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Title: Computational modelling and experimental validation of the thermal fusion bonding process in porous fibrous media
Authors: Peksen, M.
Acar, Memis
Malalasekera, W.
Keywords: Nonwoven
Thermal bonding
Heat transfer
Porous media
Process modelling
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Published by Sage on behalf of Professional Engineering Publishing (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)
Citation: PEKSEN, M., ACAR, M. and MALALASEKERA, W., 2011. Computational modelling and experimental validation of the thermal fusion bonding process in porous fibrous media. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, 225 (3), pp. 173-182.
Abstract: This article presents a computational model of the thermal bonding of nonwovens using convective hot air and its experimental validation. A computational fluid dynamics model based on the continuum modelling approach and the theory of porous media is developed to treat the flow behaviour and heat transfer within the thermal bonding system. The model includes several components of a typical industrial machine including the conveyer belt, drum cover, drum, and the nonwovenweb. Experimental measurements are used to supply appropriate boundary conditions for the simulations and to provide data for the validation of the numerically computed results. The model is concluded to be an accurate computational tool that could potentially replace the costly experiments and be employed in product development, process optimization, and machine design.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering [© Sage on behalf of Professional Engineering Publishing (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)] and the definitive version is published at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954408910396785
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1177/0954408910396785
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8991
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954408910396785
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