Composite compounds based on triethyl citrate plasticized starch acetate and hemp and flax fibers were prepared by melt processing. Plasticizer contents from 20 to 35 wt% and fiber contents of 10 and 40 wt% were used. The compounded composites were injection molded to tensile test specimens. The effect of processing, melt viscosity and fiber type on the fiber length was investigated. The lengths of fully processed fibers were determined by dissolving the matrix and measuring the length of the...

Peltola, Heidi; Madsen, Bo; Joffe, Roberts; Na?ttinen, Kalle

2011-01-01

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Influence of the local morphology on the surface tension of injection molded polypropylene  

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In this work, we investigate the development of the morphology of an injection molding polypropylene under the local thermomechanical environment imposed during processing, and its effect on the contact angle and, hence, on the surface tension of the moldings. Melt and mold temperatures were varied in two levels. The local thermomechanical environment was characterized by mold filling computational simulations that allow the calculation of thermomechanical variables (e.g., local temperatures, shear stresses) and indices (related to the local morphology development). In order to investigate the structural hierarchy variations of the moldings in the thickness direction, samples from skin to core were used. The molecular orientation and degree of crystallinity were determined as function of the thickness, as well as the contact angle. The variations of the degree of crystallinity were assessed by differential scanning calorimetry. The level of molecular orientation was evaluated by birefringence measurements. The contact angles were measured in deionized water by sessile drop (needle in) method at room temperature, to determine the wettability of the samples. The contact angles were found to vary along the molding thickness in the skin, transition and core layers. These variations are related to the local morphologies developed. Results suggest that water contact angle increases with the level of molecular orientation and for finer microstructures.

Gomes, M.; Pontes, A. J.; Viana, J. C.

2014-05-01

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Aplicação de redes Neuro Fuzzy ao processamento de peças automotivas por meio de injeção de polímeros / Application of neurofuzzy networks for the processing of automotive parts by polymer injection molding  

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Full Text Available O processamento de peças automotivas por meio de injeção de polímeros envolve vários fenômenos físicos que ocorrem simultaneamente e que possuem caráter não linear e multivariável. Softwares comerciais podem ser utilizados na previsão dos parâmetros do processo, o que pode ser caro e inviável. Pode- [...] se determinar os parâmetros de forma analítica, mas o tratamento desse problema requer a aplicação de teorias clássicas dos fenômenos de transporte, de difícil equacionamento. As redes NeuroFuzzy são aplicáveis a esse problema porque reúnem a capacidade de aprender das redes neurais artificiais com a capacidade da lógica Fuzzy de transformar variáveis linguísticas em regras. Neste trabalho combinou-se uma rede neural artificial Multilayer Perceptron e uma rede neural artificial Radial Basis Function à lógica Fuzzy para construir-se um modelo de inferência que previu o tempo de ciclo de processos de injeção de polímeros. Os resultados obtidos confirmam as redes NeuroFuzzy como opção para esse tipo de problema. Abstract in english The injection molding of automotive parts is a complex process due to the many non-linear and multivariable phenomena that occur simultaneously. Commercial software applications exist for modeling the parameters of polymer injection but can be prohibitively expensive. It is possible to identify thes [...] e parameters analytically, but applying classical theories of transport phenomena requires accurate information about the injection machine, product geometry, and process parameters. However, neurofuzzy networks, which achieve a synergy by combining the learning capabilities of an artificial neural network with a fuzzy set's inference mechanism, have shown success in this field. The purpose of this paper was to use a multilayer perceptron artificial neural network and a radial basis function artificial neural network combined with fuzzy sets to produce an inference mechanism that could predict injection mold cycle times. The results confirmed neurofuzzy networks as an effective alternative to solving such problems.

Carlos de Oliveira, Affonso; Renato José, Sassi.

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A study of magneto-crystalline alignment in sintered barium hexaferrite fabricated by powder injection molding  

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Barium hexaferrite permanent magnets were produced by powder injection molding. Starting barium hexaferrite powder was prepared from a Fe2O3 and BaCO3 powder mixture by calcination followed by milling. The feedstock for powder injection molding was prepared by mixing barium hexaferrite powder with a low viscosity binder. Magnetic alignment was achieved by applying a high intensity magnetic field to the melted feedstock during the injection process. Green samples (with and without magnetic alignment) were subjected to solvent debinding and subsequent thermal debinding followed by sintering. Sintering conditions were optimized in order to achieve a maximum energy product value. Magneto-crystalline aligning in barium hexaferrite was studied on both green and sintered samples using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and magnetic measurements (hysteresisgraphs). All measurements were made both in a parallel and perpendicular direction to the aligning magnetic field. The obtained results confirmed magneto-crystalline alignment

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SAXS studies of the injection molding effects on the nanostructure of polyesters. I: polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)  

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In this work, the nanoperiodicity of some PBT samples, injection molded at different conditions, was evaluated as a function of the thickness of the samples. From the small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) results, it was possible to observe that, as expected, there is a gradient of the L and lc values found through the thickness of the samples. It was also found that at the center of the PBT sample injection molded at low injection temperature, Ti, the crystallinity degree evaluated previously by wide angle X-Ray diffraction (WAXD) is high. In a previous study it was pointed out that a high orientation process could be present in the center of this sample, increasing the XC evaluated from WAXD. The SAXS results presented here show that this is not the case, because if orientation is high, the value of L at this region of the sample would be smaller. (author)

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Ion channel recordings on an injection-molded polymer chip.  

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In this paper, we demonstrate recordings of the ion channel activity across the cell membrane in a biological cell by employing the so-called patch clamping technique on an injection-molded polymer microfluidic device. The findings will allow direct recordings of ion channel activity to be made using the cheapest materials and production platform to date and with the potential for very high throughput. The employment of cornered apertures for cell capture allowed the fabrication of devices without through holes and via a scheme comprising master origination by dry etching in a silicon substrate, electroplating in nickel and injection molding of the final part. The most critical device parameters were identified as the length of the patching capillary and the very low surface roughness on the inside of the capillary. The cross-sectional shape of the orifice was found to be less critical, as both rectangular and semicircular profiles seemed to have almost the same ability to form tight seals with cells with negligible leak currents. The devices were functionally tested using human embryonic kidney cells expressing voltage-gated sodium channels (Nav1.7) and benchmarked against a commercial state-of-the-art system for automated ion channel recordings. These experiments considered current-voltage (IV) relationships for activation and inactivation of the Nav1.7 channels and their sensitivity to a local anesthetic, lidocaine. Both IVs and lidocaine dose-response curves obtained from the injection-molded polymer device were in good agreement with data obtained from the commercial system. PMID:24154831

Tanzi, Simone; Matteucci, Marco; Christiansen, Thomas Lehrmann; Friis, Søren; Christensen, Mette Thylstrup; Garnaes, Joergen; Wilson, Sandra; Kutchinsky, Jonatan; Taboryski, Rafael

2013-12-21

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Environmental impact estimation of mold making process  

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Increasing concern of environmental sustainability regarding depletion of natural resources and resulting negative environmental impact has triggered various movements to address these issues. Various regulations about product life cycle have been made and applied to industries. As a result, how to evaluate the environmental impact and how to improve current technologies has become an important issue to product developers. Molds and dies are very generally used manufacturing tools and indispensible parts to the production of many products. However, evaluating environmental impact in mold and die manufacturing is not well understood and not much accepted yet. The objective of this thesis is to provide an effective and straightforward way of environmental analysis for mold and die manufacturing practice. For this, current limitations of existing tools were identified. While conventional life cycle assessment tools provide a lot of life cycle inventories, reliable data is not sufficient for the mold and die manufacturer. Even with comprehensive data input, current LCA tools only provide another comprehensive result which is not directly applicable to problem solving. These issues are critical especially to the mold and die manufacturer with limited resource and time. This thesis addresses the issues based on understanding the needs of mold and die manufacturers. Computer aided manufacturing (CAM) is the most frequently used software tool and includes most manufacturing information including the process definition and sometimes geometric modeling. Another important usage of CAM software tools is problem identification by process simulation. Under the virtual environment, possible problems are detected and solved. Environmental impact can be handled in the same manner. To manufacture molds and dies with minimizing the associated environmental impact, possible environmental impact sources must be minimized before the execution in the virtual environment. Molds and dies are manufacturing intensive products and most of their environmental impact is generated by the energy consumption during the machining processes. Milling and EDM operations were selected as the most influential mold and die manufacturing processes. Process variability was found to be the key issue which must be addressed for reliable analysis. Acceleration and deceleration in the milling process and the dielectric contamination and resultant decrease of MRR in the EDM process were identified as main factors for the variability. Energy consumption of these two processes were analyzed and modeled including the variability. Experiments were carried out to validate and improve this model. Finally, this model is implemented as simulation software tools on the basis of CAM software (Esprit CAM(TM)). The CAM-based tool developed in this study can be more easily used in the mold and die manufacturing practice. Considering the variety of mold and die and their application, this tool would be just a small step to a long way to the environmentally benign mold and die manufacturing. However, with further research, the tool developed in this thesis will result in effective way to address environmentally benign mold and die manufacturing.

Kong, Daeyoung

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Adhesion strength between thermoplastics and its polyurethane coating made by using the technology combination of injection molding and reaction injection molding  

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A complete equipment for injection molding (IM) of a thermoplastic (TP) carrier and reaction injection molding (RIM) of polyurethane (PUR) coatings including IM and RIM machines, a color module for PUR, and a robot was built up. A modularly composed sliding split mold was constructed and manufactured allowing different parts including thicker (2 mm thickness) soft touch and thin (0.4 mm) lacquer PUR coatings. As TP PC/ABS and PA6 GF15 compounds were used, and aromatic and aliphatic PUR systems as well. From the parts made by IM+RIM, test specimens for peel force measurements were cut. These investigations were performed prior and after ageing under climatic conditions @ 50 % RH and temperature changes between -30 °C and 90 °C. By varying IM processing parameters, we have found that mold and TP temperatures are particularly important for the adhesion strength between TP and PUR. The waiting time between the end of TP cooling and PUR injection has a minor influence on its mean value. However, to short waiting times may result in inhomogeneous adhesion. It was surprising that surface defects of the TP carrier leads also to inhomogeneous adhesion. We have observed that ageing may cause an increase and decrease of adhesions strength depending on the TP+PUR system used. We have found that the results are valid only for the actual TP and PUR combination. A generalization seems to be inappropriate, hence, the actual combination should be investigated to prevent unwanted surprises when the coated TP part is in its application.

Bloß, P.; Böhme, A.; Müller, J.; Krajewsky, P.; Michaelis, J.

2014-05-01

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Effect of injection molding parameters on nanofillers dispersion in masterbatch based PP-clay nanocomposites  

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Full Text Available The effect of injection molding parameters (screw rotational speed, back pressure, injec-tion flow rate and holding pressure on the nanofiller dispersion of melt-mixed PP/clay nanocomposites was investigated. The nanocomposites containing 4 wt% clay were obtained by dilution of a PP/clay masterbatch into a PP matrix. The evaluation of the dispersion degree was obtained from dynamic rheological measurements. The storage modulus and complex viscosity exhibit significant dependence on the injection molding parameters. PP/clay nanocomposite molded using more severe injection parameters (high shear and long residence time displays the highest storage modulus and complex viscosity, which illustrates the improved dispersion of clay platelets. This better dispersion leads to better mechanical properties particularly higher Young modulus, tensile strength and unnotched impact strength. A Taguchi analysis was used to identify the influence of individual process parameters. The major individual parameter is the injection flow rate, whose increase improves nanoclay dispersion. The combination of high back pressure and high screw rotational speed is also necessary to optimize the dispersion of clay nanoplatelets.

J. Soulestin

2012-03-01

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A 3D study on the effect of gate location on the cooling of polymer by injection molding  

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Injection molding is one of the most widely used plastic part processing. The quality of the injection molded part is a function of plastic material, part geometry, mold structure and process conditions. Gate location is among the most critical factors in achieving dimensionally accurate parts and high productivity of the molding process. To investigate the effect of the gate location on the cooling of polymer by injection molding, a full three dimensional time-dependent analysis is carried out for a mold with cuboids-shape cavity having two different thicknesses. The cooling of the polymer material is carried out by cooling water flowing inside six horizontal circular channels. Three gate locations are assumed, normal to the cavity surface, normal to the small thickness of the cavity, and normal to the large thickness of the cavity. A numerical model by finite volume is used for the solution of the physical model. A validation of the numerical model is presented. The results show that the gate location normal to the small thickness of the cavity achieves the minimum time required to completely solidify the product and minimum solidification of the product during the filling stage. They also indicate that the temperature distribution through the output product is greatly affected by the position of the injection gate location.

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Determination of heat transfer coefficients at the polymer-mold-interface for injection molding simulation by means of calorimetry  

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Appropriate modeling of heat transfer from the polymer material to the injection mold is essential to achieve accurate simulation results. The heat transfer is commonly modeled using convective heat transfer and applying heat transfer coefficients (HTC) to the polymer-mold-interface. The set HTC has an influence on the results for filling pressure, cooling performance and shrinkage, among others. The current paper, presents a new strategy to measure HTC in injection molding experiments using Newtons law of cooling. The heat flux is calculated out of demolding heat (measured by means of calorimetry), injection heat (measured by means of an IR-sensor), cooling time and part mass. Cavity surface area, average mold surface temperature and average part surface temperature lead to the HTC.

Stricker, M.; Steinbichler, G.

2014-05-01

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No-flow temperature and solidification in injection molding simulation  

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The no-flow temperature (NFT) is a parameter representing the rheological solidification temperature of a polymer. A polymer, during injection molding filling stage, can stop its flow because of its high viscosity, although it is not yet fully solidified by means of glass transition or crystallization. The NFT is used in most of injection molding simulation packages: with this simple parameter it is possible to reduce the errors deriving from viscosity extrapolation at relatively low temperatures. The viscosity measurements for polymers are usually carried out at high temperatures, and the viscosity models can fail in prediction at temperatures close to the glass transition or crystallization temperature. The NFT is still a parameter not well defined and a standard method to measure it is still lacking. Nevertheless, a simple correlation for NFT estimation, derived from Cross-WLF equation, is proposed for both amorphous and semicrystalline polymers. The presented correlation takes into account the changes with temperature of zero shear viscosity. A set of Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) experiments were carried out on polyamide 6 (PA6), showing the role of crystallization as an hardening promoter factor. At constant hardening level, a linear relation between time and temperature was detected.

Mannella, G. A.; La Carrubba, V.; Brucato, V.; Zoetelief, W.; Haagh, G.

2011-05-01

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On the Injection Molding of Nanostructured Polymer Surfaces  

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Well-defined nano-topographies were prepared by electron-beam lithography and electroplated to form nickelshims. The surface pattern consisted of square pillars repeated equidistantly within the plane of the surface in a perpendicular arrangement. The width and distance between the squares both ranged from 310 to 3100 rim. All the pillars were 220 nm high. The nickel-shim was used as a surface-template during injection molding of polycarbonate. Secondly, a nickel shim, with a surface pattern consisted of a squared sine with a period of 700 nm and amplitude of 450 nm, was mounted on, and it was in good thermal contact with the upper plate in a hot-press. Polycarbonate/polystyrene was melted on the lower plate while the temperature of the shim was kept below the glass transition temperature. The upper plate was lowered until the shim was in contact with the melt. Experiments were carried out with a clean shim and a shim coated with a monolayer of fluorocarbonsilane. As a result of the surface coating, the amplitude of the replicated grating decreased from about 350 nm in polycarbonate and 100 nm in polystyrene to less than 10 nm. The experiments strongly suggest that the possibility to injection mold sub-micrometer surface structures in polymers mainly relates to adhesive energy between polymer and shim.

Pranov, Henrik; Rasmussen, Henrik K.

2006-01-01

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Anisotropic injection molding of strontium ferrite powder using a PP/PEG binder system  

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In this study, new binder system for anisotropic injection molding of Sr-ferrite was developed and a process for injection molding of Sr-ferrite was optimized. The developed binder system is composed of 30 vol% PP, 60 vol% PEG-20 000 and 10 vol% PEG-4000. The extraction by water was applied to remove the major binder components PEGs and the minor binder component, PP, was subsequently burned out in air. Behaviors of extraction and thermal debinding with time and debinding atmosphere and variations of the magnetic properties with sintering temperature were studied. The sintered magnets made by PIM process showed residual carbon content of 230 ppm and a maximum energy product of 4.2 MGOe

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Local mechanical properties of LFT injection molded parts: Numerical simulations versus experiments  

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In predictive engineering for polymer processes, the proper prediction of material microstructure from known processing conditions and constituent material properties is a critical step forward properly predicting bulk properties in the finished composite. Operating within the context of long-fiber thermoplastics (LFT, length injection molded part. To realize this, the Autodesk Simulation Moldflow Insight 2014 software has been used. In this software, a fiber breakage algorithm for the polymer flow inside the mold is available. Using well known micro mechanic formulas allow to combine the local fiber length with the local orientation into local mechanical properties. Different experiments were performed using a commercially available glass fiber filled compound to compare the measured data with the numerical simulation results. In this investigation, tensile tests and 3 point bending tests are considered. To characterize the fiber length distribution of the polymer melt entering the mold (necessary for the numerical simulations), air shots were performed. For those air shots, similar homogenization conditions were used as during the injection molding tests. The fiber length distribution is characterized using automated optical method on samples for which the matrix material is burned away. Using the appropriate settings for the different experiments, good predictions of the local mechanical properties are obtained.

Desplentere, F.; Soete, K.; Bonte, H.; Debrabandere, E.

2014-05-01

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Curing rate and flowing properties of silicone rubber at injection molding  

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Generally, silicone rubbers are mold-cured after mixing the rubber and peroxide curing agent with a two-roll mill or a kneader. Typically this is done at pressures of 5 MPa to 10 MPa and at temperatures between 120 to 200 C. Compression molding, transfer molding and injection molding are common molding ways for silicone rubbers. Recently, injection molding techniques are developing rapidly that have the advantages of molding automatically with high cycle mechanisms. To reduce the molding time and to make a precision part, both the flowing and curing properties of a particular rubber compound will be important. In this article, correlations between the curing and the flowing properties of silicone rubber are investigated by using the Rheovulkameter device.

Yoshino, M.; Nakamura, T. (Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Tokyo (Japan))

1992-04-01

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Manufacturing of ceramic-metal composites by combining tape casting and injection molding  

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In industry, material composites are of great interest if new applications can be developed by combining their physical properties. In two-component powder injection molding materials are required that can be co-fired, and that are characterized by an adjusted, stress-defined expansion behavior in the manufacturing process and application area. Additionally, powder packing concepts for the different materials of the feedstock are a crucial factor, as the green densities correlate with the exp...

Baumann, A.; Lenk, R.; Moritz, T.

2007-01-01

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Injection Molded Optical Lens Using a Heat Resistant Thermoplastic Resin with Electron Beam Cross-Linking  

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The poor heat resistant properties of a transparent thermoplastic resin was improved by electron beam irradiation cross-linking. A correcting aspheric lens for a 635-nm laser diode was fabricated using an injection molding machine, and was irradiated with an electron beam. The near field pattern (NFP), the far field pattern (FFP) at the focus position and the transmittance of the lens did not change after exposure to a 260 °C reflow process for 60 s.

Tomomi Sano,; Yoshitomo Iyoda,; Takayuki Shimazu,; Michiko Harumoto,; Akira Inoue,; Makoto Nakabayashi,; Hiroshi Ito,

2010-05-01

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Injection molding of a starch/EVOH blend aimed as an alternative biomaterial for temporary applications  

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Biodegradable polymers show great potential to be used as materials for temporary implants and bone replacement applications in orthopedics. However, its use in high load-bearing applications will depend on the successful development of biodegradable implants with a mechanical performance matching that of human bone. This article describes the optimization of the injection molding process of an alternative biodegradable starch-based polymer aimed at biomedical applications. A blend of starch ...

Sousa, R. A.; Kalay, G.; Reis, R. L.; Cunha, A. M.; Bevis, M. J.

2000-01-01

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Injection Molding Parameter Optimization of Titanium Alloy Powder Mix with Palm Stearin and Polyethylene for Multiple Performance Using Grey Relational Analysis  

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Full Text Available This paper outlines the optimization the process of injection molding parameters for feedstock of titanium alloy powder and palm stearin binder using grey relational analysis method. A Grey Relational Grade (GRG obtained from the Grey Relational Analysis (GRA is used to solve the injection molding operations with the multiple performance characteristic. The L27 (313 of orthogonal array of Taguchi method were performed. Defects, strength and density are important characteristics in determine the quality of the green part. Using these characteristics, the injection pressure, injection temperature, powder loading, mold temperature, holding pressure and injection speed are optimized in the study. From the analysis of variance (ANOVA, the injection temperature has the highest contribution to the quality of green part followed by injection pressure, powder loading, mold temperature, injection rate and holding pressure.

K.R. Jamaludin

2011-01-01

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Color measurement of plastics - From compounding via pelletizing, up to injection molding and extrusion  

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The typical offline color measurement on injection molded or pressed specimens is a very expensive and time-consuming process. In order to optimize the productivity and quality, it is desirable to measure the color already during the production. Therefore several systems have been developed to monitor the color e.g. on melts, strands, pellets, the extrudate or injection molded part already during the process. Different kinds of inline, online and atline methods with their respective advantages and disadvantages will be compared. The criteria are e.g. the testing time, which ranges from real-time to some minutes, the required calibration procedure, the spectral resolution and the final measuring precision. The latter ranges between 0.05 to 0.5 in the CIE L*a*b* system depending on the particular measurement system. Due to the high temperatures in typical plastics processes thermochromism of polymers and dyes has to be taken into account. This effect can influence the color value in the magnitude of some 10% and is barely understood so far. Different suitable methods to compensate thermochromic effects during compounding or injection molding by using calibration curves or artificial neural networks are presented. Furthermore it is even possible to control the color during extrusion and compounding almost in real-time. The goal is a specific developed software for adjusting the color recipe automatically with the final objective of a closed-loop control.

Botos, J.; Murail, N.; Heidemeyer, P.; Kretschmer, K.; Ulmer, B.; Zentgraf, T.; Bastian, M.; Hochrein, T.

2014-05-01

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Characterization Of Metal Injection Molding (MIM Feedstock Based On Water Soluble Binder System  

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Full Text Available Metal Injection Molding (MIM is a new manufacturing technique especially to produce small and complex precision parts. Characterization of feedstock is one of the important tasks in order to evaluate the homogeneity level of the feedstock prepared and to control the quality of the parts during injection molding process. This paper attempts to investigate the characteristics of the MIM feedstock by performing rheological test using the feedstock consisted of 316L stainless steel powder with a mean particle size of 12 micrometer and a major fraction of water soluble binder system known as polyethylene glycol (PEG. Three different weight percentage of PEG at 65, 75, and 85 respectively were used during the investigation. The viscosity of MIM feedstock at different temperatures and shear rates were measured and evaluated. Results show that increasing the PEG content would decrease the viscosity of the feedstock. The rheological properties of the feedstock showed that the proposed method of mixing is adequate to produce a homogeneous feedstock that is favorable for injection molding process.

Norhamidi Muhamad

2008-08-01

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Particle morphology influence on mechanical and biocompatibility properties of injection molded Ti alloy powder.  

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Titanium and Titanium alloys exhibits properties that are excellent for various bio-applications. Metal injection molding is a processing route that offers reduction in costs, with the added advantage of near net-shape components. Different physical properties of Titanium alloy powders, shaped and processed via injection molding can achieve high complexity of part geometry with mechanical and bioactivity properties, similar or superior to wrought material. This study describes that the effect of particle morphology on the microstructural, mechanical and biocompatibility properties of injection molded Ti-6Al-4V (Ti64) alloy powder for biomaterials applications. Ti64 powders irregular and spherical in shape were injection molded with wax based binder. Binder debinding was performed in solvent and thermal method. After debinding the samples were sintered under high vacuum. Metallographic studies were determined to densification and the corresponding microstructural changes. Sintered samples were immersed in a simulated body fluid (SBF) with elemental concentrations that were comparable to those of human blood plasma for a total period of 15 days. Both materials were implanted in fibroblast culture for biocompatibility evaluations were carried out. The results show that spherical and irregular powder could be sintered to a maximum theoretical density. Maximum tensile strength was obtained for spherical shape powder sintered. The tensile strength of the irregular shape powder sintered at the same temperature was lower due to higher porosity. Finally, mechanical tests show that the irregular shape powder has lower mechanical properties than spherical shape powder. The sintered irregular Ti64 powder exhibited better biocompatibility than sintered spherical Ti64 powder. Results of study showed that sintered spherical and irregular Ti64 powders exhibited high mechanical properties and good biocompatibility properties. PMID:25201399

Gülsoy, H Özkan; Gülsoy, Nagihan; Cal???c?, Rahmi

2014-01-01

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Development of Defects Free Stainless Steel Parts Using Powder Injection Molding  

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Austenitic 316L Stainless Steel (SS) is widely used in aerospace, automotive, sports and medical industries due to its mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. Defects free molding of parts depends upon the features of feedstock. In powder injection molding, feedstock preparation is critical step and any deficiency at this stage cannot be retrieve in latter steps. The objective of this research work is to optimize solid loading for defects free injection molded parts. During the ...

Omar, M. A.; Faiz Ahmad; Muhammad Rafi Raza; Muhsan, Ali S.

2013-01-01

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In-mold sensor concept to calculate process-specific rheological properties  

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To gain extended knowledge on the flow behavior of polymer melts during filling phase of the injection molding process, an injection mold featuring complex sensor technology was developed. Three triple-combined FOS MTPS408 cavity sensors (FOS Messtechnik GmbH) are aligned along the flow path of a plate-shaped cavity. Each sensor features an infrared detector, a type K thermocouple, and a piezo-electric pressure detector. This configuration enables the local and transient recording of melt temperature, mold temperature and cavity pressure near gate, part center and end of part simultaneously. Averaged melt velocities are determined by evaluating the differing times of the rising edges of the infrared sensors. Local melt velocities and viscosities are calculated at each sensor position by evaluation of the gradients of temperature and pressure. Moreover, the used injection mold is equipped with RHCM technologies to additionally influence the mold surface temperature and hence the filling of the cavity. The specimens are plate-shaped parts having cut-outs and ribs similar to geometries found in numerous industrial applications such as cover panels. The application of this in-mold sensor concept provides novel possibilities for the systematic in-line analysis and evaluation of process-parameters in injection molding. Further studies will be carried out to connect the process-specific properties to the specimen morphology; aiming at controlling morphology by adjusting process parameters.

Pacher, G. A.; Berger, G. R.; Friesenbichler, W.; Gruber, D. P.; Macher, J.

2014-05-01

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Effect of cross sectional geometry on PDMS micro peristaltic pump performance: comparison of SU-8 replica molding vs. micro injection molding.  

