In injection moulding, high pressure is required to fill the mould, due to the viscosity of thermoplastic polymers, the reduced thickness of the cavity and the low mould temperature. In this work, significant pressure reduction was achieved inducing the slip of the polymer melt over the mould surface by means of Laser-Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS). In particular, the slipping of molten PET was investigated as a function of nano-structuring orientation and injection velocity. The results demonstrate that LIPSS parallel to flow induce strong wall slip of the polymer melt, allowing a maximum reduction of the injection pressure of 23%.

Effect of different laser-induced periodic surface structures on polymer slip in PET injection moulding

Sorgato, M.
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Masato, D.;Lucchetta, G.;
2018

Abstract

In injection moulding, high pressure is required to fill the mould, due to the viscosity of thermoplastic polymers, the reduced thickness of the cavity and the low mould temperature. In this work, significant pressure reduction was achieved inducing the slip of the polymer melt over the mould surface by means of Laser-Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS). In particular, the slipping of molten PET was investigated as a function of nano-structuring orientation and injection velocity. The results demonstrate that LIPSS parallel to flow induce strong wall slip of the polymer melt, allowing a maximum reduction of the injection pressure of 23%.
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