Prototype design and process optimization procedure for products from glass-fiber reinforced polymer blends

K. A. Narh, M. Xanthos

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

In order to minimize the effects of compositional variation in multiphase, multicomponent polymer mixtures equivalent to those found in commingled waste streams, such as those obtained from reclamation/recycling operations of post-consumer containers, several plastic composites containing varying amounts of glass fiber and different compatibilizers/coupling agents are studied. The glass-fiber reinforced composites, based on characteristic compositions simulating post-consumer "curbside tailings", have been designed and molded into thin-section parts. Structural, and flow analyses were performed with commercial software on different types of plastic parts. Most of the data used in the simulation were experimentally generated on the compatibilized HDPE based polymer blends containing 20% short glass fibers. Issues concerned with injection molding and product performance are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-166
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Materials Division (Publication) MD
Volume79
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

Keywords

  • Compatibilizer
  • Multicomponent polymer
  • Prototype design
  • Simulation
  • Skin orientation
  • Weldlines

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Prototype design and process optimization procedure for products from glass-fiber reinforced polymer blends'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this