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Two different fabrication methods were employed to fabricate micropumps with different cross-sectional channel geometries. The first was to fabricate rectangular cross-sectional microchannel geometries using the well known fabrication method of replica molding (REM). The second, and far less utilized fabrication technique, was to create microchannel molds using an in-house fabricated handheld micro injection molding apparatus. The injection mold apparatus was designed for use with elastomeric room temperature vulcanization (RTV) polymers, as opposed to most other injection molding machines, which are designed for use with thermoplastic polymers. The injection mold's bottom plate was used as a microchannel molding template. The molding template was created by threading a small-diameter wire (150 ?m or less) through the injection mold's bottom plate, with subsequent adhesion and smoothing of a thin piece of aluminum foil over the wire-raised injection mold template. When molded against, the template produced a rounded/Gaussian-shaped PDMS microchannel. The design of the injection mold will be presented, along with a direct comparison for micropump performance metrics such as flow rate, valving characteristics, and maximum backpressures attainable for each of the respective micropump channel geometries. PMID:23917263

Graf, Neil J; Bowser, Michael T

2013-10-01

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Imprinted and injection-molded nano-structured optical surfaces  

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Inspired by nature, nano-textured surfaces have attracted much attention as a method to realize optical surface functionality. The moth-eye antireflective structure and the structural colors of Morpho butterflies are wellknown examples used for inspiration for such biomimetic research. In this paper, nanostructured polymer surfaces suitable for up-scalable polymer replication methods, such as imprinting/embossing and injection-molding, are discussed. The limiting case of injection-moulding compatible designs is investigated. Anti-reflective polymer surfaces are realized by replication of Black Silicon (BSi) random nanostructure surfaces. The optical transmission at normal incidence is measured for wavelengths from 400 nm to 900 nm. For samples with optimized nanostructures, the reflectance is reduced by 50 % compared to samples with planar surfaces. The specular and diffusive reflection of light from polymer surfaces and their implication for creating structural colors is discussed. In the case of injection-moulding compatible designs, the maximum reflection of nano-scale textured surfaces cannot exceed the Fresnel reflection of a corresponding flat polymer surface, which is approx. 4 % for normal incidence. Diffraction gratings provide strong color reflection defined by the diffraction orders. However, the apperance varies strongly with viewing angles. Three different methods to address the strong angular-dependence of diffraction grating based structural color are discussed.

Christiansen, Alexander Bruun Technical University of Denmark,

2013-01-01

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Molds  

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Molds are fungi that can be found both outdoors and indoors. They grow best in warm, damp and humid conditions. If ... spots in your house, you will probably get mold. Molds can cause health problems. Inhaling or touching ...

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Conformal cooling and rapid thermal cycling in injection molding with 3D printed tools  

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Solid Freeform Fabrication processes such as 3D Printing have demonstrated the potential to produce tools with complex internal geometry. This work explores the application of this capability to improved thermal management for injection molding tooling through: (i)cooling lines which are conformal to the mold surface which provide improved uniformity and stability of mold temperature and (ii)tools with low thermal inertia which, in combination with conformal fluid channels allow for rapid heating and cooling of tooling, thereby facilitating isothermal filling of the mold cavity. This work presents a systematic, modular, approach to the design of conformal cooling channels. Recognizing that the cooling is local to the surface of the tool, the tool is divided up into geometric regions and a channel system is designed for each region. Each channel system is itself modeled as composed of cooling elements, typically the region spanned by two channels. Six criteria are applied including; a transient heat transfer condition which dictates a maximum distance from mold surface to cooling channel, considerations of pressure and temperature drop along the flow channel and considerations of strength of the mold. These criteria are treated as constraints and successful designs are sought which define windows bounded by these constraints. The methodology is demonstrated in application to a complex core and cavity for injection molding. In the area of rapid thermal cycling, this work utilizes the design methods for conformal channels for the heating phases and adds analysis of the packing and cooling phases. A design is created which provides thermal isolation and accommodation of cyclic thermal stresses though an array of bendable support columns which support the molding portion of the tool where the heating/cooling channels are contained. Designed elasticity of the tool is used to aid in packing of the polymer during the cooling phase. Methodology for the design of this structure is presented. A set of tools has been fabricated and subjected to thermal and mechanical tests. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14- 0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.)

Xu, Xiaorong

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Highly conductive thermoplastic composite blends suitable for injection molding of bipolar plates  

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This study aimed at developing highly conductive, lightweight, and low-cost bipolar plates for use in proton exchange membranes (PEM) fuel cells. Injection and compression molding of highly filled polypropylene, PP, and polyphenylene sulfide, PPS, based blends were used as a mean for mass production of bipolar plates. Loadings up to 60-wt% in the form of graphite, conductive carbon black and carbon fibers were investigated. The developed formulations have a combination of properties and processability suitable for bipolar plate manufacturing, such as good chemical resistance, sufficient fluidity, and good electrical and thermal conductivity. Electrical resistivities around 0.15 and 0.09 Ohm-cm were respectively achieved for the PP and PPS-based blends, respectively. Two bipolar plate designs were successfully fabricated by molding the gas flow channels over aluminum plates to form a metallic/polymer composite plate, or simply by direct injection molding of the conductive polymer composite. For the first design, overall plate resistivities of 0.2 and 0.1 Ohm-cm were respectively attained using PP and PPS based blends as conductive skin. A lower volume resistivity of around 0.06 Ohm-cm was attained for the second injected plate design with PPS based blend. (author)

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Quality Control of Injection Molded Eyewear by Non-Contact Deflectometry  

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Occupational eye wear such as safety spectacles are manufactured by injection molding techniques. Testing of the assembled safety spectacle lenses in transmission is state of the art, but there is a lack of surface measurement systems for occupational safety lenses. The purpose of this work was to validate a deflectometric setup for topography measurement, detection of defects and visualization of the polishing quality, e.g. casting indentations or impressions, for the production process of safety spectacles. The setup is based on a customized stereo phase measuring deflectometer (PMD), equipped with 3 cameras with f'1,2 = 16 mm and f'3 = 8.5 mm and a specified measurement uncertainty of ± 3 ?m. Sixteen plastic lenses and 8 corresponding injection molds from 4 parallel cavities were used for validation of the deflectometer. For comparison an interferometric method and a reference standard (injections mold surfaces. With the presented setup we were able to quantify the surface quality. This can be useful and may optimize the quality of the end product, in addition to standardized measuring systems in transmission.

Speck, A.; Zelzer, B.; Langenbucher, A.; Eppig, T.

2014-07-01

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An Elastic-Plastic and Strength Prediction Model for Injection-Molded Long-Fiber Thermoplastics  

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This paper applies a recently developed model to predict the elastic-plastic stress/strain response and strength of injection-molded long-fiber thermoplastics (LFTs). The model combines a micro-macro constitutive modeling approach with experimental characterization and modeling of the composite microstructure to determine the composite stress/strain response and strength. Specifically, it accounts for elastic fibers embedded in a thermoplastic resin that exhibits the elastic-plastic behavior obeying the Ramberg-Osgood relation and J-2 deformation theory of plasticity. It also accounts for fiber length, orientation and volume fraction distributions in the composite formed by the injection-molding process. Injection-molded-long-glass-fiber/polypropylene (PP) specimens were prepared for mechanical characterization and testing. Fiber length, orientation, and volume fraction distributions were then measured at some selected locations for use in the computation. Fiber orientations in these specimens were also predicted using an anisotropic rotary diffusion model developed for LFTs. The stress-strain response of the as-formed composite was computed by an incremental procedure that uses the Eshelby’s equivalent inclusion method, the Mori-Tanaka assumption and a fiber orientation averaging technique. The model has been validated against the experimental stress-strain results obtained for these long-glass-fiber/PP specimens.

Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Kunc, Vlastimil; Phelps, Jay; Tucker III, Charles L.; Bapanapalli, Satish K.

2008-09-01

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Effect of Cross Sectional Geometry on PDMS Micro Peristaltic Pump Performance: Comparison of SU-8 Replica Molding vs. Micro Injection Molding  

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Two different fabrication methods were employed to fabricate micropumps with different cross-sectional channel geometries. The first was to fabricate rectangular cross-sectional microchannel geometries using the well known fabrication method of replica molding (REM).1 The second, and far less utilized fabrication technique, was to create microchannel molds using an in-house fabricated handheld micro injection molding apparatus. The injection mold apparatus was designed for use with elastomeri...

Graf, Neil J.; Bowser, Michael T.

2013-01-01

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Development of Defects Free Stainless Steel Parts Using Powder Injection Molding  

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Full Text Available Austenitic 316L Stainless Steel (SS is widely used in aerospace, automotive, sports and medical industries due to its mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. Defects free molding of parts depends upon the features of feedstock. In powder injection molding, feedstock preparation is critical step and any deficiency at this stage cannot be retrieve in latter steps. The objective of this research work is to optimize solid loading for defects free injection molded parts. During the present research work five formulations having solid loading 60-71 vol% were prepared by using multi component binder system. The degradation temperature of feedstocks was determined by using Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and flow behavior through rheometer. Homogeneity of the feedstock was verified by using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM. Finally, injection molding was done and it was found that the feedstocks having solid loading up to 69 vol% were successfully injection molded and components were without physical defects.

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Development of Sensorless Force Control System Based on Nonlinear Friction Phenomenon for Electric Injection Molding Machine  

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Currently, most of the plastic products are manufactured by using injection molding machines. The quality of the products depends largely on the injection force. In a typical force control system of an injection molding machine, the information about the force in the machine environment is obtained by a force sensor. However, force sensors have a few disadvantages such as signal noise, high sensor cost and narrow bandwidth. We have proposed the use of a reaction force observer based on the two-inertia resonant model. However, this method has some estimated error caused by a static friction in the holding process and a Coulomb friction in the screw back-pressure process. The estimation accuracy of the reaction force observer depends on parameter variations and the non-linear friction phenomenon. This paper proposes a new injection-force-estimation method based on the proposed high-order reaction force observer (HORFO), which is not influenced significantly by the nonlinear friction phenomenon. The effectiveness of the proposed method is confirmed by experimental results.

Furusawa, Ryo; Asai, Tetsuya; Ohishi, Kiyoshi; Majima, Katsuyuki; Kageyama, Kouichi; Takatsu, Masaru; Urushihara, Shirou

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Optimization of Micro Metal Injection Molding By Using Grey Relational Grade  

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Micro metal injection molding (?MIM) which is a variant of MIM process is a promising method towards near net-shape of metallic micro components of complex geometry. In this paper, ?MIM is applied to produce 316L stainless steel micro components. Due to highly stringent characteristic of ?MIM properties, the study has been emphasized on optimization of process parameter where Taguchi method associated with Grey Relational Analysis (GRA) will be implemented as it represents novel approach towards investigation of multiple performance characteristics. Basic idea of GRA is to find a grey relational grade (GRG) which can be used for the optimization conversion from multi objectives case which are density and strength to a single objective case. After considering the form `the larger the better', results show that the injection time(D) is the most significant followed by injection pressure(A), holding time(E), mold temperature(C) and injection temperature(B). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) is also employed to strengthen the significant of each parameter involved in this study.

Ibrahim, M. H. I.; Muhamad, N.; Sulong, A. B.; Nor, N. H. M.; Jamaludin, K. R.; Harun, M. R.; Murtadhahadi

2011-01-01

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Optimization of Micro Metal Injection Molding By Using Grey Relational Grade  

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Micro metal injection molding (?MIM) which is a variant of MIM process is a promising method towards near net-shape of metallic micro components of complex geometry. In this paper, ?MIM is applied to produce 316L stainless steel micro components. Due to highly stringent characteristic of ?MIM properties, the study has been emphasized on optimization of process parameter where Taguchi method associated with Grey Relational Analysis (GRA) will be implemented as it represents novel approach towards investigation of multiple performance characteristics. Basic idea of GRA is to find a grey relational grade (GRG) which can be used for the optimization conversion from multi objectives case which are density and strength to a single objective case. After considering the form 'the larger the better', results show that the injection time(D) is the most significant followed by injection pressure(A), holding time(E), mold temperature(C) and injection temperature(B). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) is also employed to strengthen the significant of each parameter involved in this study.

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Analysis of a process for replication of electroforming molds with integral microscreens  

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A process for the rapid replication of electroforming plastic micromolds has been developed at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA. The process is based on injection molding of plastic replicates with integral metallic screens to produce sacrificial electroforming molds in which the metallic screen acts as the conducting base and the plastic features provide insulating sidewalls. The process consists of injecting molten PMMA via a center-gate into a disk-shaped mold cavity in which a sandwich of a flow channel plate, porous Nickel foam, and metallic microscreen are placed on top of the LIGA-fabricated tooling. A numerical model for the coupled heat transfer and fluid flow phenomena is used to investigate the effects of various process parameters on the mold-filling behavior. The results from the parametric studies are presented and discussed.

Pitchumani, Rangarajan; Jiang, Qibo; Morales, Alfredo M.; Domeier, Linda A.

2004-01-01

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Modeling of the injection of loaded thermoplastic mixtures with application in metal injection molding  

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The study is focussed on the modeling and numerical simulation of the loaded thermoplastic mixtures currently used in metal injection molding. Due to the fact that the mixture is highly concentrated in metallic powders, the models based on the homogenization theory and using an equivalent viscosity are no longer suitable. So a biphasic formulation has been developed to describe the flow of such mixtures. An interaction term between powder and thermoplastic fluid polymer accounts for segregation or debinding effects. In this type of the problem, the solid phase fraction is a key fields variable. The associated equations are solved separately for each phase taking into account interactions and coupling effects. A general solver in 2D and 3D has been developed that account propagation of fluid front by the extension to biphasic cases of the VOF method. For solving the velocity/pressure problem the fractional step method has been extended to the biphasic cases. Numerical simulations have been compared to the experimental results obtained by a using multiple cavity with pressure and temperature sensors. Comparisons between numerical simulation results and experiments show good agreements in terms of pressure and temperature evolutions during molding. It is also demonstrated that the numerical results are accurate and sensitive to variation of the injection molding marameters. (author)

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Electroforming of Tool Inserts for Injection Molding of Optical or Microfluidic Components  

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With a rapidly increasing international interest in “Lab-on-a-chip”-systems as well as affordable polymer optics, the combination of electroforming and injection molding offers an attractive fabrication solution. Miniaturized analysis systems can be used for medical, security (anti terror monitoring) and environmental (waste water monitoring) applications. Optical components in polymer materials can be used for consumer electronics and for sensor systems. The presentation will include the complete fabrication scheme for tool inserts based on machining and electroforming. Electroforming processes for nickel and copper will be disclosed. Processing parameters for the different types of tools as well as quality control measures will be presented.

Tang, Peter Torben; Christensen, Thomas R.

2004-01-01

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The manufactoring of a two–layered injection mold by welding  

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The article presents the technology of deposit cladding different materials, using the injection molds for thermoplastic as a case study. The aim of the study is to surface weld to the working surface of the mold a different material with corresponding physical properties. Steel (1.1141) and a copper alloy were used as the base, onto which different materials were surface-welded. Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding was employed to make molds inserts. An analysis of cross-sectioned specimens was ...

Kos?nik, A.; Tus?ek, J.; Kosec, L.; Muhic?, T.

2011-01-01

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Injection molded microfluidic devices for biological sample separation and detection  

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We are developing a variety of microsystems for the separation and detection of biological samples. At the heart of these systems, inexpensive polymer microfluidic chips carry out sample preparation and analysis. Fabrication of polymer microfluidic chips involves the creation of a master in etched silicon or glass; plating of the master to produce a nickel stamp; large lot chip replication by injection molding; precision chip sealing; and chemical modification of channel surfaces. Separation chips rely on insulator-based dielectrophoresis for the separation of biological particles. Detection chips carry out capillary electrophoresis to detect fluorescent tags that identify specific biological samples. Since the performance and reliability of these microfluidic chips are very sensitive to fluidic impedance, electromagnetic flux, and zeta potential, the microchannel dimensions, shape, and surface chemistry have to be tightly controlled during chip fabrication and use. This paper will present an overview of chip design, fabrication, and testing. Dimensional metrology data, surface chemistry characterization, and chip performance data will be discussed in detail.

Morales, Alfredo M.; Simmons, Blake A.; Wallow, Thomas I.; Campbell, K. Jeffery; Mani, Seethambal S.; Mittal, Brita; Crocker, Robert W.; Cummings, Eric B.; Davalos, Rafael V.; Domeier, Linda A.; Hunter, Marion C.; Krafcik, Karen L.; McGraw, Gregory J.; Mosier, Bruce P.; Sickafoose, Shane M.

2006-01-01

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Simulation and experiment research on the proportional pressure control of water-assisted injection molding  

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Water-assisted injection molding (WAIM), a newly developed fluid-assisted injection molding technology has drawn more and more attentions for the energy saving, short cooling circle time and high quality of products. Existing research for the process of WAIM has shown that the pressure control of the injecting water is mostly important for the WAIM. However, the proportional pressure control for the WAIM system is quite complex due to the existence of nonlinearities in the water hydraulic system. In order to achieve better pressure control performance of the injecting water to meet the requirements of the WAIM, the proportional pressure control of the WAIM system is investigated both numerically and experimentally. A newly designed water hydraulic system for WAIM is first modeled in AMEsim environment, the load characteristics and the nonlinearities of water hydraulic system are both considered, then the main factors affecting the injecting pressure and load flow rate are extensively studied. Meanwhile, an open-loop model-based compensation control strategy is employed to regulate the water injection pressure and a feedback proportional integrator controller is further adopted to achieve better control performance. In order to verify the AMEsim simulation results WAIM experiment for particular Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) parts is implemented and the measured experimental data including injecting pressure and flow rate results are compared with the simulation. The good coincidence between experiment and simulation shows that the AMEsim model is accurate, and the tracking performance of the load pressure indicates that the proposed control strategy is effective for the proportional pressure control of the nonlinear WAIM system. The proposed proportional pressure control strategy and the conclusions drawn from simulation and experiment contribute to the application of water hydraulic proportional control and WAIM technology.

Zhou, Hua; Chen, Yinglong; Zhang, Zengmeng; Yang, Huayong

2012-05-01

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Properties of high density polyethylene – Paulownia wood flour composites via injection molding  

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Paulownia wood (PW) flour is evaluated as a bio-based fiber reinforcement. Composites of high density polyethylene (HDPE), 25% by weight of PW, and either 0% or 5% by weight of maleated polyethylene (MAPE) were produced by twin screw compounding followed by injection molding. Molded test composite...

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Cytocompatibility of titanium metal injection molding with various anodic oxidation post-treatments  

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Metal injection molding (MIM) is a near net shape manufacturing method that allows for the production of components of small to moderate size and complex shape. MIM is a cost-effective and flexible manufacturing technique that provides a large innovative potential over existing methods for the industry of implantable devices. Commercially pure titanium (CP-Ti) samples were machined to the same shape as a composite feedstock with titanium and polyoxymethylene, and these metals were injected, debinded and sintered to assess comparative biological properties. Moreover, we treated MIM-Ti parts with BIOCOAT®, BIODIZE® and BIOCER®, three different anodic oxidation techniques that treat titanium using acid, alkaline and anion enriched electrolytes, respectively. Cytocompatibility as well as morphological and chemical features of surfaces was comparatively assessed on each sample, and the results revealed that MIM-Ti compared to CP-Ti demonstrated a specific surface topography with a higher roughness. MIM-Ti and BIOCER® samples significantly enhanced cell proliferation, cell adhesion and cell differentiation compared to CP-Ti. Interestingly, in the anodization post-treatment established in this study, we demonstrated the ability to improve osseointegration through anionic modification treatment. The excellent biological response we observed with MIM parts using the injection molding process represents a promising manufacturing method for the future implantable devices in for the future implantable devices in direct contact with bones. - Highlights: ? Metal injection molding technique gives titanium a specific surface roughness. It enhances the biological response. ? Anodic oxidation method adds Ca, P, and Mg ions on the surface, promoting the cell adhesion. ? Cytocompatibility analyses show an increased cell adhesion and proliferation on MIM-Ti compared to pure titanium.

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Cytocompatibility of titanium metal injection molding with various anodic oxidation post-treatments  

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Metal injection molding (MIM) is a near net shape manufacturing method that allows for the production of components of small to moderate size and complex shape. MIM is a cost-effective and flexible manufacturing technique that provides a large innovative potential over existing methods for the industry of implantable devices. Commercially pure titanium (CP-Ti) samples were machined to the same shape as a composite feedstock with titanium and polyoxymethylene, and these metals were injected, debinded and sintered to assess comparative biological properties. Moreover, we treated MIM-Ti parts with BIOCOAT Registered-Sign , BIODIZE Registered-Sign and BIOCER Registered-Sign , three different anodic oxidation techniques that treat titanium using acid, alkaline and anion enriched electrolytes, respectively. Cytocompatibility as well as morphological and chemical features of surfaces was comparatively assessed on each sample, and the results revealed that MIM-Ti compared to CP-Ti demonstrated a specific surface topography with a higher roughness. MIM-Ti and BIOCER Registered-Sign samples significantly enhanced cell proliferation, cell adhesion and cell differentiation compared to CP-Ti. Interestingly, in the anodization post-treatment established in this study, we demonstrated the ability to improve osseointegration through anionic modification treatment. The excellent biological response we observed with MIM parts using the injection molding process represents a promising manufacturing method for the future implantable devices in direct contact with bones. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Metal injection molding technique gives titanium a specific surface roughness. It enhances the biological response. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Anodic oxidation method adds Ca, P, and Mg ions on the surface, promoting the cell adhesion. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cytocompatibility analyses show an increased cell adhesion and proliferation on MIM-Ti compared to pure titanium.

Demangel, Clemence; Auzene, Delphine [CRITT-MDTS, ZHT du Moulin Leblanc, 3, Bd Jean Delautre 08000 Charleville-Mezieres (France); Vayssade, Muriel [Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, UMR 7338 Biomecanique-Bioingenierie, BP 20529 60205 Compiegne Cedex (France); Duval, Jean-Luc, E-mail: jean-luc.duval@utc.fr [Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, UMR 7338 Biomecanique-Bioingenierie, BP 20529 60205 Compiegne Cedex (France); Vigneron, Pascale; Nagel, Marie-Daniele [Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, UMR 7338 Biomecanique-Bioingenierie, BP 20529 60205 Compiegne Cedex (France); Puippe, Jean-Claude [Steiger Galvanotechnique, Route de Pra de Plan, 18 CH-1618 Chatel-St-Denis (Switzerland)

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Simulação do processo de injeção de polipropileno isotático (iPP) utilizando um modelo de cinética de cristalização quiescente / Simulation of injection molding process of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) using a quiescent crystallization kinetics model  

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Full Text Available Este trabalho concentrou-se na simulação das fases de preenchimento e resfriamento do processo de injeção do polipropileno isotático. Foi utilizado um modelo matemático baseado nas equações de conservação onde foi considerada a cinética de cristalização quiescente como termo fonte na equação da ener [...] gia. Os parâmetros do modelo de cinética de cristalização, assim como os do modelo de viscosidade, foram obtidos experimentalmente. Para a solução das equações governantes foi utilizado o método dos volumes finitos. Como resultados foram obtidos os campos de temperatura, pressão, velocidade, taxa de cisalhamento e cristalinidade em diferentes condições de processamento. Abstract in english This work is concerned with the simulation of the filling and cooling stages of the injection molding process of an isotactic polypropylene (iPP). A mathematical model based on the conservation equations was used. A crystallization kinetics model was considered as a source term in the energy equatio [...] n. The parameters of the crystallization kinetics model, as well as the viscosity model, were obtained by experimental techniques. For the solution of the governing equations the finite volume method was employed. Temperature, pressure, velocity, shear rate and crystalinity profiles under different processing conditions were obtained.

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Simulação do processo de injeção de polipropileno isotático (iPP utilizando um modelo de cinética de cristalização quiescente Simulation of injection molding process of isotactic polypropylene (iPP using a quiescent crystallization kinetics model  

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Full Text Available Este trabalho concentrou-se na simulação das fases de preenchimento e resfriamento do processo de injeção do polipropileno isotático. Foi utilizado um modelo matemático baseado nas equações de conservação onde foi considerada a cinética de cristalização quiescente como termo fonte na equação da energia. Os parâmetros do modelo de cinética de cristalização, assim como os do modelo de viscosidade, foram obtidos experimentalmente. Para a solução das equações governantes foi utilizado o método dos volumes finitos. Como resultados foram obtidos os campos de temperatura, pressão, velocidade, taxa de cisalhamento e cristalinidade em diferentes condições de processamento.This work is concerned with the simulation of the filling and cooling stages of the injection molding process of an isotactic polypropylene (iPP. A mathematical model based on the conservation equations was used. A crystallization kinetics model was considered as a source term in the energy equation. The parameters of the crystallization kinetics model, as well as the viscosity model, were obtained by experimental techniques. For the solution of the governing equations the finite volume method was employed. Temperature, pressure, velocity, shear rate and crystalinity profiles under different processing conditions were obtained.

Marcos A d'Ávila

1997-12-01

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Experimental Analysis for Factors Affecting the Repeatability of Plastics Injection Molding Tests on the Self-developed Apparatus  

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Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false IN X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 To improve the repeatability of the injection molding test result, the affecting factors were investigated by means of experiments. Besides the traditional processing parameter, the factors of test conditions were also considered. In order to focus on the molding process rather than the molded part, the curve measurement of the melt pressure at the entrance to the nozzle was used as the output characteristic. Experiments for polypropylene (PP showed that the injected volume was the key processing parameter. Within the test conditions, the injection number is the most important factor. According to the analysis the operating procedure was improved effectively. Normal 0 false false false IN X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Doi: 10.12777/ijse.5.1.6-11 [How to cite this article: Huang, Y., Li, D., Liu, Y. (2013. Experimental Analysis for Factors Affecting the Repeatability of Plastics Injection Molding Tests on the Self-developed Apparatus. International Journal of Science and Engineering, 5(1,6-11. Doi: 10.12777/ijse.5.1.6-11

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Single Performance Optimization of Micro Metal Injection Molding for the Highest Green Strength by Using Taguchi Method  

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Micro metal injection molding is drawing attention recently as one the most cost effective processes in powder metallurgy to produce small-scale intricate part and competitive cost for mass production of micro components where it is greatly influenced by injection parameter. Thus, this paper investigated the optimization of highest green strength which plays an important characteristic in determining the successful of micro MIM. Stainless steel SS 316L was used with composite binder, which co...

Ibrahim, M. H. I.; Muhamad, N.; Sulong, A. B.; Jamaludin, K. R.; Ahmad, S.; Nor, N. H. M.

2010-01-01

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Injection-molding versus extrusion as manufacturing technique for the preparation of biodegradable implants.  

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Polylactic acid (PLA) is a biocompatible and biodegradable material with wide utility for many applications, including the design of controlled-release systems for pharmaceutical agents. The factors determining the degradation kinetics of these systems include the composition and the molecular mass of the polymer, the morphology and the structure of the device, and the influence of thermal processes. The processing of the polymer determines the structure and design of the device, and influences to a high degree its morphology, namely its microporous structure, polymeric chain orientation and crystallinity.In this work, we aimed to compare the influence of two different implant manufacturing techniques, extrusion and injection-molding, on the in vitro degradation of the polymeric matrix. Both kinds of implants were loaded with a somatostatin analogue. Decrease in molecular weight, and polydispersity evolution during an accelerated in vitro degradation test were studied by size exclusion chromatography. Morphological changes in the polymeric matrix during degradation were followed after defined time intervals by means of scanning electron microscopy. Crystallinity studies were performed by differential scanning calorimetry and by X-ray analysis. Peptide stability in the polymeric matrix after both manufacturing methods was evaluated. Peptide release profiles, obtained in vitro during a week dissolution test, from both implant samples, were studied. It was shown that both molecular weight and polydispersity decreased after extrusion or injection-molding. This decrease was more pronounced with the latter technique. Crystallinity studies demonstrated that the crystalline network was not destroyed after both manufacturing methods. Peptide release profiles obtained in vitro were in good accordance with scanning electron microscopy. It was found that both manufacturing techniques had to be considered, although the extruded implants degraded more rapidly in vitro than the injection-molded ones. PMID:10469929

Rothen-Weinhold, A; Besseghir, K; Vuaridel, E; Sublet, E; Oudry, N; Kubel, F; Gurny, R

1999-09-01

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Injection molding of nickel based 625 superalloy: Sintering, heat treatment, microstructure and mechanical properties  

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Highlights: ? Sintering, microstructural and mechanical properties of injection molded nickel based 625 superalloy were studied. ? The maximum sintered density achieved this study was 98.3% at 1300 °C for 3 h. ? Tensile strength of 674 MPa, elongation of 40.6% and hardness of 303 HV were achieved for sintered and heat treated conditions. - Abstract: This study concerns determination of optimum sintering and thermal process parameters for Ni-based alloy 625 superalloy formed by the method of powder injection molding (PIM). Samples, formed from the feedstock by mixing the prealloyed 625 powder with a multi-component binding system, are made subject to sintering at different temperatures following the debinding process. Samples that are sintered under such conditions giving way to the highest relative density (3 h at 1300 °C), are aged after they have been subject to solution treated thermal process. Sintered, solution treated and aged samples have been subjected to microstructural analysis and mechanical test. Mechanical tests such as hardness measurement and tensile test as well as microstructural characterization such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and elemental analysis all have shown that the aging thermal process increases strength of the material. However, it is observed that alloy 625 produced by the method of PIM is at such level to compete with the characteristics of cast alloy 625.characteristics of cast alloy 625.

