Plastic injection mould cooling system design by the configuration space method

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Author(s)

  • C. G. Li
  • C. L. Li

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-349
Journal / PublicationCAD Computer Aided Design
Volume40
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Abstract

The cooling system of an injection mould is very important to the productivity of the injection moulding process and the quality of the moulded part. Despite the various research efforts that have been directed towards the analysis, optimization, and fabrication of cooling systems, support for the layout design of the cooling system has not been well developed. In the layout design phase, a major concern is the feasibility of building the cooling system inside the mould insert without interfering with the other mould components. This paper reports a configuration space (C-space) method to address this important issue. While a high-dimensional C-space is generally required to deal with a complex system such as a cooling system, the special characteristics of cooling system design are exploited in the present study, and special techniques that allow C-space computation and storage in three-dimensional or lower dimension are developed. This new method is an improvement on the heuristic method developed previously by the authors, because the C-space representation enables an automatic layout design system to conduct a more systematic search among all of the feasible designs. A simple genetic algorithm is implemented and integrated with the C-space representation to automatically generate candidate layout designs. Design examples generated by the genetic algorithm are given to demonstrate the feasibility of the method. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Configuration space method, Cooling system design, Plastic injection mould