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Process Window as Effected by Shear Induced Flow Imbalance in Multicavity Molds
Heath E. Casaldi, Timothy Michel, May 2001
The paper presents a study on the sensitivity of shear induced mold filling imbalance, found in multi-cavity molds, to process variations. A variety of materials are molded in an eight-cavity test mold using a variety of different runner designs. The materials are molded at four different flow rates. Two different runner designs are used - a conventional geometrically balanced runner and a geometrical balanced runner including a melt rotation technology that eliminates shear induced mold-filling imbalances.
Effects of Aqueous Medium on Long Term Creep Properties
James Kopchick, Jacob A. Rowley, May 2001
The determination of the physical properties of a polymer over time has long been a topic of speculation. It is not clear the effect of moisture on this mechanism. This research will attempt determine the interaction between percent humidity and the final creep properties, while the samples are completely immersed in an aqueous medium. This paper will attempt to bring together molecular interaction, secondary forces, and hydrolyzed components of them and how they interact with the final tensile, ultimately creep properties.
Design of Experiments to Optimize the Weldline Strength in Injection Molded Thermoplastics
Shih-Jung Liu, Jun-Yu Wu, Jer-Haur Chang, May 2001
The forming of weldlines wherever polymer flow fronts meet is one of the problems that confound the overall success of injection molding technology. An L'18 experimental matrix design based on the Taguchi method was conducted to optimize the weldline strength of injection molded thermoplastics. Experiments were carried out on an 80 ton injection-molding machine. A plate cavity with an obstacle at the center was used to create a weldline. After molding, the weldline strength of the parts was measured by a tensile tester. For the factors selected in the main experiments, melt temperature and mold temperature were found to be the principal factors affecting the weldline property of injection molded thermoplastics. In addition, weldline strengths of injection molded parts increase with the size of the obstacles.
Practical New Applications for an On-Line Rheometer
Donald De Laney, Steven Oliver, May 2001
On-line rheometers have been around for over 30 years. They have been used in many different applications in R&D, polymerization processes, product development, and compounding. However, their main application has been in large volume resin production, mainly in the polyolefins industry. Applications in the processing and compounding industries have been almost non-existent because of the large size of the rheometers and the need to modify the extruders or compounders in order to use them. This paper discusses applications of a new rheometer, developed to address these problems, in the monitoring of a production PET sheet extrusion line. The real time" monitoring of viscosity and its application to the control of the resin moisture level and the consistency of a virgin/regrind blend is demonstrated and discussed."
A New Method of Rheological Analysis for Polymer QA and Product Development
Donald De Laney, Jeffry Sweinhart, May 2001
For many years the capillary rheometer has served as an important tool in R&D and product development laboratories. It has even gained in popularity in the QA laboratory as a tool for assuring the processability of a resin. More recently two and even three barrels designs of the capillary rheometer have become more generally available. The main applications of these instruments have been for providing directly corrected viscosities and for doing measurements of extensional properties. However, very little has been said about the opportunity these rheometers provide for applications in QA and product development. This paper discusses the capabilities of the dual barrel rheometer for direct comparisons of materials in QA and for the fast and easy observation of changes in the flow properties of a new product, as it is modified in the development process.
Accuracy of Filling Analysis Program
Keita Ainoya, Osamu Amano, May 2001
In order to verify the accuracy of the filling analysis program (C-MOLD) for injection molding, pressure losses across four characteristic segments (Nozzle & Sprue, Runner, Gate, and Cavity) of the flow channel in the test mold were measured for the HDPE under various molding conditions regulated exactly. Without the additional assumptions in the simulation, the flow properties with the pressure-dependent viscosity and the juncture loss measured actually were added to the indispensable pvT-data, thermal conductivity, specific heat for simulation. After confirming good agreement between the observation and the simulation at the flow segment wherein thermal properties affected weakly on the pressure loss, the effects of the heat transfer coefficient between the polymer and the mold metal on the simulation were examined. By introducing the heat transfer coefficient of 1,200W/m2-K, instead of the default value of 25,000 W/m2-K, we found that the difference between the simulated and the observed pressure losses at the four segments were reduced to less than 20%.
