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In-Line Color Monitoring during Polyethylene Extrusion: Reflectance Spectra and Images
Forouzandeh Farahani, Kyle Jeong, Saed Sayad, Stephen T. Balke, Felix Calidonio, Alex Rom-Roginski, May 2004
Two methods of monitoring the color of pigmented polyethylene during extrusion are being investigated. The first method utilizes a fiber-optic assisted charge-coupled-device (CCD) spectrometer to measure the color of the polymer melt. Highly precise L*a*b* values can be calculated from the reflectance spectra. The second method employs a CCD camera and RGB values are obtained for each pixel in the image of the extrudate. These RGB values track color changes but are sensitive to lighting.
A Dielectric Slit Die for In-Line Monitoring of Polymer Compounding
Anthony J. Bur, Michael McBrearty, May 2004
The dielectric slit die is a new in-line instrument that is designed as a multipurpose sensing device to measure dielectric, rheological, and optical properties during extrusion. The instrument is mounted at the exit of an extruder and consists of a slit with dimensions 2 mm high by 28 mm wide by 15 cm length along which are situated dielectric, pressure and optical sensors. A flexible design permits interchanging of sensor locations and the addition of new sensors.
Monitoring Polymer/Clay Nanocomposites Compounding Using a Dielectric Slit Die
Anthony J. Bur, Steven C. Roth, Michael McBrearty, May 2004
A new in-line process monitoring instrument, a dielectric slit die, was used to examine the compounding of polymer/clay nanocomposites. The instrument is a multipurpose sensing device for measuring dielectric, rheological, and optical properties during extrusion compounding. We report results of compounding nylon 12 and polyethylene ethyl vinyl acetate copolymer with organo modified clays.
In-Line Measurement of Melt Density in Polymer Extrusion Using Shear Ultrasound Waves
Nidal H. Abu-Zahra, May 2004
Ultrasound shear waves propagating at a frequency of 2.25 MHz is used to measure the density of polymer melt in real-time during extrusion process. The acoustic impedance of the polymer melt is calculated using the measured reflection coefficient of the ultrasound waves off the polymer melt interface. The ultrasound measurement is independent of the attenuation in the polymer melt, which makes this technique highly desirable for heavily loaded polymers and large extrusion dies.
Warpage Index Based on Cooling and Orientational Effects
Ryan Seyler, Andrew Schenck, May 2004
Sensitivity of different plastic materials to warpage is a common problem for mold designers. Developing a scaled index to allow for better design depending on the material selection would be beneficial to the plastics industry. This study focuses on warpage caused by non-uniform cooling and flow induced stresses on a diverse selection of thermoplastic materials. The effects of fillers and thicknesses will give a broadened range of warpage sensitivity. The index will create a simplified method of material selection and mold design for optimal products.
Ultra High Shear Rates and Their Effect on the Physical and Melt Properties of an Injection Molded Parts
Kyle G. Astor, Scott Robert Cleveland, May 2004
The purpose of this experiment is to determine how ultrahigh shear rates affect the physical and melt properties of polystyrene and polypropylene injection molded parts. Three different runner inserts will be utilized to accomplish this. These three inserts vary the duration and overall shear rate undergone by plastic during the injection process. Data will be collected from tensile and melt flow tests to determine the effects of ultra high shear rates and shear times on the injection molded parts.
Design and Material Issues Affecting Jetting during Injection Molding
Thomas Lacey, Garrett Miller, May 2004
This paper presents a study that evaluates the effect of gate and runner designs on jetting, which develops during injection molding. Additionally, the study looks at the sensitivity of various materials to jetting and the material characteristics that affect their tendency to jet. This data is compiled in a table where the materials are ranked on a scale of jettability that will allow mold designers and CAE analysts to use as a frame of reference. Jettability will be more predictable, and many processing problems will be avoided through this research.
A Proplyene Glycol Alternative for Mold Cooling
Justin M. Page, Mark K. Gutman, May 2004
Cooling of an extrusion blow molded part is important in production of blow-molded parts. The ability to cool faster and more uniformly will create faster cycle times and better overall part quality. This experiment is intended to establish the benefits of using an aqueous solution of organic salt combined with a special corrosion inhibitor instead of propylene glycol. Using a modified mold of a 0,943 liter bottle, temperature readings were taken from the mold. The data collected from the mold was compared to the water and propylene glycol.
Copolymerizations of Water and Oil Soluble Monomers in Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
Kalena D. Stovall, Demetrius T. McCormick, May 2004
Homopolymer and copolymer hydrogels have been synthesized via the photopolymerization of water-soluble and oilsoluble monomers in Pluronic Lyotropic Liquid Crystals. In particular, the polymerization kinetics, and physical properties have been examined. Results show that higher polymerization rates occur in the inverse phases for the water-soluble monomer and in normal phases for the oil-soluble monomer. Polymer nanostructure and copolymer content play a vital role in the compressive modulus of the polymer hydrogels.
The Effect of Dose Rate on the Morphology of Gamma Irradiated Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE)
Christopher Phillip Stephens, May 2004
The wear properties of the UHMWPE are known to improve with increasing gamma irradiation integral dose, but very few studies have been done on the effect of dose rates. This study uses a dose of 75 kGy at 0.25 kGy hr-1 and 2.9 kGy hr-1. The degree of crystallinity and modulus are larger for the low dose rate. Cross-link appears to be associated with low dose rates and chain-scission at high dose rates.
