Influence of metal inserts with microformed edges on subsequent injection assembly moulding for media tight electronic systems
1 Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Egerlandstr. 13, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
2 Institute of Polymer Technology, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Am Weichselgarten 9, 91058 Erlangen, Germany
a Corresponding author: e-mail: Philipp.Frey@fau.de
Recently, there is rising demand of electronic systems with functional density for industrial and automotive applications. Those components, which are typically manufactured by overmoulding blanked metal inserts within an assembly injection process, are often exposed to rough operating conditions. Especially penetrating water can lead to a severe damage of electronic systems which are often crucial to safety. Leakage can be caused among other things by crack initiation within the polymer at sharp edges of the metal insert as a consequence of stress concentration. In order to reduce stress concentration the effect of metal inserts with rounded edges and the forming process to manufacture such inserts is investigated. Since typical sheet thicknesses for electronic components are 1 mm and less the dimensions of the rounded edges are on the scale of micro features. The microforming operation of rounded edges is provided by open coining. The influence of varying part dimensions is investigated using FE-simulation. Furthermore, ideal rectangular insert shapes are compared to parts with sheared edge geometry. In addition the effect of rounded edges on stress distribution of overmoulded parts is analysed by combining resulting geometries of the forming simulation with the numerical analysis of stress distribution within the polymer.
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