Global efficiency of innovative rotational mold directly heated by thermal fluid

Mario D. Monzo̊n*, Pablo Bordo̊n, Antonio N. Benítez, Mark Kearns, Pedro M. Hernández, María D. Marrero

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Abstract

The article is focused on analysis of global efficiency of new mold for rotational molding of plastic parts, being directly heated by thermal fluid. The overall efficiency is based on several items such as reduction of cycle time, better uniformity of heating-cooling and low energy consumption. The new tool takes advantage of additive fabrication and electroforming for making the optimal manifold and cavity shell of the mold. Experimental test of a prototype mold was carried out on an experimental rotational molding machine, developed for this purpose, measuring wall temperature, and internal air temperature, with and without plastic material inside. Results were compared with conventional mold heated into an oven and to theoretical simulations done by Computational Fluid Dynamic software (CFD). The analysis represents considerable improvement of cycle time related to conventional methods (heated by oven) and better thermal uniformity to conventional procedures by direct heating of oil with external channels. In addition to thermal analysis an energetic efficiency study was done. POLYM. ENG. SCI., 52:1998-2005, 2012. © 2012 Society of Plastics Engineers

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1998-2005
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
Volume52
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • General Chemistry

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