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Real-time diagnostics of gas/water assisted injection moulding using integrated ultrasonic sensors

By Leigh Mulvaney-Johnson, C-C. Cheng, Y. Ono, Elaine C. Brown, C.K. Jen and Philip D. Coates


YesAn ultrasound sensor system has been applied to the mould of both the water and gas assisted\ud injection moulding processes. The mould has a cavity wall mounted pressure sensor and instrumentation to\ud monitor the injection moulding machine. Two ultrasound sensors are used to monitor the arrival of the fluid\ud (gas or water) bubble tip through the detection of reflected ultrasound energy from the fluid polymer\ud boundary and the fluid bubble tip velocity through the polymer melt is estimated. The polymer contact with\ud the cavity wall is observed through the reflected ultrasound energy from that boundary. A theoretically\ud based estimation of the residual wall thickness is made using the ultrasound reflection from the fluid (gas or\ud water) polymer boundary whilst the samples are still inside the mould and a good correlation with a physical\ud measurement is observed

Topics: Ultrasound, Gas Assisted Injection Moulding, Water Assisted Injection Moulding
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1179/174328907X177617
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Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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