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Title: Modelling and simulation of MuCell®: the effect of key processing parameters on cell size and weight reduction
Authors: Ding, Yifei
Vyas, Cian
Bakker, Otto
Hinduja, Srichand
Bartolo, Paulo
Keywords: Engineering::Mechanical engineering
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Ding, Y., Vyas, C., Bakker, O., Hinduja, S. & Bartolo, P. (2022). Modelling and simulation of MuCell®: the effect of key processing parameters on cell size and weight reduction. Polymers, 14(19), 4215-.
Journal: Polymers 
Abstract: Microcellular injection moulding is an important injection moulding technique to create foaming plastic parts. However, there are no consistent conclusions on the impact of processing parameters on the cell morphology of microcellular injection moulded parts. This paper investigates the influence of the main processing parameters, such as melt temperature, mould temperature, injection pressure, flow rate, shot volume and gas dosage amount, on the average cell size and weight reduction of a talc-reinforced polypropylene square part (165 mm × 165 mm × 3.2 mm), using the commercial software Moldex 3D. The effect of each parameter is investigated considering a range of values and the simulation results were compared with published experimental results. The differences between numerical and experimental trends are discussed.
ISSN: 2073-4360
DOI: 10.3390/polym14194215
Schools: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Research Centres: Singapore Centre for 3D Printing 
Rights: © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/).
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