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Injection molding of nickel based 625 superalloy: Sintering, heat treatment, microstructure and mechanical properties  

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Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sintering, microstructural and mechanical properties of injection molded nickel based 625 superalloy were studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The maximum sintered density achieved this study was 98.3% at 1300 Degree-Sign C for 3 h. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Tensile strength of 674 MPa, elongation of 40.6% and hardness of 303 HV were achieved for sintered and heat treated conditions. - Abstract: This study concerns determination of optimum sintering and thermal process parameters for Ni-based alloy 625 superalloy formed by the method of powder injection molding (PIM). Samples, formed from the feedstock by mixing the prealloyed 625 powder with a multi-component binding system, are made subject to sintering at different temperatures following the debinding process. Samples that are sintered under such conditions giving way to the highest relative density (3 h at 1300 Degree-Sign C), are aged after they have been subject to solution treated thermal process. Sintered, solution treated and aged samples have been subjected to microstructural analysis and mechanical test. Mechanical tests such as hardness measurement and tensile test as well as microstructural characterization such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and elemental analysis all have shown that the aging thermal process increases strength of the material. However, it is observed that alloy 625 produced by the method of PIM is at such level to compete with the characteristics of cast alloy 625.

Oezguen, Oezguer [Bingol University, Technical Sciences Vocational School, 12000 Bingol (Turkey); Sakarya University, Graduate School of Applied and Natural Sciences, 54187 Sakarya (Turkey); Oezkan Guelsoy, H., E-mail: ogulsoy@marmara.edu.tr [Marmara University, Technology Faculty, Metallurgy and Materials Eng. Dep., 34722 Istanbul (Turkey); Yilmaz, Ramazan [Sakarya University, Technology Faculty, Metallurgy and Materials Eng. Dep., 54187 Sakarya (Turkey); Findik, Fehim [Sakarya University, Technology Faculty, Metallurgy and Materials Eng. Dep., 54187 Sakarya (Turkey); International University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia and Herzegowina)

2013-01-05

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Design of Multimodel based MPC and IMC control schemes applied to injection molding machine  

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Good control of plastic melt temperature for injection molding is very important in reducing operator setup time, ensuring product quality, and preventing thermal degradation of the melt. The controllability and set points of barrel temperature also depend on the precise monitoring and control of plastic melt temperature. Motivated by the practical temperature control of injection molding, this paper proposes MPC and IMC based control scheme. A robust system identification and control methodo...

Kanaga Lakshmi; Manamalli, D.; Mohamed Rafiq, M.

2014-01-01

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MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF INJECTION-MOLDED FOAMED WHEAT STRAW FILLED HDPE BIOCOMPOSITES: THE EFFECTS OF FILLER LOADING AND COUPLING AGENT CONTENTS  

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This study investigated the effect of filler loading and coupling agent contents on the densities and mechanical properties of injection-molded foamed biocomposites. Biocomposite pellets were manufactured using wheat straw flour, maleic anhydrite grafted polyethylene (MAPE), paraffin wax, and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with an extrusion process. Pellets and the chemical foaming agent (azodicarbonamide) were dry-mixed and foamed in an injection-molding machine. Densities and mechanical p...

Fatih Mengeloglu,; Kadir Karaku?

2012-01-01

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Transcription of Small Surface Structures in Injection Molding - an Experimental Study  

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The ability to replicate the surface roughness from mold wall to the plastic part in injection moldning has many functional and cosmetic important implications from medical use to designer products. Generally the understanding of surface transcription i.e the the replication of the surface structure from the mould to plastic part, also relates to micro injection moulding and moulding of parts with specific micro structures on the surface such as optical parts. The present study concerns transcription of surface roughness as a function of process parameters. The study is carried out with a polystyrene part, process parameters at typical levels and a rough spark eroded mould surface with Ra=12.6 micro meters.

ArlØ, Uffe Rolf; Kjær, Erik Michael

2001-01-01

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Numerical modeling of magnetic induction and heating in injection molding tools  

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Injection molding of parts with special requirements or features such as micro- or nanostructures on the surface, a good surface finish, or long and thin features results in the need of a specialized technique to ensure proper filling and acceptable cycle time. The aim of this study is to increase the temperatures as close as possible to the cavity surface, by means of an integrated induction heating system in the injection molding tool, to improve the fluidity of the polymer melt hereby ensuring that the polymer melt will continue to flow until the mold cavity is completely filled. The presented work uses numerical modeling of the induction heating in the mold to investigate how the temperature in the mold will be distributed and how it is affected by different material properties.

Guerrier, Patrick; Hattel, Jesper Henri

2013-01-01

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Reducción del Tiempo de Ciclo de Inyección de Termoplásticos con el uso de Moldes con Tratamiento Superficial por Nitruración Cycle Time Reduction of Thermoplastic Injection using Nitriding Treatment Surface Molds  

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Full Text Available Se presenta un estudio sobre la transferencia de calor en un molde, comparando los ensayos de inyección utilizando moldes con y sin tratamiento superficial de nitruración. Simulaciones del proceso se realizaron con el uso de Asistencia Computacional a Ingeniería (CAE para determinar los parámetros iniciales que se aplicaron en los ensayos reales en moldes instrumentados de acero P20 (con y sin tratamientos, inyectados con el polímero poliestireno cristal. Los resultados indicaron una reducción del tiempo de enfriamiento y del tiempo de proceso en el molde con el tratamiento, debido a una mejora en la conductividad térmica.A study on the heat transfer in a mold, comparing experimental injection tests using a mold with and without surface treatment (nitriding is presented. Process simulations were carried out using Computer Aided Engineering tools (CAE for the estimation of the initial parameters to be applied in the tests in instrumented P20 steel injection molds with the polymer crystal polystyrene. Results indicated a reduction of cooling time and of the time of the process in the mold with treatment, due to an increase of the thermal conductivity.

Emerson J Corazza

2012-01-01

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Reducción del Tiempo de Ciclo de Inyección de Termoplásticos con el uso de Moldes con Tratamiento Superficial por Nitruración / Cycle Time Reduction of Thermoplastic Injection using Nitriding Treatment Surface Molds  

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Full Text Available Se presenta un estudio sobre la transferencia de calor en un molde, comparando los ensayos de inyección utilizando moldes con y sin tratamiento superficial de nitruración. Simulaciones del proceso se realizaron con el uso de Asistencia Computacional a Ingeniería (CAE) para determinar los parámetros [...] iniciales que se aplicaron en los ensayos reales en moldes instrumentados de acero P20 (con y sin tratamientos), inyectados con el polímero poliestireno cristal. Los resultados indicaron una reducción del tiempo de enfriamiento y del tiempo de proceso en el molde con el tratamiento, debido a una mejora en la conductividad térmica. Abstract in english A study on the heat transfer in a mold, comparing experimental injection tests using a mold with and without surface treatment (nitriding) is presented. Process simulations were carried out using Computer Aided Engineering tools (CAE) for the estimation of the initial parameters to be applied in the [...] tests in instrumented P20 steel injection molds with the polymer crystal polystyrene. Results indicated a reduction of cooling time and of the time of the process in the mold with treatment, due to an increase of the thermal conductivity.

Emerson J, Corazza; Carlos M, Sacchelli; Cintia, Marangoni.

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Design Optimization of Stationary Platen of Plastic Injection Molding Machine Using FEA  

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Full Text Available Plastic are certainly most versatile of all known materials today and have therefore, established themselves in enviable position from where are not even possible to replaced. Injection molding machine is one of the most widely used method of conversion of plastic into various end products application to wide range of plastic materials from plastic commodity to specialty engineering plastic.In injection molding machine stationary platen play a very important role. During the process generally compressive stress generates at particular regions. As load varies with fast rate there is chance to failure of tie bar rod. Due to heavy mould shape, size of platen also change, that’s increase its weight as well as stress level at certain region and this is not good in practice . This leads to failure of platen or failure of tie rod due to stretching by nut and platen. This create loss of money (Production stop, man (injured due to accident, and material (increase inventory cost. The aim of this project is study about those areas where stress can affect the failure of tie bar due to heavy weight of stationary platen the deflection or misalignment with movable platen. Finally redistribution of stress sothat uniforme stress achive (optimization of platen. This project is including Finite Element Analysis and Design Optimization of a Typical Structural Component of a Plastic Injection Molding Machine. The aim of project is to optimize a typical structural component (stationary platen by using finite element analysis after checking induced stresses with allowable design stress. Hence design modification of platen is carried out to achieve good strength and cost effectiveness.

Dheeraj Mandliya*1

2014-05-01

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Enteric-coating of pulsatile-release HPC capsules prepared by injection molding.  

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Capsular devices based on hydroxypropyl cellulose (Klucel® LF) intended for pulsatile release were prepared by injection molding (IM). In the present work, the possibility of exploiting such capsules for the development of colonic delivery systems based on a time-dependent approach was evaluated. For this purpose, it was necessary to demonstrate the ability of molded cores to undergo a coating process and that coated systems yield the desired performance (gastric resistance). Although no information was available on the coating of IM substrates, some issues relevant to that of commercially-available capsules are known. Thus, preliminary studies were conducted on molded disks for screening purposes prior to the spray-coating of HPC capsular cores with Eudragit® L 30 D 55. The ability of the polymeric suspension to wet the substrate, spread, start penetrating and initiate hydration/swelling, as well as to provide a gastroresistant barrier was demonstrated. The coating of prototype HPC capsules was carried out successfully, leading to coated systems with good technological properties and able to withstand the acidic medium with no need for sealing at the cap/body joint. Such systems maintained the original pulsatile release performance after dissolution of the enteric film in pH 6.8 fluid. Therefore, they appeared potentially suitable for the development of a colon delivery platform based on a time-dependent approach. PMID:25585355

Macchi, E; Zema, L; Maroni, A; Gazzaniga, A; Felton, L A

2015-04-01

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Development and Design of Binder Systems for Titanium Metal Injection Molding: An Overview  

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Titanium metal injection molding (Ti-MIM) has been practiced since the late 1980s. Logically, the Ti-MIM practice follows the similar processes developed for the antecedent materials such as stainless steel and ceramics. Although Ti-MIM is a favorite research topic today, the issue of convincing the designers to use Ti injection-molded parts still exists. This is mainly because of the concern about contamination which seems unavoidable during the Ti-MIM process. Much information about the binder formulation, powder requirements, debinding, and sintering is available in the literature. There are several powder vendors and feedstock suppliers. However, most of the binders in the feedstock are proprietarily protected. The disclosed information on the binders used for formulating powder feedstock is very limited, which in turn discourages their adoption by engineering designers. This overview intends to discuss some of major binder systems for Ti-MIM available in the literature. It serves to provide a guideline for the Ti-MIM practitioners to choose a suitable powder feedstock.

Wen, Guian; Cao, Peng; Gabbitas, Brian; Zhang, Deliang; Edmonds, Neil

2013-03-01

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Crystallization kinetics and morphology of PBT/MMT and PTT/MMT nanocomposites during injection molding  

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This work had as main objective to study the crystallization of nanocomposites of poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT) and poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) with a montmorillonite nanoclay (MMT) using an on-line optical monitoring system during the injection molding and to characterize the morphologies of the injection samples by polarized light optical microscopy (PLOM), wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The optical system allowed to analyze the crystallization process by the changes of the optical properties during the solidification of the materials. It was concluded that the MMT lamellae accelerated the overall crystallization of the polymers. By PLOM, it was observed that the nanoclay caused qualitative changes on the morphology of the PTT (polymer with slow crystallization kinetics). The crystallinity indexes were not affected by the addition of the MMT; however, by WAXS it was shown that the nanocomposites had a higher orientation degree. (author)

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Efeito do processamento em misturas de alumina/ligantes orgânicos usadas na moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão Effect of processing variables in alumina/organic binders mixtures used in low-pressure injection molding  

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Full Text Available A moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão (MIBP é uma técnica que já vem sendo empregada na produção de peças cerâmicas com formas e geometrias complexas. A homogeneidade da mistura de ligantes orgânicos e pós cerâmicos é um fator determinante que deve ser controlado para minimizar a formação de imperfeições no processamento de feedstocks para MIBP. Defeitos típicos de processamento por MIBP, como bolhas de ar e aglomerados, geram gradientes de densidade nas misturas que, após conformação, possuem poucas possibilidades de remoção. Essas imperfeições comprometem o desempenho dos produtos obtidos por essa técnica. Este trabalho está focado na avaliação dessas heterogeneidades e como elas podem ser correlacionadas com a variação da densidade aparente e com o comportamento reológico dessas misturas. Para tanto, aluminas submicrométricas, como recebida e desaglomerada, foram adicionadas a uma mistura fundida de ligantes a base de parafinas, ceras e aditivos e processada em dois tipos diferentes de misturadores, com e sem o auxílio de vácuo. Foi observada a presença de aglomerados existentes na alumina como recebida, possivelmente gerados durante a etapa de calcinação. Também foi observado que o tipo de misturador e a aplicação ou não de vácuo durante a etapa final do processamento têm grande influência no tempo de mistura necessário para reduzir a viscosidade do feedstock para a injeção.The low-pressure injection molding (LPIM is a technique already being used in the production of ceramic parts with complex shapes and geometries. The homogeneity of the mixture of organic binder and ceramic powder is a determining factor which must be controlled to minimize defects formation while feedstock processing to LPIM. Typical defects of LPIM processing, such as air bubbles and agglomerates, generate density gradients in the mixtures, which, after shaping, have little possibility of removal. These imperfections compromise the performance of the products obtained by this technique. This work is focused on the evaluation of these inhomogeneities and how they can be correlated with density variation and the rheological behavior of these mixtures. Therefore, submicrometer aluminas, as received and deagglomerated, were added to a molten mixture of paraffin based binders, waxes and additives and processed in two different mixers, with and without vacuum. The presence of alumina agglomerates was observed in the powder as received, possibly generated during the calcination step. It was also observed that the type of mixer and vacuum application or not during the final processing step, has a major influence on the mixing time required to reduce the viscosity of the feedstock for injection.

P . A. Ourique

2013-03-01

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Efeito do processamento em misturas de alumina/ligantes orgânicos usadas na moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão / Effect of processing variables in alumina/organic binders mixtures used in low-pressure injection molding  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese A moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão (MIBP) é uma técnica que já vem sendo empregada na produção de peças cerâmicas com formas e geometrias complexas. A homogeneidade da mistura de ligantes orgânicos e pós cerâmicos é um fator determinante que deve ser controlado para minimizar a formação de impe [...] rfeições no processamento de feedstocks para MIBP. Defeitos típicos de processamento por MIBP, como bolhas de ar e aglomerados, geram gradientes de densidade nas misturas que, após conformação, possuem poucas possibilidades de remoção. Essas imperfeições comprometem o desempenho dos produtos obtidos por essa técnica. Este trabalho está focado na avaliação dessas heterogeneidades e como elas podem ser correlacionadas com a variação da densidade aparente e com o comportamento reológico dessas misturas. Para tanto, aluminas submicrométricas, como recebida e desaglomerada, foram adicionadas a uma mistura fundida de ligantes a base de parafinas, ceras e aditivos e processada em dois tipos diferentes de misturadores, com e sem o auxílio de vácuo. Foi observada a presença de aglomerados existentes na alumina como recebida, possivelmente gerados durante a etapa de calcinação. Também foi observado que o tipo de misturador e a aplicação ou não de vácuo durante a etapa final do processamento têm grande influência no tempo de mistura necessário para reduzir a viscosidade do feedstock para a injeção. Abstract in english The low-pressure injection molding (LPIM) is a technique already being used in the production of ceramic parts with complex shapes and geometries. The homogeneity of the mixture of organic binder and ceramic powder is a determining factor which must be controlled to minimize defects formation while [...] feedstock processing to LPIM. Typical defects of LPIM processing, such as air bubbles and agglomerates, generate density gradients in the mixtures, which, after shaping, have little possibility of removal. These imperfections compromise the performance of the products obtained by this technique. This work is focused on the evaluation of these inhomogeneities and how they can be correlated with density variation and the rheological behavior of these mixtures. Therefore, submicrometer aluminas, as received and deagglomerated, were added to a molten mixture of paraffin based binders, waxes and additives and processed in two different mixers, with and without vacuum. The presence of alumina agglomerates was observed in the powder as received, possibly generated during the calcination step. It was also observed that the type of mixer and vacuum application or not during the final processing step, has a major influence on the mixing time required to reduce the viscosity of the feedstock for injection.

P . A., Ourique; A., Susin Neto; S. G., Echeverrigaray; R. C. D., Cruz; J. E., Zorzi.

2013-03-01

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Effect of injection molded micro-structured polystyrene surfaces on proliferation of MC3T3-E1 cells  

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Full Text Available In this work, osteoinductive micro-pillared polystyrene surfaces were mass-produced for bone replacement applications, by means of the micro injection molding process. Firstly, the molding process parameters were optimized with a two-level, three-factor central composite face-centered plan to increase the quality of polystyrene micro pillars replication and to maximize the pillars height uniformity over the molded part. Secondly, osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells adhesion and proliferation on the replicated substrates were assessed as a function of micro topography parameters, such as pillars diameter, aspect ratio and spacing. Cell morphology and proliferation were evaluated through MTS test after 1, 3 and 7 days from seeding. The experimental results showed that cells adhesion and proliferation is more positively promoted on micro-pillared surfaces compared to flat surfaces, but no correlations were observed between cell proliferation and pillar diameter and spacing.

G. Lucchetta

2015-04-01

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Design and development of an injection-molded demultiplexer for optical communication systems in the visible range.  

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Optical simulation software based on the ray-tracing method offers easy and fast results in imaging optics. This method can also be applied in other fields of light propagation. For short distance communications, polymer optical fibers (POFs) are gradually gaining importance. This kind of fiber offers a larger core diameter, e.g., the step index POF features a core diameter of 980 ?m. Consequently, POFs have a large number of modes (>3 million modes) in the visible range, and ray tracing could be used to simulate the propagation of light. This simulation method is applicable not only for the fiber itself but also for the key components of a complete POF network, e.g., couplers or other key elements of the transmission line. In this paper a demultiplexer designed and developed by means of ray tracing is presented. Compared to the classical optical design, requirements for optimal design differ particularly with regard to minimizing the insertion loss (IL). The basis of the presented key element is a WDM device using a Rowland spectrometer setup. In this approach the input fiber carries multiple wavelengths, which will be divided into multiple output fibers that transmit only one wavelength. To adapt the basic setup to POF, the guidance of light in this element has to be changed fundamentally. Here, a monolithic approach is presented with a blazed grating using an aspheric mirror to minimize most of the aberrations. In the simulations the POF is represented by an area light source, while the grating is analyzed for different orders and the highest possible efficiency. In general, the element should be designed in a way that it can be produced with a mass production technology like injection molding in order to offer a reasonable price. However, designing the elements with regard to injection molding leads to some inherent challenges. The microstructure of an optical grating and the thick-walled 3D molded parts both result in high demands on the injection molding process. This also requires complex machining of the molding tool. Therefore, different experiments are done to optimize the process parameter, find the best molding material, and find a suitable machining method for the molding tool. The paper will describe the development of the demultiplexer by means of ray-tracing simulations step by step. Also, the process steps and the realized solutions for the injection molding are described. PMID:23842150

Höll, S; Haupt, M; Fischer, U H P

2013-06-20

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Mechanical properties of the weld line defect in micro injection molding for various nano filled polypropylene composites  

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Research highlights: ? PP/CNFs and PP/TiO2 composites with relative high loading fractions (10, 20, 30 and 35 wt%) were fabricated by inner melt mixing process. Micro tensile test samples were formed by injection molding combined with variotherm process for all composites. ? The morphological properties of all nano composites were characterized by WXRD, whose results imply the adding nano fillers did not change the crystal form of PP, but the crystallites size and distance between lattices of crystals were changed with various nano fillers and loading fractions. ? DSC analysis show that due to the nucleating function of nano fillers, the peak temperature of crystallization was increased and the peak temperature of crystallization melting was decreased by adding the nanofillers. ? The flow ability of nano composites was tested by high pressure single capillary rheometer and the results demonstrate that nano fillers increased the viscosity of PP matrix. ? Based on these significant information and analysis foundation of the nano filled composites, the micro weld line samples were formed by injection molding process and characterized by tensile test method. From the achieved results, it can be found that in general, for functional nano filled polymer composites, the mechanical property of micro weld lines were obviously influenced by nano fillers' shape and loading fractions. ? The E modulus of micro weld line was increased due to loading CNFs in Peased due to loading CNFs in PP matrix, while the elongation of the micro tensile samples with weld line is considerably decreased comparing with those of unfilled PP samples. The detrimental tensile strength of micro weld lines were observed when CNFs contents increasing, except for at a 10 wt%. ? For TiO2 nano particles filled PP, due to the poor dispersion of nano particles, at low loading fraction of 10 wt%, the E modulus and tensile strength of micro weld lines were decreased by filling nano particles, but when the loading fraction is increased to 30%, the E modulus and tensile strength of micro weld line were increased again compared with the low loading level. ? Finally, an empirical prediction equation for micro injection molded weld line strength of nano PP composites was proposed for higher nano filler loading fraction than 10 wt%. - Abstract: The nano filled functional polymer materials have been widely processed with micro injection molding technology for micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication. As the unfavorable defect in micro injection molding parts, weld line brings reduced mechanical and physical properties, especially for nano filled composites. In this study, polypropylene (PP) was compounded respectively with carbon nano fibers (CNFs) and TiO2 nano particles at various weight fractions (10, 20, 30, 35 wt%) through co-screws internal mixing. The morphological, thermal and rheological properties of nano composites were characterized by wider angle X-ray diffraction (WXRD), different scanning calorimeter (DSC) and high pressure capillary rheometer. Additionally, under the constant setting of injection molding process parameters in injection molding machine, micro tensile samples with weld lines for each nano filled PP composite were produced. The tensile tests were served as the characterizing method for weld line mechanical properties. The results show that when the CNFs is filled higher than 10 wt%, the tensile strength of samples with weld lines made of nano composites become lower than neat PP. While the raising CNFs content contributes to the improved E modulus of micro injection molded weld lines. Additionally, with the increasing fraction of CNFs in PP, the weld line area's elongation percent is decreased. Whereas for case of TiO2, the 10 wt% is the threshold for micro injection molded weld line tensile strength turning from decrease trend to increase. The same as CNFs, elongation of micro weld line samples were in general lower than neat PP as well, due to the addition of TiO2 nano particles.

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Microcellular injection molding and particulate leaching of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) scaffolds  

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Microcellular injection moldingand particulate leaching methods were combined to fabricate porousand interconnectedthermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) tissue engineering scaffolds. Water soluble polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) and sodium chloride (NaCl) were used as porogens to improve the porosity and interconnectivity, as well as the hydrophilicity, of the scaffolds. The effect of each factor-namely, PVOH, NaCl, and microcellular injection molding-on scaffold morphology was investigated. It was found that the microcellular injection molding processwas effectiveatproducing high pore density and porosity. The addition of PVOH decreasedthe pore diameter and increasedthe pore density. Furthermore, scaffolds with NaCl and PVOH porogens hadbetter interconnectivity. The residual PVOH improved the hydrophilicity of the scaffold.

Mi, Hao-Yang; Jing, Xin; Turng, Lih-Sheng; Peng, Xiang-Fang

2014-05-01

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A Model for Fiber Length Attrition in Injection-Molded Long-Fiber Composites  

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Long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composites consist of an engineering thermoplastic matrix with glass or carbon reinforcing fibers that are initially 10 to 13 mm long. When an LFT is injection molded, flow during mold filling orients the fibers and degrades the fiber length. Fiber orientation models for injection molding are well developed, and special orientation models for LFTs have been developed. Here we present a detailed quantitative model for fiber length attrition in a flowing fiber suspension. The model tracks a discrete fiber length distribution (FLD) at each spatial node. Key equations are a conservation equation for total fiber length, and a breakage rate equation. The breakage rate is based on buckling of fibers due to hydrodynamic forces, when the fibers are in unfavorable orientations. The FLD model is combined with a mold filling simulation to predict spatial and temporal variations in fiber length distribution in a mold cavity during filling. The predictions compare well to experiments on a glassfiber/ PP LFT molding. Fiber length distributions predicted by the model are easily incorporated into micromechanics models to predict the stress-strain behavior of molded LFT materials. Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; electronic mail: ctucker@illinois.edu 1

TuckerIII, Charles L. [University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Phelps, Jay H [University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; El-Rahman, Ahmed Abd [University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Kunc, Vlastimil [ORNL

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Micro Injection Molding of Thin Walled Geometries with Induction Heating System  

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To eliminate defects and improve the quality of molded parts, increasing the mold temperature is one of the applicable solutions. A high mold temperature can increase the path flow of the polymer inside the cavity allowing reduction of the number of injection points, reduction of part thickness and moulding of smaller and more complex geometries. The last two aspects are very important in micro injection molding. In this paper a new embedded induction heating system is proposed and validated. An experimental investigation was performed based on a test geometry integrating different aspect ratios of small structures. ABS was used as material and different combinations of injection velocity, pressure and mold temperature were tested. The replicated test objects were measured by means of an optical CMM machine. On the basis of the experimental investigation the efficacy of the embedded induction heating system with respect to improvement of replication quality, reduction of injection pressure and injection velocity as well as reduction of cycle time has been verified.

Menotti, Stefano; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

2014-01-01

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Injection molded polymer chip for electrochemical and electrophysiological recordings from single cells  

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We present a novel method to fabricate an all in polymer injection molded chip for electrochemical cell recordings and lateral cell trapping. The complete device is molded in thermoplastic polymer and it results from assembling two halves. We tested spin-coated conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiopene) and showed that it can be used as an electrode material for detecting neurotransmitters electrochemically in biosensors.

Tanzi, Simone; Larsen, Simon Tylsgaard

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Intelligent process development of foam molding for the Thermal Protection System (TPS) of the space shuttle external tank  

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A knowledge based system to assist process engineers in evaluating the processability and moldability of poly-isocyanurate (PIR) formulations for the thermal protection system of the Space Shuttle external tank (ET) is discussed. The Reaction Injection Molding- Process Development Advisor (RIM-PDA) is a coupled system which takes advantage of both symbolic and numeric processing techniques. This system will aid the process engineer in identifying a startup set of mold schedules and in refining the mold schedules to remedy specific process problems diagnosed by the system.

Bharwani, S. S.; Walls, J. T.; Jackson, M. E.

1987-01-01

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Acoustic emission detection of macro-cracks on engraving tool steel inserts during the injection molding cycle using PZT sensors.  

