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Sample records for long-fiber injection-molded thermoplastics

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

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

    2013-12-18

    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.

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

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

    2012-02-23

    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.

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

    2006-11-30

    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.

  4. FIBER LENGTH DISTRIBUTION MEASUREMENT FOR LONG GLASS AND CARBON FIBER REINFORCED INJECTION MOLDED THERMOPLASTICS

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    Kunc, Vlastimil [ORNL; Frame, Barbara J [ORNL; Nguyen, Ba N. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL); TuckerIII, Charles L. [University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Velez-Garcia, Gregorio [Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    2007-01-01

    Procedures for fiber length distribution (FLD) measurement of long fiber reinforced injection molded thermoplastics were refined for glass and carbon fibers. Techniques for sample selection, fiber separation, digitization and length measurement for both fiber types are described in detail. Quantitative FLD results are provided for glass and carbon reinforced polypropylene samples molded with a nominal original fiber length of 12.7 mm (1/2 in.) using equipment optimized for molding short fiber reinforced thermoplastics.

  5. Injection molding of thermoplastic elastomers for microstructured substrates

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    Birkar, Smita

    Amorphous and semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymers have been widely investigated for injection molding of parts with microstructured surfaces. Microstructured surfaces injection molded from thermoplastic elastomers have emerging applications as superhydrobic surfaces and patterned adhesives, but there is a limited understanding of the factors affecting replication with these materials. This research was a continued investigation of block copolymer thermoplastic elastomers as well as the first in-depth examination of thermoplastic vulcanizates for injection molding microfeatures. The first focus of this research was the interactions between tooling aspect ratio and feature orientation (negative and positive tooling) and thermoplastic elastomer hard segment content on microfeature replication. Electroformed nickel tooling having positive and negative features with different geometries and aspect ratios of 0.02:1 to 2:1 were molded from three copolyester thermoplastic elastomers with similar chemistry and different hardness values. The tooling and part features were characterized for feature depth and height as well as feature definition using scanning electron microscopy and optical profilometry. Results were correlated with elastomer properties. In the second parts of this research, the effects of microfeature spacing on the replication of thermoplastic elastomer features was investigated using micropillars with two diameters (10 and 20 mum) and three spacing ratios (0.5:1, 1:1, and 2:1). The tooling and part features were characterized for feature depth and height as well as feature definition using scanning electron microscopy and optical profilometry. Feature spacing significantly affected the replication of micropillars using a thermoplastic elastomer. This replication was competition between cooling and pressurization of the melt. Wider spacing between smaller features allowed cooling in the tooling lands to dominate the feature filling. Higher pressures did not always produce better feature replication, suggesting that cooling effects in the tooling "holes" restricted filling. High pressures also produced surface porosity in the molded pillars. Although thermoplastic vulcanizates, thermoplastic elastomers with excellent processability and flexibility, are a widely used for over molding and automotive applications, the third section of this research was the first in-depth investigation of injection molding thermoplastic vulcanizates to create microstructured surfaces. In this study, nickel cobalt tooling was used to mold commercially-available thermoplastic vulcanizates with polypropylene/ethylene propylene diene monomer (PP/EPDM) backbones into 20-mum-diameter and 100-mum-wide features. These results were compared to those for a polypropylene homopolymer. The primary molding parameters, including melt and mold temperatures were evaluated for their effects on microfeature replication. Additionally, a two-level, three-factorial design of experiments was conducted to further evaluate the effects of key parameters (cooling time, hold pressure, and polymeric material) on the feature definition and depth ratios of the molded microfeatures. These results were compared to the properties of the thermoplastic vulcanizates.

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

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

    2010-05-01

    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.

  7. 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)

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

    2014-05-01

    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.

  9. Numerical prediction of fiber orientation in injection-molded short-fiber/thermoplastic composite parts with experimental validation

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    Thi, Thanh Binh Nguyen; Morioka, Mizuki; Yokoyama, Atsushi; Hamanaka, Senji; Yamashita, Katsuhisa; Nonomura, Chisato

    2015-05-01

    Numerical prediction of the fiber orientation in the short-glass fiber (GF) reinforced polyamide 6 (PA6) composites with the fiber weight concentration of 30%, 50%, and 70% manufactured by the injection molding process is presented. And the fiber orientation was also directly observed and measured through X-ray computed tomography. During the injection molding process of the short-fiber/thermoplastic composite, the fiber orientation is produced by the flow states and the fiber-fiber interaction. Folgar and Tucker equation is the well known for modeling the fiber orientation in a concentrated suspension. They included into Jeffrey's equation a diffusive type of term by introducing a phenomenological coefficient to account for the fiber-fiber interaction. Our developed model for the fiber-fiber interaction was proposed by modifying the rotary diffusion term of the Folgar-Tucker equation. This model was presented in a conference paper of the 29th International Conference of the Polymer Processing Society published by AIP conference proceeding. For modeling fiber interaction, the fiber dynamic simulation was introduced in order to obtain a global fiber interaction coefficient, which is sum function of the fiber concentration, aspect ratio, and angular velocity. The fiber orientation is predicted by using the proposed fiber interaction model incorporated into a computer aided engineering simulation package C-Mold. An experimental program has been carried out in which the fiber orientation distribution has been measured in 100 x 100 x 2 mm injection-molded plate and 100 x 80 x 2 mm injection-molded weld by analyzed with a high resolution 3D X-ray computed tomography system XVA-160?, and calculated by X-ray computed tomography imaging. The numerical prediction shows a good agreement with experimental validation. And the complex fiber orientation in the injection-molded weld was investigated.

  10. Effect of starch types on properties of biodegradable polymer based on thermoplastic starch process by injection molding technique

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    Yossathorn Tanetrungroj

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study effects of different starch types on the properties of biodegradable polymer based on thermoplastic starch (TPS were investigated. Different types of starch containing different contents of amylose and amylopectin were used, i.e. cassava starch, mungbean starch, and arrowroot starch. The TPS polymers were compounded and shaped using an internal mixer and an injection molding machine, respectively. It was found that the amount of amylose and amylopectin contents on native starch influence the properties of the TPS polymer. A high amylose starch of TPMS led to higher strength, hardness, degree of crystallization than the high amylopectin starch of TPCS. In addition, function group analysis by Fourier transforms infrared spectrophotometer, water absorption, and biodegradation by soil burial test were also examined.

  11. 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

  12. Characterization of thermoplastic polyurethane/polylactic acid (TPU/PLA) tissue engineering scaffolds fabricated by microcellular injection molding

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    Mi, Hao-Yang [National Engineering Research Center of Novel Equipment for Polymer Processing, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI (United States); Salick, Max R. [Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI (United States); Jing, Xin [National Engineering Research Center of Novel Equipment for Polymer Processing, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI (United States); Jacques, Brianna R. [Department of Biology, University of Wisconsin–River Falls, WI (United States); Crone, Wendy C. [Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI (United States); Peng, Xiang-Fang, E-mail: pmxfpeng@scut.edu.cn [National Engineering Research Center of Novel Equipment for Polymer Processing, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou (China); Turng, Lih-Sheng, E-mail: turng@engr.wisc.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI (United States)

    2013-12-01

    Polylactic acid (PLA) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) are two kinds of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers that can be used in biomedical applications. PLA has rigid mechanical properties while TPU possesses flexible mechanical properties. Blended TPU/PLA tissue engineering scaffolds at different ratios for tunable properties were fabricated via twin screw extrusion and microcellular injection molding techniques for the first time. Multiple test methods were used to characterize these materials. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the existence of the two components in the blends; differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) confirmed the immiscibility between the TPU and PLA. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images verified that, at the composition ratios studied, PLA was dispersed as spheres or islands inside the TPU matrix and that this phase morphology further influenced the scaffold's microstructure and surface roughness. The blends exhibited a large range of mechanical properties that covered several human tissue requirements. 3T3 fibroblast cell culture showed that the scaffolds supported cell proliferation and migration properly. Most importantly, this study demonstrated the feasibility of mass producing biocompatible PLA/TPU scaffolds with tunable microstructures, surface roughnesses, and mechanical properties that have the potential to be used as artificial scaffolds in multiple tissue engineering applications. - Highlights: • Microcellular injection molding was used to fabricate tissue engineering scaffolds. • TPU/PLA tissue engineering scaffolds with tunable properties were fabricated. • Multiple test methods were used to characterize the scaffolds. • The biocompatibility of the scaffolds was confirmed by fibroblast cell culture. • Scaffolds produced have the potential to be used in multiple tissue applications.

  13. Characterization of thermoplastic polyurethane/polylactic acid (TPU/PLA) tissue engineering scaffolds fabricated by microcellular injection molding

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    Polylactic acid (PLA) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) are two kinds of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers that can be used in biomedical applications. PLA has rigid mechanical properties while TPU possesses flexible mechanical properties. Blended TPU/PLA tissue engineering scaffolds at different ratios for tunable properties were fabricated via twin screw extrusion and microcellular injection molding techniques for the first time. Multiple test methods were used to characterize these materials. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the existence of the two components in the blends; differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) confirmed the immiscibility between the TPU and PLA. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images verified that, at the composition ratios studied, PLA was dispersed as spheres or islands inside the TPU matrix and that this phase morphology further influenced the scaffold's microstructure and surface roughness. The blends exhibited a large range of mechanical properties that covered several human tissue requirements. 3T3 fibroblast cell culture showed that the scaffolds supported cell proliferation and migration properly. Most importantly, this study demonstrated the feasibility of mass producing biocompatible PLA/TPU scaffolds with tunable microstructures, surface roughnesses, and mechanical properties that have the potential to be used as artificial scaffolds in multiple tissue engineering applications. - Highlights: • Microcellular injection molding was used to fabricate tissue engineering scaffolds. • TPU/PLA tissue engineering scaffolds with tunable properties were fabricated. • Multiple test methods were used to characterize the scaffolds. • The biocompatibility of the scaffolds was confirmed by fibroblast cell culture. • Scaffolds produced have the potential to be used in multiple tissue applications

  14. 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)

  15. Joining of aluminum and long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composites

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    Kulkarni, Rahul R.

    Metal/polymer joints are used in variety of areas: aerospace, automotive, prosthetic devices, electronic packaging, etc. The present study involves a tailcone, which is currently made of aluminum and a new design will involve a joint between aluminum and long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composite. The new tailcones were processed by insert molding, also called as extrusion-compression molding. Finite element (FE) models were used to obtain a temperature profile during cooling of tailcone from processing and to estimate thermal stresses generated. Experimental verification of the temperature profile was obtained by IR thermography. It was observed that the LFT part of the tailcone cooled faster than aluminum. During the cooling of the tailcone, the aluminum insert acted as a heat sink because of the large difference between the thermal conductivities of aluminum and the LFT composite. Thermal stresses computed were 2.5 MPa and 12 MPa in the case of beaded and threaded insert tailcones, respectively. Static pullout tests were done to obtain an insight into the failure mechanisms of the joint between aluminum and LFT composite. Both the tailcone configurations, with beaded and threaded inserts, showed about the same average peak load, 96 kN. Radiographic and metallographic studies showed that the damage at the interface between aluminum and LFT composite occurred in the form of microcracks, followed by complete separation normal to the stress axis. The tailcones housed in projectiles were test fired and it was found that the HBTs disintegrated immediately after they came out of the barrel. A new design was proposed to overcome the drawbacks of the HBTs, called filled-back tailcone (FBT). Static pullout tests on FBTs showed no failure of the tailcones, which was in accord with the test firing where tailcone did not fail. The study of aluminum/LFT composite interfaces was extended into the realm of laminated composites. Laminated composites were made in the form of alternate layers between LFT composite and metal (called as LMLs) such as aluminum by compression molding. Interlaminar shear strength of the laminates was determined by short beam three-point bend tests. It was found that the strength depends on the surface quality of the aluminum. ILSS in the case of mean roughness (Ra) 3.3 mum was 34.5 MPa, whereas 24 MPa in the case of mean roughness of 0.4 mum. Tensile test results showed that average Young's modulus and tensile strength of the laminate were 44.8 GPa and 244 MPa, respectively. Rule-of-mixtures predictions matched closely with the experimental results. Low velocity impact (LVI) tests showed that the specific perforation energy of the LMLs was significantly higher (7.1 J/kg m-2) than that of LFT composite (1.2 J/kg m-2). This new type of hybrid composite, LML, is quite promising for a variety of applications in automotive as well as aerospace industries.

  16. 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)

  17. Laser-bonding of long fiber thermoplastic composites for structural assemblies

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    Knapp, Wolfgang; Clement, S.; Franz, C.; Oumarou, M.; Renard, J.

    The use of laser light for bonding of long fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (LFTPC) offers new possibilities to overcome the constraints of conventional joining technologies. Laser specific transmission welding procedures are known in manufacturing of short fiber thermoplastic composites. The technical basics of the joining process and an outline of some material inherent characteristics using long glass fiber reinforced composites with PA resin are discussed. The technical feasibility and the mechanical characterization of laser bonded LFTPC are demonstrated. The results show that the laser provides an alternative joining technique and offers new perspectives to assemble structural components emerging in industrial manufacturing.

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

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    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

    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.

  19. Ceramic injection molding material analysis, modeling and injection molding simulation

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    Drummer, D.; Messingschlager, S.

    2014-05-01

    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.

  20. Characterization of Injection Molded Structures

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    Sun, Ling; SØgaard, Emil

    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.

  1. Analysis of pultrusion processing for long fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite system

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    Tso, W.; Hou, T. H.; Tiwari, S. N.

    1993-01-01

    Pultrusion is one of the composite processing technology, commonly recognized as a simple and cost-effective means for the manufacturing of fiber-reinforced, resin matrix composite parts with different regular geometries. Previously, because the majority of the pultruded composite parts were made of thermosetting resin matrix, emphasis of the analysis on the process has been on the conservation of energy from various sources, such as heat conduction and the curing kinetics of the resin system. Analysis on the flow aspect of the process was almost absent in the literature for thermosetting process. With the increasing uses of thermoplastic materials, it is desirable to obtain the detailed velocity and pressure profiles inside the pultrusion die. Using a modified Darcy's law for flow through porous media, closed form analytical solutions for the velocity and pressure distributions inside the pultrusion die are obtained for the first time. This enables us to estimate the magnitude of viscous dissipation and it's effects on the pultruded parts. Pulling forces refined in the pultrusion processing are also analyzed. The analytical model derived in this study can be used to advance our knowledge and control of the pultrusion process for fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite parts.

  2. 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.)

  3. Bonding strength between two injection molded Polymers

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    Stanic, Jasna Nilsson; Ploskic, Aida

    2008-01-01

    This Master Thesis project deals with the relevant factors that may effect replication and the bonding strength between two polymers injection molded by transfer injection molding. Great importance was attached to the processing parameters during injection molding of micro channels, and their influence on the replication and bonding strength quality. The finale component consists of two different polymers, several material combination was injection modled, Ultem 1000, Lexan 500...

  4. Injection Molding of Plastics from Agricultural Materials

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    Bhattacharya, M.; Ruan, R.

    2001-02-22

    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.

  5. Injection molding ceramics to high green densities

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

    1983-01-01

    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.

  6. CD injection molding I: Navier-Stokes

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    Powell, Adam C., IV

    2004-08-26

    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.

  7. On Optimization of Injection Molding Cooling

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    Ra?nnar, Lars-erik

    2008-01-01

    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...

  8. Injection Molding of High Aspect Ratio Nanostructures

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    Matschuk, Maria; Larsen, Niels Bent

    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.

  9. 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)

  10. The research of UV curing injection molding

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    Xie, Pengcheng; Chang, Le; Song, Le; Cai, Tianze; Ding, Yumei; Yang, Weimin

    2015-05-01

    The micro-injection molding technology and the UV (ultraviolet) curing technique are combined to bring about a new plastic forming method, UV curing injection molding. The mean weight of micro-product is an important process characteristic for UV curing injection molding as well as the surface quality of micro-features is another important process characteristic for this new plastic forming method. This research investigates three effects of processing factors on the mass-change rate of micro-product and the surface quality of micro-features. In every particular, the following two factors are considered: UV material system temperature and the packing pressure. The study revealed that as usual, the micro-products gain weight with the imported increasing UV material system temperature and the improved packing pressure. Meanwhile, the increasing packing pressure also improves the surface quality, yet, warming the UV system temperature up has no effect on the quality of the product.

  11. Nanostructuring steel for injection molding tools

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    Al-Azawi, A.; Smistrup, Kristian

    2014-01-01

    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.

  12. Progress in Titanium Metal Powder Injection Molding

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    Randall M. German

    2013-08-01

    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.

  13. Surface microstructure replication in injection molding

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    Theilade, Uffe ArlØ; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

    2006-01-01

    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

  14. Injection molded self-cleaning surfaces

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    SØgaard, Emil

    2014-01-01

    This PhD thesis concerns the development of superhydrophobic surfaces fabricated by injection molding. Today, injection molding is the prevalent production method for consumer plastic products. However, concerns regarding the environmental impact of a plastic production are increasing, especially because the use of potentially toxic self-cleaning coatings is used worldwide in a larger and larger scale. In this context, the work in this PhD project could be seen as a scientific effort towards reducing toxic compounds in manufactured plastic parts by developing injecting molded surfaces that are superhydrophobic based on topography rather than chemical compounds. Therefore, a novel method for fabricating superhydrophobic polymer surfaces with excellent water-repellant properties is developed. The method is based on microstructure fabrication and superposed nanostructures on silicon wafers. The nano- and microstructured silicon is electroplated with nickel and the resulting nickel shim with inverse polarity is used in an injection molding process. A versatile injection molding process capable of producing different nano- and microstructures on areas larger than 10 cm2 is developed. Variotherm mold heating is used to ensure complete filling of the mold and a mold cavity-depacking process step is introduced. The depacking step increases polymer shrinkage allowing the nano- and microstructures to be successfully demolded. A systematic wetting study on injection molded polymer surfaces is performed on periodic hierarchical structures with nanograss and holes. Water wetting tests are carried out using a pressure cell to control the water pressure. Microscopic wetting behavior of the structures is studied by optical transmission microscopy. Interestingly, it is found that the surface chemistry of the polymer changes over time causing a decrease in hydrophobicity. It is concluded that the material properties of the polymer is critical for maintaining superhydrophobicity under water exposure. A range of different structures with and without the hierarchical nanograss, pillars, micro cavities (holes), spruce like micropillars and pyramid shaped structures are examined. By employing deep ultra violet (DUV) projection lithography for mold fabrication, polymer surface feature sizes in the nanometer range could be realized over large surface areas. The superhydrophobic surfaces were fabricated from the amorphous polymer TOPAS 8007-S04 (COC) and the semi crystalline polymer PP HD601CF. An overview of the different types of structures in relation to applications is given. In particular, spruce like micropillars seems interesting. Here, the contact angles increase from 102° for unstructured polymer surfaces, to 172° for structured surfaces with a drop roll-off angle of less than 2°. Thereby, it is shown that an extremely water repellant surface can be injection molded directly with clear perspectives for more environmental and healthier plastic consumer products.

  15. Injection molding simulation with variothermal mold temperature control of highly filled polyphenylene sulfide

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    Birkholz, A.; Tschiersky, M.; Wortberg, J.

    2015-05-01

    For the installation of a fuel cell stack to convert chemical energy into electricity it is common to apply bipolar plates to separate and distribute reaction gases and cooling agents. For reducing manufacturing costs of bipolar plates a fully automated injection molding process is examined. The high performance thermoplastic matrix material, polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), defies against the chemical setting and the operation temperature up to 200 °C. To adjust also high electrical and thermal conductivity, PPS is highly filled with various carbon fillers up to an amount of 65 percentage by volume. In the first step two different structural plates (one-sided) with three different gate heights and molds are designed according to the characteristics of a bipolar plate. To cope with the approach that this plate should be producible on standard injection molding machines with variothermal mold temperature control, injection molding simulation is used. Additionally, the simulation should allow to formulate a quality prediction model, which is transferrable to bipolar plates. Obviously, the basis for a precise simulation output is an accurate description of the material properties and behavior of the highly filled compound. This, the design of the structural plate and mold and the optimization via simulation is presented, as well. The influence of the injection molding process parameters, e.g. injection time, cycle times, packing pressure, mold temperature, and melt temperature on the form filling have been simulated to determine optimal process conditions. With the aid of the simulation and the variothermal mold temperature control it was possible to reduce the required melt temperature below the decomposition temperature of PPS. Thereby, hazardous decomposition products as hydrogen sulfide are obviated. Thus, the health of the processor, the longevity of the injection molding machine as well as the material and product properties can be protected.

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

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    Tanzi, S.; Larsen, S.T.

    2012-01-01

    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.

  17. Experimental Investigation into Suitable Process Conditions for Plastic Injection Molding of Thin-Sheet Parts

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    Dyi-Cheng Chen

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This study performs an experimental investigation into the effects of the process parameters on the surface quality of injection molded thin-sheet thermoplastic components. The investigations focus specifically on the shape, number and position of the mold gates, the injection pressure and the injection rate. It can be seen that the gravity force entering point improved filling of the cavity for the same forming time and injection pressure. Moreover, it shows the same injection pressure and packing time, the taper-shape gate yields a better surface appearance than the sheet-shape gate. The experimental results provide a useful source of reference in suitable the process conditions for the injection molding of thin-sheet plastic components.

  18. Birefringence characterization of injection molded microplates

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    Adhikari, Achyut; Asundi, Anand

    2015-03-01

    Birefringence affects the quality of image analysis in injection molded micro-plates. Depending upon their manufacturing / production processes and the type of material, different plates exhibit varying amounts of birefringence. This birefringence is attributed to residual stress generated during the molding process. Polarimeter is the standard tool for birefringence distribution visualization and quantification. Broad chemical resistance and high mechanical stability of the plates are the desirable properties that can be characterized by birefringence measurement. Birefringence, expressed in nm/cm is light retardance (nm) after passing through a sample with certain thickness (cm). Low or uniform birefringence plates provide high-resolution demonstrating higher performance, hence suitable for bio-chemical analysis.

  19. Binder removal from injection molded zirconia ceramics

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    Binder removal characteristics of injection molded zirconia (ZrO2) ceramics in the form of one-closed end tubes were studied by thermal analysis methods such as thermogravimetry and calorimetry. Only a thermal treatment for the binder removal from the molded parts with thin walls is not suitable because of deformation resulted from high weight loss rates. Using a two-stage wicking-thermal treatment process, it is possible to produce parts having no defects. The process reduced time necessary for eliminating organics of fine-grained zirconia from several days to hours. (orig.)

  20. CENTRAL CONVEYING & AUTO FEEDING SYSTEMS FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING SHOP

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    Sanjeev Kumar,; Ashu Yadav; Prof. Mohd. Parvez

    2011-01-01

    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 inject...

  1. An apparatus for in situ x-ray scattering measurements during polymer injection molding

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    Rendon, Stanley; Fang, Jun; Burghardt, Wesley R.; Bubeck, Robert A.

    2009-04-01

    We report a novel instrument for synchrotron-based in situ x-ray scattering measurements during injection molding processing. It allows direct, real-time monitoring of molecular-scale structural evolution in polymer materials undergoing a complex processing operation. The instrument is based on a laboratory-scale injection molding machine, and employs customized mold tools designed to allow x-ray access during mold filling and subsequent solidification, while providing sufficient robustness to withstand high injection pressures. The use of high energy, high flux synchrotron radiation, and a fast detector allows sufficiently rapid data acquisition to resolve time-dependent orientation dynamics in this transient process. Simultaneous monitoring of temperature and pressure signals allows transient scattering data to be referenced to various stages of the injection molding cycle. Representative data on a commercial liquid crystalline polymer, Vectra® B950, are presented to demonstrate the features of this apparatus; however, it may find application in a wide range of polymeric materials such as nanocomposites, semicrystalline polymers and fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.

  2. Functional nanostructures on injection molded plastic

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    Johansson, Alicia Charlotte; SØgaard, Emil

    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.

  3. Multi-height structures in injection molded polymer

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    Andersen, Nis Korsgaard; Taboryski, Rafael J.

    2015-01-01

    We present the fabrication process for injection molded multi-height surface structures for studies of wetting behavior. We adapt the design of super hydrophobic structures to the fabrication constrictions imposed by industrial injection molding. This is important since many super hydrophobic surfaces are challenging to realize by injection molding due to overhanging structures and very high aspect ratios. In the fabrication process, we introduce several unconventional steps for producing the desired shapes, using a completely random mask pattern, exploiting the diffusion limited growth rates of different geometries, and electroforming a nickel mold from a polymer foil. The injection-molded samples are characterized by contact angle hysteresis obtained by the tilting method. We find that the receding contact angle depends on the surface coverage of the random surface structure, while the advancing contact angle is practically independent of the structure. Moreover, we argue that the increase in contact angle hysteresis correlates with the concentration of pinning sites among the random surface structures.

  4. Binder Removal from Powder Injection Molded 316L Stainless Steel

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    M.A. Omar

    2011-01-01

    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.

  5. Injection molding integration of theory and modeling methods

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    Zheng, Rong; Fan, Xi-Jun

    2011-01-01

    This practical volume covers the fundamental principles and numerical methods related to modeling the injection molding process. It addresses the cutting edge of our understanding of simulation technologies, without losing sight of useful classical approaches.

  6. Powder Injection Molding of Ceramic Engine Components for Transportation

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

    2012-03-01

    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.

  7. FPGA-Based Multiprocessor System for Injection Molding Control

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

    2012-01-01

    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...

  8. Modeling injection molding of net-shape active ceramic components.

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    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

    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

  9. Modelling and monitoring in injection molding

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    Thyregod, Peter

    2001-01-01

    This thesis is concerned with the application of statistical methods in quality improvement of injection molded parts. The methods described are illustrated with data from the manufacturing of parts for a medical device. The emphasis has been on the variation between cavities in multi-cavity molds. >From analysis of quality measurements from a longer period of manufacturing, it was found that differences in cavities was that source of variation with greatest influence on the lenght of the molded parts. The other large contribution to the lenght varation was the different machine settings. Samples taken within the same machine set-point did not cause great variation compared to the two preceding sources of variation. A simple graphical approach is suggested for finding patterns in the cavity differences. Applying this method to data from a 16 cavity mold, a clear connection was found between a parts lenght and the producing cavitys position in the mold. In a designed expriment it was possible to isolate the machine parameters contributing to the variation beteeen cavities. Thus, with a proper choice of levels for the machine variables, it was possible to reduce the varation between cavities substantially. Also an alternative model for the shrinkage of parts from a multi-cavity mold is suggested. From applying the model to data from a shringage study, it seemed that the observed part differences were not only due to differences in cavity dimensions. A model for the in-control varation for a multi-cavity molding process was suggested. Based on this model, control charting proceures have been suggested for monitoring the quality of the molded parts. Moreover, a capability index for multi-cavity molds has been suggested. Furthermore an alternative method for in-line quality charting is suggested. The method is for continuous control by attributes, and it is an alternative to the batch oriented approach mostly used. The procedure is especially efficient for quality requirements of very low proportion non-conformities. For the proposed charts the ARL function is derived. It is shown that in the case where a non-conforning unit is only expected very rarely during sampling, a moving sum chart and a CUSUM chart are equivalent. Finally, the correlation structure of 21 process variables has been studied prior to monitoring the process. Is is illustrated how the process can be analysed with multivariate techniques. It was found that two principal components reflected changes in machine set-points. Thus, there seems to be great potential in monitoring the process variables using a multivariate approach.

  10. The Shrinkage Behavior and Surface Topographical Investigation for Micro Metal Injection Molding

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    Islam, Aminul; Giannekas, Nikolaos

    2014-01-01

    Metal injection molding (MIM) is a near net shape manufacturing technology that can produce highly complex and dimensionally stable parts for high end engineering applications. Despite the recent growth and industrial interest, micro metal molding is yet to be the field of extensive research especially when it is compared with micro molding of thermoplastics. The current paper presents a thorough investigation on the process of metal injection molding where it systematically characterizes the effects of important process conditions on the shrinkage and surface quality of molded parts with micro features. Effects of geometrical factors like feature dimensions and distance from the gate on the replication quality are studied. The influence of process conditions on the achievable roughness for the final metal parts is discussed based on the experimental findings. The test geometry is characterized by 2½D surface structures containing thin ribs of different aspect ratios and thicknesses in the sub-mm dimensional range. The test parts were molded from Catamold 316L with a conventional injection molding machine. Afterwards, the parts were de-binded and sintered to produce the final test samples. Among the different process parameters studied, the melt temperature was the most influential parameters for better replication and dimensional stability of the final part. The results presented in the paper clearly show that the shrinkage in metal part is not uniform in the micro scale. It depends on the feature dimensions and also on the process conditions. A thin section of the part exhibits higher relative shrinkage compared with a thicker section. Based on these findings, it can be concluded that a micro part molded by MIM process will have higher relative shrinkage compared to a macro part made with the same process.

  11. The shrinkage behavior and surface topographical investigation for micro metal injection molding

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    Islam, A.; Giannekas, N.; Marhöfer, D. M.; Tosello, G.; Hansen, H. N.

    2015-05-01

    Metal injection molding (MIM) is a near net shape manufacturing technology that can produce highly complex and dimensionally stable parts for high end engineering applications. Despite the recent growth and industrial interest, micro metal molding is yet to be the field of extensive research especially when it is compared with micro molding of thermoplastics. The current paper presents a thorough investigation on the process of metal injection molding where it systematically characterizes the effects of important process conditions on the shrinkage and surface quality of molded parts with micro features. Effects of geometrical factors like feature dimensions and distance from the gate on the replication quality are studied. The influence of process conditions on the achievable roughness for the final metal parts is discussed based on the experimental findings. The test geometry is characterized by 2½D surface structures containing thin ribs of different aspect ratios and thicknesses in the sub-mm dimensional range. The test parts were molded from Catamold 316L with a conventional injection molding machine. Afterwards, the parts were de-binded and sintered to produce the final test samples. Among the different process parameters studied, the melt temperature was the most influential parameters for better replication and dimensional stability of the final part. The results presented in the paper clearly show that the shrinkage in metal part is not uniform in the micro scale. It depends on the feature dimensions and also on the process conditions. A thin section of the part exhibits higher relative shrinkage compared with a thicker section. Based on these findings, it can be concluded that a micro part molded by MIM process will have higher relative shrinkage compared to a macro part made with the same process.

  12. 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

  13. The effects of process parameters on injection-molded PZT ceramics part fabrication- compounding process rheology.

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    Halbleib, Laura L.; Yang, Pin; Mondy, Lisa Ann; Burns, George Robert

    2005-05-01

    Solid solutions of lead-based perovskites are the backbone materials of the piezoelectric components for transducer, actuator, and resonator applications. These components, typically small in size, are fabricated from large sintered ceramic slugs using grinding and lapping processes. These operations increase manufacturing costs and produce a large hazardous waste stream, especially when component size decreases. To reduce costs and hazardous wastes associated with the production of these components, an injection molding technique is being investigated to replace the machining processes. The first step in the new technique is to compound an organic carrier with a ceramic powder. The organic carrier is a thermoplastic based system composed of a main carrier, a binder, and a surfactant. Understanding the rheology of the compounded material is necessary to minimize the creation of defects such as voids or cavities during the injection-molding process. An experiment was performed to model the effects of changes in the composition and processing of the material on the rheological behavior. Factors studied included: the surfactant of the organic carrier system, the solid loading of the compounded material, and compounding time. The effects of these factors on the viscosity of the material were investigated.

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

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    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

    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.

  15. CENTRAL CONVEYING & AUTO FEEDING SYSTEMS FOR AN INJECTION MOLDING SHOP

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    Sanjeev Kumar

    2011-08-01

    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.

  16. Dynamic of taking out molding parts at injection molding

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    E. Ragan

    2012-10-01

    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.

  17. Process and part filling control in micro injection molding

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    Tosello, Guido; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

    2008-01-01

    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.

  18. Two component micro injection molding for MID fabrication

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    Islam, Mohammad Aminul; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

    2009-01-01

    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.

  19. The manufactoring of a two–layered injection mold by welding

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    A. Košnik

    2011-10-01

    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.

  20. Injection molded dielectromagnets prepared from mixture of hard magnetic powders

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    Dielectromagnets are permanent magnets prepared from a hard magnetic powder bonded by binder. These permanent magnets are termed also as bonded permanent magnets. There are two ways to prepare dielectromagnets: compression molding and injection molding. Dielectromagnets prepared by injection molding, from the same hard magnetic powders, have worse magnetic properties than dielectromagnets prepared by compression molding, but they are cheaper. Isotropic dielectromagnets prepared from ferrite powder have low value of magnetic properties, but their advantage is positive value of temperature coefficient of JHc. They are low in price. Dielectromagnets prepared from melt-spun Nd-Fe-B have high values of magnetic properties.Value of temperature coefficient of JHc is their weakness. They are more expensive than ferrite dielectromagnets. Comparison of advantages and disadvantages of dielectromagnets prepared from different kinds of hard magnetic powder has produced an idea of making dielectromagnets from the mixture of these powders prepared by compression molding have magnetic and thermal properties of values between values of dielectromagnets from Nd-Fe-B and ferrite powders. It was described elsewhere. The purpose of this investigation is to prepare injection molded dielectromagnets from mixture of powders of strontium ferrite and melt-spun ribbon Nd-Fe-B and to find correlation between the composition of the mixture and magnetic e composition of the mixture and magnetic properties of dielectromagnets. A result of mixture composition on magnetic properties of injection molded dielectromagnets is shown. (author)

  1. Fast prototyping of injection molded polymer microfluidic chips

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    Hansen, Thomas Steen; Selmeczi, David

    2010-01-01

    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.

  2. Microstructural and mechanical characterization of injection molded 718 superalloy powders

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    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

    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.

  3. 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)

  4. Rheological and Thermal Debinding Behaviors in Titanium Powder Injection Molding

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    Park, Seong-Jin; Wu, Yunxin; Heaney, Donald F.; Zou, Xin; Gai, Guosheng; German, Randall M.

    2009-01-01

    Powder injection molding (PIM) is suitable for the fabrication of complex shape titanium and its alloys and has a great potential in many applications. This article deals with the injection molding of hydride-dehydride (HDH) titanium powder, spheroidized HDH titanium powder, and gas-atomized (GA) titanium powder. Rheological and thermal debinding behaviors are compared between feedstocks made from the three powders. Torque and capillary rheometers are used to investigate rheological behavior as it relates to the power-law model of viscosity and moldability index. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was employed to analyze debinding behavior given a master decomposition curve consisting of two sigmoids. Spheroidized HDH Ti powder behaves in a manner similar to GA Ti powder. The analysis of the results in this study indicates the possibility of using a combination of HDH and GA titanium powders for PIM.

  5. Injection molding of bushes made of tribological PEEK composites

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    Full Text Available Polyetheretherketone (PEEK composites have been extensively studied because of the excellent tribological behavior among plastics. However, laboratory specimens and tests are generally discussed, whereas application studies on industrial components are infrequent. In this paper, an injection molded bush made of tribological PEEK was analyzed to correlate wear behavior and molded material structure. Bushes were tested under unlubricated sliding conditions by means of a short wear test. Surface analysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and optical microscopy were used to evaluate the distribution of the different composite fillers (polytetrafluoroethylene, PTFE, graphite particles and carbon microfibers and their effect on the final bush behavior. A significant lack of homogeneity was observed in the molded bush and black bands appeared on the shaft surface after testing due to the sliding. The bush geometry and the injection molding process should be optimized to allow the best tribological behavior of the molded material under working conditions.

  6. FPGA-based multiprocessor system for injection molding control.

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

    2012-01-01

    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

  7. FPGA-Based Multiprocessor System for Injection Molding Control

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    Roque A. Osornio-Rios

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  8. Packing parameters effect on injection molding of polypropylene nanostructured surfaces

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    Calaon, Matteo; Tosello, Guido

    2012-01-01

    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.

  9. Pressureless sintering behavior of injection molded alumina ceramics

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    Liu W.

    2014-01-01

    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.

  10. A Recurrent Neural Network for Warpage Prediction in Injection Molding

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    Alvarado-iniesta, A.; Valles-rosales, D. J.; Garci?a-alcaraz, J. L.; Maldonado-macias, A.

    2012-01-01

    Injection molding is classified as one of the most flexible and economical manufacturing processes with high volumeof plastic molded parts. Causes of variations in the process are related to the vast number of factors acting during aregular production run, which directly impacts the quality of final products. A common quality trouble in finishedproducts is the presence of warpage. Thus, this study aimed to design a system based on recurrent neural networksto predict warpage defects in product...

  11. Micro injection molding: characterisation of cavity filling process

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    Zhang, Nan; Chu, J. S.; Gilchrist, M.D.

    2011-01-01

    Based on reciprocating micro injection molding machine, this paper characterizes the influence of machine process parameters and its transition response from velocity control to pressure control (V-P transition) on the micro cavity filling process. The method of Design of Experiment was employed to systematically and statistically investigate the effect of machine parameters on actual cavity filling process, which was described by the defined process characteristic val...

  12. Finite Element Analysis of Reciprocating Screw for Injection Molding Machine

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    Nagsen B. Nagrale; Dr.R.N.Baxi

    2011-01-01

    This paper deals with, the solution of problem occurred for reciprocating screw of Injection molding machine. It identifies and solves the problem by using the modeling and simulation techniques. The problem occurred in the reciprocating screw of machine which was wearing of threads due to affect of temperature of mold materials(flow materials) i.e. Nylon, low density polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC etc., The main work was to model the components of machine with dimensions, assemble those com...

  13. 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

  14. Injection molded 1-3 piezocomposite velocity sensors

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

    1996-04-01

    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.

  15. Injection molding of high aspect ratio sub-100 nm nanostructures

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    Matschuk, Maria; Larsen, Niels B

    2013-01-01

    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.

  16. A Recurrent Neural Network for Warpage Prediction in Injection Molding

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    A. Alvarado-Iniesta

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Injection molding is classified as one of the most flexible and economical manufacturing processes with high volumeof plastic molded parts. Causes of variations in the process are related to the vast number of factors acting during aregular production run, which directly impacts the quality of final products. A common quality trouble in finishedproducts is the presence of warpage. Thus, this study aimed to design a system based on recurrent neural networksto predict warpage defects in products manufactured through injection molding. Five process parameters areemployed for being considered to be critical and have a great impact on the warpage of plastic components. Thisstudy used the finite element analysis software Moldflow to simulate the injection molding process to collect data inorder to train and test the recurrent neural network. Recurrent neural networks were used to understand the dynamicsof the process and due to their memorization ability, warpage values might be predicted accurately. Results show thedesigned network works well in prediction tasks, overcoming those predictions generated by feedforward neuralnetworks.

  17. Ion channel recordings on an injection-molded polymer chip

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    Tanzi, Simone; Matteucci, Marco

    2013-01-01

    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.

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

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

    2010-01-01

    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...

  19. Interrelationship between structure-property-processings in injection molded polymeric products

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    Kim, Hyun Seog; Lee, Jae Wook [Sogang Univ., Seoul (Korea, Democratic People`s Republic of)

    1996-12-31

    Injection molding process is one of the major polymer processings for the polymeric products. This process is extensively used in the net-shaped production of plastic parts due to its capability to meet requirements of stringent dimensional accuracy and short cycle time. Specially the injection molding process consists of large, fast deformation and phase changes, which has much of processing parameters. Therefore it is important to optimize the injection molding conditions from the point of view of both productivity and product quality. In this study, we have investigated in the injection molding process for polymeric systems focusing on the understanding of structure-property-processing interrelationship and its utilization in the processing.

  20. Stability of FDTS monolayer coating on aluminum injection molding tools

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    Cech, Jiri; Taboryski, Rafael J.

    2012-01-01

    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.

  1. On the Injection Molding of Nanostructured Polymer Surfaces

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    Pranov, Henrik; Rasmussen, Henrik K.

    2006-01-01

    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.

  2. Injection molding tools with micro/nano-meter pattern

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    Kristensen, Anders Technical University of Denmark,

    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.

  3. 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

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

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    Bloß, P., E-mail: bloss@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: juettner@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: jacob@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: loeser@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: michaelis@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: krajewsky@kuz-leipzig.de; Jüttner, G., E-mail: bloss@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: juettner@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: jacob@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: loeser@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: michaelis@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: krajewsky@kuz-leipzig.de; Jacob, S., E-mail: bloss@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: juettner@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: jacob@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: loeser@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: michaelis@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: krajewsky@kuz-leipzig.de; Löser, C., E-mail: bloss@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: juettner@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: jacob@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: loeser@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: michaelis@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: krajewsky@kuz-leipzig.de; Michaelis, J., E-mail: bloss@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: juettner@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: jacob@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: loeser@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: michaelis@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: krajewsky@kuz-leipzig.de; Krajewsky, P., E-mail: bloss@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: juettner@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: jacob@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: loeser@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: michaelis@kuz-leipzig.de, E-mail: krajewsky@kuz-leipzig.de [Kunststoff-Zentrum in Leipzig gGmbH (KuZ), Leipzig (Germany)

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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.

  5. A Recurrent Neural Network for Warpage Prediction in Injection Molding

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

    2012-12-01

    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.

  6. Evaluation of stability for monolayer injection molding tools coating

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    Cech, Jiri; Taboryski, Rafael J.

    2012-01-01

    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.

