Performance Evaluation of a Software Engineering Tool for Automated Design of Cooling Systems in Injection Moulding

Juan M. Jauregui-Becker, Guido Tosello, Fred J.A.M. van Houten, Hans Nørgaard Hansen

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Abstract

This paper presents a software tool for automating the design of cooling systems for injection moulding and a validation of its performance. Cooling system designs were automatically generated by the proposed software tool and by applying a best practice tool engineering design approach. The two different design methods (i.e. automatic and manual) were applied to the mould design of two thin-walled products, namely a rectangular flat box and a cylindrical container with a flat base. Injection moulding process simulations based on the finite element method were performed to assess the quality of the moulded parts. Results indicate the tool is capable of generating feasible cooling solutions. Recommendations are provided for improving the performance of the tool.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia CIRP
Volume7
Pages (from-to)270-275
ISSN2212-8271
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event46th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems - Setubal, Portugal
Duration: 29 May 201331 May 2013
Conference number: 46

Conference

Conference46th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems
Number46
CountryPortugal
CitySetubal
Period29/05/201331/05/2013

Keywords

  • Automatic design
  • injection moulding
  • cooling system
  • simulation

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