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This paper presents an improved monitoring system for the failure detection of engraving tool steel inserts during the injection molding cycle. This system uses acoustic emission PZT sensors mounted through acoustic waveguides on the engraving insert. We were thus able to clearly distinguish the defect through measured AE signals. Two engraving tool steel inserts were tested during the production of standard test specimens, each under the same processing conditions. By closely comparing the captured AE signals on both engraving inserts during the filling and packing stages, we were able to detect the presence of macro-cracks on one engraving insert. Gabor wavelet analysis was used for closer examination of the captured AE signals' peak amplitudes during the filling and packing stages. The obtained results revealed that such a system could be used successfully as an improved tool for monitoring the integrity of an injection molding process. PMID:23673677

Sve?ko, Rajko; Kusi?, Dragan; Kek, Tomaž; Sarjaš, Andrej; Han?i?, Aleš; Grum, Janez

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Acoustic Emission Detection of Macro-Cracks on Engraving Tool Steel Inserts during the Injection Molding Cycle Using PZT Sensors  

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Full Text Available This paper presents an improved monitoring system for the failure detection of engraving tool steel inserts during the injection molding cycle. This system uses acoustic emission PZT sensors mounted through acoustic waveguides on the engraving insert. We were thus able to clearly distinguish the defect through measured AE signals. Two engraving tool steel inserts were tested during the production of standard test specimens, each under the same processing conditions. By closely comparing the captured AE signals on both engraving inserts during the filling and packing stages, we were able to detect the presence of macro-cracks on one engraving insert. Gabor wavelet analysis was used for closer examination of the captured AE signals’ peak amplitudes during the filling and packing stages. The obtained results revealed that such a system could be used successfully as an improved tool for monitoring the integrity of an injection molding process.

Aleš Han?i?

2013-05-01

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Mold  

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2011-05-02

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A wide variety of injection molding technologies is now applicable to small series and mass production  

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Micro plastic parts open new fields for application, e. g., to electronics, sensor technologies, optics, and medical engineering. Before micro parts can go to mass production, there is a strong need of having the possibility for testing different designs and materials including material combinations. Hence, flexible individual technical and technological solutions for processing are necessary. To manufacture high quality micro parts, a micro injection moulding machine named formicaPlast based on a two-step plunger injection technology was developed. Resulting from its design, the residence time and the accuracy problems for managing small shot volumes with reproducible high accuracy are uncompromisingly solved. Due to their simple geometry possessing smooth transitions and non adherent inner surfaces, the plunger units allow to process 'all' thermoplastics from polyolefines to high performance polymers, optical clear polymers, thermally sensitive bioresorbables, highly filled systems (the so-called powder injection molding PIM), and liquid silicon rubber (LSR, here with a special kit). The applied platform strategy in the 1K and 2K version allows integrating automation for assembling, handling and packaging. A perpendicular arrangement allows encapsulation of inserts, also partially, and integration of this machine into process chains. Considering a wide variety of different parts consisting of different materials, the high potential of the technology is demonstrated. Based on challenging industrial parts from electronic applications (2K micro MID and bump mat, where both are highly structured parts), the technological solutions are presented in more detail

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A wide variety of injection molding technologies is now applicable to small series and mass production  

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Micro plastic parts open new fields for application, e. g., to electronics, sensor technologies, optics, and medical engineering. Before micro parts can go to mass production, there is a strong need of having the possibility for testing different designs and materials including material combinations. Hence, flexible individual technical and technological solutions for processing are necessary. To manufacture high quality micro parts, a micro injection moulding machine named formicaPlast based on a two-step plunger injection technology was developed. Resulting from its design, the residence time and the accuracy problems for managing small shot volumes with reproducible high accuracy are uncompromisingly solved. Due to their simple geometry possessing smooth transitions and non adherent inner surfaces, the plunger units allow to process "all" thermoplastics from polyolefines to high performance polymers, optical clear polymers, thermally sensitive bioresorbables, highly filled systems (the so-called powder injection molding PIM), and liquid silicon rubber (LSR, here with a special kit). The applied platform strategy in the 1K and 2K version allows integrating automation for assembling, handling and packaging. A perpendicular arrangement allows encapsulation of inserts, also partially, and integration of this machine into process chains. Considering a wide variety of different parts consisting of different materials, the high potential of the technology is demonstrated. Based on challenging industrial parts from electronic applications (2K micro MID and bump mat, where both are highly structured parts), the technological solutions are presented in more detail.

Bloß, P.; Jüttner, G.; Jacob, S.; Löser, C.; Michaelis, J.; Krajewsky, P.

2014-05-01

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Comparison of several closure approximations for evaluating the thermoelastic properties of an injection molded short-fiber composite  

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The accurate prediction of both the elastic properties and the thermal expansion coefficients is very important for the precise simulation of such processes as injection molding of short-fiber polymer-matrix composites. In this work, a two-step homogenization procedure is applied and compared with experimental values obtained on a polyarylamide/glass fiber composite for a broad range of temperatures. It is observed that the stiffness averaging version of the model surpasses the compliance ave...

Dray, Delphine; Gilormini, Pierre; Regnier, Gilles

2007-01-01

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Injection Molding of Titanium Alloy Implant For Biomedical Application Using Novel Binder System Based on Palm Oil Derivatives  

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Problem statement: Titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) has been widely used as an implant for biomedical application. In this study, the implant had been fabricated using high technology of Powder Injection Molding (PIM) process due to the cost effective technique for producing small, complex and precision parts in high volume compared with conventional method through machining. Approach: Through PIM, the binder system is one of the most important criteria in order to successfully fabricate the implants...

Ibrahim, R.; Azmirruddin, M.; Jabir, M.; Ismail, M. R.; Muhamad, M.; Awang, R.; Muhamad, S.

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Aplikasi Rekayasa Mutu untuk Mengurangi Cacat pada Mesin Injection Molding  

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Full Text Available The imperfect combustion process will be a problem in the development effort of diesel engine's performance. Nonhomogen air-fuel mixing process is one of the factors which cause the imperfect combustion. By heating up the diesel fuel up to a certain temperature before it goes through the high pressure injection pump will lower its density and viscosity. Therefore, when injected in the combustion chamber, it will formed smaller droplets of fuel spray which result in a more homogenious air-fuel mixture. Also by using higher temperature will make the diesel fuel easier to ignite in order to compensate the limited time which is available in high speed operating conditions. Diesel fuel heating can improve the combustion process to increase the power and decrease the fuel consumption optimally. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia : Tidak sempurnanya proses pembakaran merupakan masalah yang akan dijumpai dalam usaha peningkatan kinerja motor diesel. Proses pencampuran udara dan bahan bakar yang kurang baik menjadi salah satu faktor penyebab ketidak sempurnaan tersebut. Dengan melakukan pemanasan terhadap solar sampai temperatur tertentu sebelum masuk ke dalam pompa tekanan tinggi akan menyebabkan penurunan density dan viskositas solar, sehingga bila diinjeksikan ke dalam ruang bakar akan membentuk butiran kabut bahan bakar yang lebih halus yang akan menyebabkan proses pencampuran bahan bakar dan udara menjadi lebih homogen. Disamping itu, dengan temperatur yang lebih tinggi akan membuat solar menjadi lebih mudah terbakar sehingga dapat mengimbangi singkatnya waktu yang tersedia untuk pembakaran pada putaran tinggi. Pemanasan solar dapat dipergunakan sebagai salah satu cara untuk menyempurnakan proses pembakaran sehingga dihasilkan peningkatan daya dan penurunan konsumsi bahan bakar yang optimal. Kata kunci : peningkatan daya, penurunan konsumsi bahan bakar, motor diesel, proses pembakaran

Glenn Eko Yulianto

1999-01-01

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Mold temperature measurement for glass-pressing processes  

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The largest use of radiation thermometers within Corning Glass Works is for mold temperature measurement for the glass-pressing process. Pressing television panels at today's high quality would be very difficult without a mold temperature measurement system and the computer manipulation of the quality control data to supervise the mold temperature control loop. The most critical part of a television panel is the inside surface curvature. The ideal surface is usually defined as a spherical surface. The tolerance for a normal TV panel is +-0.30 mm (+-0.012 in.). High resolution display panels are more critical, having a dimensional tolerance only one half as large as TV panels. Panel curvature is a direct (but negative) function of mold temperature. Every 10C increase in mold temperature results in the panel center being 0.025 mm (0.001 in.) shorter (flatter). Random dimensional variations within a panel take up most of the dimensional tolerance. The result is that each mold is controlled to its own individual temperature set point, +-10C. Hot panel and cold panel curvature measurements are correlated by a process computer and used to update the mold temperature set points. The same computer adjusts the mold cooling air to maintain the required mold temperatures. From the temperature measurement standpoint, the significant problem is the changing emissivity of the mold surface when the mold is new or reconditioned. The selection of a radiation theritioned. The selection of a radiation thermometer with a short wavelength was an obvious choice to minimize the effect of emissivity variations

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Mejora de la etapa de llenado en moldes de inyección de plástico usando vibración / Improvement Performance of the Filling Step in Injection Mold through Vibration  

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Full Text Available El presente trabajo muestra la mejora de flujo que tiene la etapa de llenado del proceso de inyección de plásticos, debida a la excitación del polímero a través de vibración. Dicho proceso, puede resumirse en tres etapas principales que son: el llenado, el empaquetado y el enfriamiento. El proceso d [...] e llenado es el paso en el que se pueden cambiar una gran cantidad de propiedades, tanto mecánicas como estéticas del producto terminado. El objetivo de esta investigación es mostrar que el llenado del molde mejora adicionando vibración, sin tener que agregar aditivos químicos. Para ello, se llevó a cabo el diseño y fabricación de un molde experimental, en el cual se acondicionó un mecanismo de vibración que permitió demostrar las ventajas de la vibración en dicho proceso. Además, se propuso una metodología heurística para la elaboración de las pruebas que reveló una mejora en el llenado con frecuencias cercanas a los 3 Hz. Abstract in english This paper shows the flow improvement in the filling step of the polymer injection process due to the polymer excitation though vibration. This process can be split up into three main steps: filling, pocking and cooling. Several mechanical and aesthetic properties of the finished product can be chan [...] ged in the filling step. The objective of this investigation is to demonstrate the improvement in the filling mold under vibration without adding chemical products. To reach this result, an experimental mold was designed and manufactured in which a vibration device was coupled; it was possible to demonstrate the vibration advantage through this process. Moreover, a heuristic methodology was proposed for the experiment which shows an improvement in the filling process with frequencies close to 3 Hz.

J.P., Benítez-Rangel; L.A., Morales-Hernández; M., Trejo-Hernández.

2012-12-01

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Effect of shear heating during injection molding on the morphology of PC/LCP blends  

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Fiber relaxation of liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) in the mold during injection molding was investigated. A blend of LCP and polycarbonate was used. The LCP used, namely LC5000, is a thermotropic LCP consisting of 80% and 20% of hydroxybenzoic acid and ethylene terephthalate, respectively. The filling of the mold and the temperature profile of the melt in the mold, after the mold has been completely filled, were computed using the finite element/finite difference method (FE/FDM). The morphology of the fibers was greatly influenced by the temperature of the different layers in the sample. This was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) examination of the injection-molded specimen. When shear heating caused the temperature of the melt to increase above 280 deg. C, relaxation of the fibers was rapid. This resulted in a final morphology where the LCP existed in short fibers or ellipsoids. It was concluded that the high shear rate, which is needed for fiber deformation, must be accompanied by fast cooling to minimize the effects of shear heating, so that the fibers formed could be retained

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Improvements in sintered density and dimensional stability of powder injection-molded 316L compacts by adjusting the alloying compositions  

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Powder injection molding is a process that provides advantages when making small parts with high density and complicated shapes. However, dimensional control of powder injection-molded stainless steel parts is difficult due to the presence of the liquid phase and the large amount of shrinkage that occurs during sintering. This study examines whether such a problem can be overcome through adjustments in the alloy composition and by making use of Thermo-Calc analysis. The results show that, with an increase in the molybdenum content up to the maximum limit according to existing specifications, a compact can be sintered to high densities without the presence of the liquid phase, while maintaining it in the dual-phase region of ? + ?. In addition, dimensional control is improved. A slower heating rate is also found to be beneficial. These results are explained through dilatometric analysis and phase diagrams that are calculated using the Thermo-Calc program

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Hot mold casting process of ancient East India and Bangladesh  

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Full Text Available Ancient casting process for production of brass or bronze utensils and icons were made in hot molds using clay molded investment casting or piece mold process, as presumed by archaeologists. Piece mold process is still traditionally practiced in many parts of Eastern India and Bangladesh along with investment casting process. Incidentally, Bengal artisans are more accustomed to piece mold process unlike tribal artisans who practiced investment casting process. This piece mold casting process has been reconstructed to get the idea of metal characteristics in order to investigate ancient casting process of Bengal and Bangladesh. The characterization of ancient archaeo-metal products come to a type of cast Cu-Sn-Zn-Pb type quaternary alloy produced by a slow freezing process. Though these alloys physically differ from the traditional cast alloy of binary Cu-Zn type brass, the physical characteristics are similar to the binary cast alloy character. This investigation throws light on the similarity of the production processes by which ancient artisans probably produced cast metal products.

Barnali Mandal

2010-05-01

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Microstructure and mechanical behavior of metal injection molded Ti-Nb binary alloys as biomedical material.  

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The application of titanium (Ti) based biomedical materials which are widely used at present, such as commercially pure titanium (CP-Ti) and Ti-6Al-4V, are limited by the mismatch of Young's modulus between the implant and the bones, the high costs of products, and the difficulty of producing complex shapes of materials by conventional methods. Niobium (Nb) is a non-toxic element with strong ? stabilizing effect in Ti alloys, which makes Ti-Nb based alloys attractive for implant application. Metal injection molding (MIM) is a cost-efficient near-net shape process. Thus, it attracts growing interest for the processing of Ti and Ti alloys as biomaterial. In this investigation, metal injection molding was applied to the fabrication of a series of Ti-Nb binary alloys with niobium content ranging from 10wt% to 22wt%, and CP-Ti for comparison. Specimens were characterized by melt extraction, optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Titanium carbide formation was observed in all the as-sintered Ti-Nb binary alloys but not in the as-sintered CP-Ti. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns revealed that the carbides are Ti2C. It was found that with increasing niobium content from 0% to 22%, the porosity increased from about 1.6% to 5.8%, and the carbide area fraction increased from 0% to about 1.8% in the as-sintered samples. The effects of niobium content, porosity and titanium carbides on mechanical properties have been discussed. The as-sintered Ti-Nb specimens exhibited an excellent combination of high tensile strength and low Young's modulus, but relatively low ductility. PMID:23994942

Zhao, Dapeng; Chang, Keke; Ebel, Thomas; Qian, Ma; Willumeit, Regine; Yan, Ming; Pyczak, Florian

2013-12-01

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Magnetic properties of Fe–50%Ni alloy fabricated by metal injection molding  

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Graphical abstract: The figure shows the effect of sintering atmosphere on microstructures of the samples ((a) nitrogen; (b) argon; (c) vacuum; and (d) hydrogen). Since pores can pin down and drag grain boundary movement, the porosities obtained from the four different processes are different. It can be seen that the grain sizes of the sample sintered in the atmosphere of nitrogen, argon and vacuum are smaller than the grain size of sample sintered in hydrogen. It indicates that the impurity such as C, N, O will restrict the grain growth and lead to the sharp decrement of magnetic performance. - Highlights: • High-performance Fe–50%Ni alloy was produced by metal injection molding. • The magnetic properties were closely related to impurities and grain size. • The sintering parameters of Fe–50%Ni alloy were optimized. - Abstract: Fe–50%Ni soft magnetic alloys are attractive in their applications with both low coercivity and high permeability. Their magnetic properties are closely related to sintering conditions. In this paper, Fe–50%Ni soft magnetic alloys were successfully produced by metal injection molding using carbonyl iron and carbonyl nickel as raw materials. The effects of sintering temperature, sintering atmosphere and time on the magnetic properties of the alloy were investigated. Special attention was paid to the influence that sintering conditions have on chemistry and the resulting effects on magnetic properties. The results indicated that the magnetic permeability was greatly dependent on the content of interstitial atom such as C, O, and N and the density was a major factor affecting the saturation induction. Furthermore, the effects of processing condition on the microstructures of Fe–50%Ni alloy were shown. The optimum magnetic properties for Fe–50%Ni alloy were obtained by maximizing density and sintering temperatures, and minimizing the contamination levels of C, O and N

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PP-polymer nanocomposites with improved mechanical properties using elongational flow devices at the injection molding compounder  

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Numerous researches have been done in the field of improving PP by adding nanofillers. Consistently good scientific results and positive industrial feedback were reached; however, the industrial interest is still low due to the high technological and financial risks and too less benefit. Our experiments, using the worldwide unique Polymer NanoComposite Injection Molding Compounder (PNC-IMC) which combines the two processing steps of compounding and injection molding, showed an impressive increase of both mechanical and thermal properties, but more or less in the same range than in other publications. Thus we tried to improve the materials by using elongational flow generating devices for better intercalation and exfoliation of nanofillers in the polymer melt. This paper will give an overview on our first investigations, carried out on both a high pressure capillary rheometer (HPCR) and the injection molding machine (IMM) focusing on the mechanical properties. The PNCs were produced at the PNC-IMC with the 3in1 process. After the treatment in the HPCR the material was crushed, plates were prepared using a hydraulic vacuum press and tensile bars were milled, respectively tensile bars were produced with the IMM. The Young's modulus was successfully slightly improved. Thus future research will focus on both, the mechanism of improvement and the implementation of several of these devices into the PNC-IMC.

Battisti, M. G.; Friesenbichler, W.

2014-05-01

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All-in-polymer injection molded device for single cell capture using multilevel silicon master fabrication  

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This work demonstrates a novel all-in-polymer device for single cell capture applicable for biological recordings. The chip is injection molded and comprises a "cornered" (non planar) aperture. It has been demonstrated how cornered apertures are straightforward to mold in PDMS [1,2]. In this study we demonstrate cornered apertures made in a thermoplastic polymer. One of the advantages of cornered apertures is the ease of microscopy under a standard inverted optical microscope, when using transparent materials. After the part is injection molded, the sealing of the chip is performed by thermal bonding to a polymer foil, so the complete device results from only two parts. It differs from similar devices in the novel material and fabrication platform that enables high reproducibility and inexpensive mass production. Optimization of the fabrication scheme has been carried out in order to avoid defects during demolding. Capturing of single PC12 cells has been demonstrated.

Tanzi, S.; Larsen, S.T.

2012-01-01

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Study on manufacture of 2:17 Sm-Co magnets by powder injection molding  

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Manufacture of 2:17 Sm-Co magnets by powder injection molding was investigated. The binder of thermoplastic polymer was selected as the wax-based system including paraffin wax, stearic acid and high density polyethylene. Before mixing with paraffin wax and high density polyethylene, the powder of 5-8 ?m was coated by stearic acid. The molding compacts were obtained under 200 without deficits. Solvent debinding and thermal debinding were combined to remove the binder. The basic magnetic characteristics of the specimen were of the same level as those by powder metallurgy technique, which indicated that to fabricate 2:17 Sm-Co magnets by powder injection molding was feasible. (orig.)

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CO-INJECTION RESIN TRANSFER MOLDING FOR OPTIMIZATION OF INTEGRAL ARMOR  

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To address the cost and performance barriers which hinder the introduction of composite materials for combat ground vehicle applications, Co-Injection Resin Transfer Molding (CIRTM) and Diffusion Enhanced Adhesion (DEA) have been recently invented and developed at the Army Resear...

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Thermal properties of extruded/injection-molded poly(lactic acid) and biobased composites  

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In order to determine the degree of compatibility between PLA and different biomaterials (fibers), PLA was compounded with sugar beet pulp and apple fibers. Fibers were added at 85:15 and 70:30 PLA:Fiber. The composites were blended by extrusion followed by injection molding. Differential Scannin...

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Low Speed Technology for Small Turbine Development Reaction Injection Molded 7.5 Meter Wind Turbine Blade  

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An optimized small turbine blade (7.5m radius) was designed and a partial section molded with the RIM (reaction-injection molded polymer) process for mass production. The intended market is for generic three-bladed wind turbines, 100 kilowatts or less, for grid-assist end users with rural and semi-rural sites, such as the farm/ranch market, having low to moderate IEC Class 3-4 wind regimes. This blade will have substantial performance improvements over, and be cheaper than, present-day 7.5m blades. This is made possible by the injection-molding process, which yields high repeatability, accurate geometry and weights, and low cost in production quantities. No wind turbine blade in the 7.5m or greater size has used this process. The blade design chosen uses a RIM skin bonded to a braided infused carbon fiber/epoxy spar. This approach is attractive to present users of wind turbine blades in the 5-10m sizes. These include rebladeing California wind farms, refurbishing used turbines for the Midwest farm market, and other manufacturers introducing new turbines in this size range.

David M. Wright; DOE Project Officer - Keith Bennett

2007-07-31

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Injection molding of nanopatterned surfaces in the sub-micrometer range with induction heating aid  

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Replication of sub-micrometer structures by injection molding leads to special requirements for the mold in order to ensure proper replica and acceptable cycle time. This paper investigates the applicability of induction heating embedded into the mold for the improvement of nanopattern replication. A tool insert having a surface containing functional geometries in the sub-micrometer range was produced using aluminum anodization and nickel electroplating. In order to provide elevated mold temperatures necessary for the complete replica of the pattern, a new mold setup was developed, which allows rapid heating of the cavity wall using an induction heating system. Temperature was measured using a thermocouple placed in the mold insert. The system was used to heat up the cavity wall with heating rates of up to 10 K/s. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC) were used as materials, and heating parameters were investigated after a preliminary optimization with standard heating conditions. The replicated surfaces were quantitatively characterized by atomic force microscopy using specific three-dimensional surface amplitude parameters and qualitatively inspected by scanning electron microscopy. The experimental results show that the use of the induction heating system is an efficient way for improving nanoreplication.

Menotti, Stefano; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

2014-01-01

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EXTRUDED AND INJECTION MOLDED BIOPOLYMERS: PROPERTIES OF POLYLACTIC ACID PLA/SUGAR-BEET PULP BLENDS, AND WHEY PROTEIN/CORN GLUTEN MEAL (CGM)  

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In this study, processing techniques for extruded foods and non-foods using new and novel ingredients, to create unique bio-polymer blends, are emphasized. Our team in the Center of Excellence for Extrusion and Polymer Rheology (CEEPR) has recently used extrusion processing and injection molding (I...

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Powder Injection Molding - An innovative manufacturing method for He-cooled DEMO divertor components  

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At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a He-cooled divertor design for future fusion power plants has been developed. This concept is based on the use of modular cooling fingers made from tungsten and tungsten alloy, which are presently considered the most promising divertor materials to withstand the specific heat load of 10 MW/m{sup 2}. Since a large number of the finger modules (n > 250,000) are needed for the whole reactor, developing a mass-oriented manufacturing method is indispensable. In this regard, an innovative manufacturing technology, Powder Injection Molding (PIM), has been adapted to W processing at KIT since a couple of years. This production method is deemed promising in view of large-scale production of tungsten parts with high near-net-shape precision, hence, offering an advantage of cost-saving process compared to conventional machining. The complete technological PIM process for tungsten materials and its application on manufacturing of real divertor components, including the design of a new PIM tool is outlined and, results of the examination of the finished product after heat-treatment are discussed. A binary tungsten powder feedstock with a solid load of 50 vol.% was developed and successfully tested in molding experiments. After design, simulation and manufacturing of a new PIM tool, real divertor parts are produced. After heat-treatment (pre-sintering and HIP) the successful finished samples showed a sintered density of approximately 99%, a hardness of 457 HV0.1, a grain size of approximately 5 {mu}m and a microstructure without cracks and porosity.

Antusch, Steffen, E-mail: st.antusch@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Materials Research III, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Norajitra, Prachai; Piotter, Volker; Ritzhaupt-Kleissl, Hans-Joachim; Spatafora, Luigi [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Materials Research III, P.O. Box 3640, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

2011-10-15

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Powder Injection Molding - An innovative manufacturing method for He-cooled DEMO divertor components  

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At Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a He-cooled divertor design for future fusion power plants has been developed. This concept is based on the use of modular cooling fingers made from tungsten and tungsten alloy, which are presently considered the most promising divertor materials to withstand the specific heat load of 10 MW/m2. Since a large number of the finger modules (n > 250,000) are needed for the whole reactor, developing a mass-oriented manufacturing method is indispensable. In this regard, an innovative manufacturing technology, Powder Injection Molding (PIM), has been adapted to W processing at KIT since a couple of years. This production method is deemed promising in view of large-scale production of tungsten parts with high near-net-shape precision, hence, offering an advantage of cost-saving process compared to conventional machining. The complete technological PIM process for tungsten materials and its application on manufacturing of real divertor components, including the design of a new PIM tool is outlined and, results of the examination of the finished product after heat-treatment are discussed. A binary tungsten powder feedstock with a solid load of 50 vol.% was developed and successfully tested in molding experiments. After design, simulation and manufacturing of a new PIM tool, real divertor parts are produced. After heat-treatment (pre-sintering and HIP) the successful finished samples showed a sintered density of approximatel showed a sintered density of approximately 99%, a hardness of 457 HV0.1, a grain size of approximately 5 ?m and a microstructure without cracks and porosity.

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Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-molded Long-Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites - FY 2014 Third Quarterly Report  

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This report describes the technical progresses made during the third quarter of FY 2014: 1) Autodesk introduced the options for fiber inlet condition to the 3D solver. These options are already available in the mid-plane/dual domain solver. 2) Autodesk improved the accuracy of 3D fiber orientation calculation around the gate. 3) Autodesk received consultant services from Prof. C.L. Tucker at the University of Illinois on the implementation of the reduced order model for fiber length, and discussed with Prof. Tucker the methods to reduce memory usage. 4) PlastiComp delivered to PNNL center-gated and edge-fan-gated 20-wt% to 30-wt% LCF/PP and LCF/PA66 (7”x7”x1/8”) plaques molded by the in-line direct injection molding (D-LFT) process. 5) PlastiComp molded ASTM tensile, flexural and impact bars under the same D-LFT processing conditions used for plaques for Certification of Assessment and ascertaining the resultant mechanical properties. 6) Purdue developed a new polishing routine, utilizing the automated polishing machine, to reduce fiber damage during surface preparation. 7) Purdue used a marker-based watershed segmentation routine, in conjunction with a hysteresis thresholding technique, for fiber segmentation during fiber orientation measurement. 8) Purdue validated Purdue’s fiber orientation measurement method using the previous fiber orientation data obtained from the Leeds machine and manually measured data by the University of Illinois. 9) PNNL conducted ASMI mid-plane analyses for a 30wt% LCF/PP plaque and compared the predicted fiber orientations with the measured data provided by Purdue University at the selected locations on this plaque. 10) PNNL put together the DOE 2014 Annual Merit Review (AMR) presentation with the team and presented it at the AMR meetings on June 17, 2014. 11) PNNL built ASMI dual domain models for the Toyota complex part and commenced mold filling analyses of the complex part with different wall thicknesses in order to support part molding. 12) Toyota and Magna discussed with PNNL on tool modification for molding the complex part. Toyota sent the CAD files of the complex part to PNNL to build ASMI models of the part for mold filling analysis to provide guidance to tooling and part molding.

Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Sanborn, Scott E.; Mathur, Raj N.; Sharma, Bhisham; Sangid, Michael D.; Wang, Jin; Jin, Xiaoshi; Costa, Franco; Gandhi, Umesh N.; Mori, Steven; Tucker III, Charles L.

2014-08-15

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Computing flow-induced stresses of injection molding based on PTT model  

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A numerical approach is introduced to solve the viscoelastic flow problem of filling and post-filling in injection molding. The governing equations are in terms of compressible, non-isothermal fluid, and the constitutive equation is based on the PTT model. By introducing some hypotheses according to the characteristics of injection molding, a quasi-Poisson type equation about pressure is derived with part integration. Besides, an analytical form of flow-induced stress is also generalized by using Undermined Coefficient Method. The conventional Galerkin approach is employed to solve the derived pressure equation, and the 'upwind' difference scheme is used to discrete the energy equation. Coupling is achieved between velocity and stress by Super Relax Iteration Method. The flow in the test mold is investigated by comparing the numerical results and photoelastic photos for polystyrene, showing flow-induced stresses are closely related to melt temperatures. The filling of a two-cavity box is also studied to investigate the viscoelastic effects on real injection molding.