Soak and Dope: Diffusion of Dyes into Polymers via Organic Solvents
John D.M. Shearer, Melinda S. Hanes, Gretchen E. Lokey, May 2004
Polymer swelling and disentanglement created using organic solvents can be used to diffuse fluorescent organic dyes into a polymer matrix. We report on our characterization of this process of submerging polymer plates and films into a bath of solvent with dissolved dye, aptly named: soak and dope. Optical clarity, penetrationlayer thickness, and dye concentration were measured versus soak time. Dye concentrations of up to 9x10-5 mol/cm3 were obtained with penetration-layer thickness ranging between 5 ?m to 800 ?m.
Effects of Fiber Orientation on Dielectric Strength
Daniel Lee Wilson, Christopher Randall Baker, May 2004
This paper explores the role fiber orientation of a reinforced plastic material plays in relation to a material’s dielectric properties. This study focuses on dielectric strength of glass-reinforced Polypropylene. This information will allow designers to realize the relative effect the orientation of fibers has on the dielectric properties of their choice material. The results will also aid in design of more robust electrical components.
Development of Monitoring Software for an Extrusion Process
Linda Caldwell, Steve Thompson, Gerry McNally, May 2004
This paper discusses the development of monitoring software to be used in a data acquisition system for a Killion KTS-100 extruder. Central to this computer-based system is LabVIEW software that is particularly good for data acquisition, analysis and data visualisation. Using LabVIEW, a graphical user interface was designed to facilitate the various operational requirements of the process. From here, the operator can set and observe the states of the many inputs and outputs of the system. The potential for such software to be developed to encompass additional functions will also be described.
Numerical Simulation of Two-Layer Film Coextrusion of Polymer Melts
C. Lin, C.L. Cox, A.A. Ogale, May 2004
Numerical simulation of fluid flow is a faster and efficient way to improve process design. Polyflow, a commercially available simulation package, was used to simulate two-layer film coextrusion of polymer melts through a slit die. Simulation results for isothermal and non-isothermal flow of generalized Newtonian fluids are discussed, especially the interface predictions, extrudate shapes, and temperature profiles.
Quo Vadis Injection Molding?
Igor Catic, Gordana Baric, Maja Rujnic-Sokele, May 2004
At the moment there exist more than 100 procedures for making products from plastics, rubbers, ceramics, metals, or from the combinations of these matters or materials which can be denoted as injection molding (die casting). Where is going the development of this most important cyclic procedure of making parts with defined three-dimensions? The answer to this question is based on the analysis of the functions of this procedure and systematization of injection molding by different criteria as well as the fractal history of general technology and is, only by innovative means.
Effects of Molding Conditions on the Quality of Electroplateable PC/ABS Parts
Pranav M. Bhatt, Carol M.F. Barry, May 2004
The effects of injection molding conditions on the quality of electroplated parts were examined for a plateable polycarbonate/poly (acrylonitrile-butadienestyrene) (PC/ABS) blend. Melt temperature, mold temperature, injection rate, and pack pressures were varied using a design of experiments. The tensile, flexural, and impact properties of the parts were measured using standard test methods. Surface composition was characterized using dye absorption. Electroplating results and mechanical properties were correlated with the migration of polybutadiene within the molded parts.
Layout Design of a Platenless Molding Machine
Nirmal Doshi, David Kazmer, May 2004
A layout design of a platenless injection molding machine is developed. The machine design is motivated by economics, energy efficiency, compactness, ease of use, and environmental friendliness. The elimination of traditional platens allows for significant performance improvements as well as flexibility of new injection system and mold designs. This paper establishes theoretical feasibility, but also indicates that the design is most appropriate for clamp tonnages less than 150 tons due to actuator power and mold deflection limitations.
Validation of Flow Simulations for Micromolded Parts
Neha M. Mehta, Carol M.F. Barry, Donna Tully Bibber, Dennis Tully, May 2004
For a micro molded part, the fill patterns predicted by commercial flow simulations were comparable to short shots from molding trials. The fill patterns were significantly affected by the analysis type, particularly the use of three-dimensional flow and heat transfer. Meshing of the models, specifically in the gate region also influenced filling results. While material type affected the fill pattern, molding conditions, including injection rate and melt temperature only determined whether the part would fill.
Influence of Geometric Shape of Void on Mechanical Properties of Polyurethane Foam
Akihiko Goto, Kazumi Yamaguchi, Hiroyuki Hamada, May 2004
We attended to the void evaluation of polyurethane foam materials. Several kinds of foam materials with different foam states were employed. Images of cross section were scanned in the computer. Void feature was extracted as white pixels by binary image. The algorithm of extraction for geometric information of void was examined. The shape and the size of void in the foaming direction were clarified, and the correlation with mechanical properties was associated.
Characterization of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate/Montmorillonite Nanocomposite
W.S. Choi, Sung Hun Ryu, Young Wook Chang, May 2004
Intercalation/exfoliation behavior and mechanical properties of ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer/monmorillonite nanocomposite are investigated as a function of vinyl acetate content and compatibilizer. XRD and tensile tester are used to characterize the nanocomposites. The results show that intercalation/exfoliation behavior and mechanical properties of nanocomposite are strongly depending on the vinyl acetate content and compatibilizer.

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