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Title: Optimisation of machine components in thermal fusion bonding process of porous fibrous media: Material optimisation for improved product capacity and energy efficiency
Authors: Peksen, Murat
Acar, Memis
Malalasekera, W.
Keywords: Nonwoven
Thermal bonding
Porous media
CFD
Computational optimisation
Energy efficiency
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © IMechE. Published by Sage.
Citation: PEKSEN, M., ACAR, M. and MALALASEKERA, W., 2014. Optimisation of machine components in thermal fusion bonding process of porous fibrous media: Material optimisation for improved product capacity and energy efficiency. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, 230(3), pp. 198-207.
Abstract: A comprehensive parametric study to aid in the material optimisation of the thermal fusion bonding machine components for improved product capacity and energy efficiency is introduced. The effect of conveyer belt and drum cover material type on the thermal bonding performance has been systematically investigated. A previously validated 2D computational fluid dynamics model based on the theory of porous media has been used for the study. The PEEK material is determined to be showing the greatest optimisation potential for higher production rates. The optimum material match for the highest production rates has been determined, considering the effect of material type on the thermal bonding time. Improved product quality associated with a uniform temperature distribution has been achieved by using PEEK material. The conveyer belt component has been determined as the highest energy-absorbing component and could be optimised.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954408914545195
Sponsor: This work was supported by Colbond bv, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0954408914545195
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/25691
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954408914545195
ISSN: 0954-4089
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