Computerised Design Approach to a Sub-Press Mould for Composite Materials Manufacture
This paper focuses on the design of a sub-press mould mounted on a 100-Tonne hydraulic press during compression moulding of composite materials manufacturing process. The sub-press consisting of platens, punch and mould, and guide columns were designed using Microsoft Visual Basic software to minimize time wastages in trail-and-error procedures and mould modifications resulting after the mould is manufactured. Graphical representations of variables which were used in the design such as: platen thickness, guide pin dimensions, clamping force, heat supply, heat losses, and heating element were obtained. The program developed was tested on a solved example in a standard textbook and the result obtained compared well with the result in the book.
Prof. A.O. Akii Ibhadode, A.I. Igbafe and B.U. Anyata
I. M. Dagwa and A.O. A. Ibhadode, "Computerised Design Approach to a Sub-Press Mould for Composite Materials Manufacture", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 62-64, pp. 700-707, 2009