An investigation on the effect of surface characteristics on adhesion between polymer melts and replication tools

Kevin D. Delaney, Jonathan David Kennedy, Giuliano Bissacco, Eric Moore

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Abstract

Understanding interfacial characteristics between a polymer and its associated tool surface is critical to successful optimization of processes such as injection moulding, embossing and extrusion used to produce polymer parts. One of the factors characterizing the strength of the polymer-tool interaction is the adhesion energy and it is specific for a particular polymer-tool pair. Its magnitude depends upon the tool material, tool coating and surface contamination, where relevant, polymer chemical structure, processing conditions and the surface roughness of the tool substrate. This paper presents the results of an experimental study aimed at determining the effect of selected tool surface characteristics on the work of adhesion, by measuring contact angles of polymer droplets on the surfaces. The experimental set-up, selection of test parameters and main challenges faced to date are described and experimental results presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of 70th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2012 (ANTEC 2012)
Volume3
PublisherSociety of Plastics Engineers
Publication date2012
Pages1847-1852
ISBN (Print)9781622760831
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event70th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2012 (ANTEC 2012) - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 2 Apr 20124 Apr 2012
Conference number: 70

Conference

Conference70th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2012 (ANTEC 2012)
Number70
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period02/04/201204/04/2012

Bibliographical note

Annual Technical Conference - ANTEC, Conference Proceedings (2012, Volume 3, pp. 1847-1852)
Conference
70th Annual Technical Conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2012, ANTEC 2012

Keywords

  • Adhesion
  • Contact angle
  • Plastic products
  • Polymer melts
  • Surface roughness
  • Surfaces

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