An assessment of thermal stresses in injection moulded ABS copolymer

AKAY M., Ozden S.

INTERNATIONAL POLYMER PROCESSING, cilt.11, sa.2, ss.179-187, 1996 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 11 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 1996
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3139/217.960179
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.179-187


Thermal residual stresses in injection moulding result from the non-uniform cooling of the melt in the mould. Normally, compressive stresses develop at the surface and tensile ones within the core of the mouldings. The magnitude of these residual stresses was examined for an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer (ABS) under various injection moulding conditions. Although the occurrences of thermal stresses are inevitable, the warpage results only when the residual stresses are out of balance. The imbalance of the residual stresses are caused by the non-uniform temperature distribution through the thickness of the moulding which may be caused by variation in cross section, part geometry and temperature difference between the two surfaces. The magnitudes of thermal residual stresses in injection moulded ABS flat plaques were determined using a layer removal technique. The development of warpage in a 3D component (an L-shaped bracket) was modelled using the residual stresses obtained for the flat plaques and the predictions were compared with the experimental warpage measurements.