  7. Finite Element Analysis of Reciprocating Screw for Injection Molding Machine

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    Nagsen B. Nagrale

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with, the solution of problem occurred for reciprocating screw of Injection molding machine. It identifies and solves the problem by using the modeling and simulation techniques. The problem occurred in the reciprocating screw of machine which was wearing of threads due to affect of temperature of mold materials(flow materials i.e. Nylon, low density polypropylene, polystyrene, PVC etc., The main work was to model the components of machine with dimensions, assemble those components and then simulate the whole assembly for rotation of the screw. The modeling software used is PRO-E wildfire 4.0 for modeling the machine components like body, movable platen, fixed platen, barrel, screw, nozzle, etc. The analysis software ANSYS is used to analyze the reciprocating screws. The objectives involved are:- • To model all the components using modeling software Pro-E 4.0 • To assemble all the components of the machine in the software. • To make the assembly run in Pro-E software.• Analysis of screw of machine using Ansys 11.0 software. • To identify the wearing of threads and to provide the possible solutions.This problem is major for all industrial injection molding machines which the industries are facing and they need the permanent solution, so if the better solution is achieved then the industries will think for implementing it. The industries are having temporary solution but it will affect the life of the screw, because the stresses will be more in machined screw on lathe machine as compared to normal screw. Also if the screw will fail after some years of operation, the new screw available in the market will have the same problem. Also the cost associated with new screw and its mounting is much more as it is the main component of machine.

  8. Effects of process parameters in plastic, metal, and ceramic injection molding processes

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    Lee, Shi W.; Ahn, Seokyoung; Whang, Chul Jin; Park, Seong Jin; Atre, Sundar V.; Kim, Jookwon; German, Randall M.

    2011-09-01

    Plastic injection molding has been widely used in the past and is a dominant forming approach today. As the customer demands require materials with better engineering properties that were not feasible with polymers, powder injection molding with metal and ceramic powders has received considerable attention in recent decades. To better understand the differences in the plastic injection molding, metal injection molding, and ceramic injection molding, the effects of the core process parameters on the process performances has been studied using the state-of-the-art computer-aided engineering (CAE) design tool, PIMSolver® The design of experiments has been conducted using the Taguchi method to obtain the relative contributions of various process parameters onto the successful operations.

  9. 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)

  10. 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)

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

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    Tian-Syung Lan

    2009-01-01

    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.

  12. Metal Injection Molding (MIM) of NdFeB Magnets

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

    2014-07-01

    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.

  13. Metal Injection Molding (MIM of NdFeB Magnets

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    Hartwig T.

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  14. Injection molded polymeric micropatterns for bone regeneration study.

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    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

    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

  15. Imprinted and injection-molded nano-structured optical surfaces

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    Christiansen, Alexander Bruun Technical University of Denmark,

    2013-01-01

    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.

  16. Pressure injection molding of glass and glass-ceramic parts

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    Blair, Henry M.

    1995-09-01

    Spin cast and fusion techniques have been available for the production of borosilicate mirrors for some time. Our efforts in pressure injection molding methodologies have been primarily devoted to developing eclectic geometric variety in substrate configuration, improved homogeneity of the medium, reduced face-plate bubbles, cross-sectional dimension control, and cost effectiveness. These attributes are intended to enhance the inherent characteristics of the existing techniques, i.e., savings in weight, high deflection, stiffness, and thermal stability. We have successfully molded mirror substrates in a diversity of sizes and shapes from 50 mm polygons through 1.4 meter rounds and 1.7 meter ellipses in a varity of aspect rations. Rib structure and mounting location is totally arbitrary and front and black plate geometry is unrestrained. In order to achieve reliable and repeatable results, it was necessary to develop new techniques in refractory design and fabrication, re-evaluate the raw media, redesign the existing furnace control and heating scenario and write new control and reporting software.

  17. 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

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

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    Kanaga Lakshmi

    2014-03-01

    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.

  19. Development of Defects Free Stainless Steel Parts Using Powder Injection Molding

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    M.A. Omar

    2013-01-01

    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.

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

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    J. Tepi?; V. Todi?; Luki?, D.; Miloševi?, M.; S. Borojevi?

    2011-01-01

    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-...

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

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    Kanaga Lakshmi; D. Manamalli; M. Mohamed Rafiq

    2014-01-01

    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...

  2. New Virtual Environment for Active Learning on Parameter Adjustment of Plastic Injection Molding

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    Marquez Sevillano, Juan de Juanes; Rodríguez Villagrá, María; Martinez Muneta, M. Luisa; Pérez García, Jesus Maria

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes some aspects of new software development and its academic application. This program is an alternative to enhance and to improve the available resources for students to acquire practical knowledge in plastic injection molding parameterization. A virtual injection molding environment has been developed, which allows preliminary machine capacity determination, number of cavities analysis, injection cycle parameter definition, and defects analysis and representation. The envi...

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

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    Dheeraj Mandliya*1; Yogesh Agrawal2; G.V.R.Seshagiri Rao

    2014-01-01

    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 p...

  4. Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-Molded Long-Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Simmons, Kevin L.

    2013-05-30

    This quarterly report summarizes the status for the project planning to complete all the legal and contract documents required for establishing the subcontracts needed and a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Autodesk, Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (Toyota), and Magna Exterior and Interiors Corporation (Magna). During the second quarter (1/1/2013 to 3/31/2013), all the technical and legal documents for the subcontracts to Purdue University, University of Illinois, and PlastiComp, Inc. were completed. The revised CRADA documents were sent to DOE, Autodesk, Toyota, and Magna for technical and legal reviews. PNNL Legal Services contacted project partners’ Legal counterparts for completing legal documents for the project. A non-disclosure agreement was revised and sent to all the parties for reviews.

  5. Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-Molded Long-Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites - Quarterly Report

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Simmons, Kevin L.

    2013-04-04

    This quarterly report summarizes the status for the project planning to initiate all the legal and contract documents required for establishing the subcontracts needed and a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Autodesk, Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (Toyota), and Magna Exterior and Interiors Corporation (Magna). During the first quarter (10/1/2012 to 12/31/2012), the statements of work (SOW) for the subcontracts to Purdue University, University of Illinois, and PlastiComp, Inc. were completed. A draft of the CRADA SOW was sent to Autodesk, Toyota, and Magna for technical and legal reviews. PNNL Legal Services contacted project partners’ Legal counterparts for preparing legal documents for the project. A non-disclosure agreement was drafted and sent to all the parties for reviews.

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

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    P.K. Bharti

    2010-09-01

    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.

  7. Electrical and dielectric properties of foam injection-molded polypropylene/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites

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    Ameli, A.; Nofar, M.; Saniei, M.; Hossieny, N.; Park, C. B.; Pötschke, P.

    2015-05-01

    A combination of high dielectric permittivity (?') and low dielectric loss (tan ?) is required for charge storage applications. In percolative systems such as conductive polymer composites, however, obtaining high ?' and low tan ? is very challenging due to the sharp insulation-conduction transition near the threshold region. Due to the particular arrangement of conductive fillers induced by both foaming and injection molding processes, they may address this issue. Therefore, this work evaluates the application of foam injection molding process in fabricating polymer nanocomposites for energy storage. Polypropylene-multiwalled carbon nanotubes (PP-MWCNT) composites were prepared by melt mixing and foamed in an injection molding process. Electrical conductivity (?), ?' and tan ? were then characterized. Also, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) was used to investigate the carbon nanotube's arrangement as well as cellular morphology. The results showed that foam injection-molded composites exhibited highly superior dielectric properties to those of solid counterparts. For instance, foamed samples had ?'=68.3 and tan ? =0.05 (at 1.25 vol.% MWCNT), as opposed to ?'=17.8 and tan ?=0.04 in solid samples (at 2.56 vol.% MWCNT). The results of this work reveal that high performance dielectric nanocomposites can be developed using foam injection molding technologies for charge storage applications.

  8. Comparative Thermal Analysis of Circular and Profiled Cooling Channels for Injection Mold Tools

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    A.M.A. Rani

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Injection Mold Thermal Management is a critical issue in plastic injection molding process and has major effects on production cycle times that is directly linked with cost and also has effects on part quality. For this reason, cooling system design has great significance for plastic products industry by injection molding. It is crucial not only to reduce molding cycle time but also it considerably affects the productivity and quality of the product. The cooling channels in injection molding have circular cross section due to the conventional manufacturing technique of drilling. In Rapid Prototyping and Tooling techniques of fabricating conformal cooling channels, the channel cross section is again circular. In circular channel, there can be a problem that the distance from the edges of channel to the cavity is not constant and it is variable even for conformal channels. This can give problem of not having even heat dissipation. In this study, injection mold designing and thermal simulations were performed and comparison is presented between molds having cooling channels of circular cross section with mold with profiled cross section channels. Thermal analysis and simulations can effectively predict the performance of circular channels as compared to profiled channels. Some concepts are also presented for the manufacturing of molds with circular and profiled channels with the use of metal filled epoxies.

  9. Computer Aided Design of The Cooling System for Plastic Injection Molds

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    Hakan GÜRÜN

    2009-02-01

    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.

  10. 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

  11. Evaluation of hot-melt extrusion and injection molding for continuous manufacturing of immediate-release tablets.

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    Melocchi, Alice; Loreti, Giulia; Del Curto, Maria Dorly; Maroni, Alessandra; Gazzaniga, Andrea; Zema, Lucia

    2015-06-01

    The exploitation of hot-melt extrusion and injection molding for the manufacturing of immediate-release (IR) tablets was preliminarily investigated in view of their special suitability for continuous manufacturing, which represents a current goal of pharmaceutical production because of its possible advantages in terms of improved sustainability. Tablet-forming agents were initially screened based on processability by single-screw extruder and micromolding machine as well as disintegration/dissolution behavior of extruded/molded prototypes. Various polymers, such as low-viscosity hydroxypropylcellulose, polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl alcohol-polyethylene glycol graft copolymer, various sodium starch glycolate grades (e.g., Explotab(®) CLV) that could be processed with no need for technological aids, except for a plasticizer, were identified. Furthermore, the feasibility of both extruded and molded IR tablets from low-viscosity hydroxypropylcellulose or Explotab(®) CLV was assessed. Explotab(®) CLV, in particular, showed thermoplastic properties and a very good aptitude as a tablet-forming agent, starting from which disintegrating tablets were successfully obtained by either techniques. Prototypes containing a poorly soluble model drug (furosemide), based on both a simple formulation (Explotab(®) CLV and water/glycerol as plasticizers) and formulations including dissolution/disintegration adjuvants (soluble and effervescent excipients) were shown to fulfill the USP 37 dissolution requirements for furosemide tablets. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association J Pharm Sci 104:1971-1980, 2015. PMID:25761921

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

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    Jensen, Marie PØdenphant; Marie, Rodolphe

    2014-01-01

    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

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

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    J. Tepi?

    2011-10-01

    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.

  14. Injection molded superhydrophobic surfaces based on microlithography and black silicon processing

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    SØgaard, Emil; Andersen, Nis Korsgaard

    2012-01-01

    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°.

  15. Fully-Integrated Numerical Analysis of Micro-Injection Molding with Localized Induction Heating

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    Park, Keun; Eom, Hyeju; Ik Lee, Sang

    2010-06-01

    High-frequency induction is an efficient way to heat mold surface by electromagnetic induction in a non-contact procedure. Due to its capability of rapid heating and cooling of mold surface, it has been recently applied to the injection molding of micro/nano structures. The present study investigates a localized heating method involving the selective use of mold materials to enhance the heating efficiency of high-frequency induction heating. A composite injection mold consisting of ferromagnetic material and paramagnetic material is used for localized induction heating. The feasibility of the localized heating method is investigated through numerical analyses in terms of its heating efficiency for localized mold surfaces and the resulting flow characteristics in a micro-channel. To take into account the effects of thermal boundary conditions of the localized induction heating, a fully-integrated numerical analysis effectively connecting electromagnetic field calculation, heat transfer analysis, thermal stress analysis, and injection molding simulation is carried out. The proposed integrated simulation is applied to the injection molding of a rectangular strip containing micro-channels, and the resulting mold heating capacity and replication characteristics of the micro-channels are compared with experimental findings in order to verify the validity of the proposed simulation.

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

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    Kwangho Shin

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available 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 resins were used to make the sacrificed insert with a honeycomb structure using a plastic injection molding process. Additionally, these sacrificed insert parts were inserted in the metal injection mold, and the metal injection molding process was carried out to build a green part with rectangular shape. Subsequently, debinding and sintering processes were adopted to remove the sacrificed polymer insert. The insert had a suitable rigidity that was able to endure the filling pressure. The core shift analysis was conducted to predict the deformation of the insert part. The 17-4PH feedstock with a low melting temperature was applied. The glass transition temperature of the sacrificed polymer insert would be of a high grade, and this insert should be maintained during the MIM process. Through these processes, a square metal plate with a honeycomb structure was made.

  17. 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...

  18. Carbon Nanotubes Reinforced Copper Matrix Nanocomposites via Metal Injection Molding Technique

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    Norani M. Mohamed

    2012-01-01

    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.

  19. 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

  20. LCI Databases Sensitivity Analysis of the Environmental Impact of the Injection Molding Process

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    Ana Elduque

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available During the last decades, society’s concern for the environment has increased. Specific tools like the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA, and software and databases to apply this method have been developed to calculate the environmental burden of products or processes. Calculating the environmental impact of plastic products is relevant as the global plastics production rose to 288 million tons in 2012. Among the different ways of processing plastics, the injection molding process is one of the most used in the industry worldwide. In this paper, a sensitivity analysis of the environmental impact of the injection molding process has been carried out. In order to perform this study, the EcoInvent database inventory for injection molding, and the data from which this database is created, have been studied. Generally, when an LCA of a product is carried out, databases such as EcoInvent, where materials, processes and transports are characterized providing average values, are used to quantify the environmental impact. This approach can be good enough in some cases but in order to assess a specific production process, like injection molding, a further level of detail is needed. This study shows how the final results of environmental impact differ for injection molding when using the PVC’s, PP’s or PET’s data. This aspect suggests the necessity of studying, in a more precise way, this process, to correctly evaluate its environmental burden. This also allows us to identify priority areas and thereby actions to develop a more sustainable way of manufacturing plastics.

  1. Injection molding of ultra-fine Si3N4 powder for gas-pressure sintering

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    Yang, Xian-feng; Yang, Jiang-hong; Xu, Xie-wen; Liu, Qi-cheng; Xie, Zhi-peng; Liu, Wei

    2015-06-01

    The ceramic injection molding technique was used in the gas-pressure sintering of ultra-fine Si3N4 powder. The feedstock's flowability, debinding rate, defect evolution, and microstructural evolution during production were explored. The results show that the solid volume loading of less than 50vol% and the surfactant mass fraction of 6wt% result in a perfect flowability of feedstock; this feedstock is suitable for injection molding. When the debinding time is 8 h at 40°C, approximately 50% of the wax can be solvent debinded. Defects detected during the preparation are traced to improper injection parameters, mold design, debinding parameters, residual stress, or inhomogeneous composition distribution in the green body. The bulk density, Vickers hardness, and fracture toughness of the gas-pressure-sintered Si3N4 ceramic reach 3.2 g/cm3, 16.5 GPa, and 7.2 MPa·m1/2, respectively.

  2. Study of process parameters on optical qualities for injection-molded plastic lenses.

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    Lai, Huai En; Wang, Pei Jen

    2008-04-20

    Numerical simulations for mold-flow analysis and experimental measurements of injection-molded plastic lenses have been conducted for investigation of optical qualities, residual birefringence, and form accuracy resulting from various pertinent process conditions. First, residual birefringence distributions on the lens have been predicted and verified experimentally. Furthermore, full-scale factorial design of experiments was conducted to comprehend the influences of qualities, such as shear stresses, form accuracy, and volumetric deviation, on the measured primary or Seidel aberrations. In conclusion, residual birefringence induced by stresses represented by photoelasticity measurements agrees well with the numerical predictions and the experimental results indicate that the residual birefringence is mainly generated during the mold-filling stage. In addition, spherical aberration of the injection-molded plastic lenses is more sensitive to the pertinent qualities as compared to coma and astigmatism. PMID:18425174

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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)

  6. New Design and Injection Molding Analysis of a Low Smoke Zero Halogen Cable Trunk

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    Xiaoxun Zhang

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The traditional production process of a cable trunk is plastic extrusion with PVC or other halogen containing materials. However, they have many disadvantages such as easy burning, producing toxic gases and smokes. A low smoke zero halogen (LSZH cable trunk was designed and developed in the present study and the injection molding process was adopted to produce the LSZH cable trunk. Numerical simulations were applied to investigate the effects of the important process parameters on the warpage of the cable trunk. Comparing the simulation results under different process conditions and consideration both of the volumetric shrinkage and the total warpage displacement, it is found that the process parameters, including mold temperature 75°C, melt temperature 265°C, injection pressure 190 MPa, packing pressure 152 MPa, cooling water temperature 50°C and injection time 3 s, are the optimal process conditions for the injection molding process of the new designed cable trunk.

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

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    Irfan Shirazi M.

    2014-07-01

    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.

  8. 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

  9. Numerical modeling of magnetic induction and heating in injection molding tools

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    Guerrier, Patrick; Hattel, Jesper Henri

    2013-01-01

    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.

  10. A Simulation Study of Conformal Cooling Channels in Plastic Injection Molding

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

    2013-09-01

    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.

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

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    Mohammad Aashiq M1 , Arun A.P1 ,Parthiban M

    2013-04-01

    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

  12. Two component tungsten powder injection molding – An effective mass production process

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    Antusch, Steffen, E-mail: steffen.antusch@kit.edu; Commin, Lorelei; Mueller, Marcus; Piotter, Volker; Weingaertner, Tobias

    2014-04-01

    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.

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

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

    2011-01-01

    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.

  14. Correlation between Rheotens measurements and reinforcement of polymer nanocomposites in the injection molding compounder

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    Battisti, Markus G.; Friesenbichler, Walter; Duretek, Ivica; Guttmann, Peter

    2015-04-01

    The evaluation of the effectiveness of reinforcement of polymers and polymer nanocomposites(PNCs), in particular the improvement of Young's modulus, is made by performing standardized tensile tests. Structural and morphological characterizations typically are investigated using expensive techniques like transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X- ray scattering and sometimes also rheological analyses (rotational rheometry). The objective of this study is to generate faster and economically advantageous data to verify the quality of the produced PNC-compound in an on-line measurement system. Subsequently injection molded parts are processed by using the Injection Molding Compounder (PNC-IMC) “by only one plasticizing process”. In comparison to the conventional compounding process, where the compound has to be pelletized and fed into the injection molding machine for the second plasticizing process, injection molding compounding combines these two processing steps. This paper shows first results and problems with the implementation of the Rheotens equipment into the concept of the IMC. Different processing techniques and various processing conditions were compared and the occurring effects were detected both with tensile testing and extensional melt rheology. Both, the increase of the Young's modulus by using layered silicates as nanofillersis compared to the virgin polypropylene and the correlation of the level of melt strength with Rheotens measurements is shown. These results give a good overview on both the possibilities and the limitations of the material pre-tests by the use of extensional rheology in the concept of the IMC for producing PNCs. Further studies to enable a fast and efficient way of estimating the level of reinforcement in PNCs by means of Rheotens measurements will be carried out towards industrial usability. Furthermore the verification of exfoliation and intercalation of the layered silicates in the polymer matrix using small angle X- ray scattering is planned.

  15. Carbon Nanotubes Reinforced Copper Matrix Nanocomposites via Metal Injection Molding Technique

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    Norani M. Mohamed; Faiz Ahmad; Ali S. Muhsan; Putri S.M.BT M. Yusoff; M.R. Raza

    2012-01-01

    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...

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

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    Amp Ttinen, Kalle N.; Bo Madsen; Roberts Joffe; Heidi Peltola

    2011-01-01

    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...

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

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

    2013-01-01

    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)...

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

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

    2007-01-01

    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...

  19. 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.

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

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    Beal V. E.

    2004-01-01

    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.

  1. In situ synchrotron studies of structure development during injection molding of liquid crystalline polymers

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    Rendon, Stanley; Burghardt, Wesley

    2006-03-01

    As in all polymer materials, the effect of polymer processing on the underlying molecular structure has a profound effect on the properties of liquid crystalline polymer products. While in situ scattering techniques have proven powerful for studying complex polymer structure during comparatively simple shearing or channel flows, their application to processing flows has largely been limited to in situ x-ray scattering/diffraction studies of structure development during fiber spinning. Here we report a new experiment in which a lab-scale injection molding machine has been modified to allow real-time, in situ measurements of molecular orientation development and subsequent crystallization during injection molding. The experiment requires high x-ray energy to reduce absorption in the aluminum mold wall, and high flux and a fast area detectors to achieve the necessary resolution to track time-dependent changes in fluid structure during mold filling. Hence it is ideally suited to the capabilites of the Advanced Photon Source. We report measurements injection molding of a commercial liquid crystalline copolyester (Vectra A) as a function of position in the mold and various process variables.

  2. Measurement and computation of thermal stresses in injection molding of amorphous and crystalline polymers

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    Farhoudi, Yalda

    1998-12-01

    An integrated experimental and theoretical study of the residual thermal stresses has been carried out. The final stress profiles along the thickness were measured in an amorphous and a semi-crystalline injection molded polymer using the layer removal technique. The two materials exhibited drastically distinct residual profiles. Furthermore, processing parameters such as melt and coolant temperatures, pressure history, and mold thickness were found to modify the profiles. In order to elucidate the findings, two models were derived. The two-dimensional free mold shrinkage model was developed to provide a rapid estimation of thermal stresses and the main features of their profile. A more complex model was developed by integrating the stress analysis with the simulation of the complete injection molding cycle by McKam. This model accounts for the fountain flow effect, the crystallization, and the PVT behavior of the material. With the help of the model predictions, explanations were provided for the occurrence of various regions in the residual stress profiles. Transitions or reversal of the regions under variable conditions or material properties were observed to be mainly determined by the ratio of the thermal to the pressure effects. Using these concepts, practical conclusions were drawn for controlling the residual stresses. As an alternative for optimization of injection molding with respect to residual stresses, inverse methods were developed to calculate the pressure history or the initial temperature distribution required to produce a prescribed residual stress distribution. These methods were tested using direct solutions with added errors and experimental stress data.

  3. Quality Control of Injection Molded Eyewear by Non-Contact Deflectometry

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

    2014-07-01

    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 (< ?/10 super polished) was used. The accuracy and bias with a spherical safety spectacle sample was below 1 μm, according to DIN ISO 5725-2.2002-12. The repeatability was 2.1 ?m and 35.7 ?m for a blind radius fit. In conclusion, the PMD technique is an appropriate tool for characterizing occupational safety spectacle and 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.

  4. Progress in modeling long glass and carbon fiber breakage during injection molding

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    Chen, Hongyu; Cieslinski, Mark; Baird, Donald G.

    2015-05-01

    This work is concerned with the modeling of in-machine fiber breakage during injection molding. A lab-scale single screw extruder is used to evaluate fiber breakage in the screw. Our experiments show that as the initial glass fiber pellets length is reduced relative to the channel width, the overall percent of breakage is reduced. We believe that the ratio of initial pellet length to the screw channel width, or diameter, is an important parameter determining the percent of fiber breakage. Data have been fit using an exponential decay model with a kinetic decay constant and a critical length value. This empirical model has been tested on an injection molding machine with a screw 1.6 times larger than that of our single screw extruder. The predicted average fiber length leaving the nozzle shows reasonable agreement with the measured value. For the injection molded end-gated-plaque produced by the same machine, additional fiber breakage has been observed in the runner. A hydrodynamic force based breakage model is combined with mold filling simulation to simulate the fiber breakage in the runner. For carbon fibers, similar breakage trends were observed in the single screw extruder indicating the applicability of our empirical model to carbon fiber.

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

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    Norhamidi Muhamad

    2008-08-01

    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.

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

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

    2004-03-01

    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).

  7. 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

  8. Optimizing Injection Molding Processing Parameters for Enhanced Mechanical Performance of Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch High Density Polyethylene Composites

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    M. S. Ramli; M.R. Abdul Latif; P.S.M. Megat-Yusoff

    2011-01-01

    This study reports on the influence of injection molding processing parameters on mechanical properties of oil palm Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB) filled High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE). The biocomposite pellets were first prepared using an extruder with 20 wt% EFB content before being processed in an injection-molding machine for specimen fabrication. Two processing parameters were varied systematically and independently during the composite sample fabrication. The holding pressure was increased ...

  9. A Novel Injection-Molded Capsular Device for Oral Pulsatile Delivery Based on Swellable/Erodible Polymers

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    GAZZANIGA, ANDREA; Cerea, Matteo; Alberto COZZI; Foppoli, Anastasia; Maroni, Alessandra; ZEMA, LUCIA

    2011-01-01

    The feasibility of injection molding was explored in the preparation of a novel capsular device for oral pulsatile/delayed delivery based on swellable/erodible polymers. For this purpose, a mold intended to be coupled with a bench-top injection-molding press was designed. This was expected to enable the preparation of matching capsule cap and body items within a single manufacturing cycle and the selection of differing shell thicknesses (300, 600, and 900 ?m). Hydroxypropylcellulose (Klucel...

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

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    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

    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.

  11. 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.

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

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    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)

    2012-10-01

    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.

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

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    Dheeraj Mandliya*1

    2014-05-01

    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.

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

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    Ren, Bin; Zhang, Shuyou; Tan, Jianrong

    2014-07-01

    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.

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

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    Dong Kwon Park

    2013-09-01

    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.

  16. 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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    Gean V. Salmoria

    2008-09-01

    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.

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

    2008-09-01

    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.

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

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    Tang, Peter Torben; Christensen, Thomas R.

    2004-01-01

    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.

  19. Injection-molded Cr3C2/Al2O3 components

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    The Injection molding of Cr3C2/Al2O3 composites was studied. The optimized processing parameters were developed. By controlling the content and particle size of Cr3C2, the strength, toughness and electrical conductivity of alumina were substantially improved. The effects of Cr3C2 additives and sintering environment on the microstructure and phase stability were investigated. Prototype complex-shaped valves and blades were demonstrated. Copyright (1998) AD-TECH - International Foundation for the Advancement of Technology Ltd

  20. Mechanical Properties of Injection Molded B 4C-C Ceramics

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    Schwetz, Karl A.; Sigl, Lorenz S.; Pfau, Lothar

    1997-10-01

    Various mechanical properties of carbon-doped boron carbide ceramics, prepared by the fabrication route, injection molding/pressureless sintering/post-hot isostatic pressing (HIP) were investigated as a function of the sintering temperature and the carbon additive level used. An optimum combination of mechanical properties (flexural stregth, fracture toughness, Young's modulus, Knoop's hardness) is thus obtained with 100% dense and very fine grained materials (mean grain size 1-4 ?m) which were sintered at temperatures from 2150 to 2175°C and post-HIPed at 2050°/200 MPa Ar, having an approximate final composition of 96 B4C-4C (wt%).

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

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    Menotti, Stefano; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

    2013-01-01

    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.

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

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

    2013-03-01

    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.

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

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    2007-08-01

    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.

  4. Surface topographic characterization for polyamide composite injection molds made of aluminum and copper alloys.

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    Pereira, A; Hernández, P; Martinez, J; Pérez, J A; Mathia, T G

    2014-01-01

    In order to ensure flexibility and rapid new product development, the mold industry made use of soft materials for cavity inserts in injection molds. However, materials of this kind are prone to wear. This article analyzes the topographic characterization of the surface and wear processes in injection molds cavities. Two materials have been used to produce the cavities: aluminum alloy EN AW?6082 T4 and copper alloy Cu Zn39 Pb3. The surface topography was measured with the use of optical interferometry profiling technology; roughness and surface parameters were determined according to ISO 4287, ISO 25178, and EUR 15178N. In order to complete this research, an experimental part with different thicknesses and shapes was designed, and cavity inserts of aluminum and copper were made. Polyamide PA6, with 30% fiberglass reinforcement, was employed in the experimental procedure. Measurements of cavity mold surfaces were performed after 9,200 cycles on each mold and at different locations on the mold. The surface measurement was made with a white light vertical scanning interferometry, also known as coherence scanning interferometry (ISO DIS 25178?604). The results are analyzed and differences between the two types of cavity inserts materials are discussed. PMID:23447356

  5. (The control of microstructures during consolidation and injection molding of colloidal dispersions)

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    The existing three-year grant pertaining to The control of micro-structures during consolidation and injection molding of colloidal dispersions'' began July 1, 1988 as a continuation of a previous grant. The overall effort seeks to answer fundamental questions relevant to the colloidal processing of submicron particles leading to ceramic materials for strutural, electronic, or optical applications. At the outset two distinct projects were envisioned, an exploration of the ultrasonic enhancement of disorder-order transitions and a detailed study of injection molding of very dense dispersion, with each weighted toward experiments but with theoretical components. As the effort evolved the focus shifted in response to the interests of the students attracted to the project, the identification of interesting related problems through technical meetings, and different insights gained during participation in a DOE sponsored workshop. The scope that has emerged encompasses: completion of research begun during the first grant period on disorder-order transitions occurring during sedimentation, the consolidation of flocculated dispersions via filtration and the assembly of nanometer-sized particle into dense packings.

  6. Optimization of injection molded parts by using ANN-PSO approach

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    R. Spina

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the work was the optimization of injection molded product warpage by using an integrated environment.Design/methodology/approach: The approach implemented took advantages of the Finite Element (FE Analysis to simulate component fabrication and investigate the main causes of defects. A FE model was initially designed and then reinforced by integrating Artificial Neural Network to predict main filling and packing results and Particle Swarm Approach to optimize injection molding process parameters automatically.Findings: This research has confirmed that the evaluation of the FE simulation results through the Artificial Neural Network system was an efficient method for the assessment of the influence of process parameter variation on part manufacturability, suggesting possible adjustments to improve part quality.Research limitations/implications: Future researches will be addressed to the extension of analysis to large thin components and different classes of materials with the aim to improve the proposed approach.Originality/value: The originality of the work was related to the possibility of analyzing component fabrication at the design stage and use results in the manufacturing stage. In this way, design, fabrication and process control were strictly links.

  7. Simulation of shrinkage and warpage of semi-crystalline thermoplastics

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    Hopmann, Ch.; Borchmann, N.; Spekowius, M.; Weber, M.; Schöngart, M.

    2015-05-01

    Today, the simulation of the injection molding process is state of the art. Besides the simulation of the manufacturing process, commercial simulation tools allow a prediction of the structural properties of the final part. Especially the complex shrinkage and warpage behavior is of interest as it significantly influences the part quality. Although modern simulation tools provide qualitatively correct results for several materials and processing conditions, significant deviations from the real component's behavior can occur for semi-crystalline thermoplastics. One underlying reason is the description on the macro scale used in these simulation tools. However, in semi-crystalline materials significant effects take place on the micro scale, e.g. crystalline superstructures that cannot be neglected. As part of a research project at IKV, investigations are carried out to improve the simulation accuracy of shrinkage and warpage. To point out differences in the accuracy of commercially available simulation tools, a reference part is computed for the materials polypropylene and polyoxymethylene. The results are validated by injection molding experiments. The shrinkage and warpage behavior is characterized by optical measuring technology. In future, models for the description of the pvT behavior of semi-crystalline thermoplastics will be implemented into the software package SphäroSim which was developed at IKV. With this software, crystallization kinetics for semi-crystalline thermoplastics can be calculated on the micro scale. With the newly implemented pvT models the calculation of shrinkage and warpage for semi-crystalline thermoplastics will be enabled on the micro scale.

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

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    Park, Keun; Lee, Sang-Ik

    2010-03-01

    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.

  9. 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.

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

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    Shiqiang Zhang

    2013-01-01

    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.

  11. High quality ion channels recordings on an injection molded polymer chip

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    Tanzi, Simone

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis we demonstrate high quality 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. Such recordings are traditionally made using glass micropipettes, or in recent years using consumable microfluidic chips of high costs. The patch clamping method is widely used both in fundamental studies of electrophysiology of living cells and tissue and in drug discovery. The findings of this work 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 via a process comprising master origination by dry etching in a silicon substrate, electroplating in nickel, and injection molding of the final part. A thorough characterization of the patching orifices by means of SEM and AFM showed high replication accuracy through the fabrication process. The most critical device parameters were identified as the length of the patching capillaries and the very low surface roughness inside of the capillaries. The cross-sectional shape of the cornered apertures was found to be less critical, as apertures with different profiles were tested with cells and showed the same ability to form tight seals with cells with negligible leak currents. The ability to form high resistance seals in the GOhm range, the so called gigaseals, is demonstrated with a success rate of 15%. The devices were functionally tested with Human Embryonice Kidney (HEK) cells expressing voltage-gated sodium channels and benchmarked against a commercial state-of-the-art system for automated ion channel recordings. These experiments considered current-voltage relationships for activation and inactivation of the sodium channels and their sensitivity to a local anesthetic, lidocaine. Both IVs and lidocaine does response curves obtained from the injection molded polymer device were in excellent agreement with data obtained from the commercial system.

  12. Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-Molded Long-Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites - FY 2015 First Quarterly Report

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Fifield, Leonard S.; Kijewski, Seth A.; Sangid, Michael D.; Wang, Jin; Jin, Xiaoshi; Costa, Franco; Tucker III, Charles L.; Mathur, Raj N.; Gandhi, Umesh N.; Mori, Steven

    2015-01-29

    During the first quarter of FY 2015, the following technical progress has been made toward project milestones: 1) Autodesk delivered a new research version of ASMI to PNNL. This version includes the improved 3D fiber orientation solver, and the reduced order model (ROM) for fiber length distribution using the proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) implemented in the mid-plane, dual-domain and 3D solvers. 2) Autodesk coordinated a conference paper with PNNL reporting ASMI mid-plane fiber orientation predictions compared with the measured data for two PlastiComp plaques. This paper was accepted for presentation at the 2015 Society for Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC conference. 3) The University of Illinois (Prof. Tucker) assisted team members from Purdue with fiber orientation measurement techniques, including interpretation of off-axis cross sections. 4) The University of Illinois assisted Autodesk team members with software implementation of the POD approach for fiber length modeling, and with fiber orientation modeling. 5) The University of Illinois co-authored in the SPE ANTEC paper, participated with the team in discussions of plaque data and model results, and participated in the definition of go/no-go experiments and data. 6) Purdue University (Purdue) conducted fiber orientation measurements for 3 PlastiComp plaques: fast-fill 30wt% LCF/PP center-gated, fast-fill 50wt% LCF/PA66 edge-gated and fast-fill 50wt% LCF/PA66 center-gated plaques, and delivered the fiber orientation data for these plaques at the selected locations (named A, B, and C) to PNNL. However, the data for the fast-fill 50wt% LCF/PA66 edge-gated plaque exhibited unusual variations and could not be used for the model validation. Purdue will re-measure fiber orientation for this plaque. 7) Based on discussions with the University of Illinois Purdue explained the ambiguity in the measurements of the fiber orientation components. 8) PNNL discussed with team members to establish a go/no-go decision plan for the project and submitted the established plan to DOE. 9) PNNL performed ASMI mid-plane analyses for the fast-fill center-gated 30wt% LCF/PP and 50wt% LCF/PA66 plaques and compared the predicted fiber orientations with the measured data provided by Purdue at Locations A, B, and C on these plaques. 10) Based on discussions with the University of Illinois and Autodesk, PNNL proposed a procedure to adjust fiber orientation data for Location A of the center-gated plaques so that the data can be expressed and interpreted in the flow/cross-flow direction coordinate system. 11) PNNL tested the new ASMI version received from Autodesk, examined and discussed 3D fiber orientation predictions for PlastiComp plaques. 12) PlastiComp, Inc. (PlastiComp), Toyota Research Institute North America (Toyota) and Magna Exteriors and Interiors Corp. (Magna) participated in discussions with team members on the go/no-go plan and the issues related to fiber length measurements. Toyota continued the discussion with Magna on tool modification for molding the complex part in order to achieve the target fiber length in the part.

  13. Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-Molded Long-Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites - FY 2014 First Quarterly Report

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

    2014-02-19

    The CRADA between PNNL, Autodesk, Toyota and Magna has been effective since October 28th, 2013. The whole team including CRADA and subcontract partners kicked off the project technically on November 1st, 2013. This report describes work performed during the first quarter of FY 2014. The following technical progresses have been made toward project milestones: 1) The project kickoff meeting was organized at PlastiComp, Inc. in Winona on November 13th, 2013 involving all the project partners. During this meeting the research plan and Gantt chart were discussed and refined. The coordination of the research activities among the partners was also discussed to ensure that the deliverables and timeline will be met. 2) Autodesk delivered a research version of ASMI to PNNL for process modeling using this tool under the project. PNNL installed this research version on a PNNL computer and tested it. Currently, PNNL is using ASMI to prepare the models for PlastiComp plaques. 3) PlastiComp has compounded long carbon-fiber reinforced polypropylene and polyamide 6,6 compounds for rheological and thermal characterization tests by the Autodesk laboratories in Melbourne, Australia. 4) Initial mold flow analysis was carried out by PlastiComp to confirm that the 3D complex part selected by Toyota as a representative automotive part is moldable. 5) Toyota, Magna, PlastiComp and PNNL finalized the planning for molding the Toyota 3D complex part. 6) Purdue University worked with PNNL to update and specify the test matrix for characterization of fiber length/orientation. 7) Purdue University developed tools to automate the data collection and analysis of fiber length and orientation measurements. 8) Purdue University designed and specified equipment to replace the need for equipment using the technology established by the University of Leeds at General Motors.

  14. Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-Molded Long-Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites - Second FY 2015 Quarterly Report

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Fifield, Leonard S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Kijewski, Seth A. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Sangid, Michael D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Wang, Jin [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Costa, Franco [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Tucker, III, Charles L. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Mathur, Raj N. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Gandhi, Umesh N. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Mori, Steven [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2015-05-19

    During the second quarter of FY 2015, the following technical progress has been made toward project milestones: 1) Autodesk reviewed 3D fiber orientation distribution (FOD) comparisons and provided support on improving accuracy. 2) Autodesk reviewed fiber length distribution (FLD) data comparisons and provided suggestions, assisted PNNL in FOD and FLD parameter settings optimization, and advised PNNL on appropriate through thickness thermal conductivity for improved frozen layer effect on FOD predictions. Autodesk also participated in project review meetings including preparations and discussions towards passing the go/no-go decision point. 3) Autodesk implemented an improved FOD inlet profile specification method through the part thickness for 3D meshes and provided an updated ASMI research version to PNNL. 4) The University of Illinois (Prof. C.L. Tucker) provided Autodesk with ideas to improve fiber orientation modeling 5) Purdue University re-measured fiber orientation for the fast-fill 50wt% LCF/PA66 edge-gated plaque, and delivered the fiber orientation data for this plaque at the selected locations (named A, B, and C, Figure 1) to PNNL. Purdue also re-measured fiber orientation for locations A on the fast-fill 30wt% LCF/PP and 50wt% LCF/PA66 center-gated plaques, which exhibited anomalous fiber orientation behavior. 6) Purdue University conducted fiber length measurements and delivered the length data to PNNL for the purge materials (slow-fill 30wt% LCF/PP and 30wt% LCF/PA66 purge materials) and PlastiComp plaques selected on the go/no-go list for fiber length model validation (i.e., slow-fill edge-gated 30wt% LCF/PP and 30wt% LCF/PA66 plaques, Locations A, B, and C). 7) PNNL developed a method to recover intact carbon fibers from LCF/PA66 materials. Isolated fibers were shipped to Purdue for length distribution analysis. 8) PNNL completed ASMI mid-plane analyses for all the PlastiComp plaques defined on the go/no-go list for fiber orientation (FO) model validation and compared the predicted fiber orientations with the measured data provided by Purdue at Locations A, B, and C on these plaques. The 15% accuracy criterion based on evaluation of tensile and bending stiffness was used to assess the accuracy in fiber orientation predictions. 9) PNNL completed ASMI mid-plane analyses for all the PlastiComp plaques defined on the go/no-go list for fiber length distribution (FLD) model validation and compared the predicted length distributions with the measured data provided by Purdue at Locations A, B, and C on these plaques. The 15% accuracy criterion based on evaluation of tensile and bending stiffness was used to assess the accuracy in fiber orientation predictions. 10) PNNL tested the new ASMI version received from Autodesk in March 2015, examined and discussed 3D fiber orientation predictions for PlastiComp plaques. 11) PlastiComp, Inc. (PlastiComp), Toyota Research Institute North America (Toyota) and Magna Exteriors and Interiors Corporation (Magna) participated in discussions with team members on the go/no-go plan. Toyota continued the discussion with Magna on tool modification for molding the complex part in order to achieve the target fiber length in the part.

  15. Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-Molded Long-Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites - FY13 Fourth Quarterly Report

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Simmons, Kevin L.

    2013-12-02

    This quarterly report summarizes the status of the project planning to obtain all the approvals required for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Autodesk, Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (Toyota), and Magna Exterior and Interiors Corporation (Magna). The final CRADA documents processed by PNNL’s Legal Services were submitted to all the parties for signatures.

  16. Predictive Engineering Tools for Injection-Molded Long-Carbon-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites - FY13 Third Quarterly Report

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Simmons, Kevin L.