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Experimental Study of Fiber Length and Orientation in Injection Molded Natural Fiber/Starch Acetate Composites  

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Composite compounds based on triethyl citrate plasticized starch acetate and hemp and flax fibers were prepared by melt processing. Plasticizer contents from 20 to 35 wt% and fiber contents of 10 and 40 wt% were used. The compounded composites were injection molded to tensile test specimens. The effect of processing, melt viscosity and fiber type on the fiber length was investigated. The lengths of fully processed fibers were determined by dissolving the matrix and measuring the length of the remaining fibers by microscope analysis. A clear reductive effect of the processing on the fiber length was noticed. A reduction of fiber length along the increasing fiber content and the decreasing plasticizer content was also detected. This reduction originated from the increasing shear forces during compounding, which again depended on the increased viscosity of the material. Hemp fibers were shown to remain longer and fibrillate more than flax fibers, leading to higher aspect ratio. Thus, the reinforcement efficiencyof hemp fibers by the processing was improved, in contrast with flax fibers. In addition, the analysis of fiber dispersion and orientation showed a good dispersion of fibers in the matrix, and a predominant orientation of the fibers in the melt flow direction.

Peltola, Heidi; Madsen, Bo

2011-01-01

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Progress in simulating semi-flexible glass fiber orientation in an injection molded end-gated plaque  

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The use of long fiber reinforced thermoplastics has gained increasing interest as a means to enhance a part's mechanical properties created through traditional melt processing techniques. Injection molding creates a complex microstructure to develop caused by flow field within the mold. Accurate predictions of fiber orientation can allow for mold design to be tailored to achieve a desired microstructure and mechanical properties. Simulations utilize the Bead-Rod orientation model adapted for concentrated suspensions to account for semi-flexible fibers by representing a fiber as two adjoined vectors that are free to rotate around the connecting point. This work uses orientation model parameters extracted from orientation data taken along the center plane at the transition between the gate and plaque. The entire mold cavity is simulated under non-isothermal conditions including the entry region to the plaque and the fountain flow behavior at the advancing front. Simulations of the semi-flexible model are compared to the Strain Reduction Factor (SRF) model developed for rigid fibers following the same simulation procedure. Predictions are compared to experimental data measured along and away from the plane of symmetry. Improvement in orientation predictions are obtained from the Bead-Rod model which greatly out performs the rigid fiber model away from the center plane.

Cieslinski, Mark J.; Meyer, Kevin J.; Baird, Donald G.

2014-05-01

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Unique opportunities in powder injection molding of refractory and hard materials  

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Powder injection molding (PIM) is a relatively new manufacturing process for the creation of complicated net-shapes outside the range usually possible via powder metallurgy technologies. This new process is now in production at more than 550 sites around the world. Although a small industry, PIM will soon pass $1 billion dollars (USA) in annual sales. This presentation overviews the PIM process, some of the new developments and some of the successes that have occurred with both refractory metals and hard metals. Example applications are seen in medical and dental devices, industrial components, wristwatches, jet engines, firearms, automotive components, and even hand tools. To help establish the novel growth opportunities, PIM is compared to other fabrication routes to better understand the design features arising with this new approach, providing a compelling case for substantial opportunities in the refractory and hard materials. Illustrations are provided of several components in production. New opportunities abound for the technology, since it eliminates the shape complexity barrier associated with die compaction and the cost of machining associated with complicated or dimensionally precise components. Further, a relative cost advantage exists for refractory and hard materials because PIM can use the same powders at the same prices as employed in alternative processes. Future successes will occur by early identification of candidate materials and designs. Early examples include tungsten heavy alloy components now reaching production rates of six million per month. (author)

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The manufactoring of a two–layered injection mold by welding  

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Full Text Available The article presents the technology of deposit cladding different materials, using the injection molds for thermoplastic as a case study. The aim of the study is to surface weld to the working surface of the mold a different material with corresponding physical properties. Steel (1.1141 and a copper alloy were used as the base, onto which different materials were surface-welded. Tungsten inert gas (TIG welding was employed to make molds inserts. An analysis of cross-sectioned specimens was made by optical microscopy, and chemical and hardness profiles were measured too. The thermal conductivity of base and cladded layer was also tested. Finally, a thermal fatigue test was employed to investigate the thermal fatigue properties of such surfaces.

A. Košnik

2011-10-01

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Application of Rapid Prototyping and Wire Arc Spray to the Fabrication of Injection Mold Tools (MSFC Center Director's Discretionary Fund)  

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Rapid prototyping (RP) is a layer-by-layer-based additive manufacturing process for constructing three-dimensional representations of a computer design from a wax, plastic, or similar material. Wire arc spray (WAS) is a metal spray forming technique, which deposits thin layers of metal onto a substrate or pattern. Marshall Space Flight Center currently has both capabilities in-house, and this project proposed merging the two processes into an innovative manufacturing technique, in which intermediate injection molding tool halves were to be fabricated with RP and WAS metal forming.

Cooper, K. G.

2000-01-01

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Research cooperation project on the development of easy injection molding control technology for engineering plastics; Engineering plastic no seikei joken kan`i settei gijutsu ni kansuru kenkyu kyoryoku jigyo seika hokokusho  

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In order to enhance the industries which supply assembly parts to Japan`s assembly industries in Thailand, research cooperation project on the plastic parts production technology has started. For the research cooperation, the mold design is effectively conducted using simulation technique of CAE (computer aided engineering), and an international easy injection molding control system is made using the molding support software for injection molding machines. In FY 1996, actual situations of plastic parts and assembly industries in Thailand have been investigated through the cooperation with the counterpart of Thailand. Demand and supply of engineering plastics, receive and inspection of parts, and current circumstances of molding processing makers in Thailand have been grasped. Based on the results of this investigation, proposal of basic plan, time schedule, and delivery plan of molding machines and testing equipment have been discussed, to make the basic plan. 18 refs., 4 figs., 23 tabs.

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1997-03-01

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Evolução da morfologia de fases de blendas PA6/AES em extrusora de dupla rosca e moldagem por injeção / Evolution of phase morphology of PA6/AES blends during the twin screw extrusion and injection molding processes  

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Full Text Available A evolução da morfologia de fases em blendas não reativas e reativas de poliamida-6 com copolímero de acrilonitrila/EPDM/estireno (AES) em uma extrusora de rosca dupla co-rotacional foi investigada. A evolução da morfologia de fases ao longo da extrusora de rosca dupla foi monitorada através da cole [...] ta de pequenas amostras em válvulas no barril da extrusora e caracterização por microscopia eletrônica de transmissão (MET). Foram utilizados como compatibilizantes reativos os copolímeros metacrilato de metila-co-anidrido maleico (MMA-MA) e metacrilato de metila-co-metacrilato de glicidila (MMA-GMA). Os grupos anidrido maleico e epóxi nos copolímeros podem reagir com os grupos finais de cadeia da poliamida durante o processamento no estado fundido e melhorar a interação na interfase do sistema PA6/AES. A blenda PA6/AES não compatibilizada apresentou uma morfologia grosseira de fases onde a fase AES não está bem dispersa na matriz de PA6 devido à falta de interações adequadas entre os componentes da blenda. A adição do compatibilizante MMA-GMA não proporcionou boa dispersão de fases e não melhorou as propriedades mecânicas da blenda, provavelmente porque as possíveis reações no sistema são lentas e podem não ocorrer na extrusora. Por outro lado, a blenda compatibilizada com o copolímero MMA-MA apresentou uma excelente resistência ao impacto à temperatura ambiente e uma diminuição na temperatura de transição dúctil-frágil. As partículas de AES apresentam-se muito mais refinadas e sofrem uma redução significativa em seu tamanho já no início do processo de extrusão. A morfologia observada nas amostras injetadas apresentou uma boa correlação com as propriedades mecânicas obtidas. Abstract in english The evolution of phase morphology in non-reactive vs reactive blends with polyamide and ethylene-propylene-diene elastomer grafted with styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer (AES) in a co-rotating twin-screw extruder was investigated. The morphological evolution of these blends along a twin-screw extruder [...] was monitored by quickly collecting small samples from the melt at specific extruder barrel locations and characterizing them with a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The copolymers methyl methacrylate-co-maleic anhydride (MMA-MA) and methyl methacrylate-co-glycidyl methacrylate (MMA-GMA) were used as compatibilizing agents. The maleic anhydride and the epoxy groups of the copolymers can react with the polyamide end groups during melt processing and improve the interphase interaction in the PA6/AES system. The uncompatibilized blends showed a coarse phase morphology where the AES phase is not well dispersed in the PA6 matrix due to lack of adequate interaction between the components. The addition of MMA-GMA compatibilizer neither promoted good phase dispersion or improved the mechanical properties of the blends, probably because the possible reactions are very slow and may not occur inside the extruder. On the other hand, the addition of the MMA-MA copolymer promotes better impact strength and good phase dispersion in the blend. The AES particles undergo significant reduction in the first stages of the mixture inside the extruder. The morphology observed for the injection molded specimens was correlated with the mechanical properties.

Adriane, Bassani; Elias, Hage Jr; Luiz A., Pessan; Ana V, Machado; José A., Covas.

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Optimizing the Filling Time and Gate of the Injection Mold on Plastic Air Intake Manifold of Engines  

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In order to acquire the best filling time, Mold trial is made by setting different injection time, or Mold flow software is used to analyze data recorded by computer. Whether doing successive trials or being simulated point by point, is very tedious. A new method is put forward-seeking the minimum of curve being simulated by Lagrange interpolation. The minimum of the curve is the best filling time. This method can improve the efficiency of the simulation analysis. The software Mold flow...

Shiqiang Zhang

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A X-ray study of ?-phase and molecular orientation in nucleated and non-nucleated injection molded polypropylene resins  

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Full Text Available The development of ? and ?-phases and the molecular orientation of injection molded disks of two isotactic polypropylene (i-PP) resins were studied by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and pole figures. A nucleated (NPP) and non-nucleated (HPP) polymers were analyzed. The main proposal of this art [...] icle was the comprehensive study of the interrelations between the processing conditions, phase contents and PP ?-phase molecular orientation of injection molded PP resins. In both resins, it was observed that the ?-phase was present in all regions along the thickness while the ?-phase was present mainly in the external layers, decreasing from the surface to the core; however this last phase was present in a very small amount in the NPP resin. For both polymers, the orientation of the macromolecules c-axis was higher along the flow direction (RD) than along the transverse direction (TD). The b-axis of the PP ?-phase molecules was oriented to the thickness direction (ND). The orientation of the c-axis along RD and b-axis along ND of the NPP samples was considerably higher than of the HPP samples, due to the NPP faster crystallization kinetics. For both polymers, the most influential processing parameters on the molecular orientation were the mold temperature and flow rate. The results indicate that, as the mold temperature increased, the characteristic molecular orientation of PP ?-phase, with c-axis along RD and b-axis along ND, decreased. With increase in the flow rate an increase of the c-axis molecular orientation of the samples along RD was observed.

Marcia Maria, Favaro; Marcia Cristina, Branciforti; Rosario Elida Suman, Bretas.

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A X-ray study of ?-phase and molecular orientation in nucleated and non-nucleated injection molded polypropylene resins  

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Full Text Available The development of ? and ?-phases and the molecular orientation of injection molded disks of two isotactic polypropylene (i-PP resins were studied by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD and pole figures. A nucleated (NPP and non-nucleated (HPP polymers were analyzed. The main proposal of this article was the comprehensive study of the interrelations between the processing conditions, phase contents and PP ?-phase molecular orientation of injection molded PP resins. In both resins, it was observed that the ?-phase was present in all regions along the thickness while the ?-phase was present mainly in the external layers, decreasing from the surface to the core; however this last phase was present in a very small amount in the NPP resin. For both polymers, the orientation of the macromolecules c-axis was higher along the flow direction (RD than along the transverse direction (TD. The b-axis of the PP ?-phase molecules was oriented to the thickness direction (ND. The orientation of the c-axis along RD and b-axis along ND of the NPP samples was considerably higher than of the HPP samples, due to the NPP faster crystallization kinetics. For both polymers, the most influential processing parameters on the molecular orientation were the mold temperature and flow rate. The results indicate that, as the mold temperature increased, the characteristic molecular orientation of PP ?-phase, with c-axis along RD and b-axis along ND, decreased. With increase in the flow rate an increase of the c-axis molecular orientation of the samples along RD was observed.

Marcia Maria Favaro

2009-01-01

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Indirect three-dimensional printing of synthetic polymer scaffold based on thermal molding process.  

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One of the major issues in tissue engineering has been the development of three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds, which serve as a structural template for cell growth and extracellular matrix formation. In scaffold-based tissue engineering, 3D printing (3DP) technology has been successfully applied for the fabrication of complex 3D scaffolds by using both direct and indirect techniques. In principle, direct 3DP techniques rely on the straightforward utilization of the final scaffold materials during the actual scaffold fabrication process. In contrast, indirect 3DP techniques use a negative mold based on a scaffold design, to which the desired biomaterial is cast and then sacrificed to obtain the final scaffold. Such indirect 3DP techniques generally impose a solvent-based process for scaffold fabrication, resulting in a considerable increase in the fabrication time and poor mechanical properties. In addition, the internal architecture of the resulting scaffold is affected by the properties of the biomaterial solution. In this study, we propose an advanced indirect 3DP technique using projection-based micro-stereolithography and an injection molding system (IMS) in order to address these challenges. The scaffold was fabricated by a thermal molding process using IMS to overcome the limitation of the solvent-based molding process in indirect 3DP techniques. The results indicate that the thermal molding process using an IMS has achieved a substantial reduction in scaffold fabrication time and has also provided the scaffold with higher mechanical modulus and strength. In addition, cell adhesion and proliferation studies have indicated no significant difference in cell activity between the scaffolds prepared by solvent-based and thermal molding processes. PMID:24658060

Park, Jeong Hun; Jung, Jin Woo; Kang, Hyun-Wook; Cho, Dong-Woo

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Moldagem por injeção da PA 6.6 em moldes de estereolitografia metalizados com Ni-P pelo processo electroless / Injection molding of PA 6.6 in stereolithography moulds coated with electroless Ni-P  

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Full Text Available A fabricação de moldes por técnicas de prototipagem rápida, como a estereolitografia (SL), é considerada uma importante tecnologia no auxílio ao desenvolvimento de produtos de plástico moldados por injeção. Embora esta tecnologia se mostre vantajosa, a vida útil dos moldes pode ser bastante reduzida [...] em decorrência, por exemplo, de forte adesão entre o polímero injetado e o material do molde SL. Neste trabalho é investigado o uso da técnica de recobrimento metálico com Ni-P por deposição electroless sobre moldes de injeção, fabricados por SL com a resina DSM SOMOS 7110®. Foram comparados resultados de moldagem de PA6.6 em moldes fabricados com e sem recobrimento metálico evidenciando a possibilidade de utilizar a técnica de metalização como alternativa para a moldagem deste material em moldes SL, uma vez que a vida útil foi superior. Abstract in english Manufacturing of moulds by rapid prototyping processes, such as stereolithography (SL), is considered an important technology to aid the development of injection moulding plastic products. Although this technology shows significant advantages, the lifetime of moulds may be drastically be reduced due [...] to strong adhesion between the injected polymer and the material of the SL mould. This work investigates the use of Ni-P metal coating obtained by electroless deposition on SL moulds manufactured with the resin DSM SOMOS 7110. Specimens of PA6.6 have been injected into SL moulds manufactured with and without metal coating. The results showed that the electroless metal coating process can be an appropriate alternative to allow moulding of small series of PA6.6 parts in SL moulds.

Diovani C., Lencina; Carlos H., Ahrens; Gean V., Salmoria; Fernando H., Lafratta.

2007-06-01

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Inexpensive 3dB coupler for POF communication by injection-molding production  

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POFs (polymer optical fibers) gradually replace traditional communication media such as copper and glass within short distance communication systems. Primarily, this is due to their cost-effectiveness and easy handling. POFs are used in various fields of optical communication, e.g. the automotive sector or in-house communication. So far, however, only a few key components for a POF communication network are available. Even basic components, such as splices and couplers, are fabricated manually. Therefore, these circumstances result in high costs and fluctuations in components' performance. Available couplers have high insertion losses due to their manufacturing method. This can only be compensated by higher power budgets. In order to produce couplers with higher performances new fabrication methods are indispensable. A cheap and effective way to produce couplers for POF communication systems is injection molding. The paper gives an overview of couplers available on market, compares their performances, and shows a way to produce couplers by means of injection molding.

Haupt, M.; Fischer, U. H. P.

2011-01-01

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Injection molding of silicon carbide capable of being sintered without pressure  

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The most suitable SiC mass for injection molding of SiC articles (for subsequent pressureless sintering) consisted of beta SiC 84, a wax mixture 8, and polyethylene or polystyrene 8 parts. The most effective method for adding the binders was by dissolving them in a solvent and subsequent evaporation. The sequence of component addition was significant, and all parameters were optimized together rather than individually.

Muller-Zell, A.; Schwarzmeier, R.

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Forehead Augmentation with a Methyl Methacrylate Onlay Implant Using an Injection-Molding Technique  

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Full Text Available Background The forehead, which occupies about one third of the face, is one of the majordeterminants of a feminine or masculine look. Various methods have been used for the augmentationof the forehead using autologous fat grafts or alloplastic materials. Methylmethacrylate(MMA is the most appropriate material for augmentation of the forehead, and we have usedan injection-molding technique with MMA to achieve satisfactory results.Methods Under local anesthesia with intravenous (IV sedation, an incision was made onthe scalp and a meticulous and delicate subperiosteal dissection was then performed. MMAmonomers and polymers were mixed, the dough was injected into the space created, andmanual molding was performed along with direct inspection. This surgery was indicated forpatients who wanted to correct an unattractive appearance by forehead augmentation. Everypatient in this study visited our clinics 3 months after surgery to evaluate the results. Wejudged the postoperative results in terms of re-operation rates caused by the dissatisfactionof the patients and complications.Results During a 13-year period, 516 patients underwent forehead augmentation with MMA.With the injection-molding technique, the inner surface of the MMA implant is positionedclose to the underlying frontal bone, which minimizes the gap between the implant and bone.The borders of the implant should be tapered sufficiently until no longer palpable or visible.Only 28 patients (5.4% underwent a re-operation due to an undesirable postoperative appearance.Conclusions The injection-molding technique using MMA is a simple, safe, and ideal methodfor the augmentation of the forehead.

Dong Kwon Park

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Improved silicon carbide for advanced heat engines. II - Pressureless sintering and mechanical properties of injection molded silicon carbide  

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The influence on density and strength of pressureless sintering in vacuum and argon environments has been evaluated with injection molded SiC materials. Main effects and two factor interactions of sintering (cycle variables temperature, time, heating rate, and atmosphere) were assessed. An improved understanding of the influence of the processing flaws and sintering conditions has been obtained. Strength and density have improved from a baseline level of 299 MPa (43.3 Ksi) and 94 pct of theoretical density to values greater than 483 MPa (70 Ksi) and 97 pct.

Whalen, Thomas J.; Baer, J. R.

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Wall-slip of highly filled powder injection molding compounds: Effect of flow channel geometry and roughness  

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The paper deals with the rheological behavior of highly filled compounds proceeded via powder injection molding (PIM) and applied in many sectors of industry (automotive, medicine, electronic or military). Online rheometer equipped with slit dies varying in surface roughness and dimensions was applied to investigate the wall-slip as a rheological phenomenon, which can be considered as a parameter indicating the separation of compound components (polymer binder and metallic powder) during high shear rates when injection molded.

Hausnerova, Berenika; Sanetrnik, Daniel [Dept. of Production Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, nám. T.G. Masaryka 5555, 760 01 Zlín, Czech Republic and Centre of Polymer Systems, University Institute, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Nad Ovc (Czech Republic); Paravanova, Gordana [Centre of Polymer Systems, University Institute, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Nad Ovcírnou 3685, 760 01 Zlín (Czech Republic)

2014-05-15

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Wall-slip of highly filled powder injection molding compounds: Effect of flow channel geometry and roughness  

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The paper deals with the rheological behavior of highly filled compounds proceeded via powder injection molding (PIM) and applied in many sectors of industry (automotive, medicine, electronic or military). Online rheometer equipped with slit dies varying in surface roughness and dimensions was applied to investigate the wall-slip as a rheological phenomenon, which can be considered as a parameter indicating the separation of compound components (polymer binder and metallic powder) during high shear rates when injection molded

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Wall-slip of highly filled powder injection molding compounds: Effect of flow channel geometry and roughness  

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The paper deals with the rheological behavior of highly filled compounds proceeded via powder injection molding (PIM) and applied in many sectors of industry (automotive, medicine, electronic or military). Online rheometer equipped with slit dies varying in surface roughness and dimensions was applied to investigate the wall-slip as a rheological phenomenon, which can be considered as a parameter indicating the separation of compound components (polymer binder and metallic powder) during high shear rates when injection molded.

Hausnerova, Berenika; Sanetrnik, Daniel; Paravanova, Gordana

2014-05-01

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Powder Injection Molding for mass production of He-cooled divertor parts  

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A He-cooled divertor for future fusion power plants has been developed at KIT. Tungsten and tungsten alloys are presently considered the most promising materials for functional and structural divertor components. The advantages of tungsten materials lie, e.g. in the high melting point, and low activation, the disadvantages are high hardness and brittleness. The machinig of tungsten, e.g. milling, is very complex and cost-intensive. Powder Injection Molding (PIM) is a method for cost effective mass production of near-net-shape parts with high precision. The complete W-PIM process route is outlined and, results of product examination discussed. A binary tungsten powder feedstock with a grain size distribution in the range 0.7-1.7 ?m FSSS, and a solid load of 50 vol.% was developed. After heat treatment, the successfully finished samples showed promising results, i.e. 97.6% theoretical density, a grain size of approximately 5 ?m, and a hardness of 457 HV0.1.

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Thermal and mechanical behavior of injection molded Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) blends  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: English Abstract in english Aiming the development of high-performance biodegradable polymer materials, the properties and the processing behavior of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), P(3HB), and their blends with poly(epsilon-caprolactone), PCL, have been investigated. The P(3HB) sample, obtained from sugarcane, had a molecular weight [...] of 3.0 x 10(5) g.mol¹, a crystallinity degree of 60%, a glass transition temperature (Tg), at - 0.8 °C, and a melting temperature at 171 °C. The molecular weight of PCL was 0.8 x 10(5) g.mol-1. Specimens of 70/30 wt. (%) P(3HB)/PCL blends obtained by injection molding showed tensile strength of 21.9 (± 0.4) MPa, modulus of 2.2 (± 0.3) GPa, and a relatively high elongation at break, 87 (± 20)%. DSC analyses of this blend showed two Tg´s, at - 10.6 °C for the P(3HB) matrix, and at - 62.9 °C for the PCL domains. The significant decrease on the Tg of P(3HB) evidences a partial miscibility of PCL in P(3HB). According to the Fox equation, the new Tg corresponds to a 92/8 wt. (%) P(3HB)/PCL composition.

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An injection molded microchip for nucleic acid purification from 25 microliter samples using isotachophoresis.  

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We present a novel microchip device for purification of nucleic acids from 25?L biological samples using isotachophoresis (ITP). The device design incorporates a custom capillary barrier structure to facilitate robust sample loading. The chip uses a 2mm channel width and 0.15mm depth to reduce processing time, mitigate Joule heating, and achieve high extraction efficiency. To reduce pH changes in the device due to electrolysis, we incorporated a buffering reservoir physically separated from the sample output reservoir. To reduce dispersion of the ITP-focused zone, we used optimized turn geometries. The chip was fabricated by injection molding PMMA and COC plastics through a commercial microfluidic foundry. The extraction efficiency of nucleic acids from the device was measured using fluorescent quantification, and an average recovery efficiency of 81% was achieved for nucleic acid masses between 250pg and 250ng. The devices were also used to purify DNA from whole blood, and the extracted DNA was amplified using qPCR to show the PCR compatibility of the purified sample. PMID:24485540

Marshall, L A; Rogacs, A; Meinhart, C D; Santiago, J G

2014-02-28

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Eliminating weldlines of an injection-molded part with the aid of high-frequency induction heating  

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High-frequency induction is an efficient way to heat mold surface by non-contact electromagnetic induction. It has been recently applied to injection molding because of its capability to heat and cool mold surface rapidly. This study applies high-frequency induction heating to eliminate weldlines in an injection-molded plastic part. To eliminate or reduce weldlines, the mold temperature at the corresponding weld locations should be maintained higher than the glass transition temperature of the resin material. Through 3 s of induction heating, the maximum temperature of 143 .deg. C is obtained on the mold surface around the elliptic coil, while the temperature of the mold plate is lower than 60 .deg. C. An injection molding experiment is then performed with the aid of induction heating, and the effect of induction heating conditions on the surface appearance of the weldline is investigated. The weldline on the heated region is almost eliminated, from which we can obtain the good surface appearance of the part

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Structural scheme optimization design for the stationary platen of a precision plastic injection molding machine  

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The current development of precision plastic injection molding machines mainly focuses on how to save material and improve precision, but the two aims contradict each other. For a clamp unit, clamping precision improving depends on the design quality of the stationary platen. Compared with the parametric design of stationary platen, structural scheme design could obtain the optimization model with double objectives and multi-constraints. In this paper, a SE-160 precision plastic injection molding machine with 1600 kN clamping force is selected as the subject in the case study. During the motion of mold closing and opening, the stationary platen of SE-160 is subjected to a cyclic loading, which would cause the fatigue rupture of the tie bars in periodically long term operations. In order to reduce the deflection of the stationary platen, the FEA method is introduced to optimize the structure of the stationary platen. Firstly, an optimal topology model is established by variable density method. Then, structural topology optimizations of the stationary platen are done with the removable material from 50%, 60% to 70%. Secondly, the other two recommended optimization schemes are given and compared with the original structure. The result of performances comparison shows that the scheme II of the platen is the best one. By choosing the best alternative, the volume and the local maximal stress of the platen could be decreased, corresponding to cost-saving material and better mechanical properties. This paper proposes a structural optimization design scheme, which can save the material as well as improve the clamping precision of the precision plastic injection molding machine.

