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Plastic Design Pitfalls
Pavan Valavala | Paul Tres, March 2019
This paper will review a number of plastic part design pitfalls which came to a head when a little boy was badly burned after his digital watch caught fire and partially burned. The product was designed in the US and mass produced in China. The design of the product was improper, however the tool design and execution made it worse.
Melt Index And Extensional Rheology Combined
tim haake, March 2019
Using two established measurements, the combination thereof rolled into one instrument and one measurement, is herewith covered. A Melt Indexer and an Elongation Tester put together, greatly enhance the usefulness of each test result by itself, while saving much time compared to running tests individually. GOETTFERT has many years of experience with both individual tests and developed the D-MELT in close cooperation with a customer, who has many years of experience with a similar design mix. Introduction
Two-Tiered Approach To Extending Food Life
Wylie Royce, March 2019
There are several approaches to extending food life including but not limited to; Oxygen Scavengers, Anti-Microbials, UV Blockers and Absorbers, as well as Multi-Layer Films. No single additive has been found that will effectively address the various food products and by-product from rotting food and extending the life and taste of food. We Utilize two products which in combination slow the degradation of food and the spoilage cycle.
Modelling Laser Light Transmission In Thermoplastic Composites Using Monte-Carlo Simulation
Philip Bates, March 2019
The distribution and quantity of laser energy reaching the weld interface are both important for predicting the quality of a laser-transmission weld. A Monte-Carlo model for simulating the path of laser light through light-scattering plastic parts has been developed and validated. The model accounts for absorption, scattering, and reflection in the transparent polymer. The model outputs include the transmittance of the inputted laser light as well as the energy density distribution at the weld interface.
Case Study: Synergy Of Industrial Design And Plastics Engineering Applied To The Design Of A Hyperspectral Imaging Camera
Michael Paloian, March 2019
Innovative products are recognized by designs which have creatively applied a new technology or when a common utilitarian product is been reinvented to reenergize its market appeal. This case study will describe the development of a unique medical device based on the interdependency of industrial design and plastics engineering to yield an award-winning design that could only be attained by a comprehensive integration of these two disciplines.
Effect Of Long Chain Branching On The Rheology And Flame Properties In Polycarbonate Resins
Himanshu Asthana, March 2019
It is known from literature [1, 2] that the rheological properties of polymer melts are influenced by the degree of long chain branching (LCB). Therefore, it is very important to understand the influence of LCB on the solid-state properties to help improve material design for unique applications. The objective of the present study is to demonstrate the use of extensional rheology as a tool to understand FR performance pertaining to dripping. Further, we also demonstrate the synergistic role of LCB in polycarbonate resins for improving FR performance.
The Effect Of Boundary Conditions, Material Parameters, And Rotational Flow On Center Layer Thickness And Stability In Tri-Layer Annular Flow
Tyler Schneider, March 2019
A tri-layer simulation study utilizing ANSYS Polyflow was conducted in an attempt to understand the effect of the material parameters, namely viscosity and elasticity ratios, on center layer thickness and stability under annular flow. During the study, it was determined that inflow boundary conditions also had a considerable impact on the thickness trends observed. Results of two different inflow boundaries and four material parameter conditions are presented and discussed within.
Thermoplastic Elastomers: An Overview
Anil Bhowmick, March 2019
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) can be defined as a class of special type of polymers, which exhibit hybrid behavior of thermoplastics and rubbers [1-3]. They can be processed like thermoplastics and at the same time can perform like rubber over a broad use temperature range. The thermoplastic elastomers’ sector has expanded at a compound annual growth rate of 5.4% since 2012 to reach 4.24 million tonnes in 2017. Even though TPEs are an increasingly mature market, Smithers-RAPRA research shows that this growth would continue at a rate of 5.5% across the next five years to hit 5.53 million tonnes in 2022 [4].
Advancements In Decorative Pvd Chromium Coatings For Polymer Substrates
Michael Brazil, March 2019
Environmentally friendly PVD on plastics for automotive decoration are rapidly gaining acceptance. They replace galvanic processes, eliminating their toxic process and waste stream for plating on plastic (POP). VTI’s SuperChrome has already received approvals from Daimler and PSA. Part design for PVD, polymer selection, and available range of color and appearance will be discussed. OEM specifications based on testing, unique to PVD and distinct from both electroplate and painted surfaces are required.
Biopolyesters For Agriculture: Permeation And Degradation For Controlling Chemical Release
Margaret J Sobkowicz, March 2019
Biobased and biodegradable polymers are well suited to agricultural applications where hey can be left in the field to degrade into innocuous byproducts. These polymers are lso widely used for biomedical controlled release. However, the properties and egradation rates are not necessarily suitable for the environmental conditions and utrient demand of plants. In this work, two different biodegradable polyesters are repared and contrasted in terms of their diffusion and degradation rates.
Characterization Of Recycled Polymer Compound By Thermal Analysis
Yanxi Zhang, March 2019
Thermal analysis techniques, such as DSC, TGA, DMA and TMA are commonly used in polymer characterization. In this paper these techniques with the help of Identify, a database search software, are used to characterize recycled polymer compounds for preselection.
Heat Treated Bamboo Fiber For Sustainable Polymer Blends
Curtis Covelli, March 2019
This study evaluated polymer composites produced from recycled PA6 and PP blend with bamboo fiber. Blends of bamboo fiber were used as received, as well as heat treated. It was observed that heat treatment at 160ºC/180ºC improved the tensile and impact properties of the composite compared to untreated fiber composite. The goal of the study was to produce a thermally stable, lightweight composite suitable for under-hood applications.