    2013-08-06

    This quarterly report summarizes the status for the project planning to obtain all the approvals required for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Autodesk, Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America (Toyota), and Magna Exterior and Interiors Corporation (Magna). The CRADA documents have been processed by PNNL Legal Services that is also coordinating the revision effort with the industrial parties to address DOE’s comments.

  17. Fabrication and characterization of injection molded multi level nano and microfluidic systems

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    Matteucci, Marco; Christiansen, Thomas Lehrmann

    2013-01-01

    We here present a method for fabrication of multi-level all-polymer chips by means of silicon dry etching, electroplating and injection molding. This method was used for successful fabrication of microfluidic chips for applications in the fields of electrochemistry, cell trapping and DNA elongation. These chips incorporate channel depths in the range between 100nm and 100?m and depth to width aspect ratios between 1/200 and 2. Optimization of the sealing process of all-polymer COC microfluidic chips by means of thermal bonding is also presented. The latter includes comparing the bonding strength of UV-treated foils and presentation of a simple model for estimating the delamination pressure. With UV surface treatments, foils of 100?m thickness were found to withstand pressures up to 9atm in Ø4mm cylindrical inlets when thermally bonded to micropatterned substrates of 2mm thickness.

  18. 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.

  19. Qualification Methods of Al2O3 Injection Molding Raw Materials

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    Egész, Á.; Gömze, L. A.

    2015-04-01

    For producing ceramic arc tube parts (plugs), there are used two different major components for producing injection molding raw material (feedstock): high purity alumina powder as the main component, and an organic paraffin wax as a binder material. It is expressly important to know the material, physical and chemical properties of these components, since mainly these have effect on the homogenity of feedstock, and therefore on the quality of end product. In this research, both of the main components and the moldable raw material was investigated by visual, physical, and thermal methods. As most important and main statement, the researchers found that the dynamic viscosity of raw material depends more on the applied temperature, than on the deformation speed gradient. Applied analitycal methods were laser granulometry, sieve analysis, differential thermal analysis and rheology analysis.

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

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    2011-11-01

    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.

  1. 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

  2. Injection Molding of Polystyrene Matrix Composites Filled with Vapor Grown Carbon Fiber

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    Enomoto, Kazuki; Yasuhara, Toshiyuki; Ohtake, Naoto; Kato, Kazunori

    Vapor grown carbon fiber (VGCF) is a kind of carbon nanotube (CNT), which has outstanding properties such as high mechanical strength and high electrical conductivity. In this study, injection molding properties of polystyrene (PS) filled with VGCF and evaluation of mechanical and electrical properties are discussed in comparison with composites in which conventional carbon fillers were filled. As a result, volume resistivity of VGCF/PS composites dropped significantly between VGCF concentration of 3 and 4vol.%. Resistivity of the composites filled with VGCF was 1.2×102?·cm when VGCF concentration was 11.6vol.%. The resistivity was significantly lower than that of composites which were filled with conventional carbon fillers. The elastic modulus slightly increases with increasing VGCF concentration, whereas the tensile strength slightly decreases in the VGCF concentration in the range from 0 to 12vol.%.

  3. 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)

  4. Mechanical properties depending on fiber orientation in injection molded short-fiber-reinforced plastic parts

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    Chung, S.T.; Kwon, T.H. [Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology (Korea, Democratic People`s Republic of)

    1996-12-31

    In injection molding of short-fiber-reinforced plastics, the fiber orientation during a mold filling process is determined by the flow field, while it is in turn affected by the orientation state of fibers. The Dinh and Armstrong`s orientation-dependent constitutive equation for fiber suspension was thus incorporated into the coupled analysis of mold filling flow and fiber orientation including the additional stresses due to the existence of fibers. The mold filling simulation was then performed by solving a new pressure equation and the energy equation via a finite element/finite difference method as well as evolution equations for the second-order orientation tensor via the fourth-order Runge-Kutta method. With the fiber orientation known, predictions of the anisotropic mechanical properties of the composites are obtained by using the Halpin-Tsai equations for unidirectional composites and taking an orientation average.

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

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    Hobæk, Thor Christian; Matschuk, Maria

    2015-01-01

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Biodegradability of injection molded bioplastic pots containing polylactic acid and poultry feather fiber.

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    Ahn, H K; Huda, M S; Smith, M C; Mulbry, W; Schmidt, W F; Reeves, J B

    2011-04-01

    The biodegradability of three types of bioplastic pots was evaluated by measuring carbon dioxide produced from lab-scale compost reactors containing mixtures of pot fragments and compost inoculum held at 58 °C for 60 days. Biodegradability of pot type A (composed of 100% polylactic acid (PLA)) was very low (13 ± 3%) compared to literature values for other PLA materials. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) results suggest that the PLA undergoes chemical structural changes during polymer extrusion and injection molding. These changes may be the basis of the low biodegradability value. Biodegradability of pot types B (containing 5% poultry feather, 80% PLA, 15% starch), and C (containing 50% poultry feather, 25% urea, 25% glycerol), were 53 ± 2% and 39 ± 3%, respectively. More than 85% of the total biodegradation of these bioplastics occurred within 38 days. NIRS results revealed that poultry feather was not degraded during composting. PMID:21320772

  8. Multiple Performance Optimization for the Best Metal Injection Molding Green Compact

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    M.R. Harun

    2011-01-01

    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.

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

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    Gava, Alberto; Tosello, Guido

    2009-01-01

    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.

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

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    Østergaard, Peter Friis; Matteucci, Marco

    2012-01-01

    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.

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

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    ArlØ, Uffe Rolf; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

    2003-01-01

    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).

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

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

    2015-03-01

    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.

  13. Investigation of sample preparation on the moldability of ceramic injection molding feedstocks

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    Ide, Jared

    Ceramic injection molding is a desirable option for those who are looking to make ceramic parts with complex geometries. Formulating the feedstock needed to produce ideal parts is a difficult process. In this research a series of feedstock blends will be evaluated for moldability. This was done by investigating their viscosity, and how certain components affect the overall ability to flow. These feedstocks varied waxes, surfactants, and solids loading. A capillary rheometer was used to characterize some of the materials, which led to one batch being selected for molding trials. The parts were sintered and further refinements were made to the feedstock. Solids loading was increased from 77.5% to 82%, which required different ratios of organics to flow. Finally, the ceramic powders were treated to lower their specific surface area before being compounded, which resulted in materials that would process easily through an extruder and exhibit properties suitable for CIM.

  14. Dimensional accuracy in rapid prototyping of ceramics formed by injection molding using rapid tooling

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    Judson, Elizabeth Ann

    Low pressure powder injection molding using rapid tooling technology is capable of producing sintered ceramic prototypes in less than one week from the design of the part. Prediction of the shrinkage, complicated by anisotropy, makes dimensioning of the tool a critical part of the process. A model has been developed that predicts die dimensions of alumina and zirconia ceramics formed by this process. The model incorporates anisotropic shrinkage that is a result of differential particle packing and orientation due to pressure-driven flow of particles in a suspension. The model can be integrated into the CAD package used to create the mold for the part. As an example, utilization of the model reduces average error from 1.11 mm (.044?) to 0.32 mm (.012?) on fired alumina parts with a flow length of 100 nun (3.94?). This significant reduction in error would lowers the dimensional variation of the part to within industry tolerances of 0.5%.

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

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    Marian Blaško

    2014-12-01

    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.

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

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

    2012-05-01

    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.

  17. Mechanical Properties of Sintered Martensitic Stainless Steel Fabricated by Metal Injection Molding Process

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    Nakayama, Hideki; Kyogoku, Hideki

    The effects of sintering and heat treatment conditions on the mechanical properties of martensitic stainless steel fabricated by metal injection molding (MIM) process were investigated. The specimens were made by injecting the mixture of gas-atomized powders of 5 µm and 10 µm in mean particle diameter and a polymer binder into a metallic mold. The injection molded compacts were debound in air at various temperatures between 533 K and 593 K for 7.2 ks. They were sintered in vacuum at various temperatures between 1273 K and 1623 K for 7.2 ks. And the specimens were tempered at various temperatures between 373 K and 973 K after vacuum hardening. The density of the as-sintered compact of 5 µm powder was higher than that of the as-sintered compact of 10 µm powder. In case of the as-sintered compact of 5 µm powder, the tensile strength depended on the change in density, and the tensile strength of the compact sintered at 1373 K was 1600 MPa. On the other hand, in the case of the as-sintered compact of 10 µm powder, the tensile strength was rather lower than that of the as-sintered compact of 5 µm powder because of coarsening of the grain size. The tensile strength and elongation of the heat-treated compact of 5 µm powder were 1800 MPa and 12 %, respectively. The tensile strength and elongation of the heat-treated compact of 10 µm powder were 1680 MPa and 10 %, respectively. Thus, the mechanical properties of the compacts were approximately equal to those of the wrought material.

  18. Micromechanical modeling of the progressive failure in short glass-fiber reinforced thermoplastics

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    Kammoun, Slim

    2011-01-01

    Thermoplastics reinforced with short glass fibers are increasingly used in many industrial applications due to their attractive mechanical properties, rapid processing and relatively low manufacturing cost. Injection molding is a widely used process for the production of reinforced parts with complex shapes. However, the concentration and the orientation of the fibers vary from one point to the other. This induces a strong heterogeneity throughout the material, making the prediction of its be...

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

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

    2014-05-01

    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.

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

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

    2011-01-01

    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

  1. Short-term and long-term behavior of PP-polymer nanocomposites produced by injection molding compounding

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    Battisti, M. G.; Guttmann, P.; Chitu, L.; Friesenbichler, W.

    2015-05-01

    There are only few investigations considering the impact of nanoscale fillers on the mechanical und thermo-mechanical properties of polymers. Particularly there is a lack of results regarding long term creep behavior of Polypropylene-based polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). Therefore, the objective of this study is to determine the influence of nanofiller content on the mechanical and thermo-mechanical behavior of Polypropylene-based PNCs. Processing of the test specimens was carried out using the Polymer NanoComposite Injection Molding Compounder (PNC-IMC). In comparison to the conventional compounding process, in which the compound must be pelletized and fed into the injection molding machine for the second plasticizing process, injection molding compounding combines these two processing steps. Material compounding and subsequent injection molding are done directly with only one plasticizing process, using a heated melt pipe and a melt accumulator for melt transfer from the compounder to the injection molding machine. The PNCs were produced in the 3-in-1 process at the PNC-IMC, where all components (polymer, compatibilizer, nanofiller) were added simultaneously into the compounder. Furthermore, the polymer melt was treated using elongational flow generating devices for better intercalation and exfoliation of the nanofillers. Tensile tests were made to characterize the short-term-mechanical properties. Tensile creep tests show the influence of nanofillers on the long-term-creep-performance and dynamic mechanical tests (DMA) were performed to investigate the thermo-mechanical behavior. Both, the improvements in the mechanical and thermo-mechanical properties in comparison to the pure polypropylene are shown and give an excellent overview of possibilities and limitations of the PNCs. Further research will focus on the detailed understanding of the different mechanisms of property improvement of layered silicates in polymer. By using small angle X-ray scattering exfoliation and intercalation of the layered silicates in the polymer matrix will be verified.

  2. 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.

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

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    Marcia Adriana Tomaz, Duarte; Roberson Goulart, Hugen; Eduardo Sant' Anna, Martins; Ana Paula Testa, Pezzin; Sérgio Henrique, Pezzin.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  4. Micro Injection Molding of Thin Walled Geometries with Induction Heating System

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    Menotti, Stefano; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

    2014-01-01

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Surface Hardening of Powder Injection Molded 316L Stainless Steels Through Low-Temperature Carburization

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    Cheng, Li-Hui; Hwang, Kuen-Shyang

    2013-02-01

    The surface hardness of powder injection molded (PIM) 316L is generally low due to the inherited austenitic structure and large grains induced during high-temperature sintering. To increase the surface hardness and the wear resistance, low-temperature carburization (LTC) was applied to PIM 316L. With carburization at 773 K (500 °C) for 24 hours, the resulting hardness at the surface increases from 160 to 810 HV due to the "colossal" supersaturation of interstitial carbon and M5C2 carbide, and the corrosion resistance is not deteriorated. The carburized depth is about 40 ?m, and the carbon content in this layer is about 3.25 wt pct or 13.5 at. pct, which causes lattice expansion of the austenite. When the carburization temperature increases to 823 K (550 °C), or the carburization time increases to 72 hours, chromium carbides are observed and the corrosion resistance is impaired. One distinct advantage of applying LTC to PIM 316L is that no acid cleaning process is required, unlike for wrought counterparts, because of the clean surface of the sintered materials.

  7. Trial production of titanium orthodontic brackets fabricated by metal injection molding (MIM) with sintering.

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    Deguchi, T; Ito, M; Obata, A; Koh, Y; Yamagishi, T; Oshida, Y

    1996-07-01

    Safety and esthetics are two indispensable factors to consider when fabricating orthodontic brackets. However, these factors are not easily achieved when conventional techniques (including forging and casting) are used in the mass production of titanium brackets, albeit the brackets exhibit excellent biocompatibility. In the present study, orthodontic brackets were manufactured by metal powder injection molding with sintering. Brackets with three different base designs were made and subjected to compression shear tests for evaluation of their bonding strength to enamel substrate. The shapes given to the dimple of the base were spherical, oval, and grooved. The maximum shear forces for each type were 11.1 kgf, 7.6 kgf, and 18.5 kgf, respectively. The bonding strengths of the titanium bracket were equivalent to those obtained with conventional stainless steel brackets. Moreover, uniform distribution of Vickers hardness values (average, 240 +/- 40 Hv) measured at three locations indicated that the titanium bracket was uniformly sintered. Accordingly, titanium brackets thus fabricated exhibit a potential for clinical application. PMID:8876601

  8. Orientation distribution and process modeling of thermotropic liquid crystalline copolyester (TLCP) injection-moldings

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    Bubeck, Robert; Fang, Jun; Burghardt, Wesley; Burgard, Susan; Fischer, Daniel

    2009-03-01

    The influence of melt processing conditions upon mechanical properties and degrees of compound molecular orientation have been thoroughly studied for a series of well-defined injection molded samples fabricated from VECTRA (TM) A950 and 4,4'-dihydroxy-a-methylstilbene TLCPs. Fracture and tensile data were correlated with processing conditions, orientation, and molecular weight. Mechanical properties for both TLCPs were found to follow a ``universal'' Anisotropy Factor (AF) associated with the bimodal orientation states in the plaques determined from 2-D WAXS. Surface orientations were globally surveyed using Attenuated Total Reflectance -- Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy and C K edge Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS). The results derived from the two spectroscopy techniques confirmed each other well. These results along with those from 2-D WAXS in transmission were compared with the results of process modeling using a commercial program, MOLDFLOW(TM). The agreement between model predictions and the measured orientation states was gratifyingly good.

  9. 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

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

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    Pessoles, Xavier; 10.1016/j.jmatprotec.2008.08.034

    2010-01-01

    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...

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

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

    2015-04-01

    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

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

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    Meckley, Jonathan A.

    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.

  13. 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

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

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

    2013-02-01

    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

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

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    Peltola, Heidi; Madsen, Bo

    2011-01-01

    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.

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

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

    2013-12-20

    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.

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

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    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

    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.

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

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    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

    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.

  19. Reaction injection molding and direct covalent bonding of OSTE+ polymer microfluidic devices

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    Sandström, N.; Shafagh, R. Z.; Vastesson, A.; Carlborg, C. F.; van der Wijngaart, W.; Haraldsson, T.

    2015-07-01

    In this article, we present OSTE+RIM, a novel reaction injection molding (RIM) process that combines the merits of off-stoichiometric thiol–ene epoxy (OSTE+) thermosetting polymers with the fabrication of high quality microstructured parts. The process relies on the dual polymerization reactions of OSTE+ polymers, where the first curing step is used in OSTE+RIM for molding intermediately polymerized parts with well-defined shapes and reactive surface chemistries. In the facile back-end processing, the replicated parts are directly and covalently bonded and become fully polymerized using the second curing step, generating complete microfluidic devices. To achieve unprecedented rapid processing, high replication fidelity and low residual stress, OSTE+RIM uniquely incorporates temperature stabilization and shrinkage compensation of the OSTE+ polymerization during molding. Two different OSTE+ formulations were characterized and used for the OSTE+RIM fabrication of optically transparent, warp-free and natively hydrophilic microscopy glass slide format microfluidic demonstrator devices, featuring a storage modulus of 2.3?GPa and tolerating pressures of at least 4?bars.

  20. Fabrication of microstructures with extreme structural heights by vacuum reaction injection molding and electroforming

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    Development work has resulted in a vacuum reaction injection molding (RIM) process which allows to fabricate plastic microstructures having minimum lateral dimensions in the micrometer range and structural heights of several hundred micrometers. The plastic structures generated by this method on an electrically conductive gate plate can be used directly as templates for the production of metallic microstructures through electroforming. The mold inserts for the molding tools used in the RIM process are fabricated by synchrotron radiation lithography and electroforming on an electrically conductive base plate. Particularly stable mold inserts made of one single material with extremely plane surfaces are obtained by electrodeposition of metal such that it stands by several millimeters over the resist structures generated by lithography. The mold insert produced in this way is separated from the base plate and the resist structures are subsequently removed. The molding tests were performed at a purpose developed vacuum RIM apparatus. Methacrylate base casting resins were used with an internal mold release agent added in order to reduce the adhesion of the produced part on the mold insert. By the example of fabrication of separation nozzle structures with minimum lateral dimensions of about 3 ?m and a maximum structural height of 310 ?m it has been demonstrated that molding can be performed at 100% yield and that service lives of the mold inserts can be achieved which are adequate for mass production. (orig./HP)

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

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    Menotti, Stefano; Hansen, Hans NØrgaard

    2014-01-01

    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.

  2. 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

  3. 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)

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

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    Aleš Han?i?

    2013-05-01

    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.

  5. Optimizing Injection Molding Processing Parameters for Enhanced Mechanical Performance of Oil Palm Empty Fruit Bunch High Density Polyethylene Composites

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    M.S. Ramli

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This study reports on the influence of injection molding processing parameters on mechanical properties of oil palm Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB filled High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE. The biocomposite pellets were first prepared using an extruder with 20 wt% EFB content before being processed in an injection-molding machine for specimen fabrication. Two processing parameters were varied systematically and independently during the composite sample fabrication. The holding pressure was increased from 60 to 90 bars while the injection temperature was varied from 150 to 210°C. The highest tensile strength of the composites was achieved at 70 bar holding pressure and 150°C injection temperature. However, the highest fracture strength was achieved at 80 bars whilst maintaining the injection temperature at 150°C. Flexural strength was shown to be unaffected by the varying pressure. The optimal processing parameters for highest mechanical performance were found to be at holding pressure of 80 bars and injection tempera

  6. Materials selection and manufacturing of thermoplastic elastomer microfluidics

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    Sameoto, D.; Wasay, A.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper we outline some of the manufacturing advantages and challenges of working with thermoplastic elastomers as an alternative to traditional polydimethysiloxane (PDMS) for flexible and reversibly bonded microfluidic systems. Unlike PDMS, thermoplastic elastomers can be processed with many industrial polymer manufacturing technologies such as extrusion, injection molding, hot embossing and others, potentially permitting much more scalable production and cheaper costs per part. Unlike a more rigid thermoplastic, these thermoplastic elastomers are typically much easier to bond, either reversibly or permanently due to their inherent compliance and subsequent low pressures necessary to seal channels and reservoirs. Unlike PDMS however, where one material (Sylgard 184) dominates the literature, there have not been many in depth investigations into thermoplastic elastomers and their relative performance and applicability to microfabrication. We show a comparison between several categories of thermoplastic elastomer to demonstrate what issues may be encountered and to demonstrate that even for labs with minimal equipment, academic prototyping with these materials is not necessarily any more challenging than PDMS.

  7. Replication of micro/nano-scale features by micro injection molding with a bulk metallic glass mold insert

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    Zhang, Nan; Chu, J. S.; Byrne, Cormac J.; et al, ...

    2012-01-01

    The development of MEMS and Microsystems needs a reliable mass production process to fabricate micro components with micro/nano scale features. In our study, we used the micro injection molding process to replicate micro/nano scale channels and ridges from a Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG) cavity insert. High density polyethylene (HDPE) was used as the molding material and Design of Experiment (DOE) was adopted to systematically and statistically investigate the relationship betwe...

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

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    Yuejun Liu; Yugang Huang; Duxin Li

    2013-01-01

    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 proc...

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

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

    2010-01-01

    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...

  10. 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

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

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    Battisti, M. G.; Friesenbichler, W.

    2014-05-01

    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.

  12. 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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    Graf, Neil J.; Bowser, Michael T.

    2013-01-01

    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...

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

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    Fatih Mengeloglu; Kadir Karaku?

    2012-01-01

    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...

  14. 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

  15. 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

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

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

    2015-01-01

    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

  17. Microstructural study of duplex stainless steels obtained by powder injection molding

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    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)

    2014-03-15

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. Microengineering of Metals and Ceramics: Part I: Design, Tooling and Injection Molding; Volume 3: Advanced Micro & Nanosystems

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    Baltes, Henry; Brand, Oliver; Fedder, Gary K.; Hierold, Christofer; Korvink, Jan G.; Tabata, Osamu; Löhe, Detlef; Haußelt, Jürgen

    2005-09-01

    Microstructures, electronics, nanotechnology - these vast fields of research are growing together as the size gap narrows and many different materials are combined. Current research, engineering sucesses and newly commercialized products hint at the immense innovative potentials and future applications that open up once mankind controls shape and function from the atomic level right up to the visible world without any gaps. In this volume, authors from three major competence centres for microengineering illustrate step by step the process from designing and simulating microcomponents of metallic and ceramic materials to replicating micro-scale components by injection molding.

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

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    A. R. Jafarian

    2005-01-01

    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.

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

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    David M. Wright; DOE Project Officer - Keith Bennett

    2007-07-31

    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.

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

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    Öktem, H.

    2012-01-01

    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.

  3. A novel injection-molded capsular device for oral pulsatile delivery based on swellable/erodible polymers.

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    Gazzaniga, Andrea; Cerea, Matteo; Cozzi, Alberto; Foppoli, Anastasia; Maroni, Alessandra; Zema, Lucia

    2011-03-01

    The feasibility of injection molding was explored in the preparation of a novel capsular device for oral pulsatile/delayed delivery based on swellable/erodible polymers. For this purpose, a mold intended to be coupled with a bench-top injection-molding press was designed. This was expected to enable the preparation of matching capsule cap and body items within a single manufacturing cycle and the selection of differing shell thicknesses (300, 600, and 900 ?m). Hydroxypropylcellulose (Klucel(®) EF, LF, and GF) was employed as the release-controlling polymer in admixture with polyethylene glycol 1500 (10%, w/w) as the plasticizer. After preliminary trials aimed at the setup of operating conditions, Klucel(®) EF and LF capsule shells with satisfactory technological properties were manufactured. The performance of capsular devices filled with a tracer drug powder was studied by means of a modified USP31 disintegration apparatus. Typical in vitro delayed release patterns were thereby obtained, with lag time increasing as a function of the wall thickness. A good correlation was found between the latter parameter and t (10%), i.e., the time to 10% release, for both polymer grades employed. On the basis of the overall results, the investigated technique was proven suitable for the manufacturing of an innovative pulsatile release platform. PMID:21267684

  4. Effect of boron addition on injection molded 316L stainless steel: mechanical, corrosion properties and in vitro bioactivity.

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    Bayraktaroglu, Esra; Gulsoy, H Ozkan; Gulsoy, Nagihan; Er, Ozay; Kilic, Hasan

    2012-01-01

    The research was investigated the effect of boron additions on sintering characteristics, mechanical, corrosion properties and biocompatibility of injection molded austenitic grade 316L stainless steel. Addition of boron is promoted to get high density of sintered 316L stainless steels. The amount of boron plays a role in determining the sintered microstructure and all properties. In this study, 316L stainless steel powders have been used with the elemental NiB powders. A feedstock containing 62.5 wt% powders loading was molded at different injection molded temperature. The binders were completely removed from molded components by solvent and thermal debinding at different temperature. The debinded samples were sintered at different temperature for 60 min. Mechanical property, microstructural characterization and electrochemical property of the sintered samples were performed using tensile testing, hardness, optical, scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical corrosion experiments. 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. Results of study showed that sintered 316L and 316L with NiB addition samples exhibited high mechanical and corrosion properties in a physiological environment. Especially, 316L with NiB addition can be used in some bioapplications. PMID:23114463

  5. Production of continuous fiber thermoplastic composites by in-situ pultrusion

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    Epple, S.; Bonten, C.

    2014-05-01

    The constructive design in the automotive industry, but also in many other industrial sectors has changed steadily over the past decades. It became much more complex due to e.g. increased use of hybrid materials. Combined with the desire to minimize the weight of vehicles and thus the CO2 emissions, the use of low density materials and especially fiber-reinforced plastics is increasing. E.g. Continuous fiber thermoplastic composites are used to reinforce injection molded parts. Low viscosity monomers like caprolactam, which is used to produce polyamide 6 by anionic polymerization are able to easily impregnate and penetrate the textile reinforcement. After wetting the fibers, the ring-opening polymerization starts and the matrix is becoming a polymer. At IKT, a method based on the RIM process (reaction injection molding) was developed to produce continuous fiber thermoplastic composites with high contents of continuous glass fibers. The anionic polymerization of polyamide 6 was now combined with the pultrusion process. Continuous glass fibers are pulled through a mold and wetted with caprolactam (including activator and catalyst). After the material polymerized in the mould, the finished continuous fiber thermoplastic composites can be pulled out and is finally sawn off.

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

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

    2013-02-21

    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

  7. High-Temperature Oxidation Behavior of Two Nickel-Based Superalloys Produced by Metal Injection Molding for Aero Engine Applications

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    Albert, Benedikt; Völkl, Rainer; Glatzel, Uwe

    2014-09-01

    For different high-temperature applications like aero engines or turbochargers, metal injection molding (MIM) of superalloys is an interesting processing alternative. For operation at high temperatures, oxidation behavior of superalloys produced by MIM needs to match the standard of cast or forged material. The oxidation behavior of nickel-based superalloys Inconel 713 and MAR-M247 in the temperature interval from 1073 K to 1373 K (800 °C to 1100 °C) is investigated and compared to cast material. Weight gain is measured discontinuously at different oxidation temperatures and times. Analysis of oxidized samples is done via SEM and EDX-measurements. MIM samples exhibit homogeneous oxide layers with a thickness up to 4 µm. After processing by MIM, Inconel 713 exhibits lower weight gain and thinner oxide layers than MAR-M247.

  8. Die-sinking electrical discharge machining of a high-strength copper-based alloy for injection molds

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    F. L. Amorim

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available High-strength copper alloys are used as materials for injection molding tools or as cores and inserts in steel molds because of their high thermal conductivity, corrosion and wear resistance. Unfortunately, there is little technological knowledge on the electrical discharge machining (EDM of copper-beryllium ASTM C17200 alloy. In this work, rough and finish machining conditions were tested using copper and tungsten-copper as materials for the electrodes. Cross-sectional micrographic and hardness examinations as well as surface roughness measurements were also carried out on workpieces after machining in order to study the thermally affected zones. Appropriate parameters settings for EDM of the investigated alloy are suggested.

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

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    Østergaard, Peter Friis; Matteucci, Marco

    2013-01-01

    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.

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

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    2015-04-01

    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.

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

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    Tosello, Guido; Gava, Alberto

    2009-01-01

    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.

  12. Die-sinking electrical discharge machining of a high-strength copper-based alloy for injection molds

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    F. L., Amorim; W. L., Weingaertner.

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available High-strength copper alloys are used as materials for injection molding tools or as cores and inserts in steel molds because of their high thermal conductivity, corrosion and wear resistance. Unfortunately, there is little technological knowledge on the electrical discharge machining (EDM) of copper [...] -beryllium ASTM C17200 alloy. In this work, rough and finish machining conditions were tested using copper and tungsten-copper as materials for the electrodes. Cross-sectional micrographic and hardness examinations as well as surface roughness measurements were also carried out on workpieces after machining in order to study the thermally affected zones. Appropriate parameters settings for EDM of the investigated alloy are suggested.

  13. 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

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

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    The development of alpha- and beta-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 alpha-phase molecular orientation of injection molded PP resins. In both resins, it was observed that the alpha-phase was present in all regions along the thickness while the beta-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 alpha-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 alpha-phase, with c-axis along RD and b-axis along ND, decreased. With inRD 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. (author)

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

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

    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.

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

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    R. Ibrahim

    2010-01-01

    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.

  17. Extruded/injection-molded composites containing unripe plantain flour, ethylene vinyl-alcohol and glycerol: Evaluation of color, mechanical property and biodegradability

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    Extruded/injection-molded composites were produced from plantain flour blended with ethylene vinyl-alcohol (EVA) and glycerol. Scanning electron microscopy showed composites had a smooth surface and excellent compatibility between plantain flour, EVA and glycerol. The impact of increased plantain fl...

  18. In Situ X-ray Scattering Measurements and Polydomain Simulations of Molecular Orientation Development during Injection Molding of Liquid Crystalline Polymers

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    Fang, Jun; Burghardt, Wesley; Bubeck, Robert

    2009-03-01

    We report on a coordinated experimental/computational study of injection molding of commercial thermotropic LCPs. In situ synchrotron x-ray scattering, combined with a customized injection molding apparatus, is used to track development of molecular orientation during the mold filling process for a commercial LCP, Vectra A950, in two simple plaque mold geometries: square and T-shaped. Use of high brilliance undulator radiation at the Advanced Photon Source, coupled with a high speed CCD detector provides sufficient time resolution ( 12 frames per second) to resolve the transient orientation dynamics during and following mold filling. In addition to in- situ scattering measurements, ex-situ 2-D wide angle X-ray scattering measurements are conducted on the same injection molded plaques. The experiments are complemented by process simulations performed using commercial mold filling software. A very close analogy between the Folgar-Tucker fiber orientation model and the Larson-Doi polydomain model for textured liquid crystalline polymers is exploited to allow for the first tests of Larson-Doi model predictions in injection molding processing.

  19. 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...

  20. Drying Thermoplastics

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    1976-01-01

    In searching for an improved method of removing water from polyester type resins without damaging the materials, Conair Inc. turned to the NASA Center at the University of Pittsburgh for assistance. Taking an organized, thorough look at existing technology before beginning research has helped many companies save significant time and money. They searched the NASA and other computerized files for microwave drying of thermoplastics. About 300 relevant citations were retrieved - eight of which were identified as directly applicable to the problem. Company estimates it saved a minimum of a full year in compiling research results assembled by the information center.

  1. Simulation of Light Propagation within Glass Fiber Filled Thermoplastics for Laser Transmission Welding

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    Hohmann, Martin; Devrient, Martin; Klämpfl, Florian; Roth, Stephan; Schmidt, Michael

    Laser transmission welding is a well-known joining technology for thermoplastics. Because of the needs of lightweight, cost effective and green production nowadays injection molded parts usually have to be welded. These parts are made out of semi-crystalline thermoplastics which are filled to a high amount with glass fibers. This leads to higher absorption and more scattering within the upper joining partner and hasa negative influence onto the welding process. Here a ray tracing model capable of considering every single glass fiber is introduced. Hence spatially not equally distributed glass fibers can be taken into account. Therefore the model is able to calculate in detail the welding laser intensity distribution after transmission through the upper joining partner. Data gained by numerical simulation is compared to data obtained by laser radiation scattering experiments. Thus observed deviation is quantified and discussed.

  2. 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.

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

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    Suri, Pavan; Atre, Sundar V.; German, Randall M.; Souza, Jupiter P. de

    2003-09-15

    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.

  4. 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

  5. Improvement of the Dimensional Stability of Powder Injection Molded Compacts by Adding Swelling Inhibitor into the Debinding Solvent

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    Fan, Yang-Liang; Hwang, Kuen-Shyang; Su, Shao-Chin

    2008-02-01

    Defects are frequently found in powder injection molded (PIM) compacts during solvent debinding due to the swelling of the binders. This problem can be alleviated by adjusting the composition of the debinding solvent. In this study, 10 vol pct swelling inhibitors were added into heptane, and the in-situ amounts of swelling and sagging of the specimen in the solvent were recorded using a noncontacting laser dilatometer. The results show that the addition of ethanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, and 1-pentanol reduced the amounts of swelling by 31, 21, 17, and 11 pct, respectively. This was because the small molecule alcohols, which do not dissolve paraffin wax (PW) or stearic acid (SA) in the binder system, could diffuse easily into the specimen and increased the portion of the swelling inhibitor inside. The amount of the extracted PW and SA also decreased, but only by 8.3, 6.1, 4.3, and 2.4 pct, respectively. The solubility parameters of 1-bromopropane (n-PB) and ethyl acetate (EA) are between those of heptane and alcohols, and they also yielded a slight reduction in the amounts of swelling by 6 and 11 pct, respectively. These results suggest that to reduce defects caused by binder swelling during solvent debinding, alcohols with high solubility parameters can be added into heptane without sacrificing significantly on the debinding rate.

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

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

    2011-05-15

    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

  7. 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.

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

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    M.H.I Ibrahim

    2010-06-01

    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.

  9. AKUMULASI LISTRIK STATIS PADA GELAS PLASTIK PRODUKSI MESIN INJECTION MOLDING: PENGARUH KELEMBABAN UDARA, TEMPERATUR, DAN BAHAN ADITIF

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    Ratnawati Ratnawati

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    Full Text Available Akumulasi listrik statis pada gelas polipropilena hasil produksi mesin injection molding dapat menyebabkan gelas memiliki gaya elektrostatik dan tidak dapat turun secara gravitasi. Masalah ini menghambat aplikasi gelas pada mesin pengisian air minum dalam kemasan (AMDK. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui pengaruh kelembaban udara, temperatur, dan penambahan bahan aditif TiO2 terhadap potensial listrik permukaan gelas polipropilena. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa potensial listrik permukaan dipengaruhi oleh kelembaban udara ruang produksi, temperatur, dan penambahan TiO2. Potensial listrik permukaan semakin kecil dengan naiknya kelembaban udara. Setelah kelembaban mencapai 68% potensial listrik permukaan cenderung konstan. Ditinjau dari beda potensial (DV antara permukaan dua gelas, kelembaban optimum adalah 67-68%, yang ditandai dengan beda potensial yang paling rendah. Beda potensial ? 5,2 kV menyebabkan gelas cepat turun, beda potensial 5,2 kV < DV ? 6,7 kV menyebabkan gelas turun dengan lambat, dan DV ? 6,7 kV menyebabkan gelas sangat lambat turun atau menempel. Potensial listrik turun dengan naiknya temperatur. Potensial listrik statis permukaan hanya sedikit turun akibat penambahan 0,75% berat TiO2. Hasil penelitian ini juga menunjukkan bahwa penggunaan gelas dengan potensial listrik permukaan rendah dapat menaikkan kecepatan mesin pengisian AMDK menjadi 220-250 rpm dan 140-160 rpm, masing-masing untuk mesin pengisian gelas 180 ml dan 225 ml.

  10. 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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    K.R. Jamaludin

    2011-01-01

    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.

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

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    Fatih Mengeloglu,

    2012-06-01

    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.

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

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

    2011-12-01

    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.

  13. Injection molded component

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    James, Allister W; Arrell, Douglas J

    2014-09-30

    An intermediate component includes a first wall member, a leachable material layer, and a precursor wall member. The first wall member has an outer surface and first connecting structure. The leachable material layer is provided on the first wall member outer surface. The precursor wall member is formed adjacent to the leachable material layer from a metal powder mixed with a binder material, and includes second connecting structure.

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

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

    2014-11-01

    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

  15. 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.

  16. Radiation mutagenesis of fine and long-fibered cotton

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    The results on changing and inheritance of phylogenetic traits of wild and cultivated tropical varieties under the effect of seeds radiation and also the receiving of fine and long-fibered lined and cotton cultivars are presented in this article. (author)

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

    2004-09-01

    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.

  18. 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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    Ricardo V. B. Oliveira

    2004-09-01

    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.

  19. Fabrication of balloon-expandable self-lock drug-eluting polycaprolactone stents using micro-injection molding and spray coating techniques.

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    Liu, Shih-Jung; Chiang, Fu-Jun; Hsiao, Chao-Ying; Kau, Yi-Chuan; Liu, Kuo-Sheng

    2010-10-01

    The purpose of this report was to develop novel balloon-expandable self-lock drug-eluting poly(?-caprolactone) stents. To fabricate the biodegradable stents, polycaprolactone (PCL) components were first fabricated by a lab-scale micro-injection molded machine. They were then assembled and hot-spot welded into mesh-like stents of 3 and 5 mm in diameters. A special geometry of the components was designed to self-lock the assembled stents and to resist the external pressure of the blood vessels after being expanded by balloons. Characterization of the biodegradable PCL stents was carried out. PCL stents exhibited comparable mechanical property to that of metallic stents. No significant collapse pressure reduction and weight loss of the stents were observed after being submerged in PBS for 12 weeks. In addition, the developed stent was coated with paclitaxel by a spray coating technique and the release characteristic of the drug was determined by an in vitro elution method. The high-performance liquid chromatography analysis showed that the biodegradable stents could release a high concentration of paclitaxel for more than 60 days. By adopting the novel techniques, we will be able to fabricate biodegradable drug-eluting PCL stents of different sizes for various cardiovascular applications. PMID:20496003

  20. Simulation and Injection Molding of Ring-Shaped Polymer Bonded Nickel Braze Metal Composite Preforms Based on Rheological and Thermal Analyses

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    Stefan Kirchberg

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Rheological and thermal properties of LD-PE and LD-PE + 65 vol% Ni composite were examined by viscosity, pvt and thermal conductivity measurements at a wide range of shear rate, temperature and pressure. The typical shear-thinning viscosity of LD-PE polymer melt was enhanced up to four times by adding 65 vol% Ni braze metal particles. LD-PE show increasing specific volume versus temperature, decreasing with pressure and braze particle filler content. Variation of specific volume of LD-PE was reduced to 5% by admixing 65 vol% rigid Ni braze metal particles. Thermal conductivity of LD-PE was increased up to 15 times in the composite, reduced by decreasing pressure at temperature exceeding 80?. Furthermore, thermal analysis was performed in modulated DSC to determine the specific heat capacity in wide temperature range. Viscosity and pvt-data were fitted using Cross-WLF equation and 2-domain Tait-pvt model, respectively. Simulation of LD-PE and LD-PE + 65 vol% Ni composite was performed based on rheological and thermal properties to define processing parameters. Simulation and injection molding of ring-shaped LD-PE + 65 vol% Ni composite braze metal preforms were performed successfully.

  1. 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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    SØgaard, Emil Technical University of Denmark,

    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.

  2. From cellular lysis to microarray detection, an integrated thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) point of care Lab on a Disc.

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    Roy, Emmanuel; Stewart, Gale; Mounier, Maxence; Malic, Lidija; Peytavi, Régis; Clime, Liviu; Madou, Marc; Bossinot, Maurice; Bergeron, Michel G; Veres, Teodor

    2015-01-21

    We present an all-thermoplastic integrated sample-to-answer centrifugal microfluidic Lab-on-Disc system (LoD) for nucleic acid analysis. The proposed CD system and engineered platform were employed for analysis of Bacillus atrophaeus subsp. globigii spores. The complete assay comprised cellular lysis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification, amplicon digestion, and microarray hybridization on a plastic support. The fluidic robustness and operating efficiency of the assay were ensured through analytical optimization of microfluidic tools enabling beneficial implementation of capillary valves and accurate control of all flow timing procedures. The assay reliability was further improved through the development of two novel microfluidic strategies for reagents mixing and flow delay on the CD platform. In order to bridge the gap between the proof-of-concept LoD and production prototype demonstration, low-cost thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) was selected as the material for CD fabrication and assembly, allowing the use of both, high quality hot-embossing and injection molding processes. Additionally, the low-temperature and pressure-free assembly and bonding properties of TPE material offer a pertinent solution for simple and efficient loading and storage of reagents and other on-board components. This feature was demonstrated through integration and conditioning of microbeads, magnetic discs, dried DNA buffer reagents and spotted DNA array inserts. Furthermore, all microfluidic functions and plastic parts were designed according to the current injection mold-making knowledge for industrialization purposes. Therefore, the current work highlights a seamless strategy that promotes a feasible path for the transfer from prototype toward realistic industrialization. This work aims to establish the full potential for TPE-based centrifugal system as a mainstream microfluidic diagnostic platform for clinical diagnosis, water and food safety, and other molecular diagnostic applications. PMID:25385141

  3. Morphology of wood species affecting wood-thermoplastic interaction: microstructure and mechanical adhesion

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    William, Gacitua; Michael, Wolcott.

    Full Text Available The main objective of the research presented here is to relate anatomical features of wood species that affect the interactions between polymeric phases and performance of wood plastic composites (WPC). These interactions are related to the probable interlocking volume and surface area for stress tr [...] ansfer in a WPC. Composites were produced from different wood species and analyzed using SEM (scanning electron microscopy). Results showed that wood species with high interfacial areas may increase mechanical interlocking, reflected in the viscous constant of the Maxwell model. A complicating factor is that the relation of cell wall thickness-lumen diameter and the interconnectivity between wood cells in a wood, affect the potential for cell collapse. When wood cells collapse, the penetration of the thermoplastic into the wood structure is almost always ceased. The collapse of wood cells during extrusion-injection molding processes reduced the potential surface for stress transfer between phases affecting the mechanical properties of composites. Undamaged wood cells may potentially be filled with HDPE thermoplastic enhancing modulus and increase the strength of WPC.

