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ISRN Industrial Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 869736, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/869736
Research Article

Modeling and Analysis of Injection Moulding Process Parameters for Plastic Gear Industry Application

1Department of Mould Technology, Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA, Balik Pulau, Genting, 11000 Balik Pulau, Penang, Malaysia
2School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Engineering Campus, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang, Malaysia

Received 18 April 2013; Accepted 8 May 2013

Academic Editors: A. Gomez and J. Wei

Copyright © 2013 Nik Mizamzul Mehat et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The performance of plastic gears in wide variety of power and motion transmission applications is rather limited due to weak mechanical properties and divergent mechanism of failures. A methodical simulation is carried out to analyze the gear performance with various gating system types, gate locations, and processing parameters via grey-based Taguchi optimization method. With the obtained optimum results in simulation stage, the flow patterns of polymer melt inside the mould during filling, packing, and cooling processes are studied and the plastic gear failures mechanism related to processing parameters are predicted. The output results in the future can be used as guidance in selecting the appropriate materials, improving part and mould design, and predicting the performance of the plastic gear before the real process of the part manufacturing takes place.