Axisymmetric finite element models for rotational molding

Lorraine G. Olson, George Gogos, Venkataramana Pasham

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We present a new nonlinear axisymmetric finite element model for heat transfer and powder deposition in rotational molding. Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian techniques are employed to track the gradual growth of the plastic layer. Results using this approach compare well with earlier 1-D models and with experimental data. Using the model to study the effects of locally enhanced heat transfer on part wall thickness, we find that controlling the relative magnitudes of radial and circumferential heat transfer is crucial in order to obtain desired wall thickness profiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-542
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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