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Mixing Study On Different Pineapple Mixer Designs – Simulation Results 1
Wolfgang Roland, March 2019
Mixing is an important elementary step in polymer processing to achieve the required melt quality. In this work three-dimensional simulations were carried out investigating the mixing behavior of polymer melt flow through different pineapple mixers. We compared the mixing of a common pineapple mixer with channels arranged with 𝜃" = 45° and 𝜃' = 135° with two scientifically designed pineapple mixers with both angles 𝜃 less than 90°. The scientifically designed pineapple mixers were originally proposed and have been practiced by Prof. C. Chung. The axial velocity field, pressure consumption and viscous dissipation are evaluated. Further we investigated the distribution of the flow through the different channel directions. Axial distributive mixing is analyzed by means of the residence time distribution and its normalized variance. Cross-channel mixing is investigated by means of the scale-ofsegregation. Our simulations show that the scientifically design pineapple mixers show considerably better mixing than the common pineapple mixer.
A Comparison Between Two Ground Tire Rubber Surface Treatments To Produce Compounds Based On Linear Low Density Polyethylene Via Rotational Molding
Denis Rodrigue, March 2019
This work compares the efficiency of two ground tire rubber (GTR) surface treatments: a coupling agent (maleated polyethylene, MAPE) addition via solution treatment and a devulcanization process using a microwave treatment. The treated and untreated GTR particles were dry-blended with linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) to produce the compounds via rotational molding. In particular, the effect of MAPE and microwave treatments were investigated to modify the physical (density) and mechanical (tension, flexion and impact) properties of the resulting compounds at room temperature. The results showed that both GTR treatments led to limited increase of tensile strength and impact strength, while the tensile modulus, elongation at break, flexural modulus and density were almost unchanged for a fixed GTR content.
Flow Induced Birefringence Study Of Vortices In Ldpe Polymer Melt Extrusion
Martin Zatloukal, March 2019
During polymer melts extrusion wide range of unstable phenomena (die drool, slip-stick, wall slip, melt fracture etc.) can occur. These instabilities significantly limit production rate and decrease final product quality. Due to significant viscoelastic nature of polymer melts, secondary flows (vortices) inside the processing tools can also occur. In these vortices, polymer melt slowly rotates which significantly extends residence time at high processing temperature. This can lead to unwanted thermal degradation. Contrary to majority of flow instabilities visually detected on extrudate surface, vortices are always hidden inside processing tools. Thus, the study of them can only be done through visualization cells and special experimental techniques mapping velocity fields (particle tracking or laser-Doppler velocimetry) or stress fields (flow induced birefringence). Despite vortices are stress induced instability, theirs study is commonly performed through velocity fields only, which is however not fundamentally correct. This work is focused on development of novel method for study of vortices in polymer melt extrusion based on flow induced birefringence. Testing of the proposed method has been done for LDPE Lupolen 1840H polymer melt. Vortex boundary obtained from stress field have been directly compared with velocity one visualized through rotating gel particle tracking. Effect of temperature and shear rate on vortex area have also been studied and successfully correlated with laser-Doppler velocity data available in open literature for the same polymer melt and similar processing conditions.
Viscoelastic Simulation Of Extrusion Film Casting For Linear Ipp Including Stress Induced Crystallization
Martin Zatloukal, March 2019
In this work, 1.5D film casting membrane model proposed by Silagy et al. (Polym Eng Sci 36:2614-2625, 1996) was generalized considering single-mode modified Leonov model as the viscoelastic constitutive equation and energy equation coupled with crystallization kinetics taking temperature as well as stress induced crystallization into account. The model has been successfully validated for the linear isotactic polypropylene by using experimental data collected under extremely high cooling rate processing conditions (86°C/s), which were taken from the open literature. It has been found that utilization of flow induced crystallization significantly improves model predictions, especially for the film temperature and crystallinity. The model was consequently used to understand the role of heat transfer coefficient on the neck-in phenomenon as well as on the film velocity, temperature and crystallinity profiles.
Morphology Development In Lldpe Stretch Films Prepared With Different Cast Film Process Parameters
Hoda Bayazian, March 2019
Linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) cast stretch films were produced to evaluate the effects of line speed, air gap, frost line and film thickness on the morphology of the prepared films. Surface morphology of the films were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that the most effective parameter on the surface morphology of the films is line speed followed by air gap. In addition, relaxation behavior of LLDPE resins was investigated using rheological measurements. For the films with similar thicknesses but prepared at different line speeds the time scale for the melt to relax was correlated with the crystal phase development in the films, which affected the microstructure and crystalline morphology of the films.