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

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  5. Desenvolvimento de liga sinterizada de níquel por moldagem de pós por injeção / Development of sintered nickel alloy by powder injection molding

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    Moisés Luiz, Parucker; Aloisio Nelmo, Klein; Roberto, Binder.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available A moldagem de pós por injeção é um processo de fabricação de elevada produtividade que possibilita obter componentes de geometria complexa, estreita precisão dimensional e boas propriedades mecânicas. Neste processo, uma mistura de uma determinada quantidade de pós e ligantes orgânicos (polímeros, c [...] eras e óleos) é obtida por meio de uma massa de injeção (feedstock) o qual tem características reológicas adequadas para promover a injeção desta massa em uma cavidade de um molde. A produção de ligas de níquel por meio deste processo é uma alternativa para produção de produtos que requerem aplicações avançadas onde se exige resistência a corrosão e oxidação, resistência mecânica a altas temperaturas e baixo coeficiente de atrito. Neste trabalho apresentamos um estudo das propriedades microestruturais e mecânicas de uma liga de níquel (Ni-Fe-Cr-P) processada via moldagem de pós por injeção, utilizando pós de níquel carbonila com e sem a presença de fase líquida durante a sinterização. Os resultados foram comparados com a mesma liga processada por compactação de pós. Os resultados demonstraram a necessidade de maior quantidade de matéria orgânica para o desenvolvimento da massa de injeção (feedstock: 15% m/m de polímero) para os tipos de pós metálicos utilizados (níquel carbonila do tipo INCO 123) se comparado ao feedstock de ligas comerciais que normalmente utilizam uma quantidade menor de matéria orgânica (feedstock: 9% m/m de polímero). A maior quantidade de matéria orgânica necessária para a preparação do feedstock deve-se a morfologia dos pós empregados (superficie rugosa - tipo spiky) que promove retenção de carbono durante o processo de extração, ocasionando a necessidade de otimização do ciclo de extração térmica e sinterização. Ciclos mais lentos e a baixa temperatura promoveram a total retirada dos ligantes. A liga de Ni-Fe-Cr-P injetada apresentou contração de aproximadamente 50%, além de elevado teor de poros quando comparado ao material compactado, o que influenciou as propriedades mecânicas e dureza aparente do material. Abstract in english The powder injection molding is a manufacturing process that allows high productivity to obtain complex geometry components, dimensional accuracy and good mechanical properties. In this process, a mixture of a quantity of powders and organic binders (polymers, waxes, oils) is obtained through inject [...] ion of a mass (feedstock) which has rheological properties suitable for promoting the injection of this mass in a cavity of a mold. The production of nickel alloy by this process is an alternative to production of products that require advanced applications, which require resistance to corrosion and oxidation, mechanical strength at high temperatures and low coefficient of friction. This paper we present the study of the microstructural and mechanical properties of a nickel alloy (Ni-Fe-Cr-P) processed by powder injection molding, using carbonyl nickel powders with and without the presence of liquid phase during sintering. The results are compared with the alloy processed by powder compaction. The results demonstrate the need for increased amount of organic matter for developing the injection mass (feedstock: 15 wt.% polymer) for the types of metallic powders used (nickel INCO type 123 carbonyl) compared to commercial alloy feedstock typically use a smaller amount of organic matter (feedstock: 9 wt.% polymer). The largest quantity of organic matter needed for the preparation of the feedstock due to the morphology of the powders used (spiky) which promoted carbon retention during the extraction process, resulting in the need to optimize the extraction cycle and thermal sintering. Slower cycles and low temperature promoted the complete extraction of the ligands. The Ni-Fe-Cr-P alloy injected showed shrinkage of approximately 50%, and high levels of pores as compared to the compacted material, which influenced the mechanical properties and apparent hardness of the material.

  6. Investigation of the effect of nanoclay and processing parameters on the tensile strength and hardness of injection molded Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene–organoclay nanocomposites

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    Highlights: • Development of polymer/clay nanocomposites. • Compatibility of ABS and montmorillonite nanoclay and composition capability of them. • Effect of nanoclay content and process parameters on the mechanical properties of nanocomposite. • Analyzing the distribution of nanoclay layers using XRD test. • Dependency of tensile strength and hardness to the nanoclay content and processing conditions. - Abstract: Polymer–clay nanocomposites have attracted considerable interest over recent years due to their dramatic improved mechanical properties. In the present study, compatibility of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and organically modified montmorillonite nanoclay (Cloisite 30B) and composition capability of them are investigated. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) in varying amount (0, 2, and 4 wt%) is used as the compatibilizer. In order to produce nanocomposite parts, the material is first compounded using a twin-screw extruder and then injected into a mold. The effect of the nanoclay percentage and processing parameters on the tensile strength and hardness of nanocomposite parts is also explored using Taguchi Design of Experiments method. Nanoclay content (in three levels: 0, 2 and 4 wt%), melt temperature (in three levels: 190, 200 and 210 °C), holding pressure (in three levels: 80, 105 and 130 MPa) and holding pressure time (in three levels: 1, 2.5 and 4 s) are considered as the variable parameters. Moreover, distribg Wide Angle X-ray Diffraction (XRD) test. XRD results displayed that with the presence of PMMA, nanoclay in ABS matrix is compounded in more exfoliated and less intercalated dispersion mode. Adding PMMA also leads to a remarkable increase in the fluidity of the melt during injection molding process. Results also illustrated that nanocomposites with medium loading level (i.e. 2%) of nanoclay have the highest tensile strength, while the highest hardness number belongs to nanocomposites with 4 wt% nanoclay. Obtained results also indicated that injection temperature has the most important effect on tensile strength and hardness of ABS–clay nanocomposites

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

    2004-04-01

    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. 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.

  8. 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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    Edwin V. Cardoza Galdamez

    2004-04-01

    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.

  9. Embranquecimento do polipropileno isotático injetado contendo TiO2 como pigmento / Whitening mechanism in injection molded polypropylene with TiO2 as pigment

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    Dênison R. J., Maia; Marco-Aurelio, De Paoli.

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Descrevemos neste trabalho as causas e o mecanismo do embranquecimento de peças de polipropileno isotático injetado. Para isto foram injetados corpos de prova e placas com e sem estabilizantes. As amostras foram envelhecidas por exposição ambiental e em equipamento de envelhecimento acelerado (Weath [...] erometer). Foi feito o acompanhamento visual das peças para que pudessem ser caracterizadas quando começassem a embranquecer. A caracterização foi feita através de espectroscopia FT-IR por reflectância, Microscopia eletrônica de varredura, Microfluorescência de raios-X, Reflectância de luz e Microanálise de energia dispersiva (EDS) da superfície. Os espectros de infravermelho mostraram o aparecimento de diversos produtos de degradação como cetonas, aldeídos, ácidos carboxílicos, ésteres, perésteres e alfa-cetoésteres. Quando as amostras começaram a embranquecer foi verificada a formação de fissuras superficiais e o aumento da reflectância de luz para todos os comprimentos de onda do espectro. Concomitantemente foi verificado que a composição de superfície não é alterada pelo envelhecimento. A superfície não apresenta grande quantidade de partículas de TiO2 expostas. Conclui-se que o embranquecimento das peças é devido ao fissuramento superficial que aumenta a quantidade de luz refletida na superfície e não pela migração do pigmento. Abstract in english We studied in this work the whitening mechanism in injection molded polypropylene (PP), a problem usually manifested in car parts and particularly in car bumpers. For the development of this work we had samples (plaques and test samples) with and without antioxidants and ultraviolet stabilizers. The [...] se samples had been already aged by natural and artificial (Weatherometer equipment) exposure. In the natural aging samples were collected when the material started to whiten, after 3190, 4320 and 6190 h of exposure. In the artificial aging samples were collected after 415, 515 and 3000 h of exposure. The samples were characterized by visual observation, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, surface total light reflectance and titanium mapping in the samples cross section by X-ray microfluorescence and X-ray difraction of the TiO2 used in the formulation. When the samples start to whiten we observe the evolution of surface fissures which increase the surface roughness. This is followed by an increase in the total light reflection by the surface for all wavelengths. We observed that titanium is almost homogeneously distributed along samples cross section. In addition, we did not observe high concentration of exposed TiO2 on the surface. We conclude that the whitening phenomenon is a consequence of surface fissures evolution, which provides higher surface roughness and is followed by a higher surface diffuse light reflectance.

  10. Thermoplastic waves in magnetars

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    Beloborodov, Andrei M

    2014-01-01

    Magnetar activity is generated by shear motions of the neutron star surface, which relieve internal magnetic stresses. An analogy with earthquakes and faults is problematic, as the crust is permeated by strong magnetic fields, which greatly constrain crustal displacements. We describe a new deformation mechanism that is specific to strongly magnetized neutron stars. The magnetically stressed crust begins to move because of a thermoplastic instability, which launches a wave that shears the crust and burns its magnetic energy. The propagating wave front resembles the deflagration front in combustion physics. We describe the conditions for the instability, the front structure and velocity, and discuss implications for observed magnetar activity.

  11. Bonding thermoplastic polymers

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    Wallow, Thomas I. (Fremont, CA); Hunter, Marion C. (Livermore, CA); Krafcik, Karen Lee (Livermore, CA); Morales, Alfredo M. (Livermore, CA); Simmons, Blake A. (San Francisco, CA); Domeier, Linda A. (Danville, CA)

    2008-06-24

    We demonstrate a new method for joining patterned thermoplastic parts into layered structures. The method takes advantage of case-II permeant diffusion to generate dimensionally controlled, activated bonding layers at the surfaces being joined. It is capable of producing bonds characterized by cohesive failure while preserving the fidelity of patterned features in the bonding surfaces. This approach is uniquely suited to production of microfluidic multilayer structures, as it allows the bond-forming interface between plastic parts to be precisely manipulated at micrometer length scales. The bond enhancing procedure is easily integrated in standard process flows and requires no specialized equipment.

  12. Effect of carrageenan on properties of biodegradable thermoplastic cassava starch/low-density polyethylene composites reinforced by cotton fibers

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    Highlights: • We prepared the TPCS/LDPE composites modified by carrageenan and/or cotton fibers. • The IR O–H stretching peak of the modified composites shifts to lower wavenumber. • Stress and Young’s modulus of the modified composites increase significantly. • The modified composites degrade faster than the non-modified composite. - Abstract: Applications of biodegradable thermoplastic starch (TPS) have been restricted due to its poor mechanical properties, limited processability and high water uptake. In order to improve properties and processability, thermoplastic cassava starch (TPCS) was compounded with low-density polyethylene (LDPE). The TPCS/LDPE blend was, then, modified by a natural gelling agent, i.e. carrageenan and natural fibers, i.e. cotton fibers. All composites were compounded and processed using an internal mixer and an injection molding machine, respectively. It was found that stress at maximum load and Young’s modulus of the TPCS/LDPE composites significantly increased by the addition of the carrageenan and/or the cotton fibers. The highest mechanical properties were obtained from the TPCS/LDPE composites modified by both the carrageenan and the cotton fibers. Percentage water absorption of all of the TPCS/LDPE composites was found to be similar. All modified composites were also degraded easier than the non-modified one. Furthermore, all the composites were analyzed using Fourier-transform infrared spectd Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

  13. Micromechanical modeling of short glass-fiber reinforced thermoplastics-Isotropic damage of pseudograins

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    A micromechanical damage modeling approach is presented to predict the overall elasto-plastic behavior and damage evolution in short fiber reinforced composite materials. The practical use of the approach is for injection molded thermoplastic parts reinforced with short glass fibers. The modeling is proceeded as follows. The representative volume element is decomposed into a set of pseudograins, the damage of which affects progressively the overall stiffness and strength up to total failure. Each pseudograin is a two-phase composite with aligned inclusions having same aspect ratio. A two-step mean-field homogenization procedure is adopted. In the first step, the pseudograins are homogenized individually according to the Mori-Tanaka scheme. The second step consists in a self-consistent homogenization of homogenized pseudograins. An isotropic damage model is applied at the pseudograin level. The model is implemented as a UMAT in the finite element code ABAQUS. Model is shown to reproduce the strength and the anisotropy (Lankford coefficient) during uniaxial tensile tests on samples cut under different directions relative to the injection flow direction.

  14. Fibroblastic response and surface characterization of O{sub 2}-plasma-treated thermoplastic polyetherurethane

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    Schlicht, Henning; Wintermantel, Erich [Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Garching (Germany); Haugen, Haavard J; Sabetrasekh, Roya, E-mail: h.j.haugen@odont.uio.n [Department for Biomaterials, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, PO Box 1109 Blindern, 0317 Oslo (Norway)

    2010-04-15

    Injection-molded samples of thermoplastic polyetherurethane (TPU) were treated with low-temperature oxygen plasma for different processing times in order to enhance cellular attachment for a gastric implant. Its effects were investigated by contact angle measurement, surface topography, cytotoxicity and cell colonization tests. No significant changes were found in the surface roughness of plasma treatment with plasma treatment time of less than 5 min. Longer treatment showed significantly higher surface roughness. It seems that there was a link between the changes in contact angle and enhanced cell growth on the treated surface, although only for the range up to plasma treatment times of 3 min. Prolonged treatment times did not cause any major changes in the water contact angle, but strongly improved the number of growing cells on the surface. Plasma treatment for 3-7 min led to a twofold increase in the number of cells compared to untreated samples and did not significantly alter the WST-1 nor worsened the lactate dehydrogenase activity compared to the control. Thus, it appears that O{sub 2} plasma treatment is a suitable surface modification method for a gastric implant made of TPU in order to improve surface cell attachment where 3-7 min is the recommended treatment time.

  15. Graphite/Thermoplastic-Pultrusion Die

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    Wilson, Maywood L.; Frye, Mark W.; Johnson, Gary S.; Stanfield, Clarence E.

    1990-01-01

    Attachment to extruder produces thermoplastic-impregnated graphite tape. Consists of profile die, fiber/resin collimator, and crosshead die body. Die designed to be attached to commercially available extrusion machine capable of extruding high-performance thermoplastics. Simple attachment to commercial extruder enables developers of composites to begin experimenting with large numbers of proprietary resins, fibers, and hybrid composite structures. With device, almost any possible fiber/resin combination fabricated.

  16. Thermoplastic matrix composites from towpregs

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    Silva, J. F; Nunes, J. P.; Bernardo, C. A.; Marques, A.T.

    2011-01-01

    In recent years, continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic matrix composites have been successfully employed in the aircraft, military and aerospace industries due to the excellent properties (Brandt et al. 1993 & Nunes et al 2005a). In these and many other commercial engineering applications, they can replace other materials, such as thermosetting matrix composites. However, the high cost of the impregnation of continuous fibre thermoplastic composites, arising from the meltin...

  17. 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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    Edson N. Ito

    2004-06-01

    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.

  18. 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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    Edson N., Ito; Luiz A., Pessan; Elias, Hage Jr.; José A., Covas.

    2004-06-01

    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, du [...] rante 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. Abstract in english 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.

  19. 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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    Carlos de Oliveira, Affonso; Renato José, Sassi.

    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.

  20. 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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    Carlos de Oliveira, Affonso; Renato José, Sassi.

    2015-03-01

    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.

  1. Thermoplastic starch materials prepared from rice starch

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    Rice starch is a source still little studied for the preparation of thermoplastic materials. However, its characteristics, such as the presence of proteins, fats and fibers may turn into thermoplastics with a better performance. The present study intends the evaluation of the viability of making starch thermoplastic from rice starch and glycerol as plasticizer. The results of X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscopy demonstrate the thermoplastic acquisition. The increase of plasticizer content brings on more hydrophilic thermoplastics with less resistance to tension and elongation at break. (author)

  2. Thermoplastic composite bipolar plates for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC). Paper no. IGEC-1-089

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    Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) are one significant component of the Hydrogen Economy. In order to make fuel cells economically feasible, processing and material cost need to be reduced. This reduction extends to the cost associated with bipolar plates. In an effort to produce functional bipolar plates at a competitive cost thermoplastic composite materials were extruded and injection molded, combining commercial materials such as polypropylene, carbon fiber, Vulcan carbon black, and acetylene carbon black. Two trials were executed. Trial 1 is a twenty sample experimental design and Trial 2 consists of different filler loadings with filler ratio 1:1:1. Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to determine the actual filler loading following processing. Two methods of measuring electrical conductivity were investigated for Trial 1. Using method 1 a filler loading of 35 wt% and filler ratio of 1:1:1 reveals the best conductivity of 155 S/m. Method 2 has a maximum conductivity of 38 S/m and is achieved with a 32 wt% of only Vulcan carbon black. In Trial 2 a significant portion of the percolation curve for the filler ratio 1:1:1 is obtained. (author)

  3. Laser transmission welding of optical transparent thermoplastics

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    Devrient, M.; Frick, T.; Schmidt, M.

    Laser transmission welding is a well known joining technology for thermoplastics. As undoped thermoplastics have a low absorption for electro-magnetic radiation with wave lengths from 350 nm till 1,400 nm absorbers are used for laser transmission welding. One disadvantage may be the unmeant colouration which occurs when thermoplastics are doped with absorbers. Therefore an approach to weld transparent thermoplastics by the use of common diode lasers but without absorbers is presented. The developed system technology is introduced and results of welding experiments as well as results achieved by process simulation with a finite element model are shown.

  4. Microstructure of thermoplastic starch polymers

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    M. Mitrus

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Environmental problems with conventional packaging materials developed the need of searching for new alternatives. Thermoplastic starch polymer (TPS has been found to be a good source of raw materials for new packaging materials. In the paper changes of microstructure of TPS produced from different type of starch with glycerol content have been discussed. In general it can be stated that an increase of glycerol content in the mixture improves material structure quality.

  5. Microstructure of thermoplastic starch polymers

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    M. Mitrus

    2006-01-01

    Environmental problems with conventional packaging materials developed the need of searching for new alternatives. Thermoplastic starch polymer (TPS) has been found to be a good source of raw materials for new packaging materials. In the paper changes of microstructure of TPS produced from different type of starch with glycerol content have been discussed. In general it can be stated that an increase of glycerol content in the mixture improves material structure quality.

  6. Portable Device Slices Thermoplastic Prepregs

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    Taylor, Beverly A.; Boston, Morton W.; Wilson, Maywood L.

    1993-01-01

    Prepreg slitter designed to slit various widths rapidly by use of slicing bar holding several blades, each capable of slicing strip of preset width in single pass. Produces material evenly sliced and does not contain jagged edges. Used for various applications in such batch processes involving composite materials as press molding and autoclaving, and in such continuous processes as pultrusion. Useful to all manufacturers of thermoplastic composites, and in slicing B-staged thermoset composites.

  7. Diamond turning of thermoplastic polymers

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    Smith, E.; Scattergood, R.O.

    1988-12-01

    Single point diamond turning studies were made using a series of thermoplastic polymers with different glass transition temperatures. Variations in surface morphology and surface roughness were observed as a function of cutting speed. Lower glass transition temperatures facilitate smoother surface cuts and better surface finish. This can be attributed to the frictional heating that occurs during machining. Because of the very low glass transition temperatures in polymeric compared to inorganic glasses, the precision machining response can be very speed sensitive.

  8. Thermoplastic materials with combined hardening

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    Lucchesi, Massimiliano; Silhavy, Miroslav

    1992-01-01

    The constitutive equations of an rate-independent thermoplastic material with combined hardening at large deformations are presented. The compatibility of the model with the second law of thermodynamics is examined. The entropy function is constructed explicitly under general conditions. For isotropically hardening materials a complete description of the entropy functions is given and for ideal theroplastic materials a condition ensuring the uniqueness of the entropy is presented. Also the va...

  9. Short fiber reinforced thermoplastic blends:

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    Malchev, P. G.

    2008-01-01

    The present thesis investigates the potential of short fiber reinforced thermoplastic blends, a combination of an immiscible polymer blend and a short fiber reinforced composite, to integrate the easy processing solutions available for short fiber reinforced composites with the high mechanical performance of continuous fiber reinforced composites. The focus of the thesis is to develop an understanding of the processes controlling the morphology and the performance of these complex, ternary sy...

  10. 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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    Marcos A d'Ávila

    1997-12-01

    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.

  11. 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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    Marcos A, d' Ávila; Carlos H, Ahrens; Rosario E. S, Bretas.

    1997-12-01

    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.

  12. Vector rectangular-shape laser based on reduced graphene oxide interacting with long fiber taper

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    Gao, Lei; Zhu, Tao; Zeng, Jing; Huang, Wei; Liu, Min

    2014-01-01

    A vector dual-wavelength rectangular-shape laser (RSL) based on a long fiber taper deposited with reduced graphene oxide is proposed, where the nonlinearity is enhanced due to large evanescent-field-interacting length and strong field confinement of a 8 mm fiber taper with a waist diameter of 4 micronmeters. Graphene flakes are deposited uniformly on the taper waist with light pressure effect, so this structure guarantees both excellent saturable absorption and high nonlinea...

  13. Implementation of New Process Models for Tailored Polymer Composite Structures into Processing Software Packages

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    This report describes the work conducted under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) (Nr. 260) between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Autodesk, Inc. to develop and implement process models for injection-molded long-fiber thermoplastics (LFTs) in processing software packages. The structure of this report is organized as follows. After the Introduction Section (Section 1), Section 2 summarizes the current fiber orientation models developed for injection-molded short-fiber thermoplastics (SFTs). Section 3 provides an assessment of these models to determine their capabilities and limitations, and the developments needed for injection-molded LFTs. Section 4 then focuses on the development of a new fiber orientation model for LFTs. This model is termed the anisotropic rotary diffusion - reduced strain closure (ARD-RSC) model as it explores the concept of anisotropic rotary diffusion to capture the fiber-fiber interaction in long-fiber suspensions and uses the reduced strain closure method of Wang et al. to slow down the orientation kinetics in concentrated suspensions. In contrast to fiber orientation modeling, before this project, no standard model was developed to predict the fiber length distribution in molded fiber composites. Section 5 is therefore devoted to the development of a fiber length attrition model in the mold. Sections 6 and 7 address the implementations of the models in AMI, and the conclusions drawn from this work, and the conclusions drawn from this work is presented in Section 8.

  14. Implementation of New Process Models for Tailored Polymer Composite Structures into Processing Software Packages

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    Nguyen, Ba Nghiep; Jin, Xiaoshi; Wang, Jin; Phelps, Jay; Tucker III, Charles L.; Kunc, Vlastimil; Bapanapalli, Satish K.; Smith, Mark T.

    2010-02-23

    This report describes the work conducted under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) (Nr. 260) between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Autodesk, Inc. to develop and implement process models for injection-molded long-fiber thermoplastics (LFTs) in processing software packages. The structure of this report is organized as follows. After the Introduction Section (Section 1), Section 2 summarizes the current fiber orientation models developed for injection-molded short-fiber thermoplastics (SFTs). Section 3 provides an assessment of these models to determine their capabilities and limitations, and the developments needed for injection-molded LFTs. Section 4 then focuses on the development of a new fiber orientation model for LFTs. This model is termed the anisotropic rotary diffusion - reduced strain closure (ARD-RSC) model as it explores the concept of anisotropic rotary diffusion to capture the fiber-fiber interaction in long-fiber suspensions and uses the reduced strain closure method of Wang et al. to slow down the orientation kinetics in concentrated suspensions. In contrast to fiber orientation modeling, before this project, no standard model was developed to predict the fiber length distribution in molded fiber composites. Section 5 is therefore devoted to the development of a fiber length attrition model in the mold. Sections 6 and 7 address the implementations of the models in AMI, and the conclusions drawn from this work is presented in Section 8.

  15. Avaliação do comportamento térmico por DSC na região da pele e do núcleo de amostras injetadas de nanocompósitos de poliamida 6/argila organofílica Polyamide 6/organoclay nanocomposites: evaluation of thermal behavior of injection molded samples by DSC

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    Renê A. da Paz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanocompósitos de poliamida 6/argila organofílica foram preparados pelo método de intercalação por fusão. A argila foi tratada com o sal quaternário de amônio (Cetremide visando-se à obtenção da argila organofílica (OMMT. Esta foi caracterizada por fluorescência de raio X (FRX, Espectroscopia no Infravermelho (FTIR e Difração de Raio X (DRX. Os resultados dessas análises evidenciaram incorporação do sal entre as camadas da argila, tornando-a organofílica. Os nanocompósitos foram obtidos em extrusora de rosca dupla corrotacional, com 3% em peso de argila, e estes foram posteriormente injetados. A caracterização dos nanocompósitos por DRX mostrou uma estrutura esfoliada e/ou parcialmente esfoliada. As análises por Calorimetria Exploratória Diferencial (DSC foram realizadas nas regiões da pele (superfície e do núcleo (centro dos corpos de prova e, mostraram as fases cristalinas ? e ? na pele e apenas a fase ? no núcleo e que o grau de cristalinidade na pele foi menor do que no núcleo.Polyamide 6/organoclay nanocomposites were prepared using the melt intercalation technique. The clay was treated with a quaternary ammonium salt (Cetremide to obtain the organoclay (OMMT, which was characterized with X ray fluorescence (XRF, Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR and X ray diffraction (XRD. The results of these analyses showed the incorporation of the salt in the clay structure, confirming the organophilization. The nanocomposites were obtained in a co-rotational twin screw extruder with 3 wt. (% of clay, and then the pellets were injection molded. The characterization by XRD of the nanocomposites showed an exfoliated and/or partially exfoliated structure. The analysis by DSC were made in the skin and core regions of the samples, showing the ? and ?-crystalline forms in the skin and only the ?-form in the core region. The degree of crystallinity in the skin was lower than in the core.

  16. Avaliação do comportamento térmico por DSC na região da pele e do núcleo de amostras injetadas de nanocompósitos de poliamida 6/argila organofílica / Polyamide 6/organoclay nanocomposites: evaluation of thermal behavior of injection molded samples by DSC

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    Renê A. da, Paz; Amanda M. D., Leite; Edcleide M., Araújo; Tomas J. A., Melo; Luiz A., Pessan.

    Full Text Available Nanocompósitos de poliamida 6/argila organofílica foram preparados pelo método de intercalação por fusão. A argila foi tratada com o sal quaternário de amônio (Cetremide) visando-se à obtenção da argila organofílica (OMMT). Esta foi caracterizada por fluorescência de raio X (FRX), Espectroscopia no [...] Infravermelho (FTIR) e Difração de Raio X (DRX). Os resultados dessas análises evidenciaram incorporação do sal entre as camadas da argila, tornando-a organofílica. Os nanocompósitos foram obtidos em extrusora de rosca dupla corrotacional, com 3% em peso de argila, e estes foram posteriormente injetados. A caracterização dos nanocompósitos por DRX mostrou uma estrutura esfoliada e/ou parcialmente esfoliada. As análises por Calorimetria Exploratória Diferencial (DSC) foram realizadas nas regiões da pele (superfície) e do núcleo (centro) dos corpos de prova e, mostraram as fases cristalinas ? e ? na pele e apenas a fase ? no núcleo e que o grau de cristalinidade na pele foi menor do que no núcleo. Abstract in english Polyamide 6/organoclay nanocomposites were prepared using the melt intercalation technique. The clay was treated with a quaternary ammonium salt (Cetremide) to obtain the organoclay (OMMT), which was characterized with X ray fluorescence (XRF), Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and X ray diffraction (XRD [...] ). The results of these analyses showed the incorporation of the salt in the clay structure, confirming the organophilization. The nanocomposites were obtained in a co-rotational twin screw extruder with 3 wt. (%) of clay, and then the pellets were injection molded. The characterization by XRD of the nanocomposites showed an exfoliated and/or partially exfoliated structure. The analysis by DSC were made in the skin and core regions of the samples, showing the ? and ?-crystalline forms in the skin and only the ?-form in the core region. The degree of crystallinity in the skin was lower than in the core.

  17. Influência da cera de carnaúba no comportamento reológico de misturas usadas na moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão / Influence of carnauba wax in the feedstock rheology used in low-pressure injection molding

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    P. A., Ourique; R. C. D., Cruz; J. E., Zorzi.

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    Full Text Available A moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão (MIBP) tem algumas vantagens sobre outros métodos de conformação de peças cerâmicas com formas complexas. Dentre as vantagens estão os menores custos na produção de lotes pequenos e médios e o menor desgaste de moldes e equipamento. Neste trabalho, foi estudad [...] o o efeito de um dos aditivos orgânicos usados na MIBP, a cera de carnaúba, no comportamento reológico da mistura (feedstock). O pó cerâmico utilizado foi uma alumina, com tamanho de partícula em torno de 0,4 ?m. Com adições de 5% e 10% em peso de cera de carnaúba no veículo orgânico a viscosidade diminui significativamente, sendo bem mais acentuada com 10%, enquanto que, acima deste valor (15%), a viscosidade diminui, mas esta redução é menos pronunciada. Em contrapartida, em feedstocks sem a cera de carnaúba (0%), a viscosidade é tão elevada que praticamente inviabiliza a injeção em baixas pressões. Abstract in english The low-pressure injection molding (LPIM) has some advantages over other methods of forming ceramic parts with complex shapes. Among the advantages are the lower costs in the production of small and medium lots and less wear of molds and equipment. In this work, the effect of an organic additive use [...] d in LPIM been studied, carnauba wax, on the rheology of the mixture (feedstock). The ceramic powder used was alumina with particle size of about 0.4 micrometers. With additions of 5wt% and 10wt% of carnauba wax in the organic vehicle, viscosity decreases significantly, being much more pronounced at 10%, while above this value (15%), the viscosity decrease, but this reduction is less pronounced. In contrast, in feedstock without carnauba wax (0%), the viscosity is so high that the injection almost impossible at low pressures.

  18. Injection molding of power-law polymer

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    Krane, Matthew J. M.

    2008-10-25

    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.

  19. IMAGE ANALYSIS DEDICATED TO POLYMER INJECTION MOLDING

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    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available This work follows the general framework of polymer injection moulding simulation whose objectives are the mastering of the injection moulding process. The models of numerical simulation make it possible to predict the propagation of the molten polymer during the filling phase from the positioning of one point of injection or more. The objective of this paper is to propose a particular way to optimize the geometry of mold cavity in accordance with physical laws. A direct correlation is pointed out between geometric parameters issued from skeleton transformation and Hausdorff's distance and results provided by implementation of a classical model based on the Hele-Shaw equations which are currently used in the main computer codes of polymer injection.

  20. Interlaminar fracture toughness of thermoplastic composites

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    Hinkley, Jeffrey A.; Johnston, Norman J.; O'Brien, T. Kevin

    1989-01-01

    Edge delamination tension and double cantilever beam tests were used to characterize the interlaminar fracture toughness of continuous graphite-fiber composites made from experimental thermoplastic polyimides and a model thermoplastic. Residual thermal stresses, known to be significant in materials processed at high temperatures, were included in the edge delamination calculations. In the model thermoplastic system (polycarbonate matrix), surface properties of the graphite fiber were shown to be significant. Cricital strain energy release rates for two different fibers having similar nominal tensile properties differed by 30 to 60 percent. The reason for the difference is not clear. Interlaminar toughness values for the thermoplastic polyimide composites (LARC-TPI and polyimidesulfone) were 3 to 4 in-lb/sq in. Scanning electron micrographs of the EDT fracture surfaces suggest poor fiber/matrix bonding. Residual thermal stresses account for up to 32 percent of the strain energy release in composites made from these high-temperature resins.

  1. Thermoplastic matrix composite processing model

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    Dara, P. H.; Loos, A. C.

    1985-01-01

    The effects the processing parameters pressure, temperature, and time have on the quality of continuous graphite fiber reinforced thermoplastic matrix composites were quantitatively accessed by defining the extent to which intimate contact and bond formation has occurred at successive ply interfaces. Two models are presented predicting the extents to which the ply interfaces have achieved intimate contact and cohesive strength. The models are based on experimental observation of compression molded laminates and neat resin conditions, respectively. Identified as the mechanism explaining the phenomenon by which the plies bond to themselves is the theory of autohesion (or self diffusion). Theoretical predictions from the Reptation Theory between autohesive strength and contact time are used to explain the effects of the processing parameters on the observed experimental strengths. The application of a time-temperature relationship for autohesive strength predictions is evaluated. A viscoelastic compression molding model of a tow was developed to explain the phenomenon by which the prepreg ply interfaces develop intimate contact.

  2. Thermoplastic blow molding of metals

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    Jan Schroers

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available While plastics have revolutionized industrial design due to their versatile processability, their relatively low strength has hampered their use in structural components. On the other hand, while metals are the basis for strong structural components, the geometries into which they can be processed are rather limited. The “ideal” material would offer a desirable combination of superior structural properties and the ability to be precision (net shaped into complex geometries. Here we show that bulk metallic glasses (BMGs, which have superior mechanical properties, can be blow molded like plastics. The key to the enhanced processability of BMG formers is their amenability to thermoplastic forming. This allows complex BMG structures, some of which cannot be produced using any other metal process, to be net shaped precisely.

  3. The reactive extrusion of thermoplastic polyurethane

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    Verhoeven, Vincent Wilhelmus Andreas

    2006-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was to increase the understanding of the reactive extrusion of thermoplastic polyurethane. Overall, several issues were identified: • Using a relative simple extrusion model, the reactive extrusion process can be described. This model can be used to further investigate and optimize the reactive extrusion of thermoplastic polyurethane. • Premixing has a small beneficiary effect on the efficiency of the extrusion process and the quality of the product for...

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

    2013-03-01

    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 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.

  5. Os efeitos no empacotamento de peças injetadas para diferentes espessuras de canais de ataque (gate) tipo filme / The effects of injection molding packing for different thickness of film type gates

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    Altair Carlos da, Cruz; Ricardo Pedro, Bom.

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem como objetivo determinar a variação da massa de corpos de prova fabricados pelo processo de moldagem por injeção. A partir de equações que tratam da solidificação de placas, foi correlacionado o tempo de solidificação do canal de ataque com o tempo de início de estabilização da mas [...] sa do corpo de prova obtido na cavidade do molde de injeção. Para o desenvolvimento experimental foi utilizado o copolímero estireno-acrilonitrila (SAN). Para a realização dos corpos de prova, foi necessário secar o material, fixar alguns parâmetros de processo, tais como pressão de injeção, tempo de injeção, temperatura nos diferentes estágios e temperatura do molde. Os parâmetros variáveis foram o tempo e a pressão de recalque. Com os corpos de prova prontos, suas massas foram determinadas, inicialmente, para o conjunto corpo de prova e canais de distribuição; em seguida, para o corpo de prova individualmente, sendo este previamente separado dos canais de distribuição. A variação da massa dos corpos de prova para as diferentes pressões de recalque e seus respectivos desvios-padrão foram representadas graficamente em função da variação do tempo de recalque. A massa do corpo de prova começou a estabilizar a partir de um certo tempo. Este tempo foi determinado graficamente e ficou coerente com os resultados dos tempos calculados a partir de equações que tratam do resfriamento de placas. Abstract in english The aim of his study is to determine the model test bulk used by the injection molding process. The mathematical model governing by the plate solidification will indicate the solidification time of the gate together with the beginning of the stabilization of the cavity bulk. In this test a styrene-a [...] crylonitrile copolymer (SAN) will be used. In order to develop the model tests, the material had to be dried to establish some parameters like: injection pressure, injection time, temperature of the different stages as well as moulding temperature. The variable parameters were the time and the discharge pressure. As the model tests were fully develoved, bulks were determined, first for the mould cavity and branches and next for the single cavity which was separated from the branches. The variation of the cavity bulk for the different discharge pressures and the standard deviation were graphically represented due to the time deviation of the discharge. The results showed that the time the bulk cavity begins to stabilize matches the calculated time, for the non-flow temperature, as well as the glass part temperature, the discharge pressure.

  6. Moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão de peças complexas de cerâmicas avançadas produzidas com pós submicrométricos Low-pressure injection molding of complex parts of advanced ceramic produced with fine powder

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    J. E. Zorzi

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available A moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão (MIBP tem constituído, nos últimos anos, uma excelente alternativa para a produção de pequenos lotes de peças cerâmicas diversificadas e com formas complexas. Esta técnica de conformação é relativamente simples e barata, mas apresenta diversos problemas na etapa de extração dos ligantes, principalmente quando o pó cerâmico é muito fino e as peças possuem grande seção transversal. Neste trabalho é descrita uma metodologia específica para a produção de peças cerâmicas por moldagem por injeção a baixa pressão de alumina submicrométrica (0,4 mim, incluindo a formulação da mistura para injeção, bem como detalhes do processo de extração dos ligantes orgânicos utilizados na moldagem. Para o desenvolvimento deste processo fez-se necessário (i entender melhor o processo de MIBP, (ii desenvolver a formulação da mistura de pó cerâmico e aditivos orgânicos, (iii confeccionar moldes adequados para a injeção a baixas pressões e (iv otimizar os parâmetros de injeção. A metodologia desenvolvida neste trabalho, possibilita a confecção de peças cerâmicas complexas, com seção transversal relativamente grande, permitindo uma produção robusta de pequenos lotes de peças cerâmicas diversificadas com ótima qualidade e excelente reprodutibilidade.In the past years, low-pressure injection molding (LPIM has been a good alternative for the production of small batches of diversified complex shapes ceramic parts. This molding technique is relatively simple and cheap, but presents several problems related to debinding, especially for fine ceramic particle, and large cross-section ceramic pieces. In this work, we present a metodology for the production of ceramic parts based on the LPIM of submicrometer-sized alumina powder (0.4 mum. The binder formulation is described, as well as the details of the debinding stage. For the development of this process it was necessary (i to achieve a better understanding of the LPIM process, (ii develop the binder formulation and to find the better proportion for the binder plus ceramic powder mixture, (iii to prepare molds suitable for LPIM and (iv to optimize the injection parameters. The procedure here reported makes it possible to produce complex shape ceramic parts, with relatively large cross-section, allowing the robust production of small batches of diversified ceramic parts, with high quality and excellent reproducibility.

  7. 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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    P . A. Ourique

    2013-03-01

    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.

  8. Moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão de peças complexas de cerâmicas avançadas produzidas com pós submicrométricos / Low-pressure injection molding of complex parts of advanced ceramic produced with fine powder

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    J. E., Zorzi; C. A., Perottoni; J. A. H. da, Jornada.

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available A moldagem por injeção em baixa pressão (MIBP) tem constituído, nos últimos anos, uma excelente alternativa para a produção de pequenos lotes de peças cerâmicas diversificadas e com formas complexas. Esta técnica de conformação é relativamente simples e barata, mas apresenta diversos problemas na et [...] apa de extração dos ligantes, principalmente quando o pó cerâmico é muito fino e as peças possuem grande seção transversal. Neste trabalho é descrita uma metodologia específica para a produção de peças cerâmicas por moldagem por injeção a baixa pressão de alumina submicrométrica (0,4 mim), incluindo a formulação da mistura para injeção, bem como detalhes do processo de extração dos ligantes orgânicos utilizados na moldagem. Para o desenvolvimento deste processo fez-se necessário (i) entender melhor o processo de MIBP, (ii) desenvolver a formulação da mistura de pó cerâmico e aditivos orgânicos, (iii) confeccionar moldes adequados para a injeção a baixas pressões e (iv) otimizar os parâmetros de injeção. A metodologia desenvolvida neste trabalho, possibilita a confecção de peças cerâmicas complexas, com seção transversal relativamente grande, permitindo uma produção robusta de pequenos lotes de peças cerâmicas diversificadas com ótima qualidade e excelente reprodutibilidade. Abstract in english In the past years, low-pressure injection molding (LPIM) has been a good alternative for the production of small batches of diversified complex shapes ceramic parts. This molding technique is relatively simple and cheap, but presents several problems related to debinding, especially for fine ceramic [...] particle, and large cross-section ceramic pieces. In this work, we present a metodology for the production of ceramic parts based on the LPIM of submicrometer-sized alumina powder (0.4 mum). The binder formulation is described, as well as the details of the debinding stage. For the development of this process it was necessary (i) to achieve a better understanding of the LPIM process, (ii) develop the binder formulation and to find the better proportion for the binder plus ceramic powder mixture, (iii) to prepare molds suitable for LPIM and (iv) to optimize the injection parameters. The procedure here reported makes it possible to produce complex shape ceramic parts, with relatively large cross-section, allowing the robust production of small batches of diversified ceramic parts, with high quality and excellent reproducibility.

  9. Vector rectangular-shape laser based on reduced graphene oxide interacting with long fiber taper

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    Gao, Lei; Zeng, Jing; Huang, Wei; Liu, Min

    2014-01-01

    A vector dual-wavelength rectangular-shape laser (RSL) based on a long fiber taper deposited with reduced graphene oxide is proposed, where the nonlinearity is enhanced due to large evanescent-field-interacting length and strong field confinement of a 8 mm fiber taper with a waist diameter of 4 micronmeters. Graphene flakes are deposited uniformly on the taper waist with light pressure effect, so this structure guarantees both excellent saturable absorption and high nonlinearity. The RSL with a repetition rate of 7.9 MHz exhibits fast polarization switching in two orthogonal polarization directions, and the temporal and spectral characteristics are investigated. The results suggest that the long taper-based graphene structure is an efficient choice for nonlinear devices.