Water Structure in Hydroxyethyl-Co-Glycerol Methacrylate Materials
G. Gates, J. Harmon, J. Ors, P. Benz, May 2001
Differential scanning calorimetry was used to analyze the state of water in crosslinked glycerol methacrylate and hydroxyethyl methacrylate hydrogel polymers. Glass transition temperatures were obtained for the dry materials and for the materials equilibrated at room temperature (23°C) and humidity (55% relative humidity). The total crystallization enthalpy was determined for these hydrogels equilibrated in water and at several states of partial hydration. The enthalpic information was used to quantitatively determine the fraction of nonfreezing water in the hydrogels. The integrated areas of the crystallization exotherms were reported to qualitatively access the freezing-bound and free water contents.
An Investigation of Part Variation in Multi-Cavity Injection Molds when Using Cavity Pressure Control
Robert Cooney, David Neill, Larry Pomorski, May 2001
The use of cavity pressure to control velocity to pressure transfer during the injection phase of the molding process is generally considered to be the most repeatable method. However, for multi-cavity molds, it is believed that the part variation may actually be worse in non-controlling cavities than it would be if position transfer were used. This study will look at how the balance of conditions between cavities effects the part variation for both cavity pressure and position transfer methods.
Effects of Annealing on the Crystallization Behavior of Nylon 6,6 in the Presence of Nucleating Agents
Jamie Hummer, Ken Woodruff, May 2001
Nucleating agents such as paraffin wax and MoS2 are known to vary the morphology and quality of crystals. Samples of unfilled Nylon 6,6, wax filled, and MoS2 filled were subjected to structured annealing conditions. Samples were then analyzed using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Changes in tensile, flexural, and impact data were compared and correlated to the crystallinity data.
Orientation Effects on Thermoformed Parts at Different Temperatures
Scott D. Bemiss, J. Jacob Kennerknecht, May 2001
The orientation of a plastic part changes due to the processing temperature. The extent of these changes can be seen on thermoformed parts from the same mold, processed at different temperatures on a smooth surface.
Study of PVC Degradation Using a Fast Computer Scanning Procedure
Radu Bacaloglu, Ulrich Stewen, May 2001
A fast computer scanning procedure for the determination of total double bond concentration resulting from PVC thermal degradation is described. It allows the rapid estimation of rates of degradation and prediction of temperature and stabilizers effects on degradation.
Integrated Design Environment Enhancing Concurrent Engineering Approach in Plastic Injection Molds Design
A. Pipino, E. Indino, A. Franz, M. Thornagel, R. Curado, May 2001
As the injection mold market increases, Time and Costs Reduction will be important aspects for mold makers. A detailed analysis of todays workflow in the mold making industry has pointed out the need for tailored tools in an integrated environment. The COSMOS project, (a pre-competitive European Union founded project) wants to enhance CAE integration and data exchange in CAD-based mold design. A PDM-based (Product Data Management) environment is being tuned on the basis of a new Concurrent Engineering-based approach. The expected results will lead to a reduction in time-to-market by about 30% and cost of about 40% as compared to the traditional injection mold design and manufacturing paradigm.
A Physics Based Approach to Determining Filled Volumes within a Corotating Twin Screw Extruder
Paul Elkouss, David Bigio, Gregory Walsh, May 2001
Determination of filled regions in extruders is important to the understanding of the operation of the extruder. This information can be useful to predict various performance measures for unit operations such as mean residence time and chemical conversion. A model is proposed that predicts the filled volume length for the extruder, based on the pressure drag flow model. This model is dependent on the system geometry in addition to the conveyed fluid's properties. Experiments have been performed that shows the ability of this model to predict the filled length in Co-rotating Twin-Screw Extruder (CoTSE) based upon a determined channel percent drag flow and specific throughput.