Stepped Isothermal Method And Stress Rate Accelerated Creep Rupture Tests For Efficient Creep Investigaton Of Engineering Thermoplastics
Gerald Pilz, March 2019
The use of thermoplastic based fiber reinforced materials in demanding structural applications concerning long-term loading in combination with elevated temperatures and media influences requires comprehensive but experimentally practicable materials characterization. While for the long-term estimation of the time dependent deformation behavior a number of extrapolation methods for creep and creep rupture characterization is available, most of these methods are still rather time consuming. An useful approach for time-efficient creep characterization is the stepped isothermal method (SIM), which primarily was established for fiber and textile materials [1, 2]. The first goal of the present paper was to investigate the applicability of SIM for glass fiber reinforced PA6.6 and PPA materials in the saturated wet state. For this purpose, a specific media cell with an integrated deformation measuring system was built up for creep tests under water immersed test conditions for standard tensile test specimens. Based on the stepwise increased test temperature, the creep deformation was accelerated and subsequently used for the creation of creep modulus master-curve generation in accordance to SIM. Generally, plausible results for the time dependent creep modulus of the materials at 60 °C in wet state were obtained, also in good agreement with the corresponding short-term Young´s modulus values. Further on, a new methodical approach for the estimation of the long-term creep rupture behavior was developed. The established stress rate accelerated creep rupture test method (SRCR) allows for very time-efficient creep rupture estimation based on a series of stress rate dependent tests at various initial load levels. In the present study, this method was successfully implemented on glass fiber reinforced PPA materials. The time dependent creep rupture strength was obtained over a time range up to more than 5 years, also in good agreement with the results of additionally performed conventional creep rupture tests.
Troubleshooting A Rate Limitation At The Entry Of A Barrier Melting Section Of A Single-Screw Extruder
Abhishek Dutta, March 2019
Barrier melting sections are extremely common and useful for single-screw extruders. Some common mistakes in their design and operation, however, can reduce their performance. A common mistake when attempting to decrease the discharge temperature for a single-screw extrusion process is to decrease all barrel temperature zones. This method, however, can cause the specific rate of the extruder to decrease for screws that use barrier melting sections. This paper will describe the problem, provide laboratory extrusions that demonstrate the problem, and then provide a case study.
Fabrication And Characterization Of 3-D Porous Hydroxyapatite (Ha)-Modified Polyurethane (Pu) Scaffold For Tissue Engineering
Qianting Wang, March 2019
In this work, the 3-D porous hydroxyapatite (HA)-modified polyurethane (PU) scaffold successfully fabricated by using simple ultrasonic assisted method. The hydrophilcity, water absorption and mechanical properties of HA-modified PU scaffold were significant higher than those of PU scaffolds. Compared with PU scaffold, the addition of HA nanoparticles could effectively improve the attachment and growth of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) cultured on the HA-modified PU scaffold. These results suggest that HA-modified PU scaffold possesses a great potential to be used as tissue engineering scaffold and the ultrasonic assisted technique could be a simple, effective and universal method to decorate the tissue engineering scaffold.
Accelerated Aging And Viscoelastic Effects Of Medical-Grade Resins
Rob Klein, March 2019
Accelerated aging is used throughout the Medical Device sector and other sectors to evaluate materials and devices in an accelerated fashion. Accelerated aging has several typical modes, depending on the type of materials and functional mechanisms involved. One mode is related to stress relaxation and creep, which impacts the function of parts under sustained strain or stress as well as influencing time to develop cracks. This paper explores viscoelastic behavior of moderate melt flow medical grade polycarbonate as related to accelerated aging. The relationships between stress relaxation, creep, and complex modulus (as a function of time and temperature) are discussed. An example demonstrating the correlations between stress relaxation, creep, and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) master curve data for a medical-grade polycarbonate is provided. Additionally, Q10 factors as intended for accelerated aging are estimated for stress relaxation of medical-grade polycarbonate using DMA master curve results. Accelerated aging is used throughout the Medical Device sector and other sectors to evaluate materials and devices in an accelerated fashion. Accelerated aging has several typical modes, depending on the type of materials and functional mechanisms involved. One mode is related to stress relaxation and creep, which impacts the function of parts under sustained strain or stress as well as influencing time to develop cracks. This paper explores viscoelastic behavior of moderate melt flow medical grade polycarbonate as related to accelerated aging. The relationships between stress relaxation, creep, and complex modulus (as a function of time and temperature) are discussed. An example demonstrating the correlations between stress relaxation, creep, and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) master curve data for a medical-grade polycarbonate is provided. Additionally, Q10 factors as intended for accelerated aging are estimated for stress relaxation of medical-grade polycarbonate using DMA master curve results. Accelerated aging is used throughout the Medical Device sector and other sectors to evaluate materials and devices in an accelerated fashion. Accelerated aging has several typical modes, depending on the type of materials and functional mechanisms involved. One mode is related to stress relaxation and creep, which impacts the function of parts under sustained strain or stress as well as influencing time to develop cracks. This paper explores viscoelastic behavior of moderate melt flow medical grade polycarbonate as related to accelerated aging. The relationships between stress relaxation, creep, and complex modulus (as a function of time and temperature) are discussed. An example demonstrating the correlations between stress relaxation, creep, and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) master curve data for a medical-grade polycarbonate is provided. Additionally, Q10 factors as intended for accelerated aging are estimated for stress relaxation of medical-grade polycarbonate using DMA master curve results.
