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Instrument design and control of plastic processing moulds by heat flow measurement

Objective

The research proposal concerns the application of heat flow measurement to instrument design and control of plastic processing moulds. It will optimise manufacturing conditions by driving the processes by the matter's state-dependent rheological parameters (understanding and characterization of the physical phenomena involved).

Large plastic parts;
- especially those for cars are currently manufactured by sequential injection with empirical control of the following three points:
- mould filling;
- shrinking due to cooling (monitoring of compacting and maintenance pressures);
- The plastic's crystallization threshold before extraction.

The expected outcomes of this research for industry are a >20% improvement in production rates, noticeably less waste, and above all the improved physical quality of the final products.

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

CAPTEC S.A.
Address
Rue Des Ecuries 22
59650 Villeneuve D'ascq
France

Participants (1)

ATELIER DE LA MECANIQUE S.A.
Belgium
Address
Rue Des Combattants 2
6238 Liberchies, Luttre