The Effect of Liquid Cooling of Gas Channel in the Gas-Assisted Injection Molding Process: Overview
Jun Seok Lee, Sooyoung Cha, Francis Lai, May 2001
In Gas-Assisted Injection Molding, gas channels are usually utilized as a gas transfer system. However, the gas channel can be considered to have dual purposes; it can be used as inner cooling channel to improve fast cooling and to reduce cycle time without losing part quality. In this study, a simple plastics part with an open gas channel is used for prediction of cooling effect when gas channel is acting as a cooling channel by introducing the mixture of gas and liquid. Results can be drawn on how fast the part cooling is and how much the fingering effect reduces. Most importantly, we can compare how the quality differs between the gas-injection molded part with and without internal cooling.
Cracks Prediction of Thin-Wall Injection Molded Part by CAE Simulation
Sooyoung Cha, Francis Lai, May 2001
Cracking in the injection-molded part is one of the problems which tooling engineer and/or design engineer often encounter in the molding process. This phenomenon originates from several factors. Among them are high-speed injection, high/long packing pressure/time, etc. In reality, the cracking may be recognized after long time, i.e. days or weeks after part production. In this study, CAE simulation helped to predict the potential cracking area in the plastics part and possible solution(s) to reduce or eliminate cracking by either redesign the part or changing plastics material or processing conditions through simulations. The part used in this study is from the thin-wall injection molded speaker grille product. In the analysis, this speaker grille would be 3-layer solid that is considered real 3D solid model.
Not All Maleated Polyolefins Are Created Equal
Scott M. Hacker, May 2001
Parameters typically used to optimize the performance of maleated polyolefins in various applications are the level of maleation, molecular weight, and amount of the maleated polyolefin used. However, not all the anhydride functionality present in a maleated polyolefin is covalently bonded, or bound to the polymer backbone. The bound maleic anhydride content is a function of the starting polymer and maleation process. This paper uses a simple analytical procedure to determine bound vs unbound maleic anhydride in maleated polyolefins, summarizes bound maleic anhydride values for selected experimental and commercially available materials, and discusses how the level can impact application performances.
Plasticization with Carbon Dioxide to Facilitate Melt Spinning of High Acrylonitrile Content Materials
Michael J. Bortner, David L. Godshall, Donald G. Baird, Priya Rangarajan, May 2001
The effects of plasticizing Barex, a commercial polyacrylonitrile/methyl acrylate (PAN/MA) copolymer, with carbon dioxide (CO2) are studied. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is used to evaluate the resulting shift in the glass transition temperature (Tg) of Barex following plasticization. Pressurized capillary rheometry is used to evaluate the differences in melt rheology prior to and after plasticization. Dynamic rheology data is used to perform an Arrhenius type analysis that allows an estimation of the shift in processing temperature. An estimated 20°C decrease in processing temperature can be obtained upon CO2 plasticization, which slows the kinetics of the copolymer degradation (crosslinking) at processing temperatures.
Polylactide, A New Thermoplastic for Extrusion Coating
Mark Hartmann, Nicole Whiteman, May 2001
Polylactide (PLA), a new thermoplastic derived from corn, has been developed for extrusion coating applications. Polylactides can be rheology modified to run on high-speed commercial extrusion coating lines to produce packages with unique properties. New packaging systems will be described based on PLA's combination of adhesion, flavor/aroma barrier and heat seal/hot tack strength.
The Use of Encapsulation Dies for Processing Linear Polyolefin Resins in Extrusion Coating
Kelly R. Frey, Gary D. Jerdee, Clint D. Cleaver, May 2001
Traditionally highly branched autoclave low-density polyethylene resins have been ideal for extrusion coating due to their inherent melt strength characteristics. Encapsulation coating dies have been used with other polymers to overcome melt strength deficiencies and improve processing. This study evaluates the effectiveness of encapsulation with linear materials such as high-density polyethylene and linear low-density polyethylene.
Seek Risk©, A Methodology to Quantify Supply Related Risk
Joseph P. McCaul, May 2001
The SEEK Risk© Model was developed as a screening device to identify critical inputs to a firm and assess the effectiveness of countermeasures against potential disruptions. It is also a tool for comparing suppliers. The risk, both mitigated and unmitigated, is evaluated on a logarithmic scale. The assessment considers threats to both supply and technical competitiveness of the organization. The overall risk is scaled to resemble the well-known Richter Scale.


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