The Effects Of Material Propertis On Microcellualr Injection Molding Simulation
Sejin Han | Syed Rehmathullah, March 2019
This paper presents a study about the effects of material properties on the modeling of the microcellular injection molding process. In particular, the effects of gas solubility and diffusivity data on the simulation results were examined. Often, actual measured data are not available for these properties. The effectiveness of using a generic equation to estimate these values has been evaluated by comparing the simulation results from this to a simulation that uses the actual measured data. The study indicates that by properly using these estimated material properties data, meaningful simulation results can be obtained.
Medical Plastics: Review Of Material Models Required For Simulation Through Case Studies
Hossam Metwally, March 2019
Computer simulation to model the manufacturing as well as the performance of plastic part requires a good understanding of the material properties at the representative conditions. The same material behaves differently during different processes, e.g. extrusion is a shear dominated process, while thermoforming is elongation dominated. Additionally, viscoelastic effects may be relevant to capture since they control the amount of die swell depending on the geometry and process conditions. Additionally, plastics are also non-linear materials and exhibit non-linear stress-strain behavior that can possibly be rate dependent as well. This paper is a review highlighting the different processes that have been modeled before and the different material models that are required for a successful simulation will be discussed. The following case studies will be used to highlight the material models; catheter extrusion, tray thermoforming, and catheter kinking.
Cure And Mechanical Properties Of Filled, Zno-Free, Sulfur-Cured Isoprene Rubber
Barbara DeButts, March 2019
In this study, agricultural proteins were compounded into synthetic isoprene rubber (IR) and sulfur-cured. A constant filler loading of 8 parts per hundred rubber (phr) was used to evaluate the reinforcing capabilities of two full proteins, i.e., corn zein (Zein) and gliadin from wheat (Gd), a hydrolyzed protein, i.e., trypsin hydrolyzed gliadin (THGd), and a neat amino acid, i.e., arginine (Arg). Cure meter testing, tensile testing, and swelling experiments were performed to assess the curing kinetics, Young’s moduli (E), hysteresis, and crosslink densities of the vulcanizates. The filled vulcanizates exhibited comparable or higher E and [X] than an unfilled IR Control, but slower curing kinetics. The hysteresis, or unrecoverable mechanical energy, decreased with increasing elongation in the filled vulcanizates, which was opposite the behavior of the IR Control.
Development Of A Plastic Frame Mounted Bumper That Meets The Requirements For Pedestrian Safety Performance
David Job, March 2019
This paper presents the design and development of a chassis mounted pick-up truck front bumper for the 2018 Ranger Raptor which meets pedestrian safety performance. Truck bumpers are traditionally made of steel to meet customer expectations of a durable vehicle capable of suitable crash protection performance, firmness of feel and rugged styling. Pedestrian safety performance is increasingly becoming a regulation for the sale of vehicles in selected markets around the world.A traditionally mounted steel bumper does not have suitable energy absorption to meet this regulatory requirement. The bumper developed by Ford of Australia uses sandwich plastic bumper fascia with a steel support structure to meet the conflicting requirements of a soft front for pedestrian protection and a solid substructure to meet low speed crash requirements including static and dynamic stiffness for durability.
Challenge To Prepare For Flame-Retardant Polypropylene Foam Boards
Wenli Zhu, March 2019
In this work, neat polypropylene (PP) foam boards was produced under different saturation pressure and foaming temperature by using supercritical CO2 as a blowing agent in an industrial-scale batch foaming system. In addition, the effort was made to prepare for flame-retardant PP foam samples by introducing a basic magnesium sulfate whisker (MSW). The preliminary results showed that with addition of MSW, PP composite samples have increased Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) and increased tensile property. As the increase of amount of MSW, the average cell sizes of PP foams have little change but the cell densities were decreased thus the volume expansion ratios were decreased as result. To obtain low-density flame-retardant PP foam products, systemic study on the foaming condition on cell morphology need be conducted.