  10. Assembly injection moulding joins metal and thermoplastics; Montagespritzgiessen verbindet Metall und Thermoplast

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    Drummer, Dietmar; Meister, Steve [Erlangen-Nuernberg Univ., Erlangen (Germany). Lehrstuhl fuer Kunststofftechnik; Reichart, Marc [HBW Gubesch Kunststoff Engineering GmbH, Wilhelmsdorf (Germany)

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    Automotive safety restraint system components increasingly use flexible styrenic and olefinic TPEs. With continued evolution in automotive interior design and performance requirements, demands on material technology are concomitantly rising. A growing trend towards molded in color solutions with low gloss aesthetics require TPE materials with ery low gloss, improved scratch resistance, and low temperature ductility. Innovations utilizing Teknor Apex's compounding technology have enabled the development of low gloss styrenic elastomers for airbag door applications that provide an optimized combination of low temperature performance, surface aesthetics (low gloss and improved scratch resistance), and ease of processing. This paper highlights the salient features of these new compounds and the effect of injection molding condition on the gloss at the surface of the cover.

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

    2005-07-01

    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.

  12. 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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    Adriane Bassani

    2005-07-01

    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 coleta 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.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.

  13. Ultrasonic Welding of Graphite/Thermoplastic Composite

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    Hardy, S. S.; Page, D. B.

    1982-01-01

    Ultrasonic welding of graphite/thermoplastic composite materials eliminates need for fasteners (which require drilling or punching, add weight, and degrade stiffness) and can be totally automated in beam fabrication and assembly jigs. Feasibility of technique has been demonstrated in laboratory tests which show that neither angular orientation nor vacuum affect weld quality.

  14. Induced mutation of Egypt cotton variety and selection of long fiber cotton mutant by irradiation

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    In order to obtain long fiber cotton variety which would be adaptable to the ecological conditions of Yellow River Region, the mutation induction of Egypt cotton variety, Ashmouni, was carried out by ?-ray of 279 Gy in 1985. In M1 generation, serious radiation damage was shown in seed-lings, the death percentage of seedling was 63.3%. Two plants with early maturity were selected and their seeds were planted individually in 1986. The complex segregation appeared in M2 generation. The selection and domestication were carried out for several years and four stable mutant lines which included early maturity, dwarf plant, compact pattern, stranger bollbearing ability as well as upland cotton characters were obtained in 1991. The fiber length of these lines reached 33 ? 35 mm, and the mutants were adaptable to ecological condition in Shandong Province. The mutant line, 90197-1, whose growing period and plant height shorter than those of upland cotton cultivar, Zhong-mian No.12, has compact plant pattern, high bollbearing ability and ginning out turn of about 40%. Further yield test is required for these lines. The hereditary variability of the progeny in mutated Egypt cotton variety, preliminary cytological observation and the analysis of isoenzyme in mutants are also discussed

  15. Deformational characteristics of thermoplastic elastomers

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    Indukuri, Kishore K.

    This thesis focuses primarily on the structure-property relationships of poly (styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene) triblock copolymer TPEs. First evidence for strain-induced crystallization occurring in certain SEBS block copolymers has been established using unique techniques like deformation calorimetry, combined in-situ small angle X-ray and wide angle X-ray diffraction (SAXD/WAXD). Also the ramifications of such strain-induced crystallization on the mechanical properties like cyclic hysteresis, stress relaxation/creep retention of these SEBS systems have been studied. In addition, the structural changes in the morphology of these systems on deformation have been investigated using combined SAXD/WAXD setup. Small angle X-ray diffraction probed the changes at the nano-scale of polystyrene (PS) cylinders, while wide angle X-ray diffraction probed the changes at molecular length scales of the amorphous/crystalline domains of the elastomeric mid-block in these systems. New structural features at both these length scales have been observed and incorporated into the overall deformation mechanisms of the material. Continuous processing techniques like extrusion have been used to obtain ultra long-range order and orientation in these SEBS systems. Thus well ordered crystal like hexagonal packing of cylinders, where in each element in this hexagonal lattice can be individually addressed without any grain boundaries can be realized using these robust techniques. The effect of long-range order/orientation on the mechanical properties has been studied. In addition, these well ordered systems serve as model systems for evaluating deformation mechanisms of these SEBS systems, where the relative contributions of each of the phases can be estimated. EPDM/i-PP thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) have micron size scale phase separated morphologies of EPDM rubber dispersed in a semicrystalline i-PP matrix as a result of the dynamic vulcanization process. Confocal microscopy studies, along with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies show that the morphology of these EPDM/i-PP systems resembles a microcellular "filled" foam in which i-PP occupies the strut regions and EPDM the inner core. Based on this, an analytical model has been developed that takes into account composition information, molecular weight, cure state and morphology into account.

  16. Examination of injection moulded thermoplastic maize starch

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    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the effect of the different injection moulding parameters and storing methods on injection moulded thermoplastic maize starch (TPS. The glycerol and water plasticized starch was processed in a twin screw extruder and then with an injection moulding machine to produce TPS dumbbell specimens. Different injection moulding set-ups and storing conditions were used to analyse the effects on the properties of thermoplastic starch. Investigated parameters were injection moulding pressure, holding pressure, and for the storage: storage at 50% relative humidity, and under ambient conditions. After processing the mechanical and shrinkage properties of the manufactured TPS were determined as a function of the ageing time. While conditioning, the characteristics of the TPS changed from a soft material to a rigid material. Although this main behaviour remained, the different injection moulding parameters changed the characteristics of TPS. Scanning electron microscope observations revealed the changes in the material on ageing.

  17. Thermoplastic composite cylinders for underwater applications

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    Davies, Peter; Riou, Luc; Mazeas, Florence; Warnier, Philippe

    2005-01-01

    A study of thermoplastic matrix composites has been performed to investigate their use in underwater applications such as oceanography, submarine, and sub-sea offshore structures. This article first presents six candidate materials. Results from simple mechanical and seawater aging screening tests on flat specimens are then described. Glass/epoxy and carbon/epoxy composites are used as reference materials. Two materials emerged from this process, glass/PEI and carbon/PEEK. Cylinders of both w...

  18. Glass transition temperature of thermoplastic starches

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    M. Mitrus

    2005-01-01

    Thermoplastic starch was produced by mixing potato starch and glycerol in a single screw extruder. The glass transition temperatures of the materials obtained were measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Both the influence of extruder parameters and material parameters, such as moisture and glycerol content and amyloses/amylopectine ratio were investigated. Repeated extrusion cycles affect the glass transition temperature only to a very small extent.

  19. Thermoplastic retention appliances. A controversial clinical reality.

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    Ioulia Ioannidou-Marathiotou

    2011-01-01

    AIM: The present article attempts to critically analyze the efficiency, advantages and disadvantages of thermoplastic appliances, which are widely used today to retain the outcome of an orthodontic treatment.METHOD: Collection and evaluation of original articles regarding the subject under investigation from PubMed and Cochrane Databases until January 2010.FINDINGS: Transparent appliances are the preferred appliances to retain the orthodontic treatment outcome both by patients and clinicians....

  20. Glass transition temperature of thermoplastic starches

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    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Thermoplastic starch was produced by mixing potato starch and glycerol in a single screw extruder. The glass transition temperatures of the materials obtained were measured by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. Both the influence of extruder parameters and material parameters, such as moisture and glycerol content and amyloses/amylopectine ratio were investigated. Repeated extrusion cycles affect the glass transition temperature only to a very small extent.

  1. Processing of continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics

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    Nunes, J. P.; Silva, J. F; Marques, A.T.

    2012-01-01

    Towpregs based on different fibres and thermoplastic matrices were processed for highly demanding and more commercial applications by different composite processing technologies. In the technologies used, compression moulding and pultrusion, the final composite pr ocessing parameters were studied in order to obtain composites with adequate properties at industrial compatible production rates. The produced towpregs were tested to verify its polymer content and degree of im...

  2. Thermoplastic liners for carbon steel pipelines

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    Mehdi, Mauyed S.; AlDossary, Abdullah K. [Saudi Aramco, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    2009-12-19

    Materials selection for pipe and fittings used to convey corrosive fluids has often been a challenge. Traditionally, exotic Corrosion Resistant Alloys (CRA) have been used in corrosive environments despite their high cost. Plastic lined carbon steel piping offers a cost effective alternative to the use of CRAs by eliminating corrosion, significantly reducing the use of toxic chemicals and the heavy metal usually present in CRAs. Thermoplastic Liners offer the combination of corrosion resistance and mechanical strength, which are unachievable with singular materials. Under pressure conditions, the liner is fully supported by the metalwork, while under vacuum conditions, the liner must be thick enough along with venting system to withstand the collapsing forces created by the negative pressure. Plastic liners have been used successfully to line and protect metallic pipelines for many years and have become an indispensable requirement of the oil and gas industry particularly with water injection and hydrocarbon services. In the case of internally corroded pipes, the use of thermoplastic liners for rehabilitation is an option to extend the lifetime of companies' assets, reduce maintenance cost and increase intervals between T and Is. For new construction, plastic liners in carbon steel pipes can compete technically and economically with pipelines of CRA materials and other corrosion inhibition systems. This paper describes various design features, installations of thermoplastic liners in comparison to other corrosion inhibition methods. (author)

  3. Fly ash-reinforced thermoplastic starch composites

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    Ma, X.F.; Yu, J.G.; Wang, N. [Tianjin University, Tianjin (China). School of Science

    2007-01-02

    As a by-product from the combustion of pulverized coal, fly ash was, respectively, used as the reinforcement for formamide and urea-plasticized thermoplastic starch (FUPTPS) and glycerol-plasticized thermoplastic starch (GPTPS). The introduction of fly ash improved tensile stress from 4.56 MPa to 7.78 MPa and Youngs modulus increased trebly from 26.8 MPa to 84.6 MPa for fly ash-reinforced FUPTPS (A-FUPTPS), while tensile stress increased from 4.55 MPa to 12.86 MPa and Youngs modulus increased six times from 76.4 MPa to 545 MPa for fly ash-reinforced GPTPS (A-GPTPS). X-ray diffractograms illustrated that fly ash destroyed the formation of starch ordered crystal structure, so both A-GPTPS and FUPTPS could resist the starch re-crystallization (retrogradation). Also fly ash improved water resistance of TPS. As shown by rheology, during the thermoplastic processing, the extruder screw speed effectively adjusted the flow behavior of A-FUPTPS, while the increasing of the processing temperature effectively ameliorated the flow behavior of A-GPTPS. However, superfluous ash contents (e.g., 20 wt%) worsened processing fluidity and resulted in the congregation of fly ash in FUPTPS matrix (tested by SEM) rather than in GPTPS matrix. This congregation decreased the mechanical properties and water resistance of the materials.

  4. Thermoforming of Continuous Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites

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    The introduction of new materials, particularly for aerospace products, is not a simple, quick or cheap task. New materials require extensive and expensive qualification and must meet challenging strength, stiffness, durability, manufacturing, inspection and maintenance requirements. Growth in industry acceptance for fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite systems requires the determination of whole life attributes including both part processing and processed part performance data. For thermoplastic composite materials the interactions between the processing parameters, in-service structural performance and end of life recyclability are potentially interrelated. Given the large number and range of parameters and the complexity of the potential relationships, understanding for whole life design must be developed in a systematic building block approach. To assess and demonstrate such an approach this article documents initial coupon level thermoforming trials for a commercially available fibre reinforced thermoplastic laminate, identifying the key interactions between processing and whole life performance characteristics. To examine the role of the thermoforming process parameters on the whole life performance characteristics of the formed part requires a series of manufacturing trials combined with a series of characterisation tests on the manufacturing trial output. Using a full factorial test programme and considering all possible process parameters over a range of ssible process parameters over a range of potential magnitudes would result in a very large number of manufacturing trials and accompanying characterisation tests. Such an approach would clearly be expensive and require significant time to complete, therefore failing to address the key requirement for a future design methodology capable of rapidly generating design knowledge for new materials and processes. In this work the role of mould tool temperature and blank forming temperature on the thermoforming of a commercially available thermoplastic based composite laminate is investigated followed by post processed part characterization. Key findings include an optimized composite processing window, and the influence of raw material blank forming temperature and mould tool temperature on part crystallinity and flexural strength. This process study forms one element of a major project structure which has been designed to address the gap between design, analysis and manufacturing, using at its core, a digital framework for the creation and management of performance parameters related to the lifecycle performance of thermoplastic composite structures.

  5. A modeling approach to thermoplastic pultrusion. I - Formulation of models

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    Astrom, B. T.; Pipes, R. B.

    1993-06-01

    Models to predict temperature and pressure distributions within a thermoplastic composed as it travels through a pultrusion line and a model to predict the pulling resistance of a die are presented and discussed. A set of mathematical models of the thermoplastic pultrusion process comprising temperature, pressure, and pulling force models are discussed and extensively verified with experimental data.

  6. Tough poly(arylene ether) thermoplastics as modifiers for bismaleimides

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    Stenzenberger, H. D.; Roemer, W.; Hergenrother, P. M.; Jensen, B. J.

    1989-01-01

    Several aspects of research on thermoplastics as toughness modifiers are discussed, including the contribution of the backbone chemistry and the concentration of the poly(arylene ether) thermoplastic to fracture toughness, influence of the molecular weight of the poly(arylene ether) thermoplastic on neat resin fracture toughness, and the morphology of the thermoplastic modified networks. The results show that fracture toughness of brittle bismaleimide resins can be improved significantly with poly(arylene ether) thermoplastic levels of 20 percent by weight, and that high molecular weight poly(arylene ether) based on bisphenol A provides the highest degree of toughening. Preliminary composite evaluation shows that improvements in neat resin toughness translate into carbon fabric composite.

  7. Method and apparatus for extruding thermoplastic material

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    A gear pump assisted screw conveyor extrusion system utilizing a cartridge heating device disposed axially within the screw and having the drives for the gear pump and the screw correlated in speed to create relatively little pressure in the thermoplastic material being extruded such that relatively little mechanical working thereof occurs. The thermoplastic material is melted in the screw conveyor primarily by heat transfer from the cartridge heater and the gear pump is utilized for conveying the melted material under pressure to a subsequent work station. A relatively deep material-conveying spiral channel is provided in the screw for maximized extrusion output per revolution of the screw and minimized mechanical energy generation by the screw. A motionless mixer may be employed intermediate the screw and the work station to homogenize the melted material for reducing temperature gradients therein. The system advantageously is capable of extruding material at a substantially greater rate and a lower material temperature and with substantially increased power economy than conventional systems utilizing a high pressure, externally heated screw conveyor portion

  8. Low Cost Processing of Commingled Thermoplastic Composites

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    Chiasson, Matthew Lee

    A low cost vacuum consolidation process has been investigated for use with commingled thermoplastic matrix composites. In particular, the vacuum consolidation behaviour of commingled polypropylene/glass fibre and commingled nylon/carbon fibre precursors were studied. Laminates were consolidated in a convection oven under vacuum pressure. During processing, the consolidation of the laminate packs was measured by use of non-contact eddy current sensors. The consolidation curves are then used to tune an empirical consolidation model. The overall quality of the resulting laminates is also discussed. Dynamic mechanical analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and mechanical tensile testing were also performed in order to determine the effects of varying processing parameters on the physical and mechanical properties of the laminates. Through this analysis, it was determined that the nylon/carbon fibre blend was not suitable for vacuum consolidation, while the polypropylene/glass fibre blend is a viable option for vacuum consolidation. The ultimate goal of this work is to provide a foundation from which low cost unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) components can be designed and manufactured from thermoplastic matrix composites using a low cost processing technique as an alternative to traditional thermoset composite materials.

  9. Recent Developments on Thermoplastic Elastomers by Dynamic Vulcanization

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    Babu, R. Rajesh; Naskar, Kinsuk

    A comprehensive overview is given of the recent developments of thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) with special reference to the technological advancements. TPVs combine the high volume molding capability of thermoplastics with the elastomeric properties of thermoset rubber. Therefore, they lend themselves to a broad range of applications in various fields. TPVs represent the second largest group of soft thermoplastic elastomers, after styrenic-based block copolymers. TPVs have undergone evolutionary changes in terms of the selection of polymers, design of crosslinking, compounding techniques, and methods of production, and have achieved better elastic recovery, easy processability and low hardness etc.

  10. Crosslinking of thermoplastic composites using electron beam radiation

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    The crosslinking of thermoset materials has been clearly demonstrated to improve many desirable physical and chemical properties for composite applications. While thermoplastic resins also offer many advantages for composite applications, they are not crosslinked and, therefore, may not meet the same property criteria as crosslinked thermosets. Electron beams have been used successfully for crosslinking non-reinforced thermoplastic materials. Electron beams have also been used for curing composite thermoset materials. This research utilizes electron beams to crosslink high performance thermoplastic composite materials (PEEK and PPS with glass and carbon fibers). The tensile strength and tensile modulus are compared under various crosslinking conditions. The method is found to have some advantages in potentially improving physical properties of thermoplastic composite materials

  11. Thermoplastic polymers for improved fire safety

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    Kourtides, D. A.; Parker, J. A.; Hilado, C. J.

    1976-01-01

    The thermochemical and flammability characteristics of some typical thermoplastic materials currently in use and others being considered for use in aircraft interiors are described. The properties studied included (1) thermomechanical properties such as glass transition and melt temperature, (2) changes in polymer enthalpy by differential scanning calorimetry, (3) thermogravimetric analysis in anaerobic and oxidative environments, (4) oxygen index, (5) smoke evolution, (6) relative toxicity of the volatile products of pyrolysis, and (7) selected physical properties. The generic polymers that were evaluated included: acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, bisphenol A polycarbonate, 9,9 bis (4-hydroxyphenyl) fluorene polycarbonatepoly (dimethyl siloxane) block polymer, phenolphthalein bisphenol A polycarbonate, phenolphthalein polycarbonate, polyether sulfone, polyphenylene oxide, polyphenylene sulfide, polyaryl sulfone, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride homopolymer, polyvinyl fluoride, and polyvinylidene fluoride. Processing parameters, including molding characteristics of some of the advanced polymers, are described. Test results and relative ranking of some of the flammability, smoke, and toxicity properties are presented.

  12. Thermoplastic microcantilevers fabricated by nanoimprint lithography

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    Nanoimprint lithography has been exploited to fabricate micrometre-sized cantilevers in thermoplastic. This technique allows for very well defined microcantilevers and gives the possibility of embedding structures into the cantilever surface. The microcantilevers are fabricated in TOPAS and are up to 500 µm long, 100 µm wide, and 4.5 µm thick. Some of the cantilevers have built-in ripple surface structures with heights of 800 nm and pitches of 4 µm. The yield for the cantilever fabrication is 95% and the initial out-of-plane bending is below 10 µm. The stiffness of the cantilevers is measured by deflecting the cantilever with a well-characterized AFM probe. An average stiffness of 61.3 mN m?1 is found. Preliminary tests with water vapour indicate that the microcantilevers can be used directly for vapour sensing applications and illustrate the influence of surface structuring of the cantilevers

  13. Thermoplastic microcantilevers fabricated by nanoimprint lithography

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    Greve, Anders; Keller, Stephan Urs

    2010-01-01

    Nanoimprint lithography has been exploited to fabricate micrometre-sized cantilevers in thermoplastic. This technique allows for very well defined microcantilevers and gives the possibility of embedding structures into the cantilever surface. The microcantilevers are fabricated in TOPAS and are up to 500 ?m long, 100 ?m wide, and 4.5 ?m thick. Some of the cantilevers have built-in ripple surface structures with heights of 800 nm and pitches of 4 ?m. The yield for the cantilever fabrication is 95% and the initial out-of-plane bending is below 10 ?m. The stiffness of the cantilevers is measured by deflecting the cantilever with a well-characterized AFM probe. An average stiffness of 61.3 mN m?1 is found. Preliminary tests with water vapour indicate that the microcantilevers can be used directly for vapour sensing applications and illustrate the influence of surface structuring of the cantilevers.

  14. Giant magnetoimpedance effect enhanced by thermoplastic drawing

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    Qiang, Jian; Estevez, Diana; Dong, Yaqiang; Man, Qikui; Chang, Chuntao; Wang, Xinmin; Li, Run-Wei

    2014-09-01

    We performed thermoplastic forming (TPF) on FeCoNbB metallic glass ribbons with a supercooled liquid region exceeding 100 K, and found the sample after TPF is still completely amorphous. More importantly, the giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect was improved after the forming process: the maximum GMI ratio and sensitivity increased from 41% to 12.3%/Oe in the case of as-cast sample to 280% and 358.2%/Oe in the case of resulting sample after TPF, respectively. The hysteresis loops and domain patterns were subsequently studied, which revealed that the primary factor leading to the improvement of the GMI effect was the enhanced longitudinal magnetic anisotropy induced by the TPF process. We therefore assume that TPF is an effective way that improves the GMI effect, which differs from conventional annealing methods.

  15. Lignocellulosic Fibers and Nanocellulose as Reinforcing Filler in Thermoplastic Composites

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    Ayrilmis, Nadir; Ashori, Alireza

    2014-01-01

    Natural fibers have received considerable attention as a substitute for synthetic fiber reinforcements in thermoplastics. As replacements for conventional synthetic fibers like aramid and glass fibers, natural fibers are increasingly used for reinforcement in thermoplastics due to their low density, good thermal insulation and mechanical properties, reduced tool wear, unlimited availability, low price, and problem-free disposal. Natural fibers also offer economical and environmental advantage...

  16. Characteristics and utilization of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE)-an overview

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    Roestamsjah [R and D Center for Applied Chemistry, Indonesian Inst. of Sciences (Indonesia)

    1998-10-01

    The unique feature of thermoplastic elastomer, the combining of processing characteristics of thermoplastics with the physical properties of vulcanized rubber is reviewed. Highlights of TPE and its characteristics is aimed to generate interest in TPE, where SANS technique will be utilized for its characterization. The topics discussed include rubber elasticity, state of aggregation of polymers, microseparation in block copolymer system, application of TPE, and finally some notes in developing interest in TPE and SANS in Indonesia. (author)

  17. Hybrid Joining of Aluminum to Thermoplastics with Friction Stir Welding

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    Ratanathavorn, Wallop

    2012-01-01

    Hybrid structures including aluminum-thermoplastic and aluminum-reinforced thermoplastic composite are increasingly important in the near future innovations due to its lightweight and high strength-to-weight ratio. A critical point for metal-polymer application is that sound joining of these materials is difficult to achieve owing to a large difference in surface energy and dissimilar structure between metal and polymer. In practice, two major joining methods for hybrid structures are mechani...

  18. Study on resistance welding of glass fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites

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    Highlights: ? A Taguchi technique was used to design the experimental plan. ? TPC were joined by Resistance welding setup. ? TPC joints were characterized by mechanical and metallurgical study. ? Statistical method was used for parameter optimization of TPC joining. -- Abstract: Thermoplastic polymer industry has expanded a new impact with the introduction of Eco-friendly thermoplastic matrix composites (TPCs), which finds applications in medical, aerospace, electronic and automotive areas. Joints of non-conductive thermoplastic composite materials are processed by Resistance Welding (RW) by incorporating a conductive corrosion resistive conductive material, as an interlayer. Glass fiber reinforced polypropylene thermoplastic composite sheets were used for this study. The experimental set-up for resistance welding was fabricated. Welding current, clamping pressure and welding duration (Time) are the control parameters. The joining trials on composites were carried out using Taguchi method to reduce time and cost effective experimental studies. The effect of parameters which govern the quality of resistance welding of thermoplastic composites is also emphasized in this work. The purpose of this study is to determine the optimum process parameters for RW. The joints obtained were analyzed microscopically; it revealed the good integration of thermoplastic composite with the interlayer material. The mechanical strength of the joints is tested through lap shear strength testing.

  19. Novel polymer blends with thermoplastic starch

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    Taghizadeh, Ata

    A new class of polymers known as "bioplastics" has emerged and is expanding rapidly. This class consists of polymers that are either bio-based or biodegradable, or both. Among these, polysaccharides, namely starch, are of great interest for several reasons. By gelatinizing starch via plasticizers, it can be processed in the same way as thermoplastic polymers with conventional processing equipment. Hence, these bio-based and biodegradable plastics, with their low source and refinery costs, as well as relatively easy processability, have made them ideal candidates for incorporation into various current plastic products. Four different plasticizers have been chosen here for gelatinization of thermoplastic starch (TPS): glycerol, sorbitol, diglycerol and polyglycerol, with the latter two being used for the first time in such a process. Two methodological categories are used. The first involves a calorimetric method (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) as well as optical microscopy; these are "static" methods where no shear is applied A wide range of starch/water/plasticizer compositions were prepared to explore the gelatinization regime for each plasticizer. The onset and conclusion gelatinization temperatures for sorbitol and glycerol were found to be in the same vicinity, while diglycerol and polyglycerol showed significantly higher transition temperatures. The higher molecular weight and viscosity of polyglycerol allow this transition to occur at an even higher temperature than with diglycerol. This is due to the increase in molecular weight and viscosity of the two new plasticizers, as well as their significant decrease in water solubility. It is demonstrated that the water/plasticizer ratio has a pronounced effect on gelatinization temperatures. When plasticizer content was held constant and water content was increased, it was found that the gelatinization temperature decreased for all the plasticizers. Meanwhile, when the water content was held constant and the plasticizer content was increased, the gelatinization temperature increased for glycerol, sorbitol and diglycerol, but it moved in the opposite direction in the case of polyglycerol. The gelatinization temperature variation for glycerol, sorbitol and diglycerol caused by changing water and plasticizer content indicates that water is the primary agent causing granular swell and plasticization in the gelatinization process. Due to the high molecular weight and viscosity, as well as the low hydroxyl group density (~ one --OH per two carbon) and borderline solubility of polyglycerol in water, it is believed that water-aided penetration of the plasticizer among the crystalline structure of starch molecules is significantly decelerated. So it is proposed that in the case of low-water solubility of the plasticizers, gelatinization temperature is determined more by the total amount of the plasticizer and water, rather than the water/plasticizer ratio. Increasing the miscibility of polyglycerol in water by increasing the temperature of the initial slurry, results in a return of the system to the typical thermal dependence of gelatinization with plasticizer/water ratio. Secondly, the gelatinization of starch under "dynamic conditions" was studied. In this case, a constant shear is applied to the slurry, along with a temperature ramp to induce gelatinization. This is, in fact, a rheological technique that heats up the slurry, while a mechanical shear is applied throughout. The reason for using this method is that in the plastic industry, thermoplastic starch is produced via processes involving shear such as extrusion, but, to date, there has not yet been a thorough study on the effect of pure shear on the gelatinization process. Glycerol, diglycerol and sorbitol were subjected to different dynamic gelatinization treatments in a couette flow system, and the results were compared with static gelatinization. Applying shear showed virtually no effect on the onset gelatinization temperature. However, the conclusion temperature was remarkably reduced

  20. Applications of lasers in metallization of thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This work focuses on the studies of chemical and physical changes induced by ArF-laser irradiation leading to formation of surfaces catalytically highly active and fully prepared for the direct electroless metallization for the case of thermoplastic and thermosetting polymer composites. The only pretreatment method for surface to be activated was laser irradiation. There are compared two polymer composites: thermoplastic and thermosetting with the same qualitative and quantitative contents of the selected copper compounds. Additionally, there is presented wide context of laser applications in electroless metallization of polymeric materials.Design/methodology/approach: The composites contained the same amount of copper(II oxide (CuO and copper(II acetoacetate Cu(acac2, while varied with the type of polymer matrix. There were chosen polyamide 6 as thermoplastic and polyurethane resin as thermosetting polymer matrixes. The composites were irradiated with various numbers of ArF excimer laser pulses (? = 193 nm at constant fluence of 100 mJ/cm2. The metallization procedure of the laser-irradiated samples was performed by use of a commercial metallization bath and formaldehyde as a reducing agent. The samples were examined using FTIR, contact angle measurement and SEM techniques.Findings: It was found that laser irradiation induce catalytic properties in the studied composites. However, better catalytic properties were achieved for the thermoplastic than thermosetting polymer composites.Research limitations/implications: In order to better understand the differences in laser interactions between thermoplastic and thermosetting composites more examples of various polymer matrixes should be investigated.Practical implications: Suitable condition for laser irradiation of the composites associated with the best catalytic properties were proposes. Better catalytic properties were achieved for thermoplastic than thermosetting composite.Originality/value: Comparison of new thermoplastic and thermosetting polymer composites intended for laser direct electroless metallization is firstly reported in this article.

  1. Improved Thermoplastic/Iron-Particle Transformer Cores

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    Wincheski, Russell A.; Bryant, Robert G.; Namkung, Min

    2004-01-01

    A method of fabricating improved transformer cores from composites of thermoplastic matrices and iron-particles has been invented. Relative to commercially available laminated-iron-alloy transformer cores, the cores fabricated by this method weigh less and are less expensive. Relative to prior polymer-matrix/ iron-particle composite-material transformer cores, the cores fabricated by this method can be made mechanically stronger and more magnetically permeable. In addition, whereas some prior cores have exhibited significant eddy-current losses, the cores fabricated by this method exhibit very small eddy-current losses. The cores made by this method can be expected to be attractive for use in diverse applications, including high-signal-to-noise transformers, stepping motors, and high-frequency ignition coils. The present method is a product of an experimental study of the relationships among fabrication conditions, final densities of iron particles, and mechanical and electromagnetic properties of fabricated cores. Among the fabrication conditions investigated were molding pressures (83, 104, and 131 MPa), and molding temperatures (250, 300, and 350 C). Each block of core material was made by uniaxial-compression molding, at the applicable pressure/temperature combination, of a mixture of 2 weight percent of LaRC (or equivalent high-temperature soluble thermoplastic adhesive) with 98 weight percent of approximately spherical iron particles having diameters in the micron range. Each molded block was cut into square cross-section rods that were used as core specimens in mechanical and electromagnetic tests. Some of the core specimens were annealed at 900 C and cooled slowly before testing. For comparison, a low-carbon-steel core was also tested. The results of the tests showed that density, hardness, and rupture strength generally increased with molding pressure and temperature, though the correlation was rather weak. The weakness of the correlation was attributed to the pores in the specimens. The maximum relative permeabilities of cores made without annealing ranged from 30 to 110, while those of cores made with annealing ranged from 900 to 1,400. However, the greater permeabilities of the annealed specimens were not associated with noticeably greater densities. The major practical result of the investigation was the discovery of an optimum distribution of iron-particle sizes: It was found that eddy-current losses in the molded cores were minimized by using 100 mesh (corresponding to particles with diameters less than or equal to 100 m) iron particles. The effect of optimization of particle sizes on eddy-current losses is depicted in the figure.

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

    2013-06-01

    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.

  3. Method for bonding a thermoplastic polymer to a thermosetting polymer component:

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    Van Tooren, M.J.L.

    2012-01-01

    The invention relates to a method for bonding a thermoplastic polymer to a thermosetting polymer component, the thermoplastic polymer having a melting temperature that exceeds the curing temperature of the thermosetting polymer. The method comprises the steps of providing a cured thermosetting polymer component comprising an implant of a thermoplastic polymer at least at the part of the thermosetting polymer component to be bonded, locating a thermoplastic polymer in contact with at least the...

  4. Improved adhesion for thermoplastic polymers using oxyfluorination

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    Achereiner, F; Muenstedt, H [Institute of Polymer Materials, University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstrasse 7, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany); Zeiler, T [PP Maincor GmbH and Co. KG, Maincor 1, D-97478 Knetzgau (Germany)], E-mail: polymer@ww.uni-erlangen.de

    2008-03-15

    Industrial applications of thermoplastic polymers are often limited by their poor adhesion properties. In this work the effect of surface oxyfluorination on the adhesion properties was investigated for polyethylene (PE), polyoxymethylene (POM), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polyamide 6 (PA6). The adhesive joint strength was quantified using lap-shear tests. These results were correlated with the changes in the chemical composition of the surface, determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), in the surface free energy, measured by the contact angle method, and in the topography, using white-light confocal microscopy. The adhesive strength is strongly improved for all four polymers, but the degree of this increase depends on the polymer type. The surface free energy shows a similar trend for all four polymers. A high surface free energy exceeding 50 mN/m was observed after oxy-fluorination, whereby the polar component was strongly predominant. Surface topography measurements show no significant increase of the surface roughness. So the effect of oxyfluorination results primarily in increased wettability and polarity, due to changes of the chemical composition of the surface. XPS measurements confirm the integration of fluorine and oxygen groups in the polymer chain, which correlates with the increased polarity.

  5. Improved adhesion for thermoplastic polymers using oxyfluorination

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    Industrial applications of thermoplastic polymers are often limited by their poor adhesion properties. In this work the effect of surface oxyfluorination on the adhesion properties was investigated for polyethylene (PE), polyoxymethylene (POM), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and polyamide 6 (PA6). The adhesive joint strength was quantified using lap-shear tests. These results were correlated with the changes in the chemical composition of the surface, determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), in the surface free energy, measured by the contact angle method, and in the topography, using white-light confocal microscopy. The adhesive strength is strongly improved for all four polymers, but the degree of this increase depends on the polymer type. The surface free energy shows a similar trend for all four polymers. A high surface free energy exceeding 50 mN/m was observed after oxy-fluorination, whereby the polar component was strongly predominant. Surface topography measurements show no significant increase of the surface roughness. So the effect of oxyfluorination results primarily in increased wettability and polarity, due to changes of the chemical composition of the surface. XPS measurements confirm the integration of fluorine and oxygen groups in the polymer chain, which correlates with the increased polarity

  6. Materials for Heated Head Automated Thermoplastic Tape Placement

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    Jensen, Brian J.; Kinney, Megan C.; Cano, Roberto J.; Grimsley, Brian W.

    2012-01-01

    NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is currently pursuing multiple paths to develop out of autoclave (OOA) polymeric composite materials and processes. Polymeric composite materials development includes the synthesis of new and/or modified thermosetting and thermoplastic matrix resins designed for specific OOA processes. OOA processes currently under investigation include vacuum bag only (VBO) prepreg/composite fabrication, resin transfer molding (RTM), vacuum assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM) and heated head automated thermoplastic tape placement (HHATP). This paper will discuss the NASA Langley HHATP facility and capabilities and recent work on characterizing thermoplastic tape quality and requirements for quality part production. Samples of three distinct versions of APC-2 (AS4/PEEK) thermoplastic dry tape were obtained from two materials vendors, TENCATE, Inc. and CYTEC Engineered Materials** (standard grade and an experimental batch). Random specimens were taken from each of these samples and subjected to photo-microscopy and surface profilometry. The CYTEC standard grade of APC-2 tape had the most voids and splits and the highest surface roughness and/or waviness. Since the APC-2 tape is composed of a thermoplastic matrix, it offers the flexibility of reprocessing to improve quality, and thereby improve final quality of HHATP laminates. Discussions will also include potential research areas and future work that is required to advance the state of the art in the HHATP process for composite fabrication.

  7. Analytical Prediction of Forming Limits for Thermoplastic Tubes

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    Azhikannickal, Elizabeth; Jain, Mukesh K.

    2005-08-01

    Commodity thermoplastics such as polypropylene and polyethylene are gaining more attention from the automotive industries for applications requiring weight and cost savings. In order to assess the feasibility of employing thermoplastic tubes for subsequent forming into automotive structural components, first an establishment of the forming limits (or the forming limit diagram) for these materials is required. An analytical model, which is able to predict the forming limits for thermoplastic tubes, is useful from the perspective of examining the effect of material properties on the forming of a given shape without numerous experimental forming trials. Knowledge of the forming limits for these materials is also useful in die design as well as process control. Since thermoplastics such as polypropylene are temperature and strain rate dependent, the proposed analytical model would be able to predict the effect of temperature and strain rate on the resulting forming limits for the tube along various loading paths. Preliminary results from the model indicate that thermoplastic tubes formed at elevated temperature undergo larger strains in both the hoop and axial directions of the tube prior to localized necking.

  8. Stress wave propagation in thin long-fiber carbon/epoxy composite panel. Numerical and experimental solutions

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    Kroupa T.

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with experimental and numerical analysis of stress wave propagation in a thin long fiber carbon/epoxy composite material. Experiments were performed on in-plane loaded square composite panels with dimensions 501mm x 501mm x 2:2 mm. The panels have several fiber orientations (0°, 30°, 60° and 90° measured from the loaded edge. They were loaded by in-plane impact of steel sphere. The impact area was on the edge, exactly 150mm from top left corners corner of the panels. The loading force was approximated by atime dependent function. Its shape was obtained from three dimensional contact analysis, which was performed on smaller area of panel. The function was used in further plane stress analysis of the whole panels. The comparison of the numerical and experimental results was executed. An attempt at determination of velocity of propagation of Rayleigh waves on the loaded edge was performed and the results are discussed in the paper. Further directions of the research are proposed.

  9. Fabrication of thermoplastics chips through lamination based techniques.

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    Miserere, Sandrine; Mottet, Guillaume; Taniga, Velan; Descroix, Stephanie; Viovy, Jean-Louis; Malaquin, Laurent

    2012-04-24

    In this work, we propose a novel strategy for the fabrication of flexible thermoplastic microdevices entirely based on lamination processes. The same low-cost laminator apparatus can be used from master fabrication to microchannel sealing. This process is appropriate for rapid prototyping at laboratory scale, but it can also be easily upscaled to industrial manufacturing. For demonstration, we used here Cycloolefin Copolymer (COC), a thermoplastic polymer that is extensively used for microfluidic applications. COC is a thermoplastic polymer with good chemical resistance to common chemicals used in microfluidics such as acids, bases and most polar solvents. Its optical quality and mechanical resistance make this material suitable for a large range of applications in chemistry or biology. As an example, the electrokinetic separation of pollutants is proposed in the present study. PMID:22487893

  10. Pultrusion process development of a graphite reinforced polyetherimide thermoplastic composite

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    Wilson, Maywood L.; Buckley, John D.; Dickerson, George E.; Johnson, Gary S.; Taylor, Edward C.; Covington, Edward W.

    1989-01-01

    High performance thermoplastic polymers do not contain reactants and solvents able to react with a pultrusion die to yield polymerization; consolidation is therefore performed with a rigid or a boardy prepreg, and consolidation must occur with polymers whose viscosities are of the order of 1 million centipoises or more. Die temperatures are typically above 400 C, by comparison with the 150-200 C encountered in thermosets. A methodical approach is presented here for the development of a pultrusion process suitable for polyetherimide and other engineering thermoplastics, employing SEM, DSC, TGA, and ultrasonic C-scanning.

  11. Flexural fatigue of short fiber reinforced high temperature thermoplastics

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    Short fiber reinforced thermoplastics are gaining increasing importance in the development of composite technology. In this investigation, the studies focus on three types of short glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics: (1) polyetherimide (PEI), (2) polyethersulphone (PES), and (3) polyetheretherketone (PEEK). These matrices possess good resistance to aviation fluids and ability to withstand high temperatures up to 6000F. Specimens were evaluated at room temperature and at elevated temperatures under both static and dynamic loads. Fatigue tests reported herein were performed on Krouse sheet bending fatigue machines, operating at 1750 cpm and a constant deflection mode. Fatigue data are presented in traditional S-N plots. 3 references, 5 figures

  12. Thermoplastic Explosive Compositions on the Base of Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane

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    Ilyin, V. P.; Smirnov, S. P.; Kolganov, E. V.; Pechenev, Yu. G.

    2006-08-01

    Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane is an azostructural compound known as CL-20. We performed a series of experiments with CL-20 synthesized in Russia to evaluate the possibility to use it in pressed high explosive compositions. We used it in thermoplastic compositions both with an inert binder and energetic binder. The compositions were conventionally named CL-20? and CL-20A. It was determined that the thermoplastic compositions had the most high detonation parameters and a level of sensitivity to mechanical effects acceptable to allow their processing. Their detonation characteristics were compared with that of some known foreign compositions based on CL-20.

  13. Aplikasi Rekayasa Mutu untuk Mengurangi Cacat pada Mesin Injection Molding

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    Glenn Eko Yulianto

    1999-01-01

    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

  14. Validation of three-dimensional micro injection molding simulation accuracy

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    Tosello, Guido Technical University of Denmark,

    2011-01-01

    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.

  15. Consolidation mechanisms and interfacial phenomena in thermoplastic powder impregnated composites

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    Connor, Marco Tom

    1995-01-01

    Thermoplastic powder impregnation of continuous reinforcement filaments is studied in this work, focusing on impregnation mechanisms and interfacial phenomena. Various existing techniques to mingle powdered resins to continuous filaments are reviewed; a powder impregnation line designed at the Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères (LTC) is presented. Two important types of powder coated towpregs are addressed: FIT bundles (Fibr...

