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Study on Mold Filling Behaviors of Micro Channels in Injection Molding

J.-H. Li and W.-B. Young

Abstract

Computational simulation model has been used extensively in studying the filling flow in injection molding process. Most of the models are based on the assumption of a no-slip boundary condition and are verified by the experiments of filing flow in macro scale. This study is to investigate the flow behaviors during the micro channel filling of an injection molding process. Flow distances were measured on products from series of short shots to understand the relationship between the injection pressure and flow distance. It was found that cavity size variation due to mold deformation is important in the micro injection molding. By adjusting the cavity size due to mold deformation, the C-Mold simulation provides reasonable results compared to the experimental data for cavity thickness in 150 μm or 200 μm. On the other hand, the simulation will not give accurate prediction of filling flow for a micro cavity that has a depth below 100 μm. The wall slip effect is believed to the major reason and must be considered in the analysis for a cavity size below 100 μm.


Mail address: Wen-Bin Young, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, R.O.C. E-mail:

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Received: 2009-04-22
Accepted: 2009-08-19
Published Online: 2013-04-06
Published in Print: 2009-11-01

© 2009, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich

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