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Rotational molding cycle time reduction through surface-enhanced molds, Part B: Experimental study

Abdullah, Mohamad Zaki and Bickerton, Simon and Bhattacharyya, Debes (2007) Rotational molding cycle time reduction through surface-enhanced molds, Part B: Experimental study. Polymer Engineering and Science, 47 . pp. 1420-1429.

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Abstract

Rotational molding is a process used to manufacture hollow plastic products, and has been heralded as a molding method with great potential. Because of long production cycle times, which are limited by the time required to heat-up and cool-down the mold and the product, its productivity is hampered. To address this issue, exterior mold modification techniques (i.e. the application of extended and rough surfaces) have been employed to enhance heat transfer to and from molds, ultimately reducing cycle times. Extended surfaces have the potential to enhance heat transfer by increasing the surface area. Roughness elements are utilized in conjunction with turbulent flows, also producing significant increases in heat transfer rates. Experimental results presented here demonstrate very significant cycle time reductions through the use of surface-enhanced molds. The experimental savings are in the order of 18 and 28%, whereas the predicted cycle time reductions are around of 21 and 32% for roughness-enhanced and pin-enhanced molds, respectively. Although the prediction methods have been unable to forecast the exact experimental cycle times very accurately, they have proved to be useful for predicting the approximate cycle time reductions and the relative rankings of the plain and the surface-enhanced molds.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
ID Code:4783
Deposited By: Dr Mohamad Zaki Abdullah
Deposited On:23 Mar 2011 01:40
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:26

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