  16. Processing and characterization of unidirectional thermoplastic nanocomposites

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    Narasimhan, Kameshwaran

    The manufacture of continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic nanocomposites is discussed for the case of E-Glass reinforced polypropylene (PP) matrix and for E-Glass reinforced Polyamide-6 (Nylon-6), with and without dispersed nanoclay (montmorillonite) platelets. The E-Glass/PP nanocomposite was manufactured using pultrusion, whereas the E-Glass/Nylon-6 nanocomposite was manufactured using compression molding. Mechanical characterization of nanocomposites were performed and compared with traditional microcomposites. Compressive as well as shear strength of nanocomposites was improved by improving the yield strength of the surrounding matrix through the dispersion of nanoclay. Significant improvements were achieved in compressive strength and shear strength with relatively low nanoclay loadings. Initially, polypropylene with and without nanoclay were melt intercalated using a single-screw extruder and the pultruded nanocomposite was fabricated using extruded pre-impregnated (pre-preg) tapes. Compression tests were performed as mandated by ASTM guidelines. SEM and TEM characterization revealed presence of nanoclay in an intercalated and partially exfoliated morphology. Mechanical tests confirmed significant improvements in compressive strength (˜122% at 10% nanoclay loading) and shear strength (˜60% at 3% nanoclay loading) in modified pultruded E-Glass/PP nanocomposites in comparison with baseline properties. Uniaxial tensile tests showed a small increase in tensile strength (˜3.4%) with 3% nanoclay loading. Subsequently, E-Glass/Nylon-6 nanocomposite panels were manufactured by compression molding. Compression tests were performed according to IITRI guidelines, whereas short beam shear and uni-axial tensile tests were performed according to ASTM standards. Mechanical tests confirmed strength enhancement with nanoclay addition, with a significant improvement in compressive strength (50% at 4% nanoclay loading) and shear strength (˜36% at 4% nanoclay loading) when compared with the baseline E-Glass/Nylon-6. Uni-axial tensile tests resulted in a small increase in tensile strength (˜3.2%) with 4% nanoclay loading. Also, hygrothermal aging (50°C and 100% RH) of baseline and nanoclay modified (4%) E-Glass/Nylon-6 was studied. It was observed that the moisture diffusion process followed Fickian diffusion. E-Glass/Nylon-6 modified with 4% nanoclay loading showed improved barrier performance with a significant reduction (˜30%) in moisture uptake compared to baseline E-Glass/Nylon-6 composites. Significant improvement in mechanical properties was also observed in hygrothermally aged nanocomposite specimens when compared with the aged baseline composite.

  17. Thermoplastic transfer molding of fiber-reinforced composites

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    Choi, Jun-Hyuk

    Among the manufacturing methods for composite materials, resin transfer molding (RTM) process is considered to be one of most cost-effective and competitive methods for producing high performance composites with complex shapes. This process can be described simply as the fluxing of resin through the inlet of a mold and subsequent impregnation of the pre-placed preform inside the mold. The fiber wetting and process times are greatly affected by the resin viscosity. In addition, high fiber volume fraction and variable porosity of the preform makes fiber impregnation even more difficult. Improper fiber impregnation causes degradation of material properties and has been a major concern for RTM. Moreover, the production time becomes very long for large sized parts. RTM has been exclusively applied to the manufacture of thermoset-matrix composites, and not for the manufacture of thermoplastic-matrix composites because of the relatively high viscosity of thermoplastic resins. To achieve a fast process time and improved wetting quality, several process mechanisms inspired by RTM are proposed in the first section of this dissertation. These processes were studied with the interest of applying them to the manufacture of thermoplastic-matrix composites, thus utilizing the methods and advantages of RTM. In these processes, resin is fluxed directly onto the stacked preform and driven through fibers by mechanically enforced consolidation. This mechanical consolidation is achieved by segmenting and articulating the mold. The individual and successive motion of the segmented mold propagates the resin through the preform. Mold fill-up was simulated for this novel process and compared with the equivalent RTM process. In the second section, percolation of thermoplastic melts between two neighboring fibers was modeled with non-Newtonian parameters to understand the effects of thermoplastic rheology on overall infiltration. In contrast to Darcy's model based on a Newtonian fluid, the viscosity dependent on the shear-rate and the threshold-yield in thermoplastic melts was predicted. A relevant experiment was performed on glass preforms to investigate thermoplastic infiltration through the heterogeneous pore structure of such technologically important structural materials.

  18. Dielectric Characterization of PCL-Based Thermoplastic Materials for Microwave Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications

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    Aguilar, Suzette M.; Shea, Jacob D.; Al-joumayly, Mudar A.; Veen, Barry D.; Behdad, Nader; Hagness, Susan C.

    2011-01-01

    We propose the use of a polycaprolactone (PCL)-based thermoplastic mesh as a tissue-immobilization interface for microwave imaging and microwave hyperthermia treatment. An investigation of the dielectric properties of two PCL-based thermoplastic materials in the frequency range of 0.5 – 3.5 GHz is presented. The frequency-dependent dielectric constant and effective conductivity of the PCL-based thermoplastics are characterized using measurements of microstrip transmission lines fabricated o...

  19. The relative fire resistance of select thermoplastic materials. [for aircraft interiors

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    Kourtides, D. A.; Parker, J. A.

    1978-01-01

    The relative thermal stability, flammability, and related thermochemical properties of some thermoplastic materials currently used in aircraft interiors as well as of some candidate thermoplastics were investigated. Currently used materials that were evaluated include acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, bisphenol A polycarbonate, polyphenylene oxide, and polyvinyl fluoride. Candidate thermoplastic materials evaluated include: 9,9-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)fluorene polycarbonate-poly(dimethylsiloxane) block polymer, chlorinated polyvinylchloride homopolymer, phenolphthalein polycarbonate, polyethersulfone, polyphenylene sulfide, polyarylsulfone, and polyvinylidene fluoride.

  20. Pultrusion with thermoplastics for the fabrication of structures in space

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    Wilson, Maywood L.; Macconochie, Ian O.; Johnson, Gary S.

    1988-01-01

    The use of the pultrusion method to produce structures in space is proposed. This technique is based on transporting materials in coils or bundles and fabricating the structures in space. Two methods for thermoplastic impregnation of advanced composite are described. The properties of three pultruded thermoplastic matrix materials, polyphenylene sulfide, polyetherimide (PEI), and polyetheretherketone (PEEK) are discussed and evaluated. It is observed that the pultrusions containing PEI and PEEK reveal post-fabrication potential of lightweight, high strength advanced composites and this method of fabrication produces strength values comparable to those of conventional techniques. Earth-based and space-based planetary shelter models are developed and compared. It is noted that cargo storage volume is dependent on a combination of profiles, packaging, and manufacturing methods.

  1. Development and application of a process model for thermoplastic pultrusion

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    Astrom, B. T.

    A fundamental understanding of the effects of processing parameters and die geometry in a pultrusion process requires a mathematical model in order to minimize the number of necessary experiments. Previous investigators have suggested a variety of models for thermoset pultrusion, while comparatively little effort has been spent modelling its less well-understood thermoplastic counterpart. Herein, models to describe temperature and pressure distributions within a thermoplastic composite as it travels through the pultrusion line, as well as a model to calculate the accumulated pulling resistance from a pultrusion die, are presented. The predictions of the models are compared to experimentally obtained data in terms of composite temperature and pressure and process pulling force; the correlations between predictions and experimental data are found to be good, indicating the soundness of the models. The practical usefulness of the models in terms of die design and the effects of changes in processing parameters is demonstrated with examples.

  2. Distribution of Oil in a PP/EPDM Thermoplastic Elastomer

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    Kikuchi, Yutaka; Okada, Tetsuo; Inoue, Takashi

    Distribution of oil in a commercial PP(polypropylene)/EPDM(ethylene-propyrene-diene rubber) thermoplastic elastomer was analyzed by light scattering. It was shown that the oil preferentially stays in EPDM particles at low temperatures and it migrates to PP matrix at high temperatures. That is, the oil is expected to play a dual role; softener at ambient temperature and plasticizer at processing temperature. The temperature dependence of oil distribution was nicely interpreted by a thermodynamic discussion.

  3. Thermoplastic polymers surfaces for Dip-Pen Nanolithography of oligonucleotides

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    Different thermoplastic polymers were spin-coated to prepare smooth surfaces for the direct deposition of end-group modified oligonucleotides by Dip-Pen Nanolithography. A study of the diffusion process was done in order to investigate the dependence of calibration coefficient and quality of deposited features on environmental parameters (temperature, relative humidity) and ink's molecular weight and functionality. The optimization of the process parameters led to the realization of high quality and density nanoarrays on plastics.

  4. Synthesis of biodegradable thermoplastic elastomers (BTPE based on ?-caprolactone

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Aiming to mimic blood vessels, biodegradable thermoplastic elastomer (BTPE is designed to be elastic, flexible and tough. A series of biodegradable triblock copolymers and poly(ester-urethanes (PEU based on ?-caprolactone have been synthesized and studied. The crystallinity of the poly(?-caprolactone used as soft segment has been disrupted by incorporating either L-lactide (L-LA units or trimethylene carbonate (TMC units. Our studies suggest that soft segment composition does affect the mechanical properties significantly.

  5. Thermoplastic Composite Wind Turbine Blades: Kinetics and Processability:

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    Teuwen, J.J.E.

    2011-01-01

    In previous research, the potential of glass fibre reinforced anionic polyamide-6 (APA-6) composites for use in wind turbine blades was proven. Based on polymer properties, viscosity, processing time, costs and recyclability, APA-6 composites are considered the most suitable reactive thermoplastic material candidate. However, more research is needed to mature the knowledge of the APA-6 material and its processing which can be achieved by understanding the effect of the individual steps in the...

  6. Processability of Pultrusion Using Natural Fiber and Thermoplastic Matrix

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    Tham Nguyen-Chung; Klaus Friedrich; Günter Mennig

    2007-01-01

    Fundamental mechanisms of the pultrusion process using commingled yarns of polypropylene matrix and discontinuous flax fiber to produce thermoplastic profiles were investigated in numerical and experimental manners. Essential issue is the fact that all natural fibers are discontinuous by nature, which may negatively influence the processability. The pultrusion process will be only successful if the pulling force exerted on the solidified pultrudates can be transmitted to the regions of unmelt...

  7. Flexible thermoplastic composite of Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) and waste of rigid Polyurethane foam

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    Marilia, Sônego; Lidiane Cristina, Costa; José Donato, Ambrósio.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This study reports the preparation and characterization of composites with recycled poly(vinyl butyral) (PVB) and residue of rigid polyurethane foam (PUr), with PUr contents of 20, 35 and 50 wt %, using an extruder equipped with a Maillefer single screw and injection molding. The components of the c [...] omposites were thermally characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry. The composites were evaluated by melt flow index (MFI), tensile and hardness mechanical tests and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Tg determined by DSC of PVB sample (53 °C) indicated the presence of plasticizer (Tg of pure PVB is 70 °C). MFI of the composites indicated a viscosity increase with the PUr content and, as the shear rate was held constant during injection molding, higher viscosities promoted higher shear stresses in the composites, thereby causing breaking or tearing of the PUr particles. The SEM micrographs showed low adhesion between PVB and PUr and the presence of voids, both inherent in the rigid foam and in the interphase PVB-PUr. The SEM micrographs also showed that PVB/PUr (50/50) composite exhibited the smallest particle size and a more homogeneous and compact structure with fewer voids in the interface. The stiffness of the composites increases with addition of the PUr particles, as evidenced in the mechanical tests.

  8. Mechanical properties of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics for cryogenic applications

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    The high specific strength, the high specific stiffness and the excellent fatigue behaviour favours carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) as a supplement to metals for low temperature applications. The weakest link in the composite is the polymeric matrix, which is preloaded by thermal tensile strains and becomes brittle at low temperatures. Tough thermoplastic polymers show a higher cryogenic fracture strain than commonly used epoxy-matrix systems. Two carbon fibre reinforced tough thermoplastics (PEEK, PC) were tested at 293 K, 77 K and 5 K by tensile, bending and fatigue loading. It has been found, that the toughness of the matrices generally improves the static strength at low temperatures. In bidirectionally reinforced thermoplastics, transversal cracks appear in the matrix or in the boundary layer at composite strains below 0,2%, originated by the thermal preloading. The formation and development of the cracks depend on the fibre-matrix-bond and on the thickness of the composite layers. Fibre-misalignment results in a poor tension-tension fatigue endurance limit of less than 50% of the static strength. Further developments in the manufacturing process are necessary to improve the homogeneity of the composite structure in order to increase the long term fatigue behaviour. (orig.)

  9. Recycling of ligno-cellulosic and polyethylene wastes from agricultural operations in thermoplastic composites

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    In the US, wood plastic composites (WPC) represent one of the successful markets for natural fiber-filled thermoplastic composites. The WPC typically use virgin or recycled thermoplastic as the substrate and wood fiber as the filler. A major application of the WPC is in non-structural building appli...

  10. Estudio y análisis del moldeo por inyección de materiales poliméricos

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    David Juárez Varón

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This article aims at analyzing the injection molding of thermoplastic polymeric materials by examining their current situation from the perspective of industrial production, the evolution of technology and modeling of the injection process.

  11. Solid particle erosion and viscoelastic properties of thermoplastic polyurethanes

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    G. Arena

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The wear resistance of several thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs having different chemical nature and micronscale arrangement of the hard and soft segments has been investigated by means of erosion and abrasion tests. The goal was correlating the erosion performances of the materials to their macroscopic mechanical properties. Unlike conventional tests, such as hardness and tensile measurements, viscoelastic analysis proved to be a valuable tool to study the erosion resistance of TPUs. In particular, a strict correlation was found between the erosion rate and the high-frequency (~107 Hz loss modulus. The latter reflects the actual ability of TPU to dissipate the impact energy of the erodent particles.

  12. Induction Consolidation of Thermoplastic Composites Using Smart Susceptors

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    Matsen, Marc R

    2012-06-14

    This project has focused on the area of energy efficient consolidation and molding of fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite components as an energy efficient alternative to the conventional processing methods such as autoclave processing. The expanding application of composite materials in wind energy, automotive, and aerospace provides an attractive energy efficiency target for process development. The intent is to have this efficient processing along with the recyclable thermoplastic materials ready for large scale application before these high production volume levels are reached. Therefore, the process can be implemented in a timely manner to realize the maximum economic, energy, and environmental efficiencies. Under this project an increased understanding of the use of induction heating with smart susceptors applied to consolidation of thermoplastic has been achieved. This was done by the establishment of processing equipment and tooling and the subsequent demonstration of this fabrication technology by consolidating/molding of entry level components for each of the participating industrial segments, wind energy, aerospace, and automotive. This understanding adds to the nation's capability to affordably manufacture high quality lightweight high performance components from advanced recyclable composite materials in a lean and energy efficient manner. The use of induction heating with smart susceptors is a precisely controlled low energy method for the consolidation and molding of thermoplastic composites. The smart susceptor provides intrinsic thermal control based on the interaction with the magnetic field from the induction coil thereby producing highly repeatable processing. The low energy usage is enabled by the fact that only the smart susceptor surface of the tool is heated, not the entire tool. Therefore much less mass is heated resulting in significantly less required energy to consolidate/mold the desired composite components. This energy efficiency results in potential energy savings of {approx}75% as compared to autoclave processing in aerospace, {approx}63% as compared to compression molding in automotive, and {approx}42% energy savings as compared to convectively heated tools in wind energy. The ability to make parts in a rapid and controlled manner provides significant economic advantages for each of the industrial segments. These attributes were demonstrated during the processing of the demonstration components on this project.

  13. Nanoimprint technology nanotransfer for thermoplastic and photocurable polymers

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    Taniguchi, Jun; Mizuno, Jun; Saito, Takushi

    2013-01-01

    Nanoscale pattern transfer technology using molds is a rapidly advancing area and one that has seen much recent attention due to its potential for use in nanotechnology industries and applications. However, because of these rapid advances, it can be difficult to keep up with the technological trends and the latest cutting-edge methods. In order to fully understand these pioneering technologies, a comprehensive understanding of the basic science and an overview of the techniques are required. Nanoimprint Technology: Nanotransfer for Thermoplastic and Photocurable Polymers covers

  14. Computational modelling of a thermoforming process for thermoplastic starch

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    Szegda, D.; Song, J.; Warby, M. K.; Whiteman, J. R.

    2007-05-01

    Plastic packaging waste currently forms a significant part of municipal solid waste and as such is causing increasing environmental concerns. Such packaging is largely non-biodegradable and is particularly difficult to recycle or to reuse due to its complex composition. Apart from limited recycling of some easily identifiable packaging wastes, such as bottles, most packaging waste ends up in landfill sites. In recent years, in an attempt to address this problem in the case of plastic packaging, the development of packaging materials from renewable plant resources has received increasing attention and a wide range of bioplastic materials based on starch are now available. Environmentally these bioplastic materials also reduce reliance on oil resources and have the advantage that they are biodegradable and can be composted upon disposal to reduce the environmental impact. Many food packaging containers are produced by thermoforming processes in which thin sheets are inflated under pressure into moulds to produce the required thin wall structures. Hitherto these thin sheets have almost exclusively been made of oil-based polymers and it is for these that computational models of thermoforming processes have been developed. Recently, in the context of bioplastics, commercial thermoplastic starch sheet materials have been developed. The behaviour of such materials is influenced both by temperature and, because of the inherent hydrophilic characteristics of the materials, by moisture content. Both of these aspects affect the behaviour of bioplastic sheets during the thermoforming process. This paper describes experimental work and work on the computational modelling of thermoforming processes for thermoplastic starch sheets in an attempt to address the combined effects of temperature and moisture content. After a discussion of the background of packaging and biomaterials, a mathematical model for the deformation of a membrane into a mould is presented, together with its finite element discretisation. This model depends on material parameters of the thermoplastic and details of tests undertaken to determine these and the results produced are given. Finally the computational model is applied for a thin sheet of commercially available thermoplastic starch material which is thermoformed into a specific mould. Numerical results of thickness and shape for this problem are given.

  15. Sustainable green composites of thermoplastic starch and cellulose fibers

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    Amnuay Wattanakornsiri

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Green composites have gained renewed interest as environmental friendly materials and as biodegradable renewable resources for a sustainable development. This review provides an overview of recent advances in green composites based on thermoplastic starch (TPS and cellulose fibers. It includes information about compositions, preparations, and properties of starch, cellulose fibers, TPS, and green composites based on TPS and cellulose fibers. Introduction and production of these recyclable composites into the material market would be important for environmental sustainability as their use can decrease the volume of petroleum derived plastic waste dumps. Green composites are comparable cheap and abundant, but further research and development is needed for a broader utilization.

  16. Thermoplastic starch materials prepared from rice starch; Preparacao e caracterizacao de materiais termoplasticos preparados a partir de amido de arroz

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    Pontes, Barbara R.B.; Curvelo, Antonio A.S., E-mail: barbarapont@gmail.co [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IQSC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica

    2009-07-01

    Rice starch is a source still little studied for the preparation of thermoplastic materials. However, its characteristics, such as the presence of proteins, fats and fibers may turn into thermoplastics with a better performance. The present study intends the evaluation of the viability of making starch thermoplastic from rice starch and glycerol as plasticizer. The results of X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscopy demonstrate the thermoplastic acquisition. The increase of plasticizer content brings on more hydrophilic thermoplastics with less resistance to tension and elongation at break. (author)

  17. Biodeterioration studies of thermoplastics in nature using indigenous bacterial consortium

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    Mohd. Shahbaz, Anwar; Harshita, Negi; Mohd. Ghulam Haider, Zaidi; Sanjay, Gupta; Reeta, Goel.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Thermoplastics, poly vinyl chloride and low-density polyethylene were treated in the presence of indigenously developed bacterial consortium in laboratory and natural conditions. The consortium was developed using four bacteria, selected on the basis of utilization of PVC as primary carbon source, n [...] amely P. otitidis, B. aerius, B. cereus and A. pedis isolated from the plastic waste disposal sites in Northern India. The comparative in-vitro treatment studies as revealed by the spectral and thermal data, illustrated the relatively better biodegradation potential of developed consortium for PVC than the LDPE. Further, the progressive treatments of both the thermoplastics were conducted for three months under natural conditions. For this purpose, bioformulation of consortium was prepared and characterized for the viability up to 70 days of storage at 25±1ºC. The consortium treated polymer samples were monitored through SEM and FT-IR spectroscopy. Analytical data revealed the biodeterioration potential of the developed consortium for PVC and LDPE, which could help in disposing the plastic waste.

  18. Interlaminate Deformation in Thermoplastic Composite Laminates: Experimental-Numerical Correlation

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    Fang Y.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The interlaminar deformation behaviors of thermoplastic AS4/PEEK composite laminates subjected to static tensile loading are investigated by means of microscopic moiré interferometry with high spatial resolution. The fully threedimensional orthotropic elastic-plastic analysis of interlaminar deformation for the thermoplastic laminates is developed in this paper, and used to simulate the stress-strain curves of tensile experiment for its angle-ply laminates. Under uniaxial tensile loading, the 3D orthotropic elastic-plastic FE analysis and microscopic moiré interferometry of interlaminar deformations are carried out for the [±25]S4 laminates. The quantitative local-filed experimental results of interlaminar shear strain and displacements at freeedge surface of the laminate are compared with corresponding numerical results of the orthotropic elastic-plastic FE model. It is indicated that the numerical tensile stressstrain curves of angle-ply laminates computed with 3D orthotropic elastic-plastic model are agree with experimental results. The numerical interlaminar displacement U and shear strain ?xz are also consistent with the experimental results obtained by moiré interferometry. It is expected the elastic-plastic interlaminar stresses and deformations analysis for the optimal design and application of AS4/PEEK laminates and its structures.

  19. Processability of Pultrusion Using Natural Fiber and Thermoplastic Matrix

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    Günter Mennig

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Fundamental mechanisms of the pultrusion process using commingled yarns of polypropylene matrix and discontinuous flax fiber to produce thermoplastic profiles were investigated in numerical and experimental manners. Essential issue is the fact that all natural fibers are discontinuous by nature, which may negatively influence the processability. The pultrusion process will be only successful if the pulling force exerted on the solidified pultrudates can be transmitted to the regions of unmelted commingled yarns by “bridging over” those melted regions within the die. This can be realized by applying a sufficient number of small yarn bundles of high compactness rather than a thicker single bundle of lower compactness as the raw material. Furthermore, the possibility of adding extra melt into the yarn bundles by side-fed extrusion has been investigated showing that the impregnation can be improved only for the outer layers of yarns, which is owed to the high viscosity of the thermoplastic melt and the limited length of the die.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of energetic thermoplastic elastomers for propellant formulations

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    Aparecida M. Kawamoto

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis and characterization of energetic ABA-type thermoplastic elastomers for propellant formulations has been carried out. Following the working plan elaborated, the synthesis and characterization of Poly 3- bromomethyl-3-methyl oxetane (PolyBrMMO, Poly 3- azidomethyl-3-methyl oxetane (PolyAMMO, Poly 3,3-bis-azidomethyl oxetane (PolyBAMO and Copolymer PolyBAMO/AMMO (by TDI end capping has been successfully performed. The thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs were synthesized using the chain elongation process PolyAMMO, GAP and PolyBAMO by diisocyanates. In this method 2.4-toluene diisocyanate (TDI is used to link block A (hard and mono- functional to B (soft and di-functional. For the hard A-block we used PolyBAMO and for the soft B-block we used PolyAMMO or GAP.This is a joint project set up, some years ago, between the Chemistry Division of the Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE - subordinated to the Brazilian Ministry of Defense - and the Fraunhofer Institut Chemische Technologie (ICT, in Germany. The products were characterized by different techniques as IR- and (1H,13CNMR spectroscopies, elemental and thermal analyses. New methodologies based on FT-IR analysis have been developed as an alternative for the determination of the molecular weight and CHNO content of the energetic polymers.

  1. Thermoplastic starch processing and characteristics-a review.

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    Zhang, Yachuan; Rempel, Curtis; Liu, Qiang

    2014-01-01

    Canola Council of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada The rising costs of nonrenewable feedstocks and environmental concerns with their industrial usage have encouraged the study and development of renewable products, including thermoplastic starch (TPS). Starch is an abundant, plant-based biodegradable material with interesting physicochemical characteristics that can be exploited, and this has received attention for development of TPS products. Starch exhibits usable thermoplastic properties when plasticizers, elevated temperatures, and shear are present. The choice of plasticizer has an effect on TPS, even when these have similar plasticization principles. Most TPS have glass transition temperature, Tg, in the range of approximately -75 to 10°C. Glassy transition of TPS is detected by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and thermodynamic analyzer (DMA), although DMA has been found to be more sensitive and effective. TPS has low tensile properties, typically below 6 MPa in tensile strength (TS). The addition of synthetic polymers, nanoclay, and fiber can improve TS and water-resistance ability. The moisture sorption behavior of TPS is described in GAB and BET models, from which monolayer moisture content and specific area are derived. Current studies on surface tension, gas permeability, crystallinity, and so on of the TPS are also reviewed. PMID:24564592

  2. Investigations on laser transmission welding of absorber-free thermoplastics

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    Mamuschkin, Viktor; Olowinsky, Alexander; Britten, Simon W.; Engelmann, Christoph

    2014-03-01

    Within the plastic industry laser transmission welding ranks among the most important joining techniques and opens up new application areas continuously. So far, a big disadvantage of the process was the fact that the joining partners need different optical properties. Since thermoplastics are transparent for the radiation of conventional beam sources (800- 1100 nm) the absorbance of one of the joining partners has to be enhanced by adding an infrared absorber (IR-absorber). Until recently, welding of absorber-free parts has not been possible. New diode lasers provide a broad variety of wavelengths which allows exploiting intrinsic absorption bands of thermoplastics. The use of a proper wavelength in combination with special optics enables laser welding of two optically identical polymer parts without absorbers which can be utilized in a large number of applications primarily in the medical and food industry, where the use of absorbers usually entails costly and time-consuming authorization processes. In this paper some aspects of the process are considered as the influence of the focal position, which is crucial when both joining partners have equal optical properties. After a theoretical consideration, an evaluation is carried out based on welding trials with polycarbonate (PC). Further aspects such as gap bridging capability and the influence of thickness of the upper joining partner are investigated as well.

  3. Modelling laser light propagation in thermoplastics using Monte Carlo simulations

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    Parkinson, Alexander

    Laser welding has great potential as a fast, non-contact joining method for thermoplastic parts. In the laser transmission welding of thermoplastics, light passes through a semi-transparent part to reach the weld interface. There, it is absorbed as heat, which causes melting and subsequent welding. The distribution and quantity of light reaching the interface are important for predicting the quality of a weld, but are experimentally difficult to estimate. A model for simulating the path of this laser light through these light-scattering plastic parts has been developed. The technique uses a Monte-Carlo approach to generate photon paths through the material, accounting for absorption, scattering and reflection between boundaries in the transparent polymer. It was assumed that any light escaping the bottom surface contributed to welding. The photon paths are then scaled according to the input beam profile in order to simulate non-Gaussian beam profiles. A method for determining the 3 independent optical parameters to accurately predict transmission and beam power distribution at the interface was established using experimental data for polycarbonate at 4 different glass fibre concentrations and polyamide-6 reinforced with 20% long glass fibres. Exit beam profiles and transmissions predicted by the simulation were found to be in generally good agreement (R2>0.90) with experimental measurements. The simulations allowed the prediction of transmission and power distributions at other thicknesses as well as information on reflection, energy absorption and power distributions at other thicknesses for these materials.

  4. Advanced Laser Transmission Welding Strategies for Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics

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    Wippo, V.; Jaeschke, P.; Brueggmann, M.; Suttmann, O.; Overmeyer, L.

    Laser transmission welding can be used to join endless fibre reinforced thermoplastics. The welding temperature is affected by the heat conduction along carbon fibresand depends on the local orientation of the fibres in the weld seam and the laser welding technique itself. In these investigations the heat development during the welding with quasi-static temperature fields, which is a combination of two laser welding techniques, is evaluated and compared to welding with a homogenized intensity distribution. In order to optimize the temperature distribution over the weld seam width for both linear and curved weld seams, different scanning structures have beenadapted. The experiments were conducted with a diode laser emitting at a wavelength of 940 nm and the process was monitored by aninfrared camera. The used thermoplastics consist of laminates based on unidirectional carbon fibre reinforced polyphenylenesulfide. With the developed scanning structures, a near-homogeneous temperature distribution was generated over the width of the weld seam for curved weld seams, which is not possible by welding with a homogenized laser radiation intensity distribution.

  5. Fly ash reinforced thermoplastic vulcanizates obtained from waste tire powder.

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    Sridhar, V; Xiu, Zhang Zhen; Xu, Deng; Lee, Sung Hyo; Kim, Jin Kuk; Kang, Dong Jin; Bang, Dae-Suk

    2009-03-01

    Novel thermoplastic composites made from two major industrial and consumer wastes, fly ash and waste tire powder, have been developed. The effect of increasing fly ash loadings on performance characteristics such as tensile strength, thermal, dynamic mechanical and magnetic properties has been investigated. The morphology of the blends shows that fly ash particles have more affinity and adhesion towards the rubbery phase when compared to the plastic phase. The fracture surface of the composites shows extensive debonding of fly ash particles. Thermal analysis of the composites shows a progressive increase in activation energy with increase in fly ash loadings. Additionally, morphological studies of the ash residue after 90% thermal degradation shows extensive changes occurring in both the polymer and filler phases. The processing ability of the thermoplastics has been carried out in a Monsanto processability testing machine as a function of shear rate and temperature. Shear thinning behavior, typical of particulate polymer systems, has been observed irrespective of the testing temperatures. Magnetic properties and percolation behavior of the composites have also been evaluated. PMID:18838261

  6. Dielectric characterization of PCL-based thermoplastic materials for microwave diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

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    Aguilar, Suzette M; Shea, Jacob D; Al-Joumayly, Mudar A; Van Veen, Barry D; Behdad, Nader; Hagness, Susan C

    2012-03-01

    We propose the use of a polycaprolactone (PCL)-based thermoplastic mesh as a tissue-immobilization interface for microwave imaging and microwave hyperthermia treatment. An investigation of the dielectric properties of two PCL-based thermoplastic materials in the frequency range of 0.5-3.5 GHz is presented. The frequency-dependent dielectric constant and effective conductivity of the PCL-based thermoplastics are characterized using measurements of microstrip transmission lines fabricated on substrates comprised of the thermoplastic meshes. We also examine the impact of the presence of a PCL-based thermoplastic mesh on microwave breast imaging. We use a numerical test bed comprised of a previously reported 3-D anatomically realistic breast phantom and a multi-frequency microwave inverse scattering algorithm. We demonstrate that the PCL-based thermoplastic material and the assumed biocompatible medium of vegetable oil are sufficiently well matched such that the PCL layer may be neglected by the imaging solution without sacrificing imaging quality. Our results suggest that PCL-based thermoplastics are promising materials as tissue immobilization structures for microwave diagnostic and therapeutic applications. PMID:21622068

  7. Melting behavior of typical thermoplastic materials – An experimental and chemical kinetics study

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    Highlights: • A new medium-scale melting and pyrolysis experiment instrument for thermoplastics was designed. • The thermal hazard induced by melting and dripping of thermoplastics was studied. • The medium-scale experimental results on the thermoplastics pyrolysis suggest some limit for TGA tests. -- Abstract: A medium-scale melting experiment rig was designed and constructed in this study. A detailed experimental study was conducted on the melting behavior and the chemical kinetic characteristics of three typical thermoplastic materials, including polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS). It is observed that the thermal decomposition of the thermoplastic materials mainly consists of three stages: the initial heating stage, the melting-dominated stage and the gasification-dominated stage. Melting of the materials examined takes place within a certain temperature range. The melting temperature of PS is the lowest, moreover, it takes the shortest time to be completely liquefied. To quantitatively represent the chemical kinetics, an nth-order reaction model was employed to interpret the thermal decomposition behavior of the materials. The calculated reaction order is largely in accordance with the small-scale thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The small difference between the results and TGA data suggests that there are some limitations in the small-scale experiments in simulating the behavior of thermoplastic materials in a thermal hazard. Therefore, investigating the thermal physical and chemical properties of the thermoplastic materials and their thermal hazard prevention in medium or large-scale experiments is necessary for the fire safety considerations of polymer materials

  8. A review of recent developments in joining high-performance thermoplastic composites

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    Cole, K. C.

    1991-06-01

    There is currently a great deal of interest in the use of thermoplastic polymers as matrices in fiber reinforced composites for high performance applications, such as those encountered in the aerospace industry. These materials include polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), polyetherimide (PEI), polyamideimide (PAI), polyamides, polyimides, and polysulphones. A literature review is provided on the different ways of joining high performance thermoplastic composites by adhesive and fusion bonding. The discussion on adhesive bonding includes examination of the performance of specific adhesive/thermoplastic combinations and of techniques for the preparation of composite surfaces: abrasion, etching, flame, and plasma treatments. Thermoplastic composite welding techniques discussed in depth include the following: heated press welding, resistance welding, induction welding, and ultrasonic welding. Works which examine or compare applications for these bonding techniques are also reviewed.

  9. Damage healing ability of a shape-memory-polymer-based particulate composite with small thermoplastic contents

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    Nji, Jones; Li, Guoqiang

    2012-02-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the potential of a shape-memory-polymer (SMP)-based particulate composite to heal structural-length scale damage with small thermoplastic additive contents through a close-then-heal (CTH) self-healing scheme that was introduced in a previous study (Li and Uppu 2010 Comput. Sci. Technol. 70 1419-27). The idea is to achieve reasonable healing efficiencies with minimal sacrifice in structural load capacity. By first closing cracks, the gap between two crack surfaces is narrowed and a lesser amount of thermoplastic particles is required to achieve healing. The particulate composite was fabricated by dispersing copolyester thermoplastic particles in a shape memory polymer matrix. It is found that, for small thermoplastic contents of less than 10%, the CTH scheme followed in this study heals structural-length scale damage in the SMP particulate composite to a meaningful extent and with less sacrifice of structural capacity.

  10. High-pressure on-chip mechanical valves for thermoplastic microfluidic devices.

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    Chen, Chien-Fu; Liu, Jikun; Chang, Chien-Cheng; DeVoe, Don L

    2009-12-21

    A facile method enabling the integration of elastomeric valves into rigid thermoplastic microfluidic chips is described. The valves employ discrete plugs of elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) integrated into the thermoplastic substrate and actuated using a threaded stainless steel needle. The fabrication process takes advantage of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as a sacrificial molding material to isolate the PDMS regions from the thermoplastic flow channels, while yielding smooth contact surfaces with the PDMS valve seats. The valves introduce minimal dead volumes, and provide a simple mechanical means to achieve reproducible proportional valving within thermoplastic microfluidic systems. Burst pressure tests reveal that the valves can withstand pressures above 12 MPa over repeated open/close cycles without leakage, and above 24 MPa during a single use, making the technology well suited for applications such as high performance liquid chromatography. Proportional valve operation is demonstrated using a multi-valve chemical gradient generator fabricated in cyclic olefin polymer. PMID:20024030

  11. Thermochemical characterization of some thermally stable thermoplastic and thermoset polymers

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    Kourtides, D. A.; Gilwee, W. J., Jr.; Parker, J. A.

    1979-01-01

    The thermochemical and flammability properties of some thermally stable polymers considered for use in aircraft interiors are described. The properties studied include: (1) thermomechanical properties such as glass transition and melt temperature; (2) dynamic thermogravimetric analysis in anaerobic environment; (3) flammability properties such as oxygen index, flame spread, and smoke evolution; and (4) selected physical properties. The thermoplastic polymers evaluated include polyphenylene sulfide, polyaryl sulfone, 9,9-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)-fluorene polycarbonate-poly(dimethylsiloxane) and polyether sulfone. The thermoset polymers evaluated include epoxy, bismaleimide, a modified phenolic, and polyaromatic melamine resin. These resins were primarily used in the fabrication of glass-reinforced prepregs for the construction of experimental panels. Test results and relative rankings of some of the flammability parameters are presented, and the relationship of the molecular structure, char yield, and flammability properties of these polymers are discussed.

  12. Mechanical properties of a new thermoplastic polymer orthodontic archwire.

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    Varela, Juan Carlos; Velo, Marcos; Espinar, Eduardo; Llamas, Jose Maria; Rúperez, Elisa; Manero, Jose Maria; Javier Gil, F

    2014-09-01

    A new thermoplastic polymer for orthodontic applications was obtained and extruded into wires with round and rectangular cross sections. We evaluated the potential of new aesthetic archwire: tensile, three point bending, friction and stress relaxation behaviour, and formability characteristics were assessed. Stresses delivered were generally slightly lower than typical beta-titanium and nickel-titanium archwires. The polymer wire has good instantaneous mechanical properties; tensile stress decayed about 2% over 2h depending on the initial stress relaxation for up to 120h. High formability allowed shape bending similar to that associated with stainless steel wires. The friction coefficients were lower than the metallic conventional archwires improving the slipping with the brackets. This new polymer could be a good candidate for aesthetic orthodontic archwires. PMID:25063084

  13. Multiphase design of autonomic self-healing thermoplastic elastomers

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    Chen, Yulin; Kushner, Aaron M.; Williams, Gregory A.; Guan, Zhibin

    2012-06-01

    The development of polymers that can spontaneously repair themselves after mechanical damage would significantly improve the safety, lifetime, energy efficiency and environmental impact of man-made materials. Most approaches to self-healing materials require the input of external energy, healing agents, solvent or plasticizer. Despite intense research in this area, the synthesis of a stiff material with intrinsic self-healing ability remains a key challenge. Here, we show a design of multiphase supramolecular thermoplastic elastomers that combine high modulus and toughness with spontaneous healing capability. The designed hydrogen-bonding brush polymers self-assemble into a hard-soft microphase-separated system, combining the enhanced stiffness and toughness of nanocomposites with the self-healing capability of dynamic supramolecular assemblies. In contrast to previous self-healing polymers, this new system spontaneously self-heals as a single-component solid material at ambient conditions, without the need for any external stimulus, healing agent, plasticizer or solvent.

  14. Water-Assisted Production of Thermoplastic Nanocomposites: A Review

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    József Karger-Kocsis

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Water-assisted, or more generally liquid-mediated, melt compounding of nanocomposites is basically a combination of solution-assisted and traditional melt mixing methods. It is an emerging technique to overcome several disadvantages of the above two. Water or aqueous liquids with additives, do not work merely as temporary carrier materials of suitable nanofillers. During batchwise and continuous compounding, these liquids are fully or partly evaporated. In the latter case, the residual liquid is working as a plasticizer. This processing technique contributes to a better dispersion of the nanofillers and affects markedly the morphology and properties of the resulting nanocomposites. A survey is given below on the present praxis and possible future developments of water-assisted melt mixing techniques for the production of thermoplastic nanocomposites.

  15. Multiple-length-scale deformation analysis in a thermoplastic polyurethane

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    Sui, Tan; Baimpas, Nikolaos; Dolbnya, Igor P.; Prisacariu, Cristina; Korsunsky, Alexander M.

    2015-03-01

    Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers enjoy an exceptionally wide range of applications due to their remarkable versatility. These block co-polymers are used here as an example of a structurally inhomogeneous composite containing nano-scale gradients, whose internal strain differs depending on the length scale of consideration. Here we present a combined experimental and modelling approach to the hierarchical characterization of block co-polymer deformation. Synchrotron-based small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering and radiography are used for strain evaluation across the scales. Transmission electron microscopy image-based finite element modelling and fast Fourier transform analysis are used to develop a multi-phase numerical model that achieves agreement with the combined experimental data using a minimal number of adjustable structural parameters. The results highlight the importance of fuzzy interfaces, that is, regions of nanometre-scale structure and property gradients, in determining the mechanical properties of hierarchical composites across the scales.

  16. Multiple-length-scale deformation analysis in a thermoplastic polyurethane

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    Sui, Tan; Baimpas, Nikolaos; Dolbnya, Igor P.; Prisacariu, Cristina; Korsunsky, Alexander M.

    2015-01-01

    Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers enjoy an exceptionally wide range of applications due to their remarkable versatility. These block co-polymers are used here as an example of a structurally inhomogeneous composite containing nano-scale gradients, whose internal strain differs depending on the length scale of consideration. Here we present a combined experimental and modelling approach to the hierarchical characterization of block co-polymer deformation. Synchrotron-based small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering and radiography are used for strain evaluation across the scales. Transmission electron microscopy image-based finite element modelling and fast Fourier transform analysis are used to develop a multi-phase numerical model that achieves agreement with the combined experimental data using a minimal number of adjustable structural parameters. The results highlight the importance of fuzzy interfaces, that is, regions of nanometre-scale structure and property gradients, in determining the mechanical properties of hierarchical composites across the scales. PMID:25758945

  17. An automated technique for manufacturing thermoplastic stringers in continuous length

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    Pantelakis, Sp.; Baxevani, E.; Spelz, U.

    In the present work an automated Continuous Compression Moulding Technique for the manufacture of stringers in continuous length is presented. The method combines pultrusion and hot-pressing. The technique is utilized for the production of L-shape stringers which are widely applied in aerospace constructions. The investigation was carried out on carbon reinforced PEEK (C/PEEK), as well as, for comparison, on the thermoplastic composites carbon reinforced polyethersulfon (C/PES), glass and carbon reinforced polyphenylene-sulfide (G/PPS, C/PPS) and Kevlar reinforced Polyamide 6 (K/PA 6). For the materials investigated the optimized process parameters for manufacturing the L-shape stringers were derived experimentally. To achieve this goal, the quality of the produced parts was controlled by using non-destructive testing techniques. Parts providing satisfactory quality were also tested destructively to measure their mechanical properties. The investigation results have shown the suitability of the technique to produce continuous length stringers.