Development Of Polypropylene Nanocomposites Reinforced With Cellulose Filaments
Julie GENOYER, March 2019
In this work, polypropylene (PP) reinforced with cellulose filaments (CF) nanocomposites were studied. Nanocomposites with CF loadings ranging from 0 to 30 wt% were produced by melt extrusion and characterized. Rheology using Carreau-Yasuda with yield stress model was used to estimate the dispersion state of CFs and showed that a suitable dispersion was achieved. Tensile tests were conducted to study the mechanical behavior of the materials. Results showed that nanocomposites with a higher rigidity can be obtained when a suitable dispersion is achieved, however, those nanocomposites are consequently more brittle.
Influence Of Injection Molding Parameters And Fiber Content On Product Roundness Accuracy
Pi-Lin Tsai, March 2019
In recent years, injection molding has become a common polymer molding process in the plastics industry. Injection molding can produce products which have complicated shapes, and offers high efficiency and productivity with low cost. However, uneven volume shrinkage during the injection molding process will cause deformation after demolding and poor product roundness. To find the best approach, this study focused on round products under different molding conditions, including melt temperature, mold temperature, and injection speed. CAE simulation was used to identify the effect of different fiber content and molding conditions on product roundness. Results showed that the roundness of PC material products without fibers was better than those with fibers. Moreover, those which contained more fibers exhibited lower dimensional stability. The uneven shrinkage and variations in roundness were caused by the different fiber orientations in the product. Changing the position of the gate improved the uneven shrinkage caused by fiber orientation. Furthermore, raising the mold temperature also improved the roundness of the product.
The Influence Of Fiber Length And Fiber Orientation On The Impact Behaviour Of Polypropylene
Maiko Ersch, March 2019
Discontinuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics materials combine the process related advantages of injection molding with the enhanced mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced plastics. Since the mechanical properties of FRPs are dependent on the fiber length, long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFT) offer a huge potential for lightweight design. In order to analyze the influence of the fiber length and orientation on the stiffness and strength of LFT under high strain rate loading, the authors conducted tensile impact tests as well as part impact tests. Thereby, polypropylene (PP) specimens with different fiber length were analyzed. It can be shown that the influence of the fiber length on the strain rate behavior can be neglected compared to the influence of the fiber orientation. Furthermore, a first implementation to describe the strain rate-dependent material behavior of LFT is presented.
Modelling Of The Mechanical Properties Of Medium Saturated Short Fiber-Reinforced Polycarbonate
Simon Koch, March 2019
There is an often ignored correlation between mechanical and chemical stress in plastics parts, which is very time- and cost-intensive to test. The model that was developed in this research allows the prediction of the mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced amorphous thermoplastics under media influence. The media influence is taken into account by the modulus of elasticity of the matrix, which is determined by a molecular dynamics simulation. The results correspond well with the tests for polycarbonate after storage in distilled water. An acoustic emission analysis shows an influence of the medium on the damage behavior of the fiber-reinforced samples during the test. The media storage results in significantly more acoustic emissions during the test. This indicates damage already during the test and not just shortly before the break.
Using Secondary Air Cooling In Blown Film Extrusion: Concept Design And Experimental Study
Christoph Dohm, March 2019
The characteristics and the quality of a blown film are strongly influenced by the stretching and simultaneous cooling of the molten polymer within the bubble formation zone. Moreover, the output rate of the process is generally limited by the cooling rates and the stability of the bubble. As a consequence, the design of cooling systems is highly relevant in terms of process optimization. Beside intensifying the heat removal, the concept of secondary air cooling aims at eliminating unsteady ambient influences during bubble formation and increasing bubble stability. Different concepts for cooling systems with integrated secondary air cooling are presented and experimentally tested. The results confirm that the implementation of secondary air cooling is feasible and generally supports bubble cooling regarding the aforementioned intention. Furthermore, the study reveals that an accurate design of such cooling systems is required.
Prefinished Metal Polymer Hybrid Parts
Ines Kühnert | Matthieu Fischer | Michaela Gedan-Smolka | Peter Scholz | Didier Garray, March 2019
In this study, adhesive metal-polymer composites were investigated using pretreated aluminum substrates, each with an adhesion-promoting powder coat, a thermoplastic urethane elastomer (TPU) stress-compensation layer and a polyamide 6 top coat to allow further functionalization. One of the composite’s key features is the powder coating, which acts as a reactive adhesive agent and possesses a high-quality surface finish and very good formability. The composites were examined in terms of shaping and assembly behavior. The interfacial bonding was investigated using a peel test. Finally, a demonstrative part was manufactured for the automotive-interior sector.


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