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High Temperature Adiabatic Heating in µ-IM Mould Cavities—A Case for Venting Design Solutions / Matthew Tucker, Christian Griffiths, Andrew Rees, Gethin Llewellyn

Micromachines, Volume: 11, Issue: 4, Start page: 358

Swansea University Authors: Christian Griffiths, Andrew Rees, Gethin Llewellyn

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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/mi11040358

Abstract

Micro-injection moulding (µ-IM) is a fabrication method that is used to produce miniature parts on a mass production scale. This work investigates how the process parameter settings result in adiabatic heating from gas trapped and rapidly compressed within the mould cavity. The heating of the reside...

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Published in: Micromachines
ISSN: 2072-666X
Published: MDPI AG 2020
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa53889
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Abstract: Micro-injection moulding (µ-IM) is a fabrication method that is used to produce miniature parts on a mass production scale. This work investigates how the process parameter settings result in adiabatic heating from gas trapped and rapidly compressed within the mould cavity. The heating of the resident air can result in the diesel effect within the cavity and this can degrade the polymer part in production and lead to damage of the mould. The study uses Autodesk Moldflow to simulate the process and identify accurate boundary conditions to be used in a gas law model to generate an informed prediction of temperatures within the moulding cavity. The results are then compared to physical experiments using the same processing parameters. Findings from the study show that without venting extreme temperature conditions can be present during the filling stage of the process and that venting solutions should be considered when using µ-IM.
Keywords: micro injection moulding; adiabatic heating; diesel effect; venting
College: College of Engineering
Issue: 4
Start Page: 358