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Numerical Simulation of the Pre-Drawing and Air-Bulging Thermoforming Process for In-Mould Decoration Films

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Based on CF-DSGZ viscoelastic constitutive for in-mould decoration films, an ABAQUS/Explicit user material subroutine called CF-IMD is developed. Numerical simulation of the pre-drawing and airbulging thermoforming process for an IMD product of a deep-cavity box is studied in the paper. Comparison of simulated results and experimental data is done to validate CF-IMD material subroutine. Finally, finite element analysis of the pre-drawing and air-bulging thermoforming process for an IMD product of a large-scale, deep-cavity notebook-cover is carried out, and technological parameters obtained from simulation are applied on actual production so that high quality product has been acquired.
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Keywords: AIR-BULGING; IN-MOULD DECORATION; NUMERICAL SIMULATION; PRE-DRAWING; THERMOFORMING

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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