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Improving the quality and productivity of molded parts with a new design of conformal cooling channels for the injection molding process

By S. Z. A. Rahim, S. Sharif, A. M. Zain, S. M. Nasir and R. Mohd Saad


In materials processing, quality and productivity are notably important and must be controlled for each product type produced. In the injection molding process, quality is measured as the extent of warpage of molded parts and productivity is measured in terms of the molding cycle time. This paper presents a new design of milled grooved square shape (MGSS) conformal cooling channels, which provide more uniformity in cooling with a larger effective cooling surface area compared to circular and other types of cooling channels with a similar cross-section. This study examined the warpage of molded parts, and the cooling time, which affected the molding cycle time. A case study involving a front panel housing was performed, and the performance design of the MGSS conformal cooling channels was compared to that of conventional straight-drilled cooling channels by simulation using Autodesk Moldflow Insight 2013 and validated experimentally. The result of MGSS conformal cooling channels is in a good agreement with the result of simulation. The MGSS conformal cooling channels reduced the warpage in both x and y directions by 14% to 54% and improved the cooling time by 65% compared to straight-drilled cooling channels

Topics: TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Inc.
Year: 2016
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