Injection Molding Processing Of Bio-Based & Bio-Filled Resins
Chad Ulven, March 2019
Injection molding with bio-based and/or bio-filled resins is becoming more commonplace as the plastics industry responds to the environmental and sustainable desires of the economy. This paper presents some intricacies of part design and processing developments when injection molding with bio-based and bio-filled resins.
Sustainable Polyamide Compounds
Ying Shi, March 2019
Value added cost effective and sustainable polyamide 6 and 66 compounds were prepared by incorporating 10 to 30% recycle content without significantly sacrificing physical properties. This was achieved by reactive extrusion with chain extending additives to couple low molecular weight chains in recycled feed streams. Three types of chain extending additives with different functionalities were evaluated in this study. Based on the performance and cost, one of the chain extending additive was identified as the best option.
The Importance Of Chemical Stabilization In Recycled Material For Corrugated And Conduit Polyolefin Pipes
Ian Query, March 2019
Much attention has been given to stabilization packages for polyolefin pressure pipes over the past couple decades, however corrugated and conduit pipes have generally been ignored with respect to more robust stabilization packages. Certain groups such as the Florida Department of Transportation have set rules establishing oxidative resistance in HDPE corrugated pipes, but few others have followed this example. A discussion of the simplicity and importance of pipe resin stabilization as well as examples from stabilized pipes will be covered.
Strain-Hardening Behavior In Transient Elongational Viscosity For PP Containing LDPE
Masayuki Yamaguchi, March 2019
Transient uniaxial elongational viscosity for binary blends composed of conventional isotactic polypropylene with linear structure (PP) and low-density polyethylene produced in an autoclave reactor (LDPE) was evaluated. The blends were prepared by melt-mixing to make PP as the continuous phase. Although LDPE exists as dispersed droplets, it was found that the LDPE addition provides the strain-hardening in transient elongational viscosity for PP. During elongational flow, LDPE droplets dispersed in the PP matrix were deformed in the flow direction because the viscosity of LDPE used is lower than that of PP. As increasing the strain, however, the deformed LDPE droplets act as rigid fibers due to its strain-hardening behavior. Consequently, the PP matrix located between the fibrous LDPE droplets is deformed greatly during elongational flow. This excess localized deformation is responsible for the strain-hardening in the transient elongational viscosity for the blends.
A Studey Of The Thermo-Oxidative Degradation Of Glass-Fiber Sizings At Composite Processing Temperatures
Jim Thomason, March 2019
Although not fully understood it is well recognized that optimal working of glass fiber sizings is necessary to maximize the performance of glass fiber reinforced polymer composites. However, test results indicate that the performance of polypropylene compatible glass fiber sizing can be significantly compromised by thermooxidative degradation at normal composite processing temperatures. Results obtained using TGA, DSC, microbond adhesion measurement and composite mechanical testing indicate that a significant reduction in composite performance is directly related to a loss of fiber-matrix adhesion caused by thermal degradation of some of the principal sizing components.
Pellet Heat Transfer Model With Crystallization Kinetics Using Finite Element Method
Vinod Kumar Konaganti, March 2019
An advanced Finite Element Method (FEM) based transient pellet heat transfer model with crystallization kinetics is developed to better understand the cooling requirements for a clean pellet cut during polyethylene manufacturing. This model considers conduction/convective heat transfer in and around a polymer pellet with enthalpy changes, considering a pellet of spheroid shape surrounded by a cooling water off constant temperature. The model further accounts for the changes in stiffness or elastic modulus obtained from rheological measurements using multi-wave oscillatory test during cooling/crystallization stages of the polymer. A series of simulations were performed to understand the effects of several parameters such as resin architecture/formulation, crystallization kinetics, initial molten pellet temperature, water inlet temperature, water to pellet ratio (i.e., water flow rate) and pellet dimensions. It was found that for resins of similar Melt Index (MI) and density, the differences in structural characteristics can significantly affect the pelletization process and pellet cut. This model may serve as a strong tool for efficient design, operation and troubleshooting of downstream equipment (e.g. pelletizer, cutter, Pellet Conveying Water (PCW) system, stripper etc.) through understanding of the effects of molecular architecture of the resins and/or optimization of various processing and operating conditions.
Modeling Of A Foamable Mixture Flow Through A Heat Exchanger And Relation To Foam Inhomogeneities
Valentina Woodcraft, March 2019
To understand transient cell size patterns in extruded foams, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling was used to map temperature, velocity, and pressure in a foamable mixture traveling through a simplified heat exchanger geometry. A comparison was made between cases of clean and partially plugged heat exchanger device. The analysis revealed that the predicted inhomogeneities of temperature, pressure, and velocity do not correlate with the observed cell size pattern. However, residence time maps showed clear similitude with the observed pattern, in particular for geometries simulating partial plugging of the individual heat exchanger channels.
Development Of Thin Film Sensors: The Influence Of Layer Variation On The Measurement Quality For Inline Melt Temperature Measurements
Hatice Malatyali, March 2019
Temperature is an important criterion, on which many process variables depend. Therefore, temperature measurement plays a major role in various technical areas, from system monitoring to process improvement. It is often of particular interest to detect temperatures on components and tools during the production process in order to react as quickly as possible to undesired temperature changes. Otherwise, these temperature differences result in uneven melt viscosity and cause defects, component distortion and surface degradation. Also, measuring the temperature within tools via conventional sensors is often not possible due to the risk of causing defects within the product and the negative temperature influence of the tool walls. In order to determine an appropriate inline temperature of the actual melt temperature without interrupting the melt flow, this paper shows various steps of a thin-film thermocouple development. Different custom-made thin-film thermocouples are evaluated based on their long-term stability, thermal insulation capability and response time.


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