  18. Study of Time-Dependent Properties of Thermoplastics

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    Bolchoun A.

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Simple tests carried out with a common tension/compression testing machine are used to obtain timedependent properties of non-reinforced thermoplastics. These tests include ramp loadings as well as relaxation and creep tests. Two materials (PBT Celanex 2002-2 and POM Hostaform C9021, Ticona GmbH, Kelsterbach were taken for the experiments. The experiments show that an adequate description of the long-term material properties can be obtained from the short-time tests, namely from tests with constant traverse speed $L^.$. Below a model for the time-dependent mechanical behavior is presented and fitted to the obtained measured data. For the evaluation of the fitting quality long-term tests are used. Especially creep and relaxation tests with ”jumps”, i.e. rapid change of loading, are important for this purpose.

  19. Development and testing of pesticide formulations with thermoplastic polymers

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    Thermoplastic polymers, mainly ethylene-vinyl acetate co-polymers (EVA), were used to prepare controlled release formulations of pesticides. EVA films with the incorporated herbicides desmetryn and atrazine successfully suppressed weed growth in field trials with white cabbage and sweet corn, respectively, at amounts of application comparable or even lower than those necessary with conventional techniques. The transfer of desmetryn from polymer films into the vapour phase was determined in the laboratory and found to be negligible compared with the release into water coming into contact with the films. Other examples of experimental applications of EVA formulations were control of aquatic weeds with the herbicides terbutryn and simetryn, root zone application of carbofuran in rice and cotton cultivation and the combined attraction and elimination of tsetse flies. (author). 7 refs, 4 figs, 2 tabs

  20. Thermoplastic Elastomers via polyolefin/Layered Silicate Nanocomposites

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    Kalluru, Sri; Cochran, Eric

    2013-03-01

    Here we report the synthesis of fully exfoliated polyolefin nanocomposites via Surface-Initiated Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (SI-ROMP). Montmorillonite (MMT) clay platelets were rendered hydrophobic through ion exchange with alkyl-ammonium surfactants terminated with norbornene. We were then able to form block copolymer brushes of (substituted) norbornenes and cyclopentene via SI-ROMP. Subsequent hydrogenation yielded highly crystalline polyethylene and rubbery saturated polynorbornenes, thus giving a thermoplastic elastomer. Nanocomposites were prepared with different nanofiller percentages and were characterized for morphological (XRD, TEM), thermal (TGA, DSC), and mechanical (DMA, Rheology) properties. Complete exfoliation of nanocomposites was confirmed by XRD and TEM. A fraction of the polymer brushes were subsequently removed from their substrate by reverse ion exchange and characterized in parallel with their corresponding nanocomposite analogs. In this way we were able to directly assess the role of the filler particle in the thermal properties, melt rheology, morphology, and tensile properties.

  1. Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomer Nanocomposites: Morphology, Thermophysical, and Flammability Properties

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    Ofodike A. Ezekoye

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Novel materials based on nanotechnology creating nontraditional ablators are rapidly changing the technology base for thermal protection systems. Formulations with the addition of nanoclays and carbon nanofibers in a neat thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer (TPU were melt-compounded using twin-screw extrusion. The TPU nanocomposites (TPUNs are proposed to replace Kevlar-filled ethylene-propylene-diene-monomer rubber, the current state-of-the-art solid rocket motor internal insulation. Scanning electron microscopy analysis was conducted to study the char characteristics of the TPUNs at elevated temperatures. Specimens were examined to analyze the morphological microstructure during the pyrolysis reaction and in fully charred states. Thermophysical properties of density, specific heat capacity, thermal diffusivity, and thermal conductivity of the different TPUN compositions were determined. To identify dual usage of these novel materials, cone calorimetry was employed to study the flammability properties of these TPUNs.

  2. Machining Accuracy and Stability During Drilling of Thermoplastics

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    Firas M. Al Quran

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This study is an attempt to present experimentally the effect of poor thermal conductivity of thermoplastic on machining accuracy. In this case the machined surface roughness, maximum temperature generated during cutting and the dimensional accuracy of the drilled specimens were determined. The executed study shows that, the temperature generated increases by increasing the tool feed, cutting speed and hole depth. The use of large drill diameter leads to insignificantly increase the cutting temperature. The cutting speed during drilling teflon without cooling should not exceed 100 m min-1, if the temperature of the machined material is taken into account. At cooling with pressurized air, the drilling operation may be carried at speed up to 200 m min-1, since in this case the temperature generated in the cutting zone decreases approximately to 30-40°C. It is possible to drill holes with length equals twice the diameter at high speed and attain the desired accuracy.

  3. Production and properties of micro-cellulose reinforced thermoplastic starch

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    Kmetty, Á.; Karger-Kocsis, J.; Czigány, T.

    2015-02-01

    Thermoplastic starch (TPS)/micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) composites were prepared from maize starch with different amount of distilled water, glycerol and cellulose reinforcement. The components were homogenized by kneader and twin roll technique. The produced TPS and TPS-based polymer composites were qualified by static and dynamic mechanical tests and their morphology was analysed by microscopic techniques. The results showed that the amount of water and the order of the production steps control the properties of both the TPS and its MFC reinforced version. With increasing content of MFC the stiffness and strength of the TPS matrix increased, as expected. Microscopic inspection revealed that the TPS has a homogenous structure and the MFC is well dispersed therein when suitable preparation conditions were selected.

  4. Creep of thermoplastic polyurethane reinforced with ozone functionalized carbon nanotubes

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    Z. Zhang

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available This work focused on the mechanical behavior, especially creep resistance, of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU filled with ozone-treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs. It was found that the ozone functionalization of MWCNTs could improve their dispersion and interfacial adhesion to the TPU matrix as proved by scanning electron microscope and Raman spectrometer. It finally contributed to the enhancement of Young’s modulus and yield strength of TPU/MWCNT composites. Moreover, the creep resistance and recovery of MWCNT/TPU composites revealed a significant improvement by incorporating ozone functionalized MWCNTs. The strong interaction between the modified MWCNTs and TPU matrix would enhance the interfacial bonding and facilitate the load transfer, resulting in low creep strain and unrecovered strain.

  5. Multiple-length-scale deformation analysis in a thermoplastic polyurethane.

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    Sui, Tan; Baimpas, Nikolaos; Dolbnya, Igor P; Prisacariu, Cristina; Korsunsky, Alexander M

    2015-01-01

    Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers enjoy an exceptionally wide range of applications due to their remarkable versatility. These block co-polymers are used here as an example of a structurally inhomogeneous composite containing nano-scale gradients, whose internal strain differs depending on the length scale of consideration. Here we present a combined experimental and modelling approach to the hierarchical characterization of block co-polymer deformation. Synchrotron-based small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering and radiography are used for strain evaluation across the scales. Transmission electron microscopy image-based finite element modelling and fast Fourier transform analysis are used to develop a multi-phase numerical model that achieves agreement with the combined experimental data using a minimal number of adjustable structural parameters. The results highlight the importance of fuzzy interfaces, that is, regions of nanometre-scale structure and property gradients, in determining the mechanical properties of hierarchical composites across the scales. PMID:25758945

  6. Preparation and characterization of thermoplastic starch/zein blends

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    Elisângela, Corradini; Antonio José Felix de, Carvalho; Antonio Aprigio da Silva, Curvelo; José Augusto Marcondes, Agnelli; Luiz Henrique Capparelli, Mattoso.

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Blends of starch and zein plasticized with glycerol were prepared by melting processing in an intensive batch mixer connected to a torque rheometer at 160 °C. The resulting mixtures were compression molded and then characterized by scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, wid [...] e-angle X ray diffraction and water-absorption experiments. The blends were immiscible, showing two distinct phases of starch and zein. The water uptake at equilibrium and its diffusion coefficient were determined. The water uptake at equilibrium decreased with increasing zein content. The diffusion coefficient fell sharply on addition of 20% zein and remained constant as zein content was increased. No appreciable effect of zein on starch crystallization was observed by X ray diffraction. The use of zein in thermoplastic starch compositions causes a decrease in the water sensitivity of these materials and lower its melt viscosity during processing making zein a suitable and very promising component in TPS compositions.

  7. Photoinitiated grafting of porous polymer monoliths and thermoplastic polymers for microfluidic devices

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    Frechet, Jean M. J. (Oakland, CA); Svec, Frantisek (Alameda, CA); Rohr, Thomas (Leiden, NL)

    2008-10-07

    A microfluidic device preferably made of a thermoplastic polymer that includes a channel or a multiplicity of channels whose surfaces are modified by photografting. The device further includes a porous polymer monolith prepared via UV initiated polymerization within the channel, and functionalization of the pore surface of the monolith using photografting. Processes for making such surface modifications of thermoplastic polymers and porous polymer monoliths are set forth.

  8. Thermomechanical Simulation of Infrared Heating Diaphragm Forming Process for Thermoplastic Parts

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    Labeas, G.N.; Watiti, V.B.; Katsiropoulos, Ch. V.

    2008-01-01

    Abstract An innovative methodology for the thermomechanical simulation of the infrared heating diaphragm forming (DF) process is proposed. In the first section of the paper, the heat transfer mechanisms between the infrared (IR) heating lamps and the thermoplastic plate are simulated, and the effect of the various preheating parameters on the heating time and temperature distribution is investigated. In the second section, the mechanical deformation of the thermoplastic component i...

  9. Large-Deformation Behaviour of Thermoplastics at Various Stress States : An experimental and numerical study

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    Ognedal, Anne Serine

    2012-01-01

    The large-deformation behaviour of thermoplastics has been studied by experimental tests and numerical simulations. The work herein is a part of a larger research project concerning constitutive modelling of polymers. A constitutive model for thermoplastics with structural applications has earlier been proposed in the research project. The work presented in this thesis concerns exploration of the capability of the constitutive model to capture the large-deformation behaviour of polymers at va...

  10. Optical and thermomechanical investigations on thermoplastic nanocomposites with surface modified silica nanoparticles

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    Becker, Carsten; MÜLLER, PETER; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1998-01-01

    Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) and UV/VIS spectroscopy were applied ot investigate the thermomechanical and optical properties of thermoplastic nanocomposites. The thermoplastic matrix material used was a copolymer derived from methylmethacrylate (MMA) and 2-hydroxyethlmethacrylate (HEMA). To improve the mechanical properties, especially in the high temperature region above the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the matrix, the copolymer was filled with spherical 10 nm silica pa...

  11. Production of thermoplastic matrix towpregs for higly demanding and cost - effective commercial applications

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    Nunes, J. P.; Silva, J. F

    2011-01-01

    This work reviews the work made in last years to produce thermoplastic matrix towpregs to highly demanding and more cost-effective commercial applications using a powder coating technology developed in Portugal by Minho and Porto Universities. Different thermoplastic matrices and continuous fibre reinforcements were used in the towpregs produced for highly demanding markets (e.g., carbon fibre reinforced Primospire towpreg) and for more commercial applications (e.g., glass fibre reinforce...

  12. Thermoplastic as carrier for delivering carbon nanotubes and layered clay in epoxy resin for composite applications

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    Dumont, David

    2013-01-01

    Thermoplastic and nanofiller additives have already shown their potential benefit on mechanical, thermal or electrical properties of composites. An original method to incorporate simultaneously a thermoplastic phase and nanoparticles in laminates processed by resin transfer molding is proposed in the present study. Introduction of nanocomposite prepared by melt blending in the dry composite preform intends to deliver both additives in the thermoset matrix during the process. This thesis inves...

  13. Thermoplastic matrix composites for aeronautical applications - The amorphous/semi-crystalline blends option

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    Iannone, Michele; Esposito, Floriana; Cammarano, Aniello

    2014-05-01

    Blends obtained by mixing high temperature applications thermoplastics have been investigated. Namely the blends considered in this work are made by semi-crystalline thermoplastics PEEK with amorphous PEI. The final goal is to analyse the mechanical, chemical-physical and environmental resistance characteristics of these blends to evaluate their suitability as matrices of carbon reinforced composites for aeronautical structural applications. The first collected results are very promising.

  14. Properties and performance of flax yarn/thermoplastic polyester composites

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    Madsen, Bo; Mehmood, Shahid

    2012-01-01

    Aiming at demonstrating the potential of unidirectional natural fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites in structural applications, textile flax yarn/thermoplastic polyester composites with variable fiber volume fractions have been manufactured by a filament-winding process followed by a vacuum-assisted compression molding process. The microstructure of the composites shows that the flax fiber yarns are well impregnated by the polyester matrix, and this supports the measured low porosity content of the composites. The experimental tensile modulus and ultimate tensile stress of the composites in the axial and transverse directions are well simulated by rule of mixtures models. In the axial direction, at a fiber volume fraction of 0.50, the experimental tensile modulus and ultimate tensile stress are 32 GPa and 350 MPa, respectively. In comparison, for glass fiber composites at a fiber volume fraction of 0.50, the tensile modulus and ultimate tensile stress are calculated to be 38 GPa and 1800 MPa, respectively. The flax yarn composites show better specific tensile modulus than the glass fiber composites with values of 23 GPa/g/cm3 and 20 GPa/g/cm3, respectively. An analysis of data from previous studies of unidirectional natural fibre composites demonstrates comparatively good reinforcement efficiency of the flax yarn fibers with an effective tensile modulus and ultimate tensile stress of the fibers in the area of 70 GPa and 800 MPa, respectively. Altogether, it is demonstrated that composites with high-quality textile flax yarn are well suited for structural applications when stiffness and weight saving are the central selection criteria.

  15. Synthesis of thermoplastic poly(ester-olefin elastomers

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    Tanasijevi? Branka

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of thermoplastic poly(ester-olefin elastomers, based on poly(ethylene-stat-butylene, HO-PEB-OH, as the soft segment and poly (butylene terephthalate, PBT, as the hard segment, were synthesized by a catalyzed transesterification reaction in solution. The incorporation of soft hydrogenated poly(butadiene segments into the copolyester backbone was accomplished by the polycondensation of ?, ?-dihydroxyl telechelic HO-PEB-OH, (PEB Mn = 3092 g/mol with 1,4-butanediol (BD and dimethyl terephthalate (DMT in the presence of a 50 wt-% high boiling solvent i.e., 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene. The molar ratio of the starting comonomers was selected to result in a constant hard to soft weight ratio of 60:40. The synthesis was optimized in terms of both the concentration of catalyst, tetra-n-butyl-titanate (Ti(OBu4, and stabilizer, N,N'-diphenyl-p-phenylenediamine (DPPD, as well as the reaction time. It was found that the optimal catalyst concentration (Ti(OBu4 for the synthesis of these thermoplastic elastomers was 1.0 mmol/mol ester and the optimal DPPD concentration was 1.0 wt-%. The extent of the reaction was followed by measuring the inherent viscosity of the reaction mixture. The effectiveness of the incorporation of the soft segments into the copolymer chains was proved by Soxhlet extraction with chloroform. The molecular structures, composition and the size of the synthesized poly(ester-butylenes were verified by 1H NMR spectroscopy, viscometry of dilute solutions and the complex dynamic melt viscosity. The thermal properties of poly(ester-olefins were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The degree of crystallinity was also determined by DSC. The thermal and thermo-oxidative stability were investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The rheological properties of poly(ester-olefins were investigated by dynamic mechanical spectroscopy in the melt and solid state.

  16. Thermoplastic processing of proteins for film formation--a review.

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    Hernandez-Izquierdo, V M; Krochta, J M

    2008-03-01

    Increasing interest in high-quality food products with increased shelf life and reduced environmental impact has encouraged the study and development of edible and/or biodegradable polymer films and coatings. Edible films provide the opportunity to effectively control mass transfer among different components in a food or between the food and its surrounding environment. The diversity of proteins that results from an almost limitless number of side-chain amino-acid sequential arrangements allows for a wide range of interactions and chemical reactions to take place as proteins denature and cross-link during heat processing. Proteins such as wheat gluten, corn zein, soy protein, myofibrillar proteins, and whey proteins have been successfully formed into films using thermoplastic processes such as compression molding and extrusion. Thermoplastic processing can result in a highly efficient manufacturing method with commercial potential for large-scale production of edible films due to the low moisture levels, high temperatures, and short times used. Addition of water, glycerol, sorbitol, sucrose, and other plasticizers allows the proteins to undergo the glass transition and facilitates deformation and processability without thermal degradation. Target film variables, important in predicting biopackage performance under various conditions, include mechanical, thermal, barrier, and microstructural properties. Comparisons of film properties should be made with care since results depend on parameters such as film-forming materials, film formulation, fabrication method, operating conditions, testing equipment, and testing conditions. Film applications include their use as wraps, pouches, bags, casings, and sachets to protect foods, reduce waste, and improve package recyclability. PMID:18298745

  17. Shear induced fiber orientation, fiber breakage and matrix molecular orientation in long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene composites

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    Research highlights: ? Shear affects the tensile strength negatively despite the better orientation. ? Fiber length overweighs orientation in determining the tensile strength. ? Fibers with higher lengths would suffer more severe breakage. ? Matrix molecular orientation degree decreases with fiber content. - Abstract: Long fiber reinforcement is well known to offer thermoplastic materials with high performances. But little work has been done to systematically investigate the effect of shear on the structures and properties of long glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics. The purpose of this work is to investigate the effect of shear on fiber orientation, fiber breakage and matrix molecular orientation in long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene composites, and to construct the structure-property relations. A so-called dynamic packing injection molding (DPIM) technique, which imposed oscillatory shear (10 s-1) on the gradually cooled melt during the packing solidification stage, was used to prepare the dynamic samples, and optical microscope (OM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) were used to characterize the samples. The results show that despite the well-published enhanced fiber and matrix orientation, shear will cause a remarkable fiber breakage. Combined effect of fiber breakage and orientation on the mechanical properties of the composites was qualperties of the composites was qualitatively investigated and tensile properties of the dynamic samples, the conventional injection molded samples and the short glass fiber reinforced samples were compared. It is demonstrated that shear will induce more severe fiber breakage in long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene than in short glass fiber reinforced polypropylene, and that compromising the decreased strength caused by the severe fiber breakage is very difficult.

  18. Microstructure and thermomechanical properties relationship of segmented thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)

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    Frick, Achim, E-mail: achim.frick@htw-aalen.de; Borm, Michael, E-mail: achim.frick@htw-aalen.de; Kaoud, Nouran, E-mail: achim.frick@htw-aalen.de; Kolodziej, Jan, E-mail: achim.frick@htw-aalen.de; Neudeck, Jens, E-mail: achim.frick@htw-aalen.de [Institute of Polymer Science and Processing (iPSP), HTW Aalen (Germany)

    2014-05-15

    Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) are important polymeric materials for seals. In competition with Acrylonitrile butadiene rubbers (NBR), TPU exhibits higher strength and a considerable better abrasion resistance. The advantage of NBR over TPU is a smaller compression set but however TPU excels in its much shorter processing cycle times. Generally a TPU is a block copolymer composed of hard and soft segments, which plays an important role in determining the material properties. TPU can be processed either to ready moulded parts or can be incorporated by multi component moulding, in both cases it shows decent mechanical properties. In the present work, the relationship between melt-process induced TPU morphology and resultant thermo mechanical properties were examined and determined by means of quasi-static tensile test, creep experiment, tension test and dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA). Scanning electron beam microscope (SEM) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) were used to study the morphology of the samples. A significant mathematical description of the stress-strain behaviour of TPU was found using a 3 term approach. Moreover it became evident that processing conditions such as processing temperature have crucial influence on morphology as well as short and long-term performance. To be more precise, samples processed at higher temperatures showed a lack of large hard segment agglomerates, a smaller strength for strains up to 250% and higher creep compliance.

  19. Additive free thermoplastic vulcanizates based on natural rubber

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    Mondal, Manas, E-mail: mondal@ipfdd.de [Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Institut für Polymerwerkstoffe, Hohe Straße 6, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Gohs, Uwe, E-mail: gohs@ipfdd.de [Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Institut für Polymerwerkstoffe, Hohe Straße 6, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Wagenknecht, Udo [Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Institut für Polymerwerkstoffe, Hohe Straße 6, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Heinrich, Gert [Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Institut für Polymerwerkstoffe, Hohe Straße 6, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Technische Universität Dresden, Institut für Werkstoffwissenschaft, 01069 Dresden (Germany)

    2013-12-16

    Electron induced reactive processing (EIReP) is an eco-friendly and sustainable reactive processing method based on the use of high energy electrons. It was used to cross-link the elastomeric domain phase during melt mixing in order to prepare natural rubber (NR) and polypropylene (PP) based thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs). The electron treatment with various values of absorbed dose showed a prominent effect on mechanical, rheological, and morphological characteristics of the PP/NR TPVs. SEM and TEM studies confirmed that these TPVs can exists across the co-continuous or discrete phase morphology. The maximum set of mechanical properties (tensile strength of 15 MPa and elongation at break of more than 500%) were obtained at an absorbed dose of 100 kGy for a 50/50 blend ratio of NR and PP without addition of any compatibilizer or chemicals. At higher values of absorbed dose the degradation of polypropylene showed a negative impact on the properties of the TPVs. Depending on the morphology and the evaluation of mechanical properties a structure–property co-relationship is drawn on the basis of common phenomenological understanding of the TPVs. - Highlights: • Dynamic vulcanization of 50:50 PP/NR blend by high energy electron beam. • PP/NR TPVs show rubber like behavior with melt processability. • High tensile strength of 15 MPa and large extensibility beyond 500%. • Complete phase inversed morphology from NR to PP matrix. • Vulcanized natural rubber particle size of 1–3 ?m.

  20. Development of thermoplastic starch blown film by incorporating plasticized chitosan.

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    Dang, Khanh Minh; Yoksan, Rangrong

    2015-01-22

    The objective of the present work was to improve blown film extrusion processability and properties of thermoplastic starch (TPS) film by incorporating plasticized chitosan, with a content of 0.37-1.45%. The effects of chitosan on extrusion processability and melt flow ability of TPS, as well as that on appearance, optical properties, thermal properties, viscoelastic properties and tensile properties of the films were investigated. The possible interactions between chitosan and starch molecules were evaluated by FTIR and XRD techniques. Chitosan and starch molecules could interact via hydrogen bonds, as confirmed from the blue shift of OH bands and the reduction of V-type crystal formation. Although the incorporation of chitosan caused decreased extensibility and melt flow ability, as well as increased yellowness and opacity, the films possessed better extrusion processability, increased tensile strength, rigidity, thermal stability and UV absorption, as well as reduced water absorption and surface stickiness. The obtained TPS/chitosan-based films offer real potential application in the food industry, e.g. as edible films. PMID:25439934

  1. Microstructure and thermomechanical properties relationship of segmented thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)

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    Frick, Achim; Borm, Michael; Kaoud, Nouran; Kolodziej, Jan; Neudeck, Jens

    2014-05-01

    Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) are important polymeric materials for seals. In competition with Acrylonitrile butadiene rubbers (NBR), TPU exhibits higher strength and a considerable better abrasion resistance. The advantage of NBR over TPU is a smaller compression set but however TPU excels in its much shorter processing cycle times. Generally a TPU is a block copolymer composed of hard and soft segments, which plays an important role in determining the material properties. TPU can be processed either to ready moulded parts or can be incorporated by multi component moulding, in both cases it shows decent mechanical properties. In the present work, the relationship between melt-process induced TPU morphology and resultant thermo mechanical properties were examined and determined by means of quasi-static tensile test, creep experiment, tension test and dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA). Scanning electron beam microscope (SEM) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) were used to study the morphology of the samples. A significant mathematical description of the stress-strain behaviour of TPU was found using a 3 term approach. Moreover it became evident that processing conditions such as processing temperature have crucial influence on morphology as well as short and long-term performance. To be more precise, samples processed at higher temperatures showed a lack of large hard segment agglomerates, a smaller strength for strains up to 250% and higher creep compliance.

  2. Thermoplastic polyurethane synthesis using POSS as a chain modifier

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    Gabriel Hoyer Lopes

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study, thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs were synthesized using the one-shot process in solution. To obtain the samples n-phenylaminopropyl polyhedric oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS was added as a chain modifier during the synthesis in four different amounts. The samples were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and capillary rheometry. FTIR confirm the TPU attainment due the absence of the band at ~2253 cm-1 suggesting a complete conversion of the isocyanate terminations. The TGA showed that incorporation of POSS decreased the rate of mass loss of TPU under isothermal conditions. The flexible phase showed an enhanced stability to temperature, probably due to increased phase separation between the rigid and flexible domains. The DSC showed that incorporation of 0.4 wt. (% of POSS increased the glass transition temperature of the flexible phase. Moreover, addition of POSS modified the melting behaviour, providing samples with a higher melting enthalpy compared to neat TPU as a consequence of the formation of larger crystals. The capillary rheometry analysis revels that the POSS addition showed a clear tendency toward higher intrinsic viscosities as the amount of POSS was increased.

  3. Laser transmission welding of long glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics

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    van der Straeten, Kira; Engelmann, Christoph; Olowinsky, Alexander; Gillner, Arnold

    2015-03-01

    Joining fiber reinforced polymers is an important topic for lightweight construction. Since classical laser transmission welding techniques for polymers have been studied and established in industry for many years joint-strengths within the range of the base material can be achieved. Until now these processes are only used for unfilled and short glass fiber-reinforced thermoplastics using laser absorbing and laser transparent matrices. This knowledge is now transferred to joining long glass fiber reinforced PA6 with high fiber contents without any adhesive additives. As the polymer matrix and glass fibers increase the scattering of the laser beam inside the material, their optical properties, changing with material thickness and fiber content, influence the welding process and require high power lasers. In this article the influence of these material properties (fiber content, material thickness) and the welding parameters like joining speed, laser power and clamping pressure are researched and discussed in detail. The process is also investigated regarding its limitations. Additionally the gap bridging ability of the process is shown in relation to material properties and joining speed.

  4. Polyurethane thermoplastic elastomers with inherent radiopacity for biomedical applications.

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    Kiran, S; James, Nirmala R; Jayakrishnan, A; Joseph, Roy

    2012-12-01

    Synthesis and characterization of three different radiopaque thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers are reported. Radiopacity was introduced to the polyurethanes by incorporating an iodinated chain extender, namely, 4,4'-isopropylidinedi-(2,6-diiodophenol) (IBPA), into the polymer chain during polyurethane synthesis. Radiopaque polyurethanes (RPUs) were synthesized by reacting 4,4'-methylenebis(phenyl isocyanate) (MDI), IBPA, and three different diols. The polyols used for the synthesis were polypropylene glycol, polycaprolactone diol, and poly(hexamethylene carbonate) diol. RPUs were characterized by infrared spectroscopy, contact angle measurements, thermogravimetry, dynamic mechanical analysis, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, gel permeation chromatography, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and X-radiography. X-ray images showed that all RPUs prepared using IBPA as the chain extender are highly radiopaque compared with an Aluminum wedge of equivalent thickness. Elemental analysis revealed that the polyurethanes contained 18-19% iodine in the polymer matrix. The RPUs developed have radiopacity equivalent to that of a polymer filled with 20 wt % barium sulfate. Results revealed that RPUs of wide range of properties may be produced by incorporating different diols as the soft chain segment. Cell culture cytotoxicity studies conducted using L929 cells by direct contact test and MTT assay proved that these RPUs are noncytotoxic in nature. PMID:22815186

  5. Optimization of Stamp Forming Process for Thermoplastic Composites

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    Full Text Available The present study is focused on the development of a two-dimensional stamping method for the manufacturing of fiber reinforced composites with thermoplastic matrix resins. Materials investigated are carbon fiber reinforced polyamide-6. Taguchi L16 orthogonal array is used in split-plot designs. The processing conditions include thermoforming temperature, mold temperature, pressure and time, required to establish high-quality parts. From the experimental results, we derive a set of best combination, A1 (90°, B2 (263?C, C1 (105?C, D1 (33 kg/cm2 and E2 (48 sec and carry out an estimated equation for the short-beam shear strength. The results have described the correlations between processing parameters and shear stress. Finally, for verifying the prediction ability of the estimated equation, the confirmation experiments are conducted. The confirmation test result is 48.67 kg/mm2, fall in the confidence interval. It shows that the prediction ability of estimated equation and the repetition of the experimental results has confirmed and accepted by the tests.

  6. Thermal imaging technique to characterize laser light reflection from thermoplastics

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    Azhikannickal, Elizabeth; Bates, Philip J.; Zak, Gene

    2012-07-01

    Characterization of laser light reflection during the laser transmission welding (LTW) of thermoplastics is especially important for applications in which non-zero laser incidence angles are used. At higher laser incidence angles, reflection increases and has the potential to burn surrounding features of the part to be welded. This study presents and validates a technique for laser reflection measurement. Reflected energy is absorbed by a black plastic plate (containing carbon black, which is the absorber of the reflected energy). The surface temperature of the plate is measured by an infrared (IR) camera. The distribution of reflected power required to generate this temperature profile is estimated using a simple heat transfer model. The technique was validated by irradiating the black plate by the laser directly, while observing the time-varying temperature distribution of the plate by the IR camera. In this case, good agreement was observed between the estimated total power and the actual laser input power. Good agreement also existed between the estimated power distribution and that determined experimentally via a knife edge based beam profiling technique. The thermal imaging technique was subsequently used to measure the magnitude and distribution of laser light reflection from unreinforced nylon 6. Abbreviations: LTW—laser transmission welding, CB—carbon black, IR—infrared, NPFD—normalized power flux distribution

  7. Additive free thermoplastic vulcanizates based on natural rubber

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    Electron induced reactive processing (EIReP) is an eco-friendly and sustainable reactive processing method based on the use of high energy electrons. It was used to cross-link the elastomeric domain phase during melt mixing in order to prepare natural rubber (NR) and polypropylene (PP) based thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs). The electron treatment with various values of absorbed dose showed a prominent effect on mechanical, rheological, and morphological characteristics of the PP/NR TPVs. SEM and TEM studies confirmed that these TPVs can exists across the co-continuous or discrete phase morphology. The maximum set of mechanical properties (tensile strength of 15 MPa and elongation at break of more than 500%) were obtained at an absorbed dose of 100 kGy for a 50/50 blend ratio of NR and PP without addition of any compatibilizer or chemicals. At higher values of absorbed dose the degradation of polypropylene showed a negative impact on the properties of the TPVs. Depending on the morphology and the evaluation of mechanical properties a structure–property co-relationship is drawn on the basis of common phenomenological understanding of the TPVs. - Highlights: • Dynamic vulcanization of 50:50 PP/NR blend by high energy electron beam. • PP/NR TPVs show rubber like behavior with melt processability. • High tensile strength of 15 MPa and large extensibility beyond 500%. • Complete phase inversed morphology from NR to PP matrix. • Vulcanized natural rubber particle size of 1–3 ?m

  8. Thermoplastic polyurethane synthesis using POSS as a chain modifier

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    Gabriel Hoyer, Lopes; Janaína, Junges; Rudinei, Fiorio; Mara, Zeni; Ademir José, Zattera.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study, thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) were synthesized using the one-shot process in solution. To obtain the samples n-phenylaminopropyl polyhedric oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) was added as a chain modifier during the synthesis in four different amounts. The samples were characterize [...] d by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and capillary rheometry. FTIR confirm the TPU attainment due the absence of the band at ~2253 cm-1 suggesting a complete conversion of the isocyanate terminations. The TGA showed that incorporation of POSS decreased the rate of mass loss of TPU under isothermal conditions. The flexible phase showed an enhanced stability to temperature, probably due to increased phase separation between the rigid and flexible domains. The DSC showed that incorporation of 0.4 wt. (%) of POSS increased the glass transition temperature of the flexible phase. Moreover, addition of POSS modified the melting behaviour, providing samples with a higher melting enthalpy compared to neat TPU as a consequence of the formation of larger crystals. The capillary rheometry analysis revels that the POSS addition showed a clear tendency toward higher intrinsic viscosities as the amount of POSS was increased.

  9. Study of UV-aging of thermoplastic polyurethane material

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    In the present work, the characteristics of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material exposed to artificial weathering environment for different durations were studied. The influence on (i) appearance and morphology, (ii) thermal properties and (iii) mechanical properties evolution of the material were investigated during aging. For this purpose, ultraviolet (UV) chamber was used as accelerated aging technique. Optical and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations revealed changes in appearance and morphology of TPU material after UV-exposure. From differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, it was mainly found that thermal properties, in terms of glass transition temperature (Tg), were affected. Changes in mechanical behaviour were equally discerned using both computer-controlled tensile testing and abrasive wear tester. The mechanical properties in bulk of the studied material displayed tow steps. The elastic modulus and the stress at 200% of strain initially decreased and then increased progressively revealing an increase in crosslink density. The tribological properties, in terms of wear resistance, were affected and this degradation became more important with UV-exposure. Furthermore, our experimental results displayed prominently that there was a competition between chain scission and crosslinking mechanisms.

  10. Thermal Degradation, Mechanical Properties and Morphology of Wheat Straw Flour Filled Recycled Thermoplastic Composites

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    Full Text Available Thermal behaviors of wheat straw flour (WF filled thermoplastic compositeswere measured applying the thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanningcalorimetry. Morphology and mechanical properties were also studied using scanningelectron microscope and universal testing machine, respectively. Presence of WF inthermoplastic matrix reduced the degradation temperature of the composites. One for WFand one for thermoplastics, two main decomposition peaks were observed. Morphologicalstudy showed that addition of coupling agent improved the compatibility between WFs andthermoplastic. WFs were embedded into the thermoplastic matrix indicating improvedadhesion. However, the bonding was not perfect because some debonding can also be seenon the interface of WFs and thermoplastic matrix. In the case of mechanical properties ofWF filled recycled thermoplastic, HDPE and PP based composites provided similar tensileand flexural properties. The addition of coupling agents improved the properties ofthermoplastic composites. MAPE coupling agents performed better in HDPE while MAPPcoupling agents were superior in PP based composites. The composites produced with thecombination of 50-percent mixture of recycled HDPE and PP performed similar with theuse of both coupling agents. All produced composites provided flexural properties requiredby the ASTM standard for polyolefin-based plastic lumber decking boards.

  11. Design and testing of novel piezoceramic modules for adaptive thermoplastic composite structures

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    Hufenbach, W.; Gude, M.; Heber, T.

    2009-04-01

    For the series production of adaptive fibre-reinforced thermoplastic structures, the development of process-adapted piezoceramic modules is gaining central importance. Therefore, thermoplastic-compatible piezoceramic modules (TPMs) are being developed which are suitable for a matrix-homogeneous adhesive-free integration of the modules in fibre-reinforced thermoplastic structures during a sequential hot-pressing process. Extensive numerical and experimental studies are available on the systematic development of the TPMs, whose thermoplastic carrier film, made, respectively, of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) or polyamide (PA), is already adapted to the matrix material of a thermoplastic composite structure and thus can be joined in a welding process without additional adhesives. The studies carried out indicate the influence of geometrical and technological parameters on the efficiency of consolidated and polarized TPMs and can thus be used to adapt the design specifications and process parameters of the TPMs. Besides these studies, a numerically based residual stress analysis shows the potential for a defined inducing of residual stresses in the TPM components.

  12. Design and testing of novel piezoceramic modules for adaptive thermoplastic composite structures

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    For the series production of adaptive fibre-reinforced thermoplastic structures, the development of process-adapted piezoceramic modules is gaining central importance. Therefore, thermoplastic-compatible piezoceramic modules (TPMs) are being developed which are suitable for a matrix-homogeneous adhesive-free integration of the modules in fibre-reinforced thermoplastic structures during a sequential hot-pressing process. Extensive numerical and experimental studies are available on the systematic development of the TPMs, whose thermoplastic carrier film, made, respectively, of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) or polyamide (PA), is already adapted to the matrix material of a thermoplastic composite structure and thus can be joined in a welding process without additional adhesives. The studies carried out indicate the influence of geometrical and technological parameters on the efficiency of consolidated and polarized TPMs and can thus be used to adapt the design specifications and process parameters of the TPMs. Besides these studies, a numerically based residual stress analysis shows the potential for a defined inducing of residual stresses in the TPM components

  13. Training programme impact on thermoplastic immobilization for head and neck radiation therapy

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    Purpose: To determine whether uniform guidelines and training in the stabilization and formation of thermoplastic shells can improve the reproducibility of set-up for Head and Neck cancer patients. Methods and materials: Image based measurements of the planning and treatment positions for 35 head and neck cancer patients undergoing radical radiotherapy were analysed to provide a baseline of the reproducibility of thermoplastic immobilization. Radiation therapists (RT) were surveyed to establish a perception of their confidence in thermoplastic procedures. An evidence based staff training programme was created and implemented. Set-up reproduction and staff perception were reviewed to measure the impact of the training programme. Results: The mean (SD) 3D vectors of anatomical displacement, measured on the patient images, improved from 4.64 (2.03) for the baseline group compared to 3.02 (1.65) following training (p < 0.01). The proportion of 3D displacements of patient data exceeding 5 mm 3D vector was decreased from 37.1% to 5.7% (p < 0.001) and the 3 mm vector from 85.7% to 42.9% (p < 0.001). The post-training survey scores demonstrated improved confidence in reproducibility of set-up for head and neck patients. Conclusion: The Thermoplastic Shells Training Program has been found to improve the treatment reproducibility for head and neck radiation therapy patients. Uniform guidelines have increased RT confidence in thermoplastic procedures.ic procedures.

  14. High process yield rates of thermoplastic nanofluidic devices using a hybrid thermal assembly technique.

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    Uba, Franklin I; Hu, Bo; Weerakoon-Ratnayake, Kumuditha; Oliver-Calixte, Nyote; Soper, Steven A

    2015-02-21

    Over the past decade, thermoplastics have been used as alternative substrates to glass and Si for microfluidic devices because of the diverse and robust fabrication protocols available for thermoplastics that can generate high production rates of the desired structures at low cost and with high replication fidelity, the extensive array of physiochemical properties they possess, and the simple surface activation strategies that can be employed to tune their surface chemistry appropriate for the intended application. While the advantages of polymer microfluidics are currently being realized, the evolution of thermoplastic-based nanofluidic devices is fraught with challenges. One challenge is assembly of the device, which consists of sealing a cover plate to the patterned fluidic substrate. Typically, channel collapse or substrate dissolution occurs during assembly making the device inoperable resulting in low process yield rates. In this work, we report a low temperature hybrid assembly approach for the generation of functional thermoplastic nanofluidic devices with high process yield rates (>90%) and with a short total assembly time (16 min). The approach involves thermally sealing a high T(g) (glass transition temperature) substrate containing the nanofluidic structures to a cover plate possessing a lower T(g). Nanofluidic devices with critical feature sizes ranging between 25-250 nm were fabricated in a thermoplastic substrate (T(g) = 104 °C) and sealed with a cover plate (T(g) = 75 °C) at a temperature significantly below the T(g) of the substrate. Results obtained from sealing tests revealed that the integrity of the nanochannels remained intact after assembly and devices were useful for fluorescence imaging at high signal-to-noise ratios. The functionality of the assembled devices was demonstrated by studying the stretching and translocation dynamics of dsDNA in the enclosed thermoplastic nanofluidic channels. PMID:25511610

  15. Thermoplastic nanoclay-modified vulcanizates based on polypropylene and nitrile-butadiene rubber

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    Volfson, Svetoslav I.; Okhotina, Natalya A.; Nigmatullina, Alina I.; Panfilova, Olga A.

    2014-05-01

    Thermoplastic vulcanizates based on polypropylene and nitrile-butadiene rubber, containing modified organoclay were developed. It was shown that composites containing 1 to 5 pbw of Cloisite 15A montmorillonite added to rubber show improved physical-mechanical characteristics. Their swelling degree in AI-92 and motor oil was determined. The swelling degree of composites in petrol and motor oil decreases substantially, by 20-63%, due to the introduction of Cloisite 15A montmorillonite. Modification of thermoplastic vulcanizates using layered silicates raised the degradation onset temperature and decreases weight loss upon high temperature heating.

  16. Multiblock thermoplastic polyurethanes for biomedical and shape memory applications

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    Gu, Xinzhu

    Polyurethanes are a class of polymers that are capable of tailoring the overall polymer structure and thus final properties by many factors. The great potential in tailoring polymer structures imparts PUs unique mechanical properties and good cytocompatibility, which make them good candidates for many biomedical devices. In this dissertation, three families of multiblock thermoplastic polyurethanes are synthesized and characterized for biomedical and shape memory applications. In the first case described in Chapters 2, 3 and 4, a novel family of multiblock thermoplastic polyurethanes consisting of poly(?-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) are presented. These materials were discovered to be very durable, with strain-to-break higher than 1200%. Heat-triggered reversible plasticity shape memory (RPSM) was observed, where the highly deformed samples completely recovered their as-cast shape within one minute when heating above the transition temperature. Instead of conventional "hard" blocks, entanglements, which result from high molecular weight, served as the physical crosslinks in this system, engendering shape recovery and preventing flow. Moreover, water-triggered shape memory effect of PCL-PEG TPUs is explored, wherein water permeated into the initially oriented PEG domains, causing rapid shape recovery toward the equilibrium shape upon contact with liquid water. The recovery behavior is found to be dependent on PEG weight percentage in the copolymers. By changing the material from bulk film to electrospun fibrous mat, recovery speed was greatly accelerated. The rate of water recovery was manipulated through structural variables, including thickness of bulk film and diameter of e-spun webs. A new, yet simple shape memory cycle, "wet-fixing" is also reported, where both the fixing and recovery ratios can be greatly improved. A detailed microstructural study on one particular composition is presented, revealing the evolution of microphase morphology during the shape memory cycle. Then, in Chapter 5, the role of Polyhedral oligosilsesquioxane (POSS) in suppressing enzymatic degradation of PCL-PEG TPUs is investigated. In vitro enzymatic hydrolytic biodegradation revealed that POSS incorporation significantly suppressed degradation of PCL-PEG TPUs. All TPUs were surface-eroded by enzymatic attack in which the chemical composition and the bulk mechanical properties exhibited little changes. A surface passivation mechanism is proposed to explain the protection of POSS-containing TPUs from enzymatic degradation. Finally, Chapter 6 presents another POSS-based TPUs system with PLA-based polyol as the glassy soft block. Manipulation of the final thermal and mechanical properties is discussed in terms of different polyols and POSS used. The free recovery and the constrained recovery responses of the polymer films were demonstrated as a function of the prior "fixing" deformation temperature. In addition, this family of materials was capable of memorizing their T g., where optimal recovery breadth and recovery stress were achieved when pre-deformation occurred right at Tg.

