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Volume 112, 201721st Innovative Manufacturing Engineering & Energy International Conference – IManE&E 2017
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||03 July 2017|
Simulation of extrusion of high density polyethylene tubes
1 Technological Educational Institute of Thessaly, Mechanical Engineering Department, 41110 Larissa, Greece
2 University of Western Macedonia, Mechanical Engineering Department, 50100 Kozani, Greece
3 School of Pedagogical and Technological Education, Mechanical Engineering Educators Department, 14121 N. Heraklion Attikis, Greece
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The production of extruded polyethylene films rods, tubes and pipes is a typical industrial process that has been extensively investigated over many years. In this study the extrusion of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) tubes was simulated by using the 3D finite element simulation software StarCCM+®. The simulation was applied in order to examine the influence of design and operational parameters on the characteristics and the soundness of the tube and for optimizing the overall quality of the product. Two alternative die configurations were studied; one with a four inputs head and the other with an eight inputs head. From the results obtained it is concluded that extrusion with the eight inputs head die design results in better overall pipe quality; this design was implemented successfully in an industrial production line.
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