Ren, Bin; Zhang, Shuyou; Tan, Jianrong

2014-07-01

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Consumable molding process for super alloys  

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A method of preparing a charge of super alloy material for use in metal casting is disclosed. Thin wall tubes consisting of one of the metallic elements of the alloy material, or an alloy of such element are provided. If an alloy tube is selected, all elements in the tube alloy must also be materials included in the overall formulation of the alloy material. The type and quantity of the materials contained in the tubes is deducted from the quantities set forth in the overall formula and the balance of the formula is melted and poured under vacuum as a core in the tube using the tube as a mold. The resulting master charge is cut into unit charges each of a predetermined weight. These unit charges are then used in a subsequent casting operation by melting the entire unit charge under vacuum to cast precision products of an alloy which consists of the mixed and alloyed materials of both the tube and the core

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Development of production technology by metallic powder injection molding for TiAl-type intermetallic compound with high efficiency  

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Since a TiAl-type intermetallic compound has an excellent high temperature strength and corrosion resistance, in addition to light weight, it is expected to be applicable to the engine parts. However, it is difficult for TiAI to produce a part with a complex shape, and considerable cost will be required. In this study, it was tried to develop a technology for producing TiAl products with high density and high efficiency by using metal powder injection molding (MIM) process. Several kinds of TiAI alloy powders made by the self-propagating high temperature synthesis process were mixed with an organic binder, kneaded and then injection-molded into tensile specimens. These compacts were subjected to the treatment for removing the binder and sintering, resulted in a relative density as high as 97 %. By room and high temperature tensile tests, it was found that, Ti-47.4Al-2.6Cr (at%) has the strength and ductility as those of the conventional processed materials. (author)

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Injection Molding of Titanium Alloy Implant For Biomedical Application Using Novel Binder System Based on Palm Oil Derivatives  

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Full Text Available Problem statement: Titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V has been widely used as an implant for biomedical application. In this study, the implant had been fabricated using high technology of Powder Injection Molding (PIM process due to the cost effective technique for producing small, complex and precision parts in high volume compared with conventional method through machining. Approach: Through PIM, the binder system is one of the most important criteria in order to successfully fabricate the implants. Even though, the binder system is a temporary, but failure in the selection and removal of the binder system will affect on the final properties of the sintered parts. Therefore, the binder system based on palm oil derivative which is palm stearin had been formulated and developed to replace the conventional binder system. Results: The rheological studies of the mixture between the powder and binders system had been determined properly in order to be successful during injection into injection molding machine. After molding, the binder held the particles in place. The binder system had to be removed completely through debinding step. During debinding step, solvent debinding and thermal pyrolysis had been used to remove completely of the binder system. The debound part was then sintered to give the required physical and mechanical properties. The in vitro biocompatibility also was tested using Neutral Red (NR and mouse fibroblast cell lines L-929 for the direct contact assay. Conclusion: The results showed that the properties of the final sintered parts fulfill the Standard Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF 35 for PIM parts except for tensile strength and elongation due to the formation of titanium carbide. The in vitro biocompatibility on the extraction using mouse fibroblast cell line L-929 by means of NR assays showed non toxic for the sintered specimen titanium alloy parts.

R. Ibrahim

2010-01-01

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Three-dimensional ceramic molding process based on microstereolithography for the production of piezoelectric energy harvesters  

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A three-dimensional (3-D) molding process using a master polymer mold produced by microstereolithography has been developed for the production of piezoelectric ceramic elements. In this method, ceramic slurry is injected into a 3-D polymer mold via a centrifugal casting process. The polymer master mold is thermally decomposed so that complex 3-D piezoelectric ceramic elements can be produced. As an example of 3-D piezoelectric ceramic elements, we produced a spiral piezoelectric element that can convert multidirectional loads into a voltage. It was confirmed that a prototype of the spiral piezoelectric element could generate a voltage by applying a load in both parallel and lateral directions in relation to the helical axis. The power output of 123 pW was obtained by applying the maximum load of 2.8N at 2 Hz along the helical axis. In addition, to improve the performance of power generation, we utilized a two-step sintering process to obtain dense piezoelectric elements. As a result, we obtained a sintering body with relative density of 92.8%. Piezoelectric constant d31 of the sintered body attained to -40.0 pC/N. Furthermore we analyzed the open-circuit voltage of the spiral piezoelectric element using COMSOL multiphysics. As a result, it was found that use of patterned electrodes according to the surface potential distribution of the spiral piezoelectric element had a potential to provide high output voltage that was 20 times larger than that of uniform electrodes.

Maruo, Shoji; Sugiyama, Kenji; Daicho, Yuya; Monri, Kensaku

2014-03-01

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Optimization of injection molding process parameters by a hybrid of artificial neural network and artificial bee colony algorithm / Optimización de los parámetros del proceso de inyección de plásticos a través de un híbrido de redes neuronales artificiales y el algoritmo de la colonia artificial de abejas  

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Full Text Available Este estudio presenta un híbrido de redes neuronales artificiales con el algoritmo de la colonia artificial de abejas para optimizar los parámetros del proceso de inyección de plásticos con el objetivo de minimizar la deformación en productos plásticos. Una red neuronal de propagación hacia adelante [...] es empleada para obtener una relación matemática entre los parámetros del proceso y el objetivo a optimizar. El algoritmo de la colonia artificial de abejas es usado para encontrar el conjunto óptimo de valores de los parámetros que resultarían en la solución óptima. Un caso experimental es presentado acoplando simulaciones de Moldflow junto con los esquemas mencionados con el fin de validar el enfoque propuesto. La temperatura del plástico, temperatura del molde, presión de empaque, tiempo de empaque, y tiempo de enfriamiento son consideradas como las variables de diseño. Los resultados revelan que el enfoque propuesto puede eficientemente apoyar a ingenieros a determinar los parámetros óptimos y alcanzar ventajas competitivas en términos de calidad y costos. Abstract in english This paper presents a hybrid of artificial neural networks and artificial bee colony algorithm to optimize the process parameters in injection molding with the aim of minimize warpage of plastic products. A feedforward neural network is employed to obtain a mathematical relationship between the proc [...] ess parameters and the optimization goal. Artificial bee colony algorithm is used to find the optimal set of process parameters values that would result in the optimal solution. An experimental case is presented by coupling Moldflow simulations along with the intelligent schemes in order to validate the proposed approach. Melt temperature, mold temperature, packing pressure, packing time, and cooling time are considered as the design variables. Results revealed the proposed approach can efficiently support engineers to determine the optimal process parameters and achieve competitive advantages in terms of quality and costs.

Alejandro, Alvarado Iniesta; Jorge L., García Alcaraz; ManuelIván, Rodríguez Borbón.

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Feature-based non-manifold modeling system to integrate design and analysis of injection molding products  

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Current CAE systems used for both the simulation of the injection molding process and the structural analysis of plastic parts accept solid models as geometric input. However, abstract models composed of sheets and wireframes are still used by CAE systems to carry out more analyses more efficiently. Therefore, to obtain an adequate abstract model, designers often have to simplify and idealize a detailed model of a part to a specific level of detail and/or abstraction. For such a process, we developed a feature-based design system based on a non-manifold modeling kernel supporting feature-based multi-resolution and multi-abstraction modeling capabilities. In this system, the geometric models for the CAD and CAE systems are merged into a single master model in a non-manifold topological representation, and then, for a given level of detail and abstraction, a simplified solid or non-manifold model is extracted immediately for an analysis. For a design change, the design and analysis models are modified simultaneously. As a result, this feature based design system is able to provide a more integrated environment for the design and analysis of plastic injection molding parts

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The demolding of powder injection molded micro-structures: analysis, simulation and experiment  

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This paper studies the demolding of an array of powder injection molded micro-structures based on a variotherm mold. The demolding of the micro-structures array was analyzed both theoretically and experimentally. Finite element method (FEM) software ABAQUS was used to analyze and simulate the demolding of an array of 24 × 24 (total of 576) micro-structures. It was found that there exists a 'critical temperature' at which the demolding force for the micro-structures array is a minimum. The stress distribution of the micro-structures and demolding force for the micro-structures during the course of demolding were analyzed for both demolding temperatures higher and lower than the critical temperature. Packing pressure and demolding temperature have an apparent impact on the demolding force. A series of demolding force measuring experiments at different packing pressures and demolding temperatures were conducted to verify the theoretical results

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NON-POLLUTING COMPOSITES REPAIR AND REMANUFACTURING FOR MILITARY APPLICATIONS: CO-INJECTION RESIN TRANSFER MOLDING  

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Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) processes have been proven to be cost-effective manufacturing techniques for large composite structures. However, their use has been limited to single resin systems. A large variety of composite structures requires multiple resins to...

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"Surface Transfer/Rear Shrinkage" in Injection Molding-The Mechanism and Possibility of Application to Practical Use  

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In injection molding, the basic method of upgrading the surface quality in molded articles has remained undeveloped. This paper proposed a technique for obtaining sinkmark-free moldings with fine surface under low injection pressure, instead of conventional shrinkage-compensation molding under high pressure. The technique is based on controlling the amount of heat-discharge originated from the difference in contact thermal resistance between a molten polymer/the cavity surface and the melt/the core surface. The temperature difference arising between both of the resin surfaces by controlling the heat discharge, acts as a driving force to move the resin to the lower cavity side from the higher core side. This results in compensating cooling shrinkage only on the cavity side. A pair mold having different surface roughness was firstly used. Its cavity surface was mirror-polished and core surface was blasted. Secondly the following combination of the mold surfaces was tried as expected to be more effective; the wettable and insulating cavity surface, treated with SiO2/the repellent and insulating core surface, treated with teflon-dispersed Ni-plating. The both of the experiments gave us useful information for understanding the idea of new molding technique named "surface transfer/rear shrinkage." In this report we discussed the generation mechanism of the phenomenon and the possibility of developing an effective mold system for practical use.

Iwami, Hiroyuki; Fukuoka, Masayoshi; Saito, Takushi; Hamada, Hiroyuki

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Estudo de caso de peça moldada pelo processo de injeção-compressão para termoplásticos utilizando análise computacional Study of injection-compression molded part using CAE analysis  

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Full Text Available O processamento de termoplásticos através do processo de injeção representa o principal método de fabricação de peças plásticas. Limitações do processo de injeção convencional, principalmente quanto à matéria-prima e configuração e funcionamento das máquinas disponíveis, tornam inviável a produção de produtos com grande área projetada e pequena espessura, como janelas automotivas e alguns tipos de lentes. Paralelamente, o processo de injeção evolui continuamente e há uma série de novas tecnologias geradas a partir do processo original, dentre elas o processo de injeção-compressão. No presente trabalho, utilizando análise computacional, estudou-se a produção de lentes de policarbonato através de dois processos distintos: injeção convencional e processo de injeção-compressão. A seqüência de estudos envolveu basicamente os seguintes pontos: estudo do padrão de preenchimento com conseqüente otimização do processo de injeção-compressão quanto à formação de linha de emenda; estudo da janela de processo para ambos os casos e comparação de alguns parâmetros principalmente tensão de cisalhamento e força de fechamento, por se tratarem de fatores limitantes na produção de peças com grande área projetada. Os resultados para o caso estudado comprovam grande vantagem na utilização do processo de injeção-compressão.The injection-molding of thermoplastics is the main process used in the production of plastics parts. There are some limitations in the conventional injection process, specially related to raw materials, machines configuration and operation, which hamper fabrication of thin parts with large areas such as car windows and lenses. On the other hand, the process has been improved continuously with several new technologies, going beyond the conventional injection molding process, including the "injection-compression" process. In this paper, using CAE (computer aided engineering technology, the author studied the production of PC lens by both processes: conventional injection molding and injection-compression molding. The studies were basically conducted in the following sequence: flow pattern study and optimization of the injection-compression process focusing on the weld line size, molding window study for both cases and comparison of several parameters, particularly shear stress and clamp force - as they are key parameters for the production of large-area parts. The results confirm the advantages of the injection-compression process.

Thyago M. Kiam

2007-03-01

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Estudo de caso de peça moldada pelo processo de injeção-compressão para termoplásticos utilizando análise computacional / Study of injection-compression molded part using CAE analysis  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese O processamento de termoplásticos através do processo de injeção representa o principal método de fabricação de peças plásticas. Limitações do processo de injeção convencional, principalmente quanto à matéria-prima e configuração e funcionamento das máquinas disponíveis, tornam inviável a produção d [...] e produtos com grande área projetada e pequena espessura, como janelas automotivas e alguns tipos de lentes. Paralelamente, o processo de injeção evolui continuamente e há uma série de novas tecnologias geradas a partir do processo original, dentre elas o processo de injeção-compressão. No presente trabalho, utilizando análise computacional, estudou-se a produção de lentes de policarbonato através de dois processos distintos: injeção convencional e processo de injeção-compressão. A seqüência de estudos envolveu basicamente os seguintes pontos: estudo do padrão de preenchimento com conseqüente otimização do processo de injeção-compressão quanto à formação de linha de emenda; estudo da janela de processo para ambos os casos e comparação de alguns parâmetros principalmente tensão de cisalhamento e força de fechamento, por se tratarem de fatores limitantes na produção de peças com grande área projetada. Os resultados para o caso estudado comprovam grande vantagem na utilização do processo de injeção-compressão. Abstract in english The injection-molding of thermoplastics is the main process used in the production of plastics parts. There are some limitations in the conventional injection process, specially related to raw materials, machines configuration and operation, which hamper fabrication of thin parts with large areas su [...] ch as car windows and lenses. On the other hand, the process has been improved continuously with several new technologies, going beyond the conventional injection molding process, including the "injection-compression" process. In this paper, using CAE (computer aided engineering) technology, the author studied the production of PC lens by both processes: conventional injection molding and injection-compression molding. The studies were basically conducted in the following sequence: flow pattern study and optimization of the injection-compression process focusing on the weld line size, molding window study for both cases and comparison of several parameters, particularly shear stress and clamp force - as they are key parameters for the production of large-area parts. The results confirm the advantages of the injection-compression process.

Thyago M., Kiam; Nilson C., Pereira.

2007-03-01

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Influência do desempenho térmico de moldes fabricados com compósito epóxi/alumínio nas propriedades de pp moldado por injeção Thermal behavior of epoxy/aluminum rapid tooling composite during injection molding of polypropylene  

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Full Text Available O surgimento das tecnologias de prototipagem rápida (RP e de ferramental rápido (RT tem despertado interesse da indústria de moldes de injeção. O vazamento de termofixos com cargas metálicas possibilita a construção de moldes usando materiais compósitos, os quais apresentam maior resistência que os utilizados por outras técnicas RT. Neste trabalho foi estudado o comportamento térmico de moldes fabricados em epóxi/alumínio durante a injeção de polipropileno através de avaliações da estrutura e de propriedades mecânicas utilizando difração de raio X e ensaios de dureza e de tração. Os corpos-de-prova injetados no molde em compósito epóxi/alumínio apresentaram pequenas diferenças no grau de cristalinidade das superfícies analisadas e propriedades mecânicas semelhantes aos corpos-de-prova injetados em molde de aço. O estudo mostrou um razoável desempenho térmico do molde compósito durante a injeção de polipropileno evidenciando a viabilidade de utilização destes moldes na produção de pequenas séries de protótipos e de produtos neste termoplástico.rapid prototyping (RP and rapid tooling (RT technologies are gaining increasing importance in the injection molding industry. Casting of resin/metal composites allows the construction of molds with greater resistance than those manufactured by other RT techniques such as Stereolithography. In this work, the thermal behavior of molds manufactured in epoxy/aluminum during the injection molding of polypropylene specimens was investigated. Structural and mechanical characterization of the molded specimens included X ray analysis, hardness and tensile testing. The samples presented small differences in the degree of crystallinity and similar mechanical properties in comparison with samples injected into steel molds. This study showed a reasonable thermal performance of the epoxy/aluminum mold during the injection molding of polypropylene, thus demonstrating the viability of using these molds to produce a few number of prototypes or products with this thermoplastic.

Gean V. Salmoria

2008-09-01

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Influência do desempenho térmico de moldes fabricados com compósito epóxi/alumínio nas propriedades de pp moldado por injeção / Thermal behavior of epoxy/aluminum rapid tooling composite during injection molding of polypropylene  

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Full Text Available O surgimento das tecnologias de prototipagem rápida (RP) e de ferramental rápido (RT) tem despertado interesse da indústria de moldes de injeção. O vazamento de termofixos com cargas metálicas possibilita a construção de moldes usando materiais compósitos, os quais apresentam maior resistência que o [...] s utilizados por outras técnicas RT. Neste trabalho foi estudado o comportamento térmico de moldes fabricados em epóxi/alumínio durante a injeção de polipropileno através de avaliações da estrutura e de propriedades mecânicas utilizando difração de raio X e ensaios de dureza e de tração. Os corpos-de-prova injetados no molde em compósito epóxi/alumínio apresentaram pequenas diferenças no grau de cristalinidade das superfícies analisadas e propriedades mecânicas semelhantes aos corpos-de-prova injetados em molde de aço. O estudo mostrou um razoável desempenho térmico do molde compósito durante a injeção de polipropileno evidenciando a viabilidade de utilização destes moldes na produção de pequenas séries de protótipos e de produtos neste termoplástico. Abstract in english rapid prototyping (RP) and rapid tooling (RT) technologies are gaining increasing importance in the injection molding industry. Casting of resin/metal composites allows the construction of molds with greater resistance than those manufactured by other RT techniques such as Stereolithography. In this [...] work, the thermal behavior of molds manufactured in epoxy/aluminum during the injection molding of polypropylene specimens was investigated. Structural and mechanical characterization of the molded specimens included X ray analysis, hardness and tensile testing. The samples presented small differences in the degree of crystallinity and similar mechanical properties in comparison with samples injected into steel molds. This study showed a reasonable thermal performance of the epoxy/aluminum mold during the injection molding of polypropylene, thus demonstrating the viability of using these molds to produce a few number of prototypes or products with this thermoplastic.

Gean V., Salmoria; Carlos H., Ahrens; Felix A. Y., Villamizar; Aurélio da C., Sabino Netto.

2008-09-01

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Solidification process and infrared image characteristics of permanent mold castings  

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Interdependence between the development of temperature gradients at the solid-liquid interface during solidification of metals and the formation of local defects demands for thermal investigation. In foundry practice thermocouples are used to control the die's overall cooling-rate, but fluctuations in product quality still occur. Capturing FIR- thermograms after opening the die visualizes the state, when most thermal throughput has already flattened the temperature gradients in the mold. Rapid dissipation of heat from liquid metal to the mold during solidification forces further approach of the process investigation by slowing down the heat flux or the use of transparent mold material. Aluminum gravity casting experiments under technical vacuum conditions lead to decelerated solidification by suppression of convection and image sequences containing explicit characteristics that could be assigned to local shrinkage of the casting. Hence relevant clusters are extracted and thermal profiles are drawn from image series, pointing out correlations between feeding performance from the sink heads and the appearance of local defects. Tracing thermal processes in vacuum casting can scarcely be transferred to image data in foundry practice, since only little analogies exist between atmospheric and vacuum casting. The diagnosis of the casting process requires detection of the still closed mold using a transparent silica- aerogel sheet as part of the die. Hereby thermograms of the initial heat input are recorded by adapting a NIR-camera in addition to the FIR-unit. Thus the entire thermal compensation at the joint face for each casting is visualized. This experimental set-up is used for image sequence analysis related to the intermediate casting phases of mold filling, body formation and solidification shrinkage.

Viets, Roman; Breuer, Markus; Haferkamp, Heinz; Kruessel, Thomas; Niemeyer, Matthias

1999-03-01

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Microstructural study of duplex stainless steels obtained by powder injection molding  

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Highlights: • The microstructural evolution of sintered PIM duplex stainless steels was studied. • A destabilization of austenite occurs after sintering at high temperature. • Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) revealed a remaining of 0.5% of austenite. • Ferrite content was also determined employing a magnetic method. -- Abstract: This experimental work is focused on the study of microstructural evolution during sintering of duplex stainless steels (DSS) obtained by powder injection molding (PIM). Ferritic 430L and austenitic 316L stainless steel powders were previously premixed in a 50/50 volume ratio and afterward they were sintered in low vacuum at different temperatures for 1 h. Microstructural analysis of sintered samples was conducted by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a compositional analysis of the alloying elements along different phases was performed by energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDS). Phase transformations were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments, and the magnetic phase content was measured with a ferritoscope. The intensity of the main austenite diffraction peak decreases as sintering temperature increases to finally disappear in the sample sintered at 1100 °C. This destabilization of the austenite is probably related to a high Nickel diffusion detected from austenite to ferrite particles. Moreover, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data were collected to quantify microstructural properties. Several EBSD pattern maps were acquired in order to define the amount of austenite phase. Due to the advantages of this technique a 0.5% of austenite could be detected after sintering at 1200 °C. After sintering process, the austenite content in sintered duplex stainless steels obtained through this processing route was lower than expected. Finally, Bain mechanism was proposed as an explanation to this phase transformation takes place. EBSD technique has been proved to be the most suitable to monitor the microstructure of sintered DSS.

Sotomayor, M.E., E-mail: msotomay@ing.uc3m.es [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carlos III University of Madrid, Avda. Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Kloe, R. de, E-mail: rene.de.kloe@ametek.nl [EDAX B. V., PO Box 4144, 5004 JC Tilburg (Netherlands); Levenfeld, B., E-mail: bll@ing.uc3m.es [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carlos III University of Madrid, Avda. Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Várez, A., E-mail: alvar@ing.uc3m.es [Materials Science and Engineering Department, Carlos III University of Madrid, Avda. Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés (Spain)

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Microstructural study of duplex stainless steels obtained by powder injection molding  

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Highlights: • The microstructural evolution of sintered PIM duplex stainless steels was studied. • A destabilization of austenite occurs after sintering at high temperature. • Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) revealed a remaining of 0.5% of austenite. • Ferrite content was also determined employing a magnetic method. -- Abstract: This experimental work is focused on the study of microstructural evolution during sintering of duplex stainless steels (DSS) obtained by powder injection molding (PIM). Ferritic 430L and austenitic 316L stainless steel powders were previously premixed in a 50/50 volume ratio and afterward they were sintered in low vacuum at different temperatures for 1 h. Microstructural analysis of sintered samples was conducted by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and a compositional analysis of the alloying elements along different phases was performed by energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDS). Phase transformations were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments, and the magnetic phase content was measured with a ferritoscope. The intensity of the main austenite diffraction peak decreases as sintering temperature increases to finally disappear in the sample sintered at 1100 °C. This destabilization of the austenite is probably related to a high Nickel diffusion detected from austenite to ferrite particles. Moreover, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) data were collected to quantify microstructural properties. Several EBSD pattern maps were acquired in order to define the amount of austenite phase. Due to the advantages of this technique a 0.5% of austenite could be detected after sintering at 1200 °C. After sintering process, the austenite content in sintered duplex stainless steels obtained through this processing route was lower than expected. Finally, Bain mechanism was proposed as an explanation to this phase transformation takes place. EBSD technique has been proved to be the most suitable to monitor the microstructure of sintered DSS

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Implementation of Molding Constraints in Topology Optimization  

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In many cases the topology optimization method yield inadmissible solutions in respect to a particular manufacturing process, e.g. injection molding. In the present work it is chosen to focus on the most common injection molding parameters/factors determining the quality of the mold geometry, i.e. uniform thickness, filling of the die and ejection of the molded item, i.e. extrusion. The mentioned injection mold parameters/factors are introduced in the topology optimization by defining a centerline of the initial domain and then penalize elements in respect to the distance to the defined centerline of the domain.

Marx, S.; Kristensen, Anders Schmidt

2009-01-01

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Simulation of ejection of moldings using combination of mold filling and thermo-mechanical analyses  

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The paper deals with simulation of ejection of thermoplastic moldings from an injection mold using a consecutive combination of finite element mold filling and mechanical analyses. A new software system was developed able to predict the ejection forces, deformed shape, stresses and strains during the ejection phase of the injection molding process. A simple case study demonstrates that ejection parameters and even feasibility of the ejection itself are strongly dependent upon geometrical parameters of the moldings and design of the mold and that simple formulas are not adequate for ejection analysis.

Bakharev, Alexander; Astbury, David

2013-05-01

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System for Image-Processing-Based Inspection of a Screw Hole on a Molded Plastic Frame  

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A screw hole is incorrectly molded if the pin on the mold is broken when the plastic is molded by injection molding. Sampling inspection is carried out manually to identify the incorrectly molded screw hole. In the sampling inspection, the incorrectly molded screw hole on the molded plastic frame is rarely overlooked. Therefore, the development of a system for the high-precision identification of the incorrectly molded screw hole is required. The purpose of this study is to develop a screw-hole inspection system that distinguishes between a correctly molded screw hole and an incorrectly molded one. In this paper, a screw-hole inspection system is proposed. There is a need to capture clearly the screw hole on an uneven plastic frame and therefore, a multi-camera system is used. The proposed system consists of several Web cameras with the individual adjustable focus. Moreover, the inspection of the screw holes is performed using an inspection algorithm that is developed for a multi-camera system. When 2548 correctly molded screw holes and 2940 incorrectly molded screw holes were inspected by the proposed system, the inspection success rate was 100.0%. Finally, we have verified its effectiveness by performing an experiment.

Satoh, Hironobu; Takeda, Fumiaki

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Microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe–50%Ni alloy fabricated by powder injection molding  

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Fe–50%Ni soft magnetic alloys were produced by powder injection molding using carbonyl iron and carbonyl nickel as raw materials. The effects of sintering temperature and time on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the alloys were investigated. The results indicate that the magnetic properties are dependent on the microstructure. The densification and grain size of the alloys increase with increasing sintering temperature and time, facilitating the enhancement of permeability and saturation induction, as well as the decrease of coercive force. In the case of the sintering temperature of 1360 °C for 10 h, the relative density of 97% and grain size of 200 ?m were obtained, and the maximum permeability of 43,541, saturation induction of 1.48 T and coercive force of 6.8 A/m were achieved. Further elongation of sintering time did not bring about any increase of densification and grain size. - Highlights: ? High-performance Fe–50%Ni alloy was produced by powder injection molding. ? The magnetic properties were found to be closely related to density and grain size. ? The sintering parameters of Fe–50%Ni alloy were optimized.

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Microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe-50%Ni alloy fabricated by powder injection molding  

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Fe-50%Ni soft magnetic alloys were produced by powder injection molding using carbonyl iron and carbonyl nickel as raw materials. The effects of sintering temperature and time on the microstructure and magnetic properties of the alloys were investigated. The results indicate that the magnetic properties are dependent on the microstructure. The densification and grain size of the alloys increase with increasing sintering temperature and time, facilitating the enhancement of permeability and saturation induction, as well as the decrease of coercive force. In the case of the sintering temperature of 1360 Degree-Sign C for 10 h, the relative density of 97% and grain size of 200 {mu}m were obtained, and the maximum permeability of 43,541, saturation induction of 1.48 T and coercive force of 6.8 A/m were achieved. Further elongation of sintering time did not bring about any increase of densification and grain size. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High-performance Fe-50%Ni alloy was produced by powder injection molding. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The magnetic properties were found to be closely related to density and grain size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sintering parameters of Fe-50%Ni alloy were optimized.

Ma, Jidong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Qin, Mingli, E-mail: mlqin75@hotmail.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhang, Lin; Zhang, Ruijie; Qu, Xuanhui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

2013-03-15

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Gas Atmosphere Formed in Casting by Full Mold Process  

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Full Text Available A test mold was designed to investigate the full mold process. Pressure changes in a gap developing between the pattern made of foamed polystyrene and the raising column of liquid alloy were determined. Studies were conducted pouring molds with cast iron and with AK11 silumin. It was found that pressure is significantly higher in the case of cast iron, due to a higher rate of pattern decomposition and more advanced dissociation of hydrocarbons. The increase in pressure was observed to have no significant effect on changes in the pouring rate as it was compensated by higher metallostatic pressure. The increase of pressure occurs immediately after the start of pouring, it reaches a maximum and then stabilizes or decreases smoothly as a result of the drop in metallostatic pressure. The temperature of pouring has a significant effect on the decomposition rate of hydrocarbons evolving from the metal. During pouring of cast iron, the presence of hydrogen was revealed. It was particularly evident across the gas-permeable coating, where the concentration has exceeded 40%. Hydrogen precipitation was accompanied by an evolution on the casting surface of considerable amounts of pyrolytic carbon. It was found that gases forming in the gap were totally free from oxygen.

Mocek J.

2014-10-01

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DNA barcoding via counterstaining with AT/GC sensitive ligands in injection-molded all-polymer nanochannel devices.  

