标题：Analysis of thermal cycling efficiency and optimal design of heating/cooling systems for rapid heat cycle injection molding process
作者：Wang Guilong; Zhao Guoqun; Li Huiping; Guan Yanjin
作者机构：[Zhao Guoqun] Shandong Univ, Key Lab Liquid Solid Struct Evolut & Proc Mat, Minist Educ, Jinan 250061, Shandong, Peoples R China.; Shandong Univ, En 更多
通讯作者地址：[Zhao, GQ]Shandong Univ, Key Lab Liquid Solid Struct Evolut & Proc Mat, Minist Educ, Jinan 250061, Shandong, Peoples R China.
来源：MATERIALS & DESIGN
关键词：Rapid heat cycle molding; Injection molding; Numerical analysis; Rapid; heating; Floating cavity
摘要：Rapid heat cycle molding (RHCM) is a molding process that the mold cavity is rapidly heated to a high temperature before plastic melt injection, and then cooled quickly once the cavity is completely filled. Heating/cooling efficiency and temperature uniformity of the RHCM system are two key technical parameters to ensure a high productivity and high-quality products. In this study, a numerical model to analyze the heat transfer in heating and cooling phases of RHCM was built. The effect of heating/cooling medium, layout and structure of the heating/cooling channels, mold structure, etc., on heating/cooling efficiency and temperature uniformity was studied and discussed by analyzing the thermal responses of the molding system in RHCM process. Based on the simulation results, the optimization design of the RHCM mold with hot-fluid heating was performed. Then, a new RHCM mold structure with a floating mold cavity was proposed to improve the heating/cooling efficiency and temperature uniformity. The effectiveness of this new mold structure was also verified by numerical experiments. At last, a RHCM production line with steam heating and water cooling was constructed for a thin-wall plastic part. In testing production, the molding systems can be heated and cooled rapidly with a molding cycle time of about 72 s. The production results show that the aesthetics of the molded parts was greatly enhanced and the weld mark on the plastic part's surface was completely eliminated. (c) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.