  17. Dielectric relaxation spectroscopy of thermoplastic polymers and blends

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    The basic theory of dielectric relaxation spectroscopy (DRS) as it applies to condensed polymeric materials is briefly covered in this review. This involves the origin of dielectric relaxation and mathematical modelling of the resultant data in both the frequency and time domains. Issues associated with molecular mobility such as coupling theory which relates relaxation spectra to intermolecular interactions between polymer chains are covered. The mechanism and temperature dependence of primary and secondary relaxations of amorphous polymers is also discussed. In semi crystalline polymers information on the nature and environment of polymer chains in the interfacial region between crystalline and amorphous zones (rigid-amorphous phase) can be elucidated by monitoring their dielectric mobility. Experimental aspects of DRS are also briefly mentioned. To demonstrate the application of DRS, a literature review of its use in the analysis of thermoplastic blends is presented. As well as allowing determination of the existence of one or more phases in a polymer blend, a range of dielectric parameters can be determined which give information about the state of a blend on a micro-level. In miscible polymer blends, for example, the broadness of the ? - relaxation loss spectra is indicative of the range of molecular environments, concentration fluctuations and the degree of coupling between different macromolecular chains. In semicrystalline miscible blend materials, dielectricline miscible blend materials, dielectric spectra can yield information about the nature of the crystalline interface in blends, addressing issues such as whether this region consists only of chains of the semi crystalline phase or whether it is phase mixed. In immiscible systems, interfacial polarisation can also influence the dielectric spectra and lead to a greater understanding of phase morphology. 204 refs., 2 tabs., 18 figs

  18. Electromagnetic radiation calorimetry of thermoplastics, elastomers, and composite systems

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    Microwave radiation for processing of glassy and semicrystalline thermoplastics, elastomeric polymers and composites was investigated. The goal was to reveal the relationship between polymer structure and microwave absorptivity, and hence processability. Specimens were subjected to an electric field at 2.45 GHz either inside a rectangular waveguide or in a cylindrical resonant cavity. Applicator with less than 100 watts applied power. Both travelling wave modes and standing wave modes were examined. Temperatures, powers and times were recorded, leading to the concept of microwave calorimetry. Low frequency dynamic mechanical and dielectric frequency-temperature spectra were obtained on the materials and combined to conveniently extrapolate structure-property relationships into the GHz region. A correlation was found between the dielectric properties of various polymers and the dipole moments of small molecule analogues. Evaluating heatability was most accurately determined by the magnitude of (?s - ??), the oscillator strength. The value of (?s - ??) should be used together with the distribution of relaxation times and the activation energies of dipolar dispersion to predict heatability for microwave processing. The critical temperatures, Tc, of dielectric loss were obtained from the intercepts of positive slope tangents of heating rate versus temperature plots at 2.45 GHz for polymers. Microwave processin for polymers. Microwave processing was rapid above the critical temperature where the maximum dielectric loss fell in the 2.45 GHz frequency domain for efficient coupling of energy to the polymers. Shifting the dielectric relaxation spectrum into the microwave region by directly or indirectly increasing the temperature was unique and of key importance to processability. A schematic model explains the behavior of two-phase materials subjected to microwave heating

  19. Mechanical Properties of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes Laminated Glass Treated by Acid Etching Combined with Cold Plasma

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    To overcome the problem of interlaminar delamination of thermoplastic polyurethane laminated glass, silicate glass was etched with hydrofluoric acid and thermoplastic polyurethane was then treated with cold plasma. Compared with the untreated samples, the interlaminar shear strength of acid etching samples, cold plasma-treated samples and acid etching combined with cold plasma-treated samples increased by 97%, 84% and 341%, respectively. Acid etching combined with cold plasma-treated samples exhibited a higher flexural strength and strain as compared with the untreated samples. The impact energy of acid etching samples, cold plasma-treated samples and acid etching combined with cold plasma-treated samples increased by 8.7%, 8.1% and 11.6%, respectively, in comparison with the untreated samples. FT-IR analysis showed that a large number of –C=O, –CO–N and –CO–O–C– groups appeared on the surface of cold plasma-treated thermoplastic polyurethane, which resulted in the formation of hydrogen bonds. SEM results showed that some pittings formed on the surface of the silicate glass treated by acid etching, which resulted in the formation of a three-dimensional interface structure between the silicate glass and polyurethane. Hydrogen bonds combined with the three-dimensional interface between silicate glass and polyurethanes co-improved the mechanical properties of thermoplastic polyurethanes laminated glass. (plasma technology)

  20. Studies on the structure and properties of thermoplastic starch/luffa fiber composites

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    Highlights: ? Thermoplastic starch/luffa fiber composites were prepared using compression molding. ? The tensile strengths of the composites were higher than for thermoplastic starch. ? Degradation temperatures of the composites were higher than for thermoplastic starch. ? Luffa fiber decreases the water absorption of TPS. -- Abstract: Thermoplastic starch (TPS)/luffa fiber composites were prepared using compression molding. The luffa fiber contents ranged from 0 wt.% to 20 wt.%. The tensile strength of the TPS/luffa fiber composite with 10 wt.% of luffa fiber had a twofold increase compared to TPS. The temperature values of maximum weight loss of the TPS/luffa fiber composites were higher than for TPS. The water absorption of the TPS/luffa fiber composites decreased significantly when the luffa fiber contents increased. The strength of adhesion between the luffa fiber and the TPS matrix was clearly demonstrated by their compatibility presumably due to their similar chemical structures as shown by scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrographs and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra.

  1. Recycling of ligno-cellulosic and polythylene wastes from agricultural operations in thermoplastic composites

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    In the US, wood plastic composites (WPC) represent one of the successful markets for natural fiber-filled thermoplastic composites. In the past several years, the availability of good quality wood fiber has been diminishing and prices of wood and plastic have been increasing. Therefore, the vast qua...

  2. Thermoplastic rubber comprising ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer, asphalt and fluxing oil

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    1970-01-01

    A thermoplastic rubber is made from a mixture of between about 10 percent and about 50 percent of asphalt, between about 5 percent and about 30 percent fluxing oil, and between about 35 percent and about 70 percent of a copolymer of polyethylene and vinyl acetate.

  3. SOLVENTLESS MANUFACTURE OF ARTILLERY PROPELLANT USING THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMER BINDER, PP-867

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    Multi-base gun propellant for artillery ammunition creates 0.3 lb of solvent emissions per lb of propellant, and at expected production rates of 3 million lb/yr, this represents the largest source of VOC emissions due to gun propellant production. New thermoplastic elastomer (TP...

  4. Evaluation of a Thermoplastic Immobilization System for Breast and Chest Wall Radiation Therapy

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    We report on the impact of a thermoplastic immobilization system on intra- and interfraction motion for patients undergoing breast or chest wall radiation therapy. Patients for this study were treated using helical tomotherapy. All patients were immobilized using a thermoplastic shell extending from the shoulders to the ribcage. Intrafraction motion was assessed by measuring maximum displacement of the skin, heart, and chest wall on a pretreatment 4D computed tomography, while inter-fraction motion was inferred from patient shift data arising from daily image guidance procedures on tomotherapy. Using thermoplastic immobilization, the average maximum motion of the external contour was 1.3 ± 1.6 mm, whereas the chest wall was found to be 1.6 ± 1.9 mm. The day-to-day setup variation was found to be large, with random errors of 4.0, 12.0, and 4.5 mm in the left-right, superior-inferior, and anterior-posterior directions, respectively, and the standard deviations of the systematic errors were found to be 2.7, 9.8, and 4.1 mm. These errors would be expected to dominate any respiratory motion but can be mitigated by daily online image guidance. Using thermoplastic immobilization can effectively reduce respiratory motion of the chest wall and external contour, but these gains can only be realized if daily image guidance is used.

  5. Investigations into the mechanical and physical behavior of thermoplastic elastomers

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    Wright, Kathryn Janelle

    This thesis describes investigations into the physical and mechanical characteristics of two commercial thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) systems. Both systems studied exhibit elastomeric behavior similar to more traditional crosslinked elastomers; however, in these TPEs non-conventional polymer architectures and morphologies are used to produce their elastomeric behavior. The two TPEs of interest are ethylene-propylene random copolymers and dynamically vulcanized blends of ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM) and isotactic polypropylene (iPP). Very few studies have examined the mechanical behavior of these materials in terms of their composition and morphology. As such, the primary goal of this research is to both qualitatively and quantitatively understand the influence of composition and morphology on mechanical behavior. In additional very little information is available that compares their performance with that of crosslinked elastomers. As a result, the secondary goal is to qualitatively compare the mechanical responses of these TPEs with that of their more traditional counterparts. The ethylene-propylene copolymers studied have very high comonomer contents and exhibit slow crystallization kinetics. Their morphology consists of nanoscale crystallites embedded in an amorphous rubbery matrix. These crystallites act as physical crosslinks that allow for elasticity. Slow crystallization causes subsequent changes in mechanical behavior that take place over days and even weeks. Physical responses (e.g., density, crystallization kinetics, and crystal structure) of five copolymer compositions are investigated. Mechanical responses (e.g., stiffness, ductility, yielding, and reversibility) are also examined. Finally, the influence of morphology on deformation is studied using in situ analytical techniques. The EPDM/iPP blends are dynamically vulcanized which produces a complex morphology consisting of chemically crosslinked EPDM domains embedded within a semicrystalline iPP matrix. Six compositions are investigated as a function of three parameters: major volume fraction, iPP molecular weight, and EPDM cure state. The influence of these parameters on morphology and resulting mechanical behavior is examined. This work culminates in the development of a morphological model to describe the steady-state reversibility of these EPDM/iPP blends. The model is then evaluated in terms of composition and cure state.

  6. Review of potential processing techniques for the encapsulation of wastes in thermoplastic polymers

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    Thermoplastic encapsulation has been extensively studied at Brookhaven National Laboratory's (BNL) Environmental and Waste Technology Center (EWTC) as a waste encapsulation technology applicable to a wide range of waste types including radioactive, hazardous and mixed wastes. Encapsulation involves processing thermoplastic and waste materials into a waste form product by heating and mixing both materials into a homogeneous molten mixture. Cooling of the melt results in a solid monolithic waste form in which contaminants have been completely surrounded by a polymer matrix. Heating and mixing requirements for successful waste encapsulation can be met using proven technologies available in various types of commercial equipment. Processing techniques for thermoplastic materials, such as low density polyethylene (LDPE), are well established within the plastics industry. The majority of commercial polymer processing is accomplished using extruders, mixers or a combination of these technologies. Extruders and mixers are available in a broad range of designs and are used during the manufacture of consumer and commercial products as well as for compounding applications. Compounding which refers to mixing additives such as stabilizers and/or colorants with polymers, is analogous to thermoplastic encapsulation. Several processing technologies were investigated for their potential application in encapsulating residual sorbent waste in selected thermoplastic polymers, including single-screw extruders, twin-screw extruders, continuous mixers, batch mixers as well as other less conventional devices. Each was evaluated based on operational ease, quality control, waste handling capabilities as well as degree of waste pretreatment required. Based on literature review, this report provides a description of polymer processing technologies, a discussion of the merits and limitations of each and an evaluation of their applicability to the encapsulation of sorbent wastes

  7. Influence of Engage® copolymer type on the properties of Engage®/silicone rubber-based thermoplastic dynamic vulcanizates

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    Full Text Available Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs are a special class of thermoplastic elastomers, which are produced by simultaneously mixing and crosslinking a rubber with a thermoplastic polymer at an elevated temperature. Peroxide-cured TPVs based on blends of silicone rubber and thermoplastic Engage of two different types, mainly ethylene-octene and ethylenebutene copolymers at different blend ratios have been developed. A detailed comparative study of ethylene-octene vs. ethylene-butene based TPVs are mainly focused in this paper. These TPVs exhibit very good overall mechanical and electrical properties. With increasing amount of Engage in the blends at a fixed concentration of peroxide and coagent, tensile strength, modulus and hardness of the TPVs were found to increase considerably. Ageing characteristics and recyclability of silicone rubber based TPVs are also found excellent. Rheological studies confirm the pseudoplastic nature of these TPVs.

  8. Generating Autoclave-Level Mechanical Properties with Out-of-Autoclave Thermoplastic Placement of Large Composite Aerospace Structures Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Out-of-autoclave thermoplastic tape/tow placement (TP-ATP) is nearing commercialization but suffers a moderate gap in mechanical properties compared with laminates...

  9. Thermoplastic pultrusion development and characterization of residual in pultruded composites with modeling and experiments

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    Jamiyanaa, Khongor

    Pultrusion processing is a technique to make highly aligned fiber reinforced polymer composites. Thermoset pultrusion is a mature process and well established, while thermoplastic pultrusion in still in its infancy. Thermoplastic pultrusion has not been well established because thermoplastic resins are difficult to process due to their high viscosity. However, thermoplastic resins offer distinct advantages that make thermoplastic pultrusion worth exploring. The present work centers on developing a method to design and validate a die for a thermoplastic pultrusion system. Analytical models and various software tools were used to design a pultrusion die. Experimental measurements have been made to validate the models. One-dimensional transient heat transfer analysis was used to calculate the time required for pre-impregnated E-Glass/Polypropylene tapes to melt and consolidate into profiled shapes. Creo Element/Pro 1.0 was used to design the die, while ANSYS Work Bench 14.0 was used to conduct heat transfer analysis to understand the temperature profile of the pultrusion apparatus. Additionally Star-CCM+ was used to create a three-dimensional fluid flow model to capture the molten polymer flow inside the pultrusion die. The fluid model was used to understand the temperature of the flow and the force required to pull the material at any given temperature and line speed. A complete pultrusion apparatus including the die, heating unit, cooling unit, and the frame has been designed and manufactured as guided by the models, and pultruded profiles have been successfully produced. The results show that the analytical model and the fluid model show excellent correlation. The predicted and measured pulling forces are in agreement and show that the pull force increases as the pull speed increases. Furthermore, process induced residual stress and its influence on dimensional instability, such as bending or bowing, on pultruded composites was analyzed. The study indicated that unbalanced layup can produce asymmetrical residual stress through the thickness and causes the part to bow. Furthermore, the residual stress through the thickness was mapped with excellent accuracy. A design of experiments around the processing parameters indicated that increase in pull speed or decrease in die temperature increased the residual stress within the part.

  10. Compilation of radiation damage test data. Pt. 2. Thermoset and thermoplastic resins, composite materials

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    This catalogue summarizes radiation damage test data on thermoplastic and thermoset resins and composites. Most of them are epoxy resins used as insulator for magnet coils. Many results are also given for new engineering thermoplastics which can be used either for their electrical properties or for their mechanical properties. The materials have been irradiated either in a 60Co source, up to integrated absorbed doses between 200 kGy and a few megagrays, at dose rates of the order of 1 Gy/s, or in a nuclear reactor at dose rates of the order of 50 Gy/s, up to doses of 100 MGy. The flexural strength, the deformation and the modulus of elasticity have been measured on irradiated and non-irradiated samples, according to the recommendations of the International Electrotechnical Commissions. The results are presented in the form of tables and graphs to show the effect of the absorbed dose on the measured properties. (orig.)

  11. Coefficient of Friction Measurements for Thermoplastics and Fibre Composites Under Low Sliding Velocity and High Pressure

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    Poulios, Konstantinos; Svendsen, Gustav Winther

    2013-01-01

    Friction materials for typical brake applications are normally designed considering thermal stability as the major performance criterion. There are, however, brake applications with very limited sliding velocities, where the generated heat is insignificant. In such cases it is possible that friction materials which are untypical for brake applications, like thermoplastics and fibre composites, can offer superior performance in terms of braking torque, wear resistance and cost than typical brake linings. In this paper coefficient of friction measurements for various thermoplastic and fibre composite materials running against a steel surface are presented. All tests were carried out on a pinon-disc test-rig in reciprocating operation at a fixed sliding speed and various pressure levels for both dry and grease lubricated conditions. Moreover, a generic theoretical framework is introduced in order to interpret the changes of friction observed during the running-in phase.

  12. Evaluation of the thermoplasticity of different gutta-percha cones and the TC system

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    Mário, Tanomaru-Filho; Carlos Alexandre Souza, Bier; Juliane Maria Guerreiro, Tanomaru; Danilo Barbosa, Barros.

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the thermoplasticity of three commercial brands of gutta-percha (Tanari, Dentsply 0.06, and Roeko), and of the TC system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standardized specimens were fabricated from the materials to be evaluated. Specimens were placed in water [...] at 70ºC for 60 seconds. Following that, they were positioned between two glass slabs and each set was compressed by a 5kg weight. Images of the specimens before and after compression were digitized and analyzed by the Image Tool software. The flow capacity of each material was confirmed by the difference between the initial and final areas of each sample. RESULTS: The resulting data were analyzed by ANOVA. The TC system presented the greatest thermoplasticity values (p

  13. Coefficient of Friction Measurements for Thermoplastics and Fiber Composites under Low Sliding Velocity and High Pressure

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    Poulios, Konstantinos; Svendsen, G.

    2012-01-01

    Friction materials for typical brake applications are normally designed considering thermal stability as the major performance criterion. There are however brake applications with very limited sliding velocities, where the generated heat is insignificant. In such cases it is possible that friction materials which are untypical for brake applications, like thermoplastics and fiber composites, can offer superior performance in terms of braking torque, wear resistance and cost than typical brake linings. In this paper coefficient of friction measurements for various thermoplastic and fiber composite materials running against a steel surface are presented. All tests were carried out on a pin-on-disc test-rig at a fixed sliding speed and various pressure levels for both dry and grease lubricated conditions.

  14. Thermoplastic Polymer Nanocomposites Based on Inorganic Fullerene-like Nanoparticles and Inorganic Nanotubes

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    Mohammed Naffakh

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Using inorganic fullerene-like (IF nanoparticles and inorganic nanotubes (INT in organic-inorganic hybrid composite, materials provide the potential for improving thermal, mechanical, and tribological properties of conventional composites. The processing of such high-performance hybrid thermoplastic polymer nanocomposites is achieved via melt-blending without the aid of any modifier or compatibilizing agent. The incorporation of small quantities (0.1–4 wt.% of IF/INTs (tungsten disulfide, IF-WS2 or molybdenum disulfide, MoS2 generates notable performance enhancements through reinforcement effects and excellent lubricating ability in comparison with promising carbon nanotubes or other inorganic nanoscale fillers. It was shown that these IF/INT nanocomposites can provide an effective balance between performance, cost effectiveness, and processability, which is of significant importance for extending the practical applications of diverse hierarchical thermoplastic-based composites.

  15. Evolution of umbilicals in Brazil: optimizing deepwater umbilical applications with thermoplastic hoses and steel tubes

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    Guerra Neto, Mauro Del [DuPont do Brasil S.A., Barueri, SP (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    Subsea umbilicals in the past 25 years have evolved in parallel with other subsea oil and gas technologies, as the search for hydrocarbons needed to drive the global economy has led offshore exploration and development companies to seek reserves ever-farther from shore in water thousands of meters deep. Relegated to little more than afterthought status before the push into deep water, modern umbilicals have now become crucial components linking deep water producers to their subsea wells, controlling subsea production systems through hydraulic and electrical power and injecting production chemicals for corrosion-, scale-, and hydrate-inhibition at subsea well heads. Particularly in subsea developments involving several deep water wells, umbilicals today are integral to both the production-system design and the chosen operating strategy. Failure of an umbilical linking a subsea well head in deep water to a host production facility can inflict severe economic consequences upon an operator by impairing production operations or halting production altogether. The additional cost of repairing or replacing a failed umbilical can run into the millions of dollars. As offshore oil and gas production has moved into ever-deeper water, umbilical manufacturers have begun introducing new stronger materials to handle the inherently higher pressures and temperatures. Today, two types of construction are used for fluid conduits in umbilical systems deployed in deep water: thermoplastic hoses and steel tubes. Steel tubes are generally more expensive than thermoplastic hoses, relatively stiff and considered to have high tensile strength, while thermoplastic hoses are extremely flexible and exhibit lower tensile strength. This lower tensile strength of the hoses may be compensated by including steel wire armoring in the umbilical. This also provides the added benefits of additional mechanical protection compared with the equivalent unarmored steel-tubes umbilicals. When either thermoplastic-hoses or steel-tubes umbilicals will handle expected operating pressures and temperatures and neither option offers a clear-cut economic advantage, other umbilical performance characteristics or logistical factors take on greater importance. As with many other types of oil field technology, some deep water operators have developed considerable expertise working with one umbilical technology or the other and, thus, tend to prefer either thermoplastic-hose or steel tube-based umbilical systems. For example, Shell and Chevron have chosen to use steel tubes umbilicals. Meanwhile, PETROBRAS has successfully deployed thermoplastic-hoses umbilicals for subsea wells in as much as 2200 meters of water depth for the past 25 years. In addition to advances in subsea umbilical technology achieved by umbilical manufacturers, deep water oil and gas producers have strived to better understand the forces acting upon umbilicals deployed in deep water and have developed and are continuing to develop application strategies for overcoming limitations of thermoplastic-hose umbilicals in extremely deep water. Offshore oil and gas development is moving into unprecedented water depths and deep water producers are beginning to target geologic formations 7,500 m or more beneath the surface. The more challenging high-pressure, high-temperature (HP-HT) environments encountered on the world's deep water and ultra-deep water frontiers have resulted in increasing use of steel-tube umbilicals. This phenomenon has special implications for deep water oil and gas development offshore Brazil, where thermoplastic-hose umbilicals have been used almost exclusively until the past few years. (author)

  16. Active bilayer films of thermoplastic starch and polycaprolactone obtained by compression molding.

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    Ortega-Toro, Rodrigo; Morey, Iris; Talens, Pau; Chiralt, Amparo

    2015-08-20

    Bilayer films consisting of one layer of PCL with either one of thermoplastic starch (S) or one of thermoplastic starch with 5% PCL (S95) were obtained by compression molding. Before compression, aqueous solutions of ascorbic acid or potassium sorbate were sprayed onto the S or S95 layers in order to plasticize them and favor layer adhesion. S95 films formed bilayers with PCL with very good adhesion and good mechanical performance, especially when potassium sorbate was added at the interface. All bilayers enhanced their barrier properties to water vapour (up to 96% compared to net starch films) and oxygen (up to 99% compared to PCL pure). Bilayers consisting of PCL and starch containing 5% PCL, with potassium sorbate at the interface, showed the best mechanical and barrier properties and interfacial adhesion while having active properties, associated with the antimicrobial action of potassium sorbate. PMID:25965485

  17. Characterizing the strain rate sensitivity of the tensile mechanical properties of a thermoplastic composite

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    Brown, Kevin A.; Brooks, Richard; Warrior, Nicholas A.

    2009-01-01

    Thermoplastic composites (TPCs) are being given increased consideration for application in vehicle front-end structural crash components. However, studies on the high strainrate behavior of TPCs have been relatively limited. In this study, the effect of strain rate on the tensile properties of a woven fabric commingled E-glass/polypropylene thermoplastic composite was investigated over a strain-rate range of 10-4 to 70 s-1. Quasi-static tests were conducted in an electromechanical universal test machine. A specially designed test rig in conjunction with a falling weight drop tower was used for high strain-rate characterization. The experimental results show that the elastic modulus, ultimate strength, and strain to failure increase with increasing strain rate.

  18. Accessing thermoplastic processing windows in metallic glasses using rapid capacitive discharge

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    Kaltenboeck, Georg; Harris, Thomas; Sun, Kerry; Tran, Thomas; Chang, Gregory; Schramm, Joseph P.; Demetriou, Marios D.; Johnson, William L.

    2014-01-01

    The ability of the rapid-capacitive discharge approach to access optimal viscosity ranges in metallic glasses for thermoplastic processing is explored. Using high-speed thermal imaging, the heating uniformity and stability against crystallization of Zr35Ti30Cu7.5Be27.5 metallic glass heated deeply into the supercooled region is investigated. The method enables homogeneous volumetric heating of bulk samples throughout the entire supercooled liquid region at high rates (~105?K/s) sufficient t...

  19. Surface charge, electroosmotic flow and DNA extension in chemically modified thermoplastic nanoslits and nanochannels.

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    Uba, Franklin I; Pullagurla, Swathi R; Sirasunthorn, Nichanun; Wu, Jiahao; Park, Sunggook; Chantiwas, Rattikan; Cho, Yoon-Kyoung; Shin, Heungjoo; Soper, Steven A

    2015-01-01

    Thermoplastics have become attractive alternatives to glass/quartz for microfluidics, but the realization of thermoplastic nanofluidic devices has been slow in spite of the rather simple fabrication techniques that can be used to produce these devices. This slow transition has in part been attributed to insufficient understanding of surface charge effects on the transport properties of single molecules through thermoplastic nanochannels. We report the surface modification of thermoplastic nanochannels and an assessment of the associated surface charge density, zeta potential and electroosmotic flow (EOF). Mixed-scale fluidic networks were fabricated in poly(methylmethacrylate), PMMA. Oxygen plasma was used to generate surface-confined carboxylic acids with devices assembled using low temperature fusion bonding. Amination of the carboxylated surfaces using ethylenediamine (EDA) was accomplished via EDC coupling. XPS and ATR-FTIR revealed the presence of carboxyl and amine groups on the appropriately prepared surfaces. A modified conductance equation for nanochannels was developed to determine their surface conductance and was found to be in good agreement with our experimental results. The measured surface charge density and zeta potential of these devices were lower than glass nanofluidic devices and dependent on the surface modification adopted, as well as the size of the channel. This property, coupled to an apparent increase in fluid viscosity due to nanoconfinement, contributed to the suppression of the EOF in PMMA nanofluidic devices by an order of magnitude compared to the micro-scale devices. Carboxylated PMMA nanochannels were efficient for the transport and elongation of ?-DNA while these same DNA molecules were unable to translocate through aminated nanochannels. PMID:25369728

  20. Damage detection in laminar thermoplastic composite materials by means of embedded optical fibers

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    Kojovi? Aleksandar M.; Živkovi? Irena D.; Brajovi? Ljiljana M.; Mitrakovi? Dragan; Aleksi? Radoslav R.

    2006-01-01

    This paper investigates the possibility of applying optical fibers as sensors for investigating low energy impact damage in laminar thermoplastic composite materials, in real time. Impact toughness testing by a Charpy impact pendulum with different loads was conducted in order to determine the method for comparative measurement of the resulting damage in the material. For that purpose intensity-based optical fibers were built in to specimens of composite materials with Kevlar 129 (the DuPont ...

  1. Glue-free assembly of glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics using laser light

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    Binetruy, C.; Clement, S.; Deleglise, M.; Franz, C; Knapp, W.; Oumarou, M.; Renard, J.; Roesner, A

    2011-01-01

    The use of laser light for bonding of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites (CFTPC) offers new possibilities to overcome the constraints of conventional joining technologies. Laser bonding is environmentally friendly as no chemical additive or glue is necessary. Accuracy and flexibility of the laser process as well as the quality of the weld seams provide benefits which are already used in many industrial applications. Laser transmission welding has already been introduced in m...

  2. Integrated piezoelectric function in a high thermostable thermoplastic PZT/PEEK composite

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    Carponcin, Delphine; Dantras, Eric; Laffont-Dantras, Lydia; Dandurand, Jany; Aridon, Gwenaëlle; Levallois, Franck; Cadiergues, Laurent; Lacabanne, Colette

    2014-01-01

    A piezoelectric structural material has been developed. Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) submicronic nanoparticles have been dispersed in a thermostable high performance thermoplastic polymer Poly(Ether Ether Ketone) i.e. PEEK to ensure piezoelectric properties. The inorganic particles with a mean diameter of 900 nmare polycrystalline as highlighted by HRTEM with a grain diameter estimated at 15 nm. XRD patterns have shown that the crystalline structure is rhombohedral i.e. ferroelectric. The PZ...

  3. Novel thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) based on silicone rubber and polyamide exploring peroxide cross-linking

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    Naskar, K.; Chatterjee, T.; Wiessner, S.; Heinrich, G.

    2014-01-01

    Novel thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) based on silicone rubber (PDMS) and polyamide (PA12) have been prepared by dynamic vulcanization process. The effect of dynamic vulcanization and influence of various types of peroxides as cross-linking agents were studied in detail. All the TPVs were prepared at a ratio of 50/50 wt% of silicone rubber and polyamide. Three structurally different peroxides, namely dicumyl peroxide (DCP), 3,3,5,7,7-pentamethyl 1,2,4-trioxepane (PMTO) and cumyl hydroperoxi...

  4. Fibre-matrix interfaces in thermoplastic composites: A meso-level approach:

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    Carnevale, P.

    2014-01-01

    A strong pressure towards efficiency improvements in the aviation sector is given by stringent environmental reduction goals and by the growing and volatile fuel prices. Such pressure is even stronger considering the steady growth of air traffic forecasted for the next 20 years. Structural mass reduction is one of the ways to achieve such efficiency improvements. High performance thermoplastic composites are possible candidates for primary aircraft structures: compared to metal, they have hig...

  5. Local viscoelastic properties of a thermoplastic/carbon laminate as an indicator of fatigue damage.

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    Minster, Ji?í; Šperl, Martin; Lukeš, J.

    Vol. 606. Durnten-Zurich : Trans Tech Publications, 2014 - (Haušild, P.), s. 237-240 ISBN 978-3-03835-062-0. ISSN 1013-9826. [Local Mechanical Properties /10./. Kutná Hora (CZ), 06.11.2013-08.11.2013] R&D Projects: GA TA ?R(CZ) TA03010209 Institutional support: RVO:68378297 Keywords : thermoplastic laminate * fatigue * damage accumulation * microindentation Subject RIV: JI - Composite Materials http://www.scientific.net/KEM.606.237

  6. Rheology/Morphology Relationship of Immiscible EPDM/PP Based Thermoplastic Elastomer Blends

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    Shahbikian, S.; Carreau, P. J.; Heuzey, M. C.; Ellul, M. D.; Nadella, H. P.; Cheng, J.; Shirodkar, P.

    2008-07-01

    The rheological and morphological properties of non-plasticized/plasticized EPDM/PP based thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) have been investigated. The addition of a plasticizer reduced the rheological properties of both components and their blends and increased their deformability. Complex morphological features (e.g., specific interfacial area and its orientation) of these blends have been analyzed after multiple start-up experiments using atomic force microscopy.

  7. Optical and Mechanical Properties of Cool Roof Paint Containing Hollow Thermoplastic Microspheres

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    Sandin, Olof

    2013-01-01

    This master thesis examines the effect of hollow thermoplastic microspheres in coolroof paints. These types of paints are characterized by their high reflectivity forwavelengths up to 2.5 micrometers and high absorptivity in the IR region. Thethermoplastic microspheres were produced by Expancel®, a unit withinAkzoNobel®. Optical properties were measured using a UV-VIS-NIRspectrophotometer and FTIR. The paint systems were kept as simple as possible, onlycontaining binder, pigment and additiv...

  8. Initiation of shape-memory effect by inductive heating of magnetic nanoparticles in thermoplastic polymers

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    Mohr, R.; Kratz, K.; Weigel, T.; Lucka-Gabor, M.; Moneke, M.; Lendlein, A.

    2006-01-01

    In shape-memory polymers, changes in shape are mostly induced by heating, and exceeding a specific switching temperature, Tswitch. If polymers cannot be warmed up by heat transfer using a hot liquid or gaseous medium, noncontact triggering will be required. In this article, the magnetically induced shape-memory effect of composites from magnetic nanoparticles and thermoplastic shape-memory polymers is introduced. A polyetherurethane (TFX) and a biodegradable multiblock copolymer (PDC) with po...

  9. Hemocompatibility of Inorganic Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Coatings on Thermoplastic Polyurethane Polymers

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    Daniel Heim; Martin Wiesinger; Marek Sanak; Roman Major; Marianne Weidenhaupt; Franz Bruckert; Paul Hartmann; Wolfgang Waldhauser; Juergen M. Lackner

    2012-01-01

    Biocompatibility improvements for blood contacting materials are of increasing interest for implanted devices and interventional tools. The current study focuses on inorganic (titanium, titanium nitride, titanium oxide) as well as diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating materials on polymer surfaces (thermoplastic polyurethane), deposited by magnetron sputtering und pulsed laser deposition at room temperature. DLC was used pure (a-C:H) as well as doped with silicon, titanium, and nitrogen + titaniu...

  10. Castor oil and commercial thermoplastic polyurethane membranes modified with polyaniline: a comparative study

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    José Humberto Santos Almeida Júnior; Daniel Assumpção Bertuol; Alvaro Meneguzzi; Carlos Arthur Ferreira; Franco Dani Rico Amado

    2013-01-01

    The study of conducting polymeric membranes is decisive in some areas, as in fuel cells and electrodialysis. This work aims the study of membranes using conventional and conductive polymers blends. Two types of polyurethane were used as conventional polymers, commercial thermoplastic polyurethane and polyurethane synthesized from castor oil and 4-4-dicyclohexylmethane isocyanate. Two kinds of conducting polymers were used, polyaniline doped with organic acid and a self doped polyaniline. The ...

  11. Development of a Novel Electrically Conductive Flame Retardant Bio-based Thermoplastic Polyurethane

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    Moura Dos Santos, Rosane

    2015-01-01

    The central topic of this thesis was the design and development of a bi-functional thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) composite, which is halogen-free bio-based flame retardant (UL94-V0) with an electrical resistivity ? 1000 ?.cm and a filler load that does not exceed 25 wt.%. In order to reach this goal, the experimental activities were divided into the following tasks: (a) materials pre-selection, (b) design of experiment (DOE), (c) materials compounding, (d) specimens preparation (inject...

  12. Blends of Thermoplastic Polyurethane and Polydimethylsiloxane Rubber: Assessment of Biocompatibility and Suture Holding Strength of Membranes

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    Krishna Prasad Rajan; Ahmed Al-Ghamdi; Ramesh Parameswar; Nando, G. B.

    2013-01-01

    In the present investigation, a compatibilized blend of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is prepared by using copolymer of ethylene and methyl acrylate (EMA) as a reactive compatibilizer. Detailed in vitro biocompatibility studies were carried out for this compatibilized blend and the material was found noncytotoxic towards L929 mouse fibroblast subcutaneous connective tissue cell line. Microporosity was created on the surface of membranes prepared from the ble...

  13. Structural, thermal and surface characterization of thermoplastic polyurethanes based on poly(dimethylsiloxane)

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    Pergal Marija V.; Stefanovi? Ivan S.; Go?evac Dejan; Anti? Vesna V.; Mila?i? Vesna; Ostoji? Sanja; Rogan Jelena; ?onlagi? Jasna

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the synthesis, structure and physical properties of two series of thermoplastic polyurethanes based on hydroxypropyl terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane) (HP-PDMS) or hydroxyethoxy propyl terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane) (EO-PDMS) as a soft segment, and 4,4’-methylenediphenyl diisocyanate and 1,4-butanediol as a hard segment were investigated. Each series is composed of samples prepared with a different soft segment. The polyurethanes were synt...

  14. Investigation of Mechanical Properties of Thermoplastics with Implementations of LS-DYNA Material Models.

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    Appelsved, Peter

    2012-01-01

    The increased use of thermoplastics in load carrying components, especially in the automotive industry, drives the needs for a better understanding of its complex mechanical properties. In this thesis work for a master degree in solid mechanics, the mechanical properties of a PA 6/66 resin with and without reinforcement of glass fibers experimentally been investigated. Topics of interest have been the dependency of fiber orientation, residual strains at unloading and compression relative tens...

  15. Field Verification of Structural Performance of Thermoplastic Pipe Under Deep Backfill Conditions

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    Sargand, S.

    2002-05-01

    This report provides information regarding the structural performance of thermoplastic pipes under relatively deep soil cover conditions. The eighteen (12 HDPE, 6 PVC) thermoplastic pipes, with diameter ranging from 30 to 60 in., were instrumented with sensors, embedded with granular backfill in shallow trenches, and subjected to 20-ft or 40-ft high soil fill for about 10 months. Their installation plans involved two types of backfill soil, three relative compactions, and varying bedding thickness to study the effects of these installation parameters on the pipe performance. Once the field performance of each test pipe was presented and discussed, comparative cross examinations of the entire field data were made to identify the effects of various installation parameters on the pipe deformations/deflections and soil pressure against pipe. A comprehensive set of soil testing was performed in the laboratory to characterize each of the three soil types that existed in the field. Results from the shear strength tests were analyzed further to obtain hyperbolic model parameter values for these soils. Three analytical methods (modified Iowa formula, elastic solutions, and finite element) were applied to evaluate their abilities to predict the field performance of the thermoplastic pipes under relatively deep soil cover. In their applications, material properties measured in the laboratory were utilized as much as possible.

  16. Nonlinear viscoelastic characterization of molten thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) through large amplitude harmonic experiments

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    Leblanc, Jean L. [University P. and M. Curie-Paris 6, Polymer Rheology and Processing, Vitry-sur-Seine (France)

    2007-10-15

    The so-called thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) are essentially blends of a crystalline thermoplastic polymer (e.g., polypropylene) and a vulcanizable rubber composition, prepared through a special process called dynamic vulcanization, which yields a fine dispersion of micron-size crosslinked rubber particles in a thermoplastic matrix. Such materials are by nature complex polymer systems, i.e., multiphase, heterogeneous, typically disordered materials for which structure is as important as composition. Correctly assessing their rheological properties is a challenging task for several reasons: first, even if the uniformity of their composition is taken for granted, TPV are indeed very complicated materials, not only heterogeneous but also with a morphology related to their composition; second, their morphology can be affected by the flow field used; third, the migration of small labile ingredients (e.g., oil, curative residue, etc.) can in the meantime significantly change the boundary flow conditions, for instance through self-lubrication due to phase separation of the oil, or wall slip, or both. The aims of the work reported were to investigate a series of commercial TPV through the so-called Fourier transform rheometry, a testing technique especially developed to accurately investigate the nonlinear viscoelastic domain. Results are tentatively interpreted in terms of material composition and structure. (orig.)

  17. Multiple-objective optimization in precision laser cutting of different thermoplastics

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    Tamrin, K. F.; Nukman, Y.; Choudhury, I. A.; Shirley, S.

    2015-04-01

    Thermoplastics are increasingly being used in biomedical, automotive and electronics industries due to their excellent physical and chemical properties. Due to the localized and non-contact process, use of lasers for cutting could result in precise cut with small heat-affected zone (HAZ). Precision laser cutting involving various materials is important in high-volume manufacturing processes to minimize operational cost, error reduction and improve product quality. This study uses grey relational analysis to determine a single optimized set of cutting parameters for three different thermoplastics. The set of the optimized processing parameters is determined based on the highest relational grade and was found at low laser power (200 W), high cutting speed (0.4 m/min) and low compressed air pressure (2.5 bar). The result matches with the objective set in the present study. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) is then carried out to ascertain the relative influence of process parameters on the cutting characteristics. It was found that the laser power has dominant effect on HAZ for all thermoplastics.

  18. Green composites of thermoplastic corn starch and recycled paper cellulose fibers

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    Amnuay Wattanakornsiri

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Ecological concerns have resulted in a renewed interest in environmental-friendly composites issues for sustainabledevelopment as a biodegradable renewable resource. In this work we used cellulose fibers from recycled newspaper as reinforcementfor thermoplastic starch in order to improve its mechanical, thermal and water resistance properties. The compositeswere prepared from corn starch plasticized by glycerol (30% wt/wt of glycerol to starch as matrix that was reinforcedwith micro-cellulose fibers, obtained from used newspaper, with fiber content ranging from 0 to 8% (wt/wt of fibers to matrix.Physical properties of composites were determined by mechanical tensile tests, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetricanalysis, water absorption measurement and scanning electron microscopy. The results showed that higherfibers content raised the tensile strength and elastic modulus up to 175% and 292%, respectively, when compared to thenon-reinforced thermoplastic starch. The addition of the fibers improved the thermal resistance and decreased the waterabsorption up to 63%. Besides, scanning electron microscopy illustrated a good adhesion between matrix and fibers. Theseresults indicated that thermoplastic starch reinforced with recycled newspaper cellulose fibers could be fruitfully used ascommodity plastics being strong, cheap, abundant and recyclable.