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Nanochannel technology, coupled with a suitable DNA labeling chemistry, is a powerful approach for performing high-throughput single-molecule mapping of genomes. Yet so far nanochannel technology has remained inaccessible to the broader research community due to high fabrication cost and/or requirement of specialized facilities/skill-sets. In this article we show that nanochannel-based mapping can be performed in all polymer chips fabricated via injection molding: a fabrication process so inexpensive that the devices can be considered disposable. Fluorescent intensity variations can be obtained from molecules extended in the polymer nanochannels via chemical counterstaining against YOYO-1. In particular, we demonstrate that the counterstaining induced fluorescent intensity variations to a large degree appear to be proportional to the theoretically computed sequence-maps of both local AT and GC variation along DNA sequences. PMID:23314250

Østergaard, Peter Friis; Matteucci, Marco; Reisner, Walter; Taboryski, Rafael

2013-02-21

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DNA barcoding via counterstaining with AT/GC sensitive ligands in injection-molded all-polymer nanochannel devices  

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Nanochannel technology, coupled with a suitable DNA labeling chemistry, is a powerful approach for performing high-throughput single-molecule mapping of genomes. Yet so far nanochannel technology has remained inaccessible to the broader research community due to high fabrication cost and/or requirement of specialized facilities/skill-sets. In this article we show that nanochannel-based mapping can be performed in all polymer chips fabricated via injection molding: a fabrication process so inexpensive that the devices can be considered disposable. Fluorescent intensity variations can be obtained from molecules extended in the polymer nanochannels via chemical counterstaining against YOYO-1. In particular, we demonstrate that the counterstaining induced fluorescent intensity variations to a large degree appear to be proportional to the theoretically computed sequence-maps of both local AT and GC variation along DNA sequences.

Østergaard, Peter Friis; Matteucci, Marco

2013-01-01

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Characteristics and infl uence factors of mold fi lling process in permanent mold with a slot gating system  

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Full Text Available The main problems caused by improper gating are entrained aluminum oxide fi lms and entrapped gas. In this study, the slot gating system is employed to improve mold fi lling behavior and therefore, to improve the quality of aluminum castings produced in permanent molds. An equipment as well as operation procedures for real-time X-ray radiography of molten aluminum fl owing into permanent molds have been developed. Graphite molds transparent to X-rays are utilized which make it possible to observe the fl ow pattern through a number of vertically oriented gating systems. The investigation discovers that there are many infl uencing factors on the mold fi lling process. This paper focuses its research on some of the factors, such as the dimensions of the vertical riser and slot thickness, as well as roughness of the coating layer. The results indicate that molten metal can smoothly fi ll into casting cavity with a proper slot gating system. A bigger vertical riser, proper slot thickness and rougher coating can provide not only a better mold fi lling pattern, but also hot melt into the top of the cavity. A proper temperature gradient is obtainable, higher at the bottom and lower at the top of the casting cavity, which is in favor of feeding during casting solidifi cation.

Chen Changjun

2009-11-01

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Influence of mold and substrate material combinations on nanoimprint lithography process: MD simulation approach  

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A molecular dynamics (MD) study was performed to examine the effect of mold-substrate material composition on the pattern transferring and defects of the resist polymer in a thermal Nano Imprint Lithography (NIL) process. As candidate materials, single crystalline nickel (Ni), silicon (Si) and silica (SiO2, ?-quartz) for the rigid mold substrate, and amorphous poly-(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) thin film for the resist were considered for common applications in NIL processes. Three different material compositions of Si mold-Ni substrate, Ni mold-Si substrate, and quartz mold-Ni substrate were considered. In accordance with a real NIL process, a sequence of indentation-relaxation-release processes was quasi-statically simulated using isothermal ensemble simulation on tri-layer molecular structures consisting of a mold, resist, and substrate. To correlate the deformed shape and delamination of PMMA resist from the substrate in indentation and release processes, non-bond interaction energy between a rigid mold and resist was calculated for each combination of mold and substrate materials. The Si mold-Ni substrate combination shows successful pattern transfer to the resist polymer even without an anti-sticking layer as a result of the desirable balance of surface free energy for mold and substrate materials. However, Ni mold-Si substrate combination shows a critical delamination of the resist in the release process due to strong van der Waals adhesion between the resist and Ni mold. Similarly, the quartz mold-Ni substrate combination shows the same delamination in pattern transfer, but the adhesion of the resist to the quartz mold is attributed to electrostatic interaction. In order to provide guidelines for material selection in imprint-like processes where surface adsorption and wetting characteristics are critical design parameters, a simple PMMA-rigid plate model is proposed, with which consistent surface interaction characteristics in the full model NIL process simulation can be obtained.

Yang, Seunghwa; Yu, Suyoung; Cho, Maenghyo

2014-05-01

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Three-Dimensional Numerical Simulation of Mold Filling Process in Compression Resin Transfer Molding  

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Compression resin transfer molding (CRTM) is an effective process for the manufacturing of composite parts with large size and high fiber content, while the existence of open gap, the dynamically changing dimensions of cavity geometry and the deformation of preform during filling process bring great difficulties to the three-dimensional simulation of resin flow in CRTM. In order to develop a convenient and efficient three-dimensional simulation approach for CRTM filling process, a unified mathematical model for resin flow in both open gap and preform is established instead of considering the gap as high permeability preform, then the analysis of the clamping force and stress distribution are presented. In order to avoid direct solving the coupled equations of resin flow and cavity deformation, volume of fluid (VOF) multiphase flow technology and dynamic mesh model are applied to track the resin flow front and update the cavity geometry during filling simulation, respectively. The master-slave element method is used to modify the amount of resin release and ensure the resin mass conservation. The validity of the numerical approach is verified by comparison with analytical and experimental results, three-dimensional simulation examples are also presented.

Yang, Bo; Jin, Tianguo; Li, Jianguang; Bi, Fengyang

2015-04-01

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High Strain Rate Rheometry of Polymer Melts Using an Instrumented Injection Molding Machine  

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A modified servo electric injection molding machine has been used in air-shot mode with capillary dies fitted at the nozzle to examine the rheology of a number of commercial polymers at wall shear strain rates of up to 107 s-1. Shear and extensional flow properties were obtained through the use of long and orifice (close to zero land length) dies of the same diameter. A range of polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene melts have been characterized; good agreement was found between the three techniques used in the ranges where strain rates overlapped. Shear viscosity in polymers with a linear structure were found to exhibit a plateau above approximately 1×106 s-1, whereas this phenomena appeared to occur at higher strain rates or not at all for branched polymers. The extensional component of flow became more significant with increase in strain rate.

Kelly, Adrian; Gough, Tim; Coates, Phil

2008-07-01

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Injection molded chips with integrated conducting polymer electrodes for electroporation of cells  

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We present the design-concept for an all polymer injection molded single use microfluidic device. The fabricated devices comprise integrated conducting polymer electrodes and Luer fitting ports to allow for liquid and electrical access. A case study of low voltage electroporation of biological cells in suspension is presented. The working principle of the electroporation device is based on a focusing of the electric field by means of a constriction in the flow channel for the cells. We demonstrate the use of AC voltage for electroporation by applying a 1 kHz, ±50 V square pulse train to the electrodes and show delivery of polynucleotide fluorescent dye in 46% of human acute monocytic leukemia cells passing the constriction.

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Injection molded chips with integrated conducting polymer electrodes for electroporation of cells  

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We present the design-concept for an all polymer injection molded single use microfluidic device. The fabricated devices comprise integrated conducting polymer electrodes and Luer fitting ports to allow for liquid and electrical access. A case study of low voltage electroporation of biological cells in suspension is presented. The working principle of the electroporation device is based on a focusing of the electric field by means of a constriction in the flow channel for the cells. We demonstrate the use of AC voltage for electroporation by applying a 1 kHz, +/- 50 V square pulse train to the electrodes and show delivery of polynucleotide fluorescent dye in 46% of human acute monocytic leukemia cells passing the constriction.

Andresen, Kristian; Hansen, Morten

2010-01-01

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Injection molded chips with integrated conducting polymer electrodes for electroporation of cells  

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We present the design-concept for an all polymer injection molded single use microfluidic device. The fabricated devices comprise integrated conducting polymer electrodes and Luer fitting ports to allow for liquid and electrical access. A case study of low voltage electroporation of biological cells in suspension is presented. The working principle of the electroporation device is based on a focusing of the electric field by means of a constriction in the flow channel for the cells. We demonstrate the use of AC voltage for electroporation by applying a 1 kHz, ±50 V square pulse train to the electrodes and show delivery of polynucleotide fluorescent dye in 46% of human acute monocytic leukemia cells passing the constriction.

Ødegaard Andresen, Kristian; Hansen, Morten; Matschuk, Maria; Terpager Jepsen, Søren; Schiøtt Sørensen, Henrik; Utko, Pawel; Selmeczi, Dávid; Hansen, Thomas S.; Larsen, Niels B.; Rozlosnik, Noemi; Taboryski, Rafael

2010-05-01

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Internal stresses analysis in electroformed nickel shells for thermoplastics injection mold core (rapid tooling)  

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This study deals with a research field started at the LFI laboratorio de Fabricacion Integrada) of the ULPGC (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). Its aim is to analyse and propose improvements in the electroformed nickel cores manufacture. The main application of these cores is to be used as plastic injection molds. It has been considered an important part of this study taking under consideration internal stresses that appear in the nickel electroformed core. These stresses play a determinant role towards reaching a dimensional and resistant quality standard of the shells, which will be later transformed into cores. The investigation includes not only a theoretic study but also an experimental one. the testing method has the remarkable advantage of a wide industrial application because of its simplicity, low cost and reproducibility of the electrolytic bath actual conditions. (Author) 7 refs

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INJECTION MOLDING AND STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS IN METAL TO PLASTIC CONVERSION OF BOLTED FLANGE JOINT BY CAE  

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Full Text Available Many metal parts in various applications are being replaced by plastic parts. There are several reasons for that depending on actual application - minimize part cost, enhance corrosion resistance, integrating more components into one part etc. Most important steps of metal to plastic conversion are material selection and design of plastic part. Plastic part has to withstand the same load as metal part. To fulfill this requirement fiber reinforced engineering plastics are often used. Also it is convenient to substitute heavy wall sections with ribbed structure to increase load-carrying ability of part and decrease cycle time, eliminate voids, sink marks etc. Mechanical properties of such part could be highly affected by fiber orientation. Results of fiber orientation from injection molding filling analysis can be used in stress analysis for better prediction of part response to mechanical load. Such coupled analysis is performed here in this case study on bolted flange joint.

Marian Blaško

2014-12-01

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Process for cross-linking vinyl chloride resin moldings  

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An impregnation process for radiation cross-linking polymerization is improved by the utilization of a mixed solution of special monomers. This mixed solution consists of single functional substances containing as main ingredients at least one monomer selected from the group of methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate, styrene, alpha methyl styrene etc., and multiple functional substances soluble in the above single functional substances. With this mixture polyvinyl resin moldings are impregnated to undergo irradiation with high energy radiations for cross-linking. Under such conditions, the mechanical properties and the heat resisting properties which could not be obtained in the conventional process of vinyl chloride resin moldings are improved. In embodiments, polyvinyl chloride in the form of sole polymers, copolymers and graft-polymers can be used, if they do not dissolve in the single functional monomers. The period of impregnation time depends upon the thickness of the moldings and is adjustable to the fabrication of a plastic composite for cross-linking only its surface portions. The irradiation can be effected in air under normal temperature and pressure. The radiation doses are limited to the range between the formation of cross-linking and the deterioration of polymers, generally 105-107 rads. In one example, a sheet 1 mm thick produced by rolling vinyl chloride resin compositions was impregnated with a mixed solution of methyl methacrylate and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate in various blending proportions. After impregnation, the sheet was irradiated by a Cockcroft electron accelerator in air at 200C with 5 x 106 rads. (Iwakiri, K.)

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Development of homogeneous filling method of particulate materials into compression mold for nuclear fuel process  

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In order to improve the production technology of mixed oxide of plutonium and uranium (MOX) pellets for Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR), the applicability of particle simulation to optimize mold-filling process, instead of trial and error experiments, was investigated. The mold-filling simulation was prepared employing large scale Distinct Element Method (DEM), which has been developed in powder technology. The DEM simulation was conducted using physical properties of tungsten trioxide (WO3) granules, which are model of MOX granules, and compared with results of mold-filling experiments with WO3 granules. The simulation could well represent the mold-filling behavior, and estimate the degree of segregation in the mold. It was found that the segregation in feeding container and the flow behavior of granules filled into the mold influences much on the packed structure of granules in the mold. The DEM is expected to be a powerful tool to optimize MOX fuel production process. (author)

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MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF INJECTION-MOLDED FOAMED WHEAT STRAW FILLED HDPE BIOCOMPOSITES: THE EFFECTS OF FILLER LOADING AND COUPLING AGENT CONTENTS  

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Full Text Available This study investigated the effect of filler loading and coupling agent contents on the densities and mechanical properties of injection-molded foamed biocomposites. Biocomposite pellets were manufactured using wheat straw flour, maleic anhydrite grafted polyethylene (MAPE, paraffin wax, and high-density polyethylene (HDPE with an extrusion process. Pellets and the chemical foaming agent (azodicarbonamide were dry-mixed and foamed in an injection-molding machine. Densities and mechanical properties of the foamed biocomposites samples were measured and analyzed using central composite design (CCD. The results showed that both filler loading and coupling agent contents affected the density and mechanical properties of foamed biocomposites. Densities in the range of 0.57 to 0.81 gr cm-3 were achieved. Best results were obtained when less than 20% wheat straw flour and 1% coupling agent content were used. The flexural modulus and tensile modulus of foamed biocomposites were improved with increasing filler loading. However, flexural strength, tensile strength, elongation at break, and impact strength values were diminished. The tensile strength of the biocomposites was positively affected by CA contents, but other mechanical properties were not affected by it. Overall, injection molded foamed biocomposites with moderate mechanical properties were produced.

Fatih Mengeloglu,

2012-06-01

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Thermal Properties of Extruded Injection-Molded Polycaprolactone/Gluten Bioblends Characterized by TGA, DSC, SEM and Infrared Photoacoustic Spectroscopy  

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In order to determine the degree of compatibility between Polycaprolactone resin (PCL) and vital wheat gluten (VG), PCL was compounded with VG at 90:10, 80:20, 70:30, 60:40, 50:50, and 30:70. The composites were blended by extrusion followed by injection molding. Thermal, morphological, and struct...

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CONVERSION OF WIND POWER TO HYDROGEN FUEL: DESIGN OF AN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SYSTEM FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING FACILITY  

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Injection molding plants are large consumers of electricity. At its current level of operations, Harbec Plastics (Ontario, NY) uses about 2,000,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. Based on the US average fuel mix, approximately 1.5 pounds of CO2...

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Optimization of powder injection molding of feedstock based on aluminum oxide and multicomponent water-soluble polymer binder.  

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Ro?. 51, ?. 7 (2011), s. 1376-1382. ISSN 0032-3888 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA103/08/1307 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20600510 Keywords : powder injection molding * viscosity * thermogravimetric analysis Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics Impact factor: 1.302, year: 2011

Hausnerová, B.; Marcaníková, L.; Filip, Petr; Sáha, P.

2011-01-01

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Fabrication of a polyurethane acrylate/polyimide-based polymer mold for a hot embossing process.  

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A high-thermal-resistance polymer-based flexible imprint mold was developed to be used in a hot embossing process. This mold was readily replicated in a UV curing imprint process and can be used as a mold for hot embossing and thermally curing imprint processes. The nano-sized pattern of this mold was not degraded by soaking at 350 degrees C for 10 min and the pattern fidelity was maintained after 10 separate cyclic heating tests between 0 degrees C and 350 degrees C. The substrate of this flexible mold was PI film, and a UV-cured polyurethane acrylate (PUA) layer was used to form the nano-scale patterns. The durability of this polymeric mold was tested by repetitive hot embossing processes. Nano-scale patterns of the mold were readily transferred to a PMMA layer coated onto a Si substrate by hot embossing lithography at 180 degrees C. After 10 cycles of hot embossing processes, no damage or degradation was observed in the flexible polymer mold. Using this polymer mold, patterns as small as 50 nm were successfully transferred to a Si substrate. Due to the flexibility of the polymer mold, nano-scale patterns were successfully transferred to a non-flat acryl substrate by hot embossing lithography. PMID:22849136

Kim, Kang-In; Han, Kang-Soo; Yang, Ki-Yeon; Kim, Hyeong-Seok; Lee, Heon

2012-04-01

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Hybrid tooling technologies and standardization for the manufacturing of inserts for micro injection molding  

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This paper is based on the European Platform’s activities within the 4M Network of Excellence “Multi-Material Micro Manufacturing”. To overpass limitations of the current existing micro tooling capabilities, a new generation of micro hybrid tooling technologies for micro replication was developed. A metrological approach was applied to standardize the employed tooling processes (micro milling, µEDM, laser micromachining, electrochemical µ-milling). The micro tools were then tested with different polymers (PP, PP + nano fillers, PC, COC). The paper provides a comparison of these technologies concerning obtainable feature sizes, surface finish, and aspect ratios of both micro tools and micro molded parts.

Tosello, Guido; Fillon, Bertrand

2007-01-01

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Metal injection molding as enabling technology for the production of metal prosthesis components: electrochemical and in vitro characterization.  

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Industrial manufacturing of prosthesis components could take significant advantage by the introduction of new, cost-effective manufacturing technologies with near net-shape capabilities, which have been developed during the last years to fulfill the needs of different technological sectors. Among them, metal injection molding (MIM) appears particularly promising for the production of orthopedic arthroplasty components with significant cost saving. These new manufacturing technologies, which have been developed, however, strongly affect the chemicophysical structure of processed materials and their resulting properties. In order to investigate this relationship, here we evaluated the effects on electrochemical properties, ion release, and in vitro response of medical grade CoCrMo alloy processed via MIM compared to conventional processes. MIM of the CoCrMo alloy resulted in coarser polygonal grains, with largely varying sizes; however, these microstructural differences between MIM and forged/cast CoCrMo alloys showed a negligible effect on electrochemical properties. Passive current densities values observed were 0.49 µA cm(-2) for MIM specimens and 0.51 µA cm(-2) for forged CoCrMo specimens, with slightly lower transpassive potential in the MIM case; open circuit potential and Rp stationary values showed no significant differences. Moreover, in vitro biocompatibility tests resulted in cell viability levels not significantly different for MIM and conventionally processed alloys. Although preliminary, these results support the potential of MIM technology for the production of CoCrMo components of implantable devices. PMID:23661502

Melli, Virginia; Rondelli, Gianni; Sandrini, Enrico; Altomare, Lina; Bolelli, Giovanni; Bonferroni, Benedetta; Lusvarghi, Luca; Cigada, Alberto; De Nardo, Luigi

2013-10-01

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An opto-chemical assay for mold detection in processing tomatoes  

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Fungal (mold) contamination is an important indicator of low quality raw product or unsanitary processing conditions in the food industry. A quantitative lectin assay was developed that was less expensive, faster, and more precise than the industry standard Howard mold count. This assay, based on a fluorescent-labeled lectin isolated from wheat germ, has a selective affinity for the chitin in fungal cell walls. Assay values had high linear correlations (from r 2 = .72 to r2 = .99) with fungal biomass for ten fungal species of greatest importance to the California processing tomato industry. One hundred raw tomato juice samples with natural mold infections were collected, as part of the normal California processing tomato inspection program, from commercial processing tomato loads. The raw juice samples were sent to four processor quality control laboratories, where an industry standard Howard mold count was conducted on blind triplicates of each of the samples. The lectin assay was also conducted on blind replicates of the raw juice samples. The correlation between the lectin assay and the Howard mold count (r = .85) was as strong as the correlation between the Howard mold counts for two facilities. The assay had significantly better (alpha = .01) precision than the Howard mold count, with an average coefficient of variation of 8%, compared with 38% for the Howard mold count. The assay is objective, can be conducted in under six minutes, and has the potential to replace mold testing in both raw and processed products.

Potts, Steven James

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Phenolic Molding Compounds  

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Phenolic Molding Compounds continue to exhibit well balanced properties such as heat resistance, chemical resistance, dimensional stability, and creep resistance. They are widely applied in electrical, appliance, small engine, commutator, and automotive applications. As the focus of the automotive industry is weight reduction for greater fuel efficiency, phenolic molding compounds become appealing alternatives to metals. Current market volumes and trends, formulation components and its impact on properties, and a review of common manufacturing methods are presented. Molding processes as well as unique advanced techniques such as high temperature molding, live sprue, and injection/compression technique provide additional benefits in improving the performance characterisitics of phenolic molding compounds. Of special interest are descriptions of some of the latest innovations in automotive components, such as the phenolic intake manifold and valve block for dual clutch transmissions. The chapter also characterizes the most recent developments in new materials, including long glass phenolic molding compounds and carbon fiber reinforced phenolic molding compounds exhibiting a 10-20-fold increase in Charpy impact strength when compared to short fiber filled materials. The role of fatigue testing and fatigue fracture behavior presents some insight into long-term reliability and durability of glass-filled phenolic molding compounds. A section on new technology outlines the important factors to consider in modeling phenolic parts by finite element analysis and flow simulation.

Koizumi, Koji; Charles, Ted; de Keyser, Hendrik

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Determinação da redução da resistência à tração em corpos de prova com Weld Line / Determination of reduction of the weld line strength in injection molded  

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Full Text Available SciELO Brazil | Language: Portuguese Abstract in portuguese Neste trabalho objetivou-se determinar a redução da resistência à tração de corpos de prova com linhas de solda. Os corpos de prova ASTM foram moldados pelo processo de injeção com diferentes temperaturas de plastificação (180 ºC a 280 ºC). O material utilizado foi o polímero termoplástico Polystyro [...] l 158 K da Basf. Este estudo relaciona as linhas de solda em produtos moldados por injeção com a redução da resistência mecânica devido a fragilização na região da linha de solda. Para o desenvolvimento deste trabalho foi projetado e desenvolvido um molde de injeção com uma cavidade em forma de corpo de prova com canal de ataque pelas extremidades. Desta forma no momento da junção dos fluxos obtêm-se uma linha de solda no centro do corpo de prova. Os parâmetros do processo de injeção foram determinados a partir de um aplicativo comercial. A temperatura do molde e o tempo de injeção permaneceram constantes. O tempo de solidificação do material foi determinado analiticamente, considerando-se o centro do corpo de prova como referência. Foram injetados dez corpos de prova em cada uma das temperaturas. Foi observada de forma clara a existência de linhas de junção no centro da peça e as condições de processo utilizadas não permitiram a formação de linha de solda fria. Após a realização dos ensaios de tração, foi determinado que a tensão de ruptura decresce nas seguintes condições: com a diminuição da temperatura de injeção e do tempo de solidificação e com o aumento da trinca. A ruptura sempre ocorreu na linha de solda. Abstract in english In this paper, the purpose is to determine the weld line strength in injection molded samples. The ASTM standard dogbone-shaped samples were molded over a range of melt temperatures (180 ºC up to 280 ºC). The plastic used was a commercial grade of polystyrene (PS), BASF Polystyrol 158K. This study l [...] inks weld lines in parts by injection molding with mechanical strength reduction due to embrittling effect in weld-line region. A single-cavity mold double-gated was used to generate ASTM D638 Type I tensile specimens. The double-gated and runner allow the parts to be molded with weld line. The injection process parameters were determined by imputing resin, machine and geometry information into a CAE software package. The mold temperature and fill time were maintaining the same. The frozen time was determined by analytic equation, which considers the center of the thickness as reference. For each melt temperature 10 samples were tested. The weld line was clearly noted in the centre of the samples and the process condition set avoided the cold weld line. By the strength tests were possible to realize that lower the injection temperature lower the frozen time and higher the length of the crack. Then low injection temperature leads to low maximum strength. The fracture always occurs in the weld line.

R.P., Bom; A.F., Kalin.

2008-06-01

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Dielectric elastomer actuators fabricated using a micro-molding process  

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All-polymer dielectric elastomer actuators have been manufactured using a micro-molding fabrication process. The actuators are multilayer beams made of three conductive and two dielectric elastomer layers. By applying an electrical potential between two of the neighboring conductive electrodes, a stress is generated, which leads to an asymmetric axial strain and, therefore, bending. Bidirectional actuation is achieved by changing the pair of electrodes across which the potential is applied. A 100 ?m wide, 40 ?m thick, and 1000 ?m long actuator demonstrated tip displacement as high as 318 ?m at 1.1 kV with an electrical power consumption of 10 ?W. Experimental results validate a two-dimensional ANSYS model that is also used to explore the effects of further decreasing layer thickness and relative electrode thickness on DEA performance.

Gerratt, Aaron P.; Balakrisnan, Bavani; Penskiy, Ivan; Bergbreiter, Sarah

2014-05-01

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Fabrication and characterization of injection molded poly ({epsilon}-caprolactone) and poly ({epsilon}-caprolactone)/hydroxyapatite scaffolds for tissue engineering  

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In this study, poly({epsilon}-caprolactone) (PCL)/sodium chloride (NaCl), PCL/poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/NaCl and PCL/PEO/NaCl/hydroxyapatite (HA) composites were injection molded and characterized. The water soluble and sacrificial polymer, PEO, and NaCl particulates in the composites were leached by deionized water to produce porous and interconnected microstructures. The effect of leaching time on porosity, and residual contents of NaCl and NaCl/HA, as well as the effect of HA addition on mechanical properties was investigated. In addition, the biocompatibility was observed via seeding human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) on PCL and PCL/HA scaffolds. The results showed that the leaching time depends on the spatial distribution of sacrificial PEO phase and NaCl particulates. The addition of HA has significantly improved the elastic (E Prime ) and loss moduli (E Double-Prime ) of PCL/HA scaffolds. Human MSCs were observed to have attached and proliferated on both PCL and PCL/HA scaffolds. Taken together, the molded PCL and PCL/HA scaffolds could be good candidates as tissue engineering scaffolds. Additionally, injection molding would be a potential and high throughput technology to fabricate tissue scaffolds. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer PCL/NaCl, PCL/PEO/NaCl and PCL/PEO/NaCl/HA composites were injection molded. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Leaching time depends on the distribution of PEO phase and NaCl particulates. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The elastic and loss moduli of PCL/HA scaffolds have significantly improved. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Human hMSCs have attached, survived and proliferated well on PCL and PCL/HA scaffolds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Molded PCL and PCL/HA scaffolds could be good candidates for tissue engineering.

Cui Zhixiang [Zhengzhou University, Henan (China); Nelson, Brenton; Peng, YiYan [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Li Ke [South China University of Technology, Guangzhou (China); Pilla, Srikanth; Li Wanju [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin (United States); Turng, Lih-Sheng, E-mail: turng@engr.wisc.edu [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin (United States); South China University of Technology, Guangzhou (China); Huazhong University of Science of Technology, Wuhan (China); Shen Changyu, E-mail: shency@zzu.edu.cn [Zhengzhou University, Henan (China)

2012-08-01

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Measurement Of Thermal Contact Resistance Between The Mold And The Polymer For The Stretch-blow Molding Process  

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In the stretch-blow molding process, the heat transfer between the polymer and the mold is of prime interest. Although the time of contact is very short (typically around 0.5 s), the heat transfer affects the mechanical properties of the bottle, and the quality of final parts. In order to model heat transfers at the interface, a classical approach — generally adopted in numerical softwares — is to impose the heat flux density boundary condition thanks to a parameter called Thermal Contact Resistance (TCR). This paper focuses on describing the experimental method developed in order to measure evolution of this thermal parameter (TCR) versus time, as well as results obtained on the CROMeP blowing machine. In this study, a mold has been instrumented with two different sensors. The first probe allows to estimate the heat flux density and temperature at the mold surface temperature, using a linear inverse heat condution problem (Function Specification Method). The second device is used to measure the surface temperature of the PET during the blowing. This measurement is non intrusive, and can be applied within an industrial environment during the blowing step. In addition, air pressure inside the preform is also measured during the blowing. This work is part of the European project "APT_PACK" (Advanced knowledge of Polymer deformation for Tomorrow's PACKaging).

