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Study of the Ultrasonic Molding Process Parameters for Manufacturing Polypropylene Parts

Applications of polymeric materials are becoming a huge opportunity to innovate in new manufacturing technologies. In this sense Ultrasonic Molding (USM) process is an innovative technology to produce polymeric micro parts. Here, ultrasonic energy is used for melting polymeric pellets and fill a mold cavity. This paper presents a preliminary study to analyse the influence of three process parameters of USM on filling cavity, porosity, part weight and dimension. The process parameters studied are: humidity of the pellets, sonotrode velocity and mold temperature. The results show that dried pellets, velocities lower than 7mm/s or using increasing ramps velocities provide better parts. Although in future works the effect of the ultrasonic time on filling cavity and part dimensions should be studied and more material tested to extend the knowledge to this new technology

The authors would like to express their gratitude to the ULTRASION SL for their support, assistance and narrow collaboration in this research, to the Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Construction department of the University of Girona, and to Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de México (Conacyt). The project was developed with the DPI2013-45201-P reference grant awarded by the Spanish Government

Procedia Engineering, 2015, vol. 32, p. 7-14

Elsevier

Author: Negre Gubau, Paula
Grabalosa Saubí, Jordi
Ferrer Real, Inés
Ciurana, Quim de
Date: 2015
Abstract: Applications of polymeric materials are becoming a huge opportunity to innovate in new manufacturing technologies. In this sense Ultrasonic Molding (USM) process is an innovative technology to produce polymeric micro parts. Here, ultrasonic energy is used for melting polymeric pellets and fill a mold cavity. This paper presents a preliminary study to analyse the influence of three process parameters of USM on filling cavity, porosity, part weight and dimension. The process parameters studied are: humidity of the pellets, sonotrode velocity and mold temperature. The results show that dried pellets, velocities lower than 7mm/s or using increasing ramps velocities provide better parts. Although in future works the effect of the ultrasonic time on filling cavity and part dimensions should be studied and more material tested to extend the knowledge to this new technology
The authors would like to express their gratitude to the ULTRASION SL for their support, assistance and narrow collaboration in this research, to the Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Construction department of the University of Girona, and to Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de México (Conacyt). The project was developed with the DPI2013-45201-P reference grant awarded by the Spanish Government
Format: application/pdf
ISSN: 1877-7058
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/13578
Language: eng
Publisher: Elsevier
Collection: MINECO/PE 2014-2016/DPI2013-45201-P
Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2015.12.460
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Is part of: Procedia Engineering, 2015, vol. 32, p. 7-14
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain
Rights URI: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
Subject: Polipropilè
Polypropylene
Ultrasons -- Aplicacions industrials
Ultrasonic waves -- Industrial applications
Title: Study of the Ultrasonic Molding Process Parameters for Manufacturing Polypropylene Parts
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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