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Prediction of component thickness in the blow moulding process

Objective



PREDICTION OF COMPONENT THICKNESS IN THE BLOW MOULDING PROCESS A desirable feature of the blow moulding process is the prediction of component thickness. This would allow designers and manufacturers to better position material thus optimising the structural requirements of the part whilst minimising material usage. Accurate thickness prediction would further allow a full structural model of the part to be analysed. The objective of this project is to assess those factors affecting the prediction of wall thickness and construct a model capable of making the necessary calculations. This will involve polymer material characterisation and an understanding of polymer melt physics. The model developed will be validated by the SME consortium using a broad range of materials and component shapes to ensure accuracy is achieved. The SME's will define the accessible inputs and required outputs needed from the analysis. As the blow moulding process gains importance in the manufacture of structural parts this innovation will ensure more widespread usage as confidence in the process grows. Raw material savings alone have been estimated to be in excess of 13.65MECU

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Grabor Plastics Ltd
Address
Bulmer Road
CO10 7HJ Sudbury
United Kingdom

Participants (14)

Automa SpA
Italy
Address
38,Via Chiesaccia 38
40056 Crespellano
BP CHEMICALS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
1,Finsbury Circus 1
EC2M 7BA London
Blowspeed Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Manston Road
CT12 6HW Ramsgate
Bolton Plastic Composites Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Lever Street
BL3 6NZ Bolton
Continental Can Gie
France
Address

59380 Bergues
Deepack Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Abenbury Way
LL13 9UZ Wrexham
Kautex UK Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Headlands Road
WF15 6QA Liversedge - West Yorkshire
Mergon International
Ireland
Address

128 Castlepollard
Pet Plas Packaging Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Roydsfarm Road
LS12 6DX Leeds
Portman Products Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
1,Duke Of York Street 1
SW1Y 6JP London
Procter and Gamble Health & Beauty Care Europe Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Whitehall Lane
TW20 9NW Surrey
RAPRA TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Shawbury
SY4 4NR Shrewsbury
ROCKFIELD SOFTWARE LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Innovation Centre University College Of Wales Swan
SA2 8PP Swansea
Robert McBride Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Middleton Way
M24 L0P Middleton