Bordival, M.; Schmidt, F. M.; Le Maoult, Y.; Coment, E.

2007-04-01

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Thermal shock behavior of tungsten based alloys manufactured via powder injection molding  

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The focus of this work is to address mechanical strength and recrystallization resistance through thermal shock investigation of newly developed fine grained tungsten base materials (i.e., pure tungsten and two doped tungsten-grades incorporating either 1 or 5 vol%Y2O3 produced via powder injection molding (PIM)). Therefore, repetitive ELM (edge localized mode)-like loads (n = 100) were applied by means of an electron beam at various temperatures between RT and 400C (673 K) with a pulse duration of 1 ms and an absorbed power density of up to 1.13 GW/m{sup 2}. The microstructural properties, e.g. grain size, and Y2O3-particle distribution, were correlated with crack formation at a certain temperature, the crack propagation direction towards the bulk material and the amount of plastic deformation/surface roughening at higher temperatures. Thereby, it was shown that W-1 vol%Y2O3 outperformed all other investigated grades and reference materials from literature.

Pintsuk, G. [Forschungszentrum Juelich, EURATOM-Association, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Blagoeva, D. Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group NRG, PO Box 25, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands)); Opschoor, J. [Energy research Centre of the Netherlands ECN, P.O. Box 1, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands)

2013-11-15

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Thermal shock behavior of tungsten based alloys manufactured via powder injection molding  

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The focus of this work is to address mechanical strength and recrystallization resistance through thermal shock investigation of newly developed fine grained tungsten base materials (i.e., pure tungsten and two doped tungsten-grades incorporating either 1 or 5 vol%Y2O3 produced via powder injection molding (PIM)). Therefore, repetitive ELM (edge localized mode)-like loads (n = 100) were applied by means of an electron beam at various temperatures between RT and 400 °C (673 K) with a pulse duration of 1 ms and an absorbed power density of up to 1.13 GW/m2. The microstructural properties, e.g. grain size, and Y2O3-particle distribution, were correlated with crack formation at a certain temperature, the crack propagation direction towards the bulk material and the amount of plastic deformation/surface roughening at higher temperatures. Thereby, it was shown that W–1 vol%Y2O3 outperformed all other investigated grades and reference materials from literature

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Thermal shock behavior of tungsten based alloys manufactured via powder injection molding  

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The focus of this work is to address mechanical strength and recrystallization resistance through thermal shock investigation of newly developed fine grained tungsten base materials (i.e., pure tungsten and two doped tungsten-grades incorporating either 1 or 5 vol%Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} produced via powder injection molding (PIM)). Therefore, repetitive ELM (edge localized mode)-like loads (n = 100) were applied by means of an electron beam at various temperatures between RT and 400 °C (673 K) with a pulse duration of 1 ms and an absorbed power density of up to 1.13 GW/m{sup 2}. The microstructural properties, e.g. grain size, and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-particle distribution, were correlated with crack formation at a certain temperature, the crack propagation direction towards the bulk material and the amount of plastic deformation/surface roughening at higher temperatures. Thereby, it was shown that W–1 vol%Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} outperformed all other investigated grades and reference materials from literature.

Pintsuk, G., E-mail: g.pintsuk@fz-juelich.de [Forschungszentrum Jülich, EURATOM-Association, D-52425 Jülich (Germany); Blagoeva, D. [Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group, P.O. Box 25, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands); Opschoor, J. [ECN, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands, P.O. Box 1, 1755 ZG Petten (Netherlands)

2013-11-15

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Model and simulation for melt flow in micro-injection molding based on the PTT model  

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Unsteady viscoelastic flows were studied using the finite element method in this work. The Phan-Thien–Tanner (PTT) model was used to represent the rheological behavior of viscoelastic fluids. To effectively describe the microscale effects, the slip boundary condition and surface tension were added to the mathematical model for melt flow in micro-injection molding. The new variational equation of pressure, including the viscoelastic parameters and slip boundary condition, was generalized using integration by parts. A computer code based on the finite element method and finite difference method was developed to solve the melt flow problem. Numerical simulation revealed that the melt viscoelasticity plays an important role in the prediction of melt pressure, temperature at the gate and the succeeding melt front advancement in the cavity. Using the viscoelastic model one can also control the rapid increase in simulated pressure, temperature, and reduce the filling difference among different cavities. The short shot experiments of micro-motor shaft showed that the predicted melt front from the viscoelastic model is in fair agreement with the corresponding experimental results

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Metallurgical characterization of orthodontic brackets produced by Metal Injection Molding (MIM).  

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The aim of this study was to investigate the bonding base surface morphology, alloy type, microstructure, and hardness of four types of orthodontic brackets produced by Metal Injection Molding technology (Discovery, Extremo, Freedom, and Topic). The bonding base morphology of the brackets was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Brackets from each manufacturer were embedded in epoxy resin, and after metallographic grinding, polishing and coating were analyzed by x-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopic (EDS) microanalysis to assess their elemental composition. Then, the brackets were subjected to metallographic etching to reveal their metallurgical structure. The same specimen surfaces were repolished and used for Vickers microhardness measurements. The results were statistically analyzed with one-way analysis of variance and Student-Newman-Keuls multiple comparison test at the 0.05 level of significance. The findings of SEM observations showed a great variability in the base morphology design among the brackets tested. The x-ray EDS analysis demonstrated that each bracket was manufactured from different ferrous or Co-based alloys. Metallographic analysis showed the presence of a large grain size for the Discovery, Freedom, and Topic brackets and a much finer grain size for the Extremo bracket. Vickers hardness showed great variations among the brackets (Topic: 287 +/- 16, Freedom: 248 +/- 13, Discovery: 214 +/- 12, and Extremo: 154 +/- 9). The results of this study showed that there are significant differences in the base morphology, composition, microstructure, and microhardness among the brackets tested, which may anticipate significant clinical implications. PMID:16448250

Zinelis, Spiros; Annousaki, Olga; Makou, Margarita; Eliades, Theodore

2005-11-01

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Injection molding of ceramic filled polypropylene: The effect of thermal conductivity and cooling rate on crystallinity  

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Highlights: • BN, talc and TiO{sub 2} in 30 vol% were compounded with polypropylene matrix. • According to the DSC measurements, the fillers are good nucleating agents. • The thermal conductivity of the fillers influences the cooling rate of the melt. • The higher the cooling rate is, the lower the crystallinity in the polymer matrix. - Abstract: Three different nano- and micro-sized ceramic powders (boron-nitride (BN), talc and titanium-dioxide (TiO{sub 2})) in 30 vol% have been compounded with a polypropylene (PP) matrix. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows that the particles are dispersed smoothly in the matrix and larger aggregates cannot be discovered. The cooling gradients and the cooling rate in the injection-molded samples were estimated with numerical simulations and finite element analysis software. It was proved with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements that the cooling rate has significant influence on the crystallinity of the compounds. At a low cooling rate BN works as a nucleating agent so the crystallinity of the compound is higher than that of unfilled PP. On the other hand, at a high cooling rate, the crystallinity of the compound is lower than that of unfilled PP because of its higher thermal conductivity. The higher the thermal conductivity is, the higher the real cooling rate in the material, which influences the crystallization kinetics significantly.

Suplicz, A.; Szabo, F.; Kovacs, J.G., E-mail: kovacs@pt.bme.hu

2013-12-20

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Injection molding of ceramic filled polypropylene: The effect of thermal conductivity and cooling rate on crystallinity  

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Highlights: • BN, talc and TiO2 in 30 vol% were compounded with polypropylene matrix. • According to the DSC measurements, the fillers are good nucleating agents. • The thermal conductivity of the fillers influences the cooling rate of the melt. • The higher the cooling rate is, the lower the crystallinity in the polymer matrix. - Abstract: Three different nano- and micro-sized ceramic powders (boron-nitride (BN), talc and titanium-dioxide (TiO2)) in 30 vol% have been compounded with a polypropylene (PP) matrix. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows that the particles are dispersed smoothly in the matrix and larger aggregates cannot be discovered. The cooling gradients and the cooling rate in the injection-molded samples were estimated with numerical simulations and finite element analysis software. It was proved with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements that the cooling rate has significant influence on the crystallinity of the compounds. At a low cooling rate BN works as a nucleating agent so the crystallinity of the compound is higher than that of unfilled PP. On the other hand, at a high cooling rate, the crystallinity of the compound is lower than that of unfilled PP because of its higher thermal conductivity. The higher the thermal conductivity is, the higher the real cooling rate in the material, which influences the crystallization kinetics significantly

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Optimizing the fabrication process of a high-efficiency blazed grating through diamond scribing and molding  

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This paper presents the experimental investigation of an optimal hot embossing process to prevent the nanoscale thermal deformation of microstructures replicated from the electroless Ni mold fabricated by the diamond tool-interfered scribing method. A polymer-based PMMA was replicated from the mold with the blazed profile: period 2.0 µm and depth 0.2 µm. The molding conditions, the applying pressure (Pm), molding temperature (Tm) and demolding temperature (Td) were chosen as experiment parameters. In terms of the quality of surface smoothness, profile, sharp edge, surface roughness and optical performance of the replica, the conditions, Pm = 0.9 MPa, Tm = 150 °C and Td = 20 °C, showed a best results. From optical testing, diffraction efficiency of the replica was measured, 87.6%, and the replica molded in other conditions showed a noticeable efficiency drop due to the molding error.

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Quality Prediction Model of Injection-Molded Rib Design using Back-Propagation Network  

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Full Text Available In this study, an analytical model of a rectangular thermoplastic ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene plastic cover with rib of a given thickness (2.8 mm was introduced and the dimensions as well as width of the rib were selected as the control factors for simulation. Additionally, the deflection under a constant force of 150 Newton at the back centre of the cover was defined as quality characteristic. Moreover, the L9(34 orthogonal array for four factors and three levels from Taguchi method was additionally considered to layout the 34 = 81 sets of full simulations. By commencing the BPN (Back-Propagation Network to learn the selected 45 sets of simulated results. The remaining 36 sets of simulated results are then employed to verify and construct a quality predictor of rib design. Considering the learning rate as 1 and momentum factor as 0.5, the results of 20000 times of BPN training through a hidden layer indicated that the accuracy of deflection prediction reached 95.87%. In this study, the full FEM (Finite Element Method simulated results from the 81 sets of combinations layout by Taguchi method are learned and verified by BPN for the design of injection-molded rib. It is shown that the quality of a plastic rib can surely be effectively found with the proposed economic and prospective BPN. This study exactly contributes an economical technique to the quality prediction of rib design for plastic injection industry in minimizing the development period of a new product.

Tian-Syung Lan

2009-01-01

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Constante de mola de molas cerâmicas injetadas a baixa pressão / Spring constant of low-pressure injection molded ceramic springs  

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Full Text Available A dificuldade de usinagem de peças cerâmicas já sinterizadas é muito grande, principalmente devido à dureza e fragilidade destes materiais, o que implica em altos custos de produção. Por isso, grandes esforços tem sido feitos no sentido de melhorar os processos de conformação a verde existentes, ou [...] criar novos processos que permitam a obtenção de peças cada vez mais próximas do formato final desejado. Produzir peças cerâmicas com formatos complexos, livres de defeitos, é uma tarefa que implica em grandes dificuldades. Molas cerâmicas possuem formatos extremamente difíceis de serem moldados e, conseqüentemente, atualmente são produzidas comercialmente molas cerâmicas pelo processo de usinagem, geralmente a um custo elevado. Uma alternativa para a produção de molas cerâmicas é a moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão. Para o desenvolvimento de molas cerâmicas para aplicações tecnológicas, é necessário, além de obter peças íntegras e livres de defeitos, aferir algumas de suas propriedades, como a constante de mola. Uma vez que estas molas encontram aplicação em altas temperaturas, torna-se imprescindível realizar a medida da resistência imposta pela mola à deformação elástica em diferentes temperaturas. Para tanto, este trabalho propõem a montagem de um sistema para a medição da constante de mola de molas cerâmicas injetadas a baixa pressão, tanto à temperatura ambiente como em altas temperaturas, usando o método dinâmico da excitação por impulso para medir a frequência de vibração da mola suspensa no interior de um forno. Para ilustrar a aplicação desta técnica são apresentados resultados obtidos para uma mola helicoidal de alumina, da temperatura ambiente até 1100 ºC. Abstract in english The machining of sintered ceramic parts is a difficult process, mainly due to the hardness and brittleness of these materials, which implies in high production costs. Therefore, great efforts have been made to improve the forming processes of green ceramics, or create new processes to obtain the nea [...] r net shape parts. The production of ceramic parts with complex shapes, free of defects, is a task that involves great difficulties. Ceramic springs exhibits shapes extremely difficult to be molded and therefore are currently commercially produced mainly by machining, a process which is difficult and expensive. An alternative for the production of ceramic springs is by low-pressure injection molding. For the development of ceramic springs for technological applications, it is required in addition to getting parts intact and free of defects, to measure some of its properties, including the spring constant. Since these springs are usually applied at high temperatures, it becomes important to carry out the measurement of resistance imposed by the spring to elastic deformation at different temperatures. Accordingly, in this work we describe the assembly of an experiment for the measurement of the spring constant of low-pressure injection molded ceramic springs, both at ambient temperature and at high temperatures, using the dynamic impulse excitation method to measure the frequency of vibration of a suspended spring inside a furnace. Results are presented for a helical spring of alumina from room temperature to1100 ºC to illustrate the application of this technique.

R. A., Barbieri; J. E., Zorzi.

2011-12-01

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Microstructure and mechanical properties of high Nb containing TiAl alloy parts fabricated by metal injection molding  

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Metal injection molding (MIM) process was applied to fabricate parts of high Nb containing TiAl alloys with a nominal composition of Ti-45Al-8.5Nb-0.2W-0.2B-0.02Y (at.%), and the effects of sintering parameters on their microstructures and mechanical properties, as well as the fractographies after tensile tests were investigated. Results show that for sintering of the alloy in vacuum, effective densification took place in the temperature range 1460-1480 deg. C. Sintering at too high a temperature or too long a time will result in distortion or warpage of the sintered body or coarsening of the lamellar colony. When the optimum sintering parameters (1480 deg. C, 2 h) were chosen, the alloy with the relative density of 96.2% was obtained. The microstructure was homogenous and fine-grained near lamellar structure, consisting of ?2/? lamellar colonies with an average size of 60 ?m, small amounts of ? phase, few boride rods and yttrium oxide precipitates. Its compressive strength, compressibility, ultimate tensile strength and plastic elongation were 2839 MPa, 34.9%, 382 MPa and 0.46%, respectively. At tensile tests, translamellar fracture was the predominant mode and the microcracks often originated from pores and the interfaces of borides/matrix and ? phase/matrix.

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Effect of mixing on the rheology and particle characteristics of tungsten-based powder injection molding feedstock  

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This study investigates the effect of mixing technique and particle characteristics on the rheology and agglomerate dispersion of tungsten-based powder injection molding (PIM) feedstock. Experiments were conducted with as-received (agglomerated) and rod-milled (deagglomerated) tungsten powder mixed in a paraffin wax-polypropylene binder. Increase in the mixing shear rate decreased the agglomerate size of the agglomerated tungsten powder, decreased the viscosity, and improved the flow stability of the feedstock, interpreted as increased homogeneity of the feedstock. Higher solids volume fraction, lower mixing torques, and improved homogeneity were observed with deagglomerated tungsten powder, emphasizing the importance of particle characteristics and mixing procedures in the PIM process. Hydrodynamic stress due to mixing and the cohesive strength of the tungsten agglomerate were calculated to understand the mechanism of deagglomeration and quantify the effect of mixing. It was concluded that deagglomeration occurs due to a combination of rupture and erosion with the local hydrodynamic stresses exceeding the cohesive strength of the agglomerate

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Integrated polymer-based Mach-Zehnder interferometer label-free streptavidin biosensor compatible with injection molding.  

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We report the development of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer biosensor based on a high index contrast polymer material system and the demonstration of label-free online measurement of biotin-streptavidin binding on the sensor surface. The surface of the polyimide waveguide core layer was functionalized with 3-mercaptopropyl trimethoxy silane and malemide tagged biotin. Several concentrations of Chromeon 642-streptavidin dissolved in phosphate buffered saline solution were rinsed over the functionalized sensor surface by means of a fluidic system and the biotin-streptavidin binding process was observed in the output signal of the interferometer at a wavelength of 1310nm. Despite the large wavelength and the comparatively low surface sensitivity of the sensor system due to the low index contrast in polymer material systems compared to inorganic material systems, we were able to resolve streptavidin concentrations of down to 0.1?g/ml. The polymer-based optical sensor design is fully compatible with cost-efficient mass production technologies such as injection molding and spin coating, which makes it an attractive alternative to inorganic optical sensors. PMID:21420847

Bruck, R; Melnik, E; Muellner, P; Hainberger, R; Lämmerhofer, M

2011-05-15

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Thermal and mechanical properties of injection molded recycled high density polyethylene blends with virgin isotactic polypropylene  

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Highlights: ? Recycled high density polyethylene and isotactic polypropylene blends have been prepared by melt compounding. ? Thermal study showed that iPP is not well dispersed into the rHDPE matrix. ? Tensile testing shows that there is strong correlation between the thermal properties and the tensile behavior of rHDPE/ipp blends. - Abstract: Polymer blending has become an important field in polymer research and especially in the area of recycling. In this research the target was to reduce the polymer waste problem. Therefore, recycled high density polyethylene (rHDPE) and virgin isotactic polypropylene (vPP) blends containing upto 30 wt% of vPP have been prepared by melt compounding method using injection molding at 220 °C. The thermal properties, thermal degradation and the mechanical properties of the polymer blends were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and tensile testing method. DSC study shows that in all the blends there are two melting peaks, one around the melting temperature of rHDPE and another one around the melting point of vPP, indicating that vPP is not well dispersed into the rHDPE matrix. The changes in the heat of fusion for the rHDPE/iPP polymer blends versus vPP content suggests that incorporating vPP affects the crystallinity of the system. TGA analysis of the polymer blends shows that parts of rHDPE with 95/5 upto 80/20 of vPP are mostly stable composition which brings about valuable stabilization to the rHDPE. Tensile testing shows that there is strong correlation between the thermal properties and the tensile behavior of rHDPE/vpp blends

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Tribological and mechanical performance evaluation of metal prosthesis components manufactured via metal injection molding.  

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The increasing number of total joint replacements, in particular for the knee joint, has a growing impact on the healthcare system costs. New cost-saving manufacturing technologies are being explored nowadays. Metal injection molding (MIM) has already demonstrated its suitability for the production of CoCrMo alloy tibial trays, with a significant reduction in production costs, by holding both corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. In this work, mechanical and tribological properties were evaluated on tibial trays obtained via MIM and conventional investment casting. Surface hardness and wear properties were evaluated through Vickers hardness, scratch and pin on disk tests. The MIM and cast finished tibial trays were then subjected to a fatigue test campaign in order to obtain their fatigue load limit at 5 millions cycles following ISO 14879-1 directions. CoCrMo cast alloy exhibited 514 HV hardness compared to 335 HV of MIM alloy, furthermore it developed narrower scratches with a higher tendency towards microploughing than microcutting, in comparison to MIM CoCrMo. The observed fatigue limits were (1,766 ± 52) N for cast tibial trays and (1,625 ± 44) N for MIM ones. Fracture morphologies pointed out to a more brittle behavior of MIM microstructure. These aspects were attributed to the absence of a fine toughening and surface hardening carbide dispersion in MIM grains. Nevertheless, MIM tibial trays exhibited a fatigue limit far beyond the 900 N of maximum load prescribed by ISO and ASTM standards for the clinical application of these devices. PMID:25577214

Melli, Virginia; Juszczyk, Mateusz; Sandrini, Enrico; Bolelli, Giovanni; Bonferroni, Benedetta; Lusvarghi, Luca; Cigada, Alberto; Manfredini, Tiziano; De Nardo, Luigi

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Tool steel quality and surface finishing of plastic molds  

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Full Text Available Plastic industry is today in a constant growth, demanding several products from other segments, which includes the plastic molds, mainly used in the injection molding process. Considering all the requirements of plastic molds, the surface finishing is of special interest, as the injected plastic part is able to reproduce any details (and also defects from the mold surface. Therefore, several aspects on mold finishing are important, mainly related to manufacturing conditions - machining, grinding, polishing and texturing, and also related to the tool steel quality, in relation to microstructure homogeneity and non-metallic inclusions (cleanliness. The present paper is then focused on this interrelationship between steel quality and manufacturing process, which are both related to the final quality of plastic mold surfaces. Examples are discussed in terms of surface finishing of plastic molds and the properties or the microstructure of mold steels.

Rafael Agnelli Mesquita

2010-01-01

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Bi-composite sandwich moldings: processing, mechanical performance and bioactive behavior.  

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Two composite systems composed of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) filled with hydroxyapatite (HA) and carbon fiber (C fiber) were compounded in a co-rotating twin screw extruder and subsequently molded in a two component injection molding machine in order to produce test bars with a sandwich-like morphology. These moldings are based on a HDPE/HA composite outer layer and a HDPE/C fiber composite core. The mechanical performance of the obtained specimens was assessed by tensile and impact testing. The fracture surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical reflectance microscopy was used to characterize the morphology within the moldings. In order to study the bioactivity of the molded specimens, the samples were immersed for different periods of time up to 30 days in a simulated-body fluid (SBF) with an ion composition similar to human blood plasma. After each immersion period, the surfaces of the specimens were characterized by SEM. The chemical composition and the structure of the deposited films were studied by electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and thin-film X-ray diffraction (TF-XRD). The evolution of the elemental concentrations in the SBF solution was determined by induced coupled plasma emission (ICP) spectroscopy. Bi-composite moldings featuring a sandwich-like morphology were successfully produced. These moldings present a high stiffness as a result of the C fiber reinforcement present in the molding core. Furthermore, as a result of the HA loading, the sandwich moldings exhibit a clear in vitro bioactive behavior under simulated physiological conditions, which indicates that an in vivo bone-bonding behavior can be expected for these materials. PMID:15348441

Sousa, R A; Oliveira, A L; Reis, R L; Cunha, A M; Bevis, M J

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Moldagem por injeção de pós cerâmicos: remoção da parafina e do polipropileno utilizados como veículo orgânico / Ceramic injection molding: removal of pafafin and polypropylene used as organic binder  

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Full Text Available A moldagem por injeção de pós cerâmicos tem se tornado um processo altamente atrativo por aliar a versatilidade e a produtividade da moldagem por injeção convencional às propriedades inerentes aos materiais cerâmicos. A remoção do ligante, usado como veículo orgânico nesse processo, é uma das etapas [...] críticas para a produção de peças cerâmicas sem defeitos. Neste trabalho avaliou-se a influência da geometria das peças injetadas na remoção do ligante, tanto por imersão em solvente como por decomposição térmica. Alumina em pó foi misturada fisicamente a um ligante composto por polipropileno [PP], parafina [PW] e ácido esteárico [AE]. As peças com diferentes geometrias foram mantidas imersas em hexano, secas sob vácuo e acompanhada a variação de massa devido à solubilização do PW e AE. A determinação da porosidade das peças, realizada por meio das isotermas de adsorção/desorção de nitrogênio, mostrou um aumento de porosidade de 0,5% volume para aproximadamente 20% volume após a imersão em solvente. A remoção térmica do PP remanescente produziu hidrocarbonetos alifáticos e compostos insaturados, determinados e quantificados por espectroscopia de infravermelho, que permearam a estrutura porosa da peça. A geometria das peças tem grande influência na remoção do ligante, podendo afetar não só a qualidade do produto final, mas também as etapas subseqüentes do processo. Abstract in english Powder injection molding [PIM] has become highly attractive as it combines the versatility and productivity of conventional injection molding processes with the intrinsic properties of metallic and ceramic materials. The removal of organic binder, used as vehicles during the process, is one of the m [...] ost critical stages in the production of ceramic devices in this process. In this work, the influence from the geometry of the injected part on the removal of the organic binder was evaluated for both solvent immersion and thermal degradation processes. Alumina powder was mixed with an organic binder, comprising polypropylene [PP], paraffin wax [PW] and stearic acid [SA], and injection molded in different geometries. Immersion of ceramic parts in hexane induced the solubilization of PW and SA, confirmed by weight variation. Parts porosity, determined through nitrogen adsorption isotherm, showed an increase from 0.5 v% before immersion to ca. 20 v% after immersion. PP burnout produced aliphatic hydrocarbons and unsaturated compounds that flow through a porous structure produced in early stages of this process. Parts geometry plays an important role in binder removal, affecting the quality of the sintered part as well as the remaining stages of the process.

Ricardo V. B., Oliveira; Eduardo A., Pinheiro; Valdir, Soldi; Alfredo T. N., Pires; Márcio C., Fredel.

2004-09-01

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Moldagem por injeção de pós cerâmicos: remoção da parafina e do polipropileno utilizados como veículo orgânico Ceramic injection molding: removal of pafafin and polypropylene used as organic binder  

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Full Text Available A moldagem por injeção de pós cerâmicos tem se tornado um processo altamente atrativo por aliar a versatilidade e a produtividade da moldagem por injeção convencional às propriedades inerentes aos materiais cerâmicos. A remoção do ligante, usado como veículo orgânico nesse processo, é uma das etapas críticas para a produção de peças cerâmicas sem defeitos. Neste trabalho avaliou-se a influência da geometria das peças injetadas na remoção do ligante, tanto por imersão em solvente como por decomposição térmica. Alumina em pó foi misturada fisicamente a um ligante composto por polipropileno [PP], parafina [PW] e ácido esteárico [AE]. As peças com diferentes geometrias foram mantidas imersas em hexano, secas sob vácuo e acompanhada a variação de massa devido à solubilização do PW e AE. A determinação da porosidade das peças, realizada por meio das isotermas de adsorção/desorção de nitrogênio, mostrou um aumento de porosidade de 0,5% volume para aproximadamente 20% volume após a imersão em solvente. A remoção térmica do PP remanescente produziu hidrocarbonetos alifáticos e compostos insaturados, determinados e quantificados por espectroscopia de infravermelho, que permearam a estrutura porosa da peça. A geometria das peças tem grande influência na remoção do ligante, podendo afetar não só a qualidade do produto final, mas também as etapas subseqüentes do processo.Powder injection molding [PIM] has become highly attractive as it combines the versatility and productivity of conventional injection molding processes with the intrinsic properties of metallic and ceramic materials. The removal of organic binder, used as vehicles during the process, is one of the most critical stages in the production of ceramic devices in this process. In this work, the influence from the geometry of the injected part on the removal of the organic binder was evaluated for both solvent immersion and thermal degradation processes. Alumina powder was mixed with an organic binder, comprising polypropylene [PP], paraffin wax [PW] and stearic acid [SA], and injection molded in different geometries. Immersion of ceramic parts in hexane induced the solubilization of PW and SA, confirmed by weight variation. Parts porosity, determined through nitrogen adsorption isotherm, showed an increase from 0.5 v% before immersion to ca. 20 v% after immersion. PP burnout produced aliphatic hydrocarbons and unsaturated compounds that flow through a porous structure produced in early stages of this process. Parts geometry plays an important role in binder removal, affecting the quality of the sintered part as well as the remaining stages of the process.

Ricardo V. B. Oliveira

2004-09-01

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The influence of mold deflection on the prediction of packing pressure decay and part shrinkage  

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Injection Molding simulation traditionally considers the molding cavity to be a rigid fixed volume to be filled. However, disagreement is often observed between measured cavity pressures and predicted cavity pressures at the end of the packing phase. In this study, a coupled approach is implemented to include the effect of mold deflection in the flow simulation of the injection molding