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An Empirical Model for the Coefficient of Friction in Injection Molding of Thermoplastics

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Omar Bataineh

Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

Paper No. MSEC2013-1018, pp. V001T01A021; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 41st North American Manufacturing Research Conference
  • Volume 1: Processing
  • Madison, Wisconsin, USA, June 10–14, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5545-4
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Predicting friction forces present between part and mold surfaces in injection molding of thermoplastics is considered an important step in the design of the ejector system. However, this requires calculating the coefficient of friction at the contact surfaces, which is usually a complex task. In this study, an empirical model is developed in an attempt to estimate the coefficient of friction as applicable for the injection molding of thermoplastics. It is assumed in this model that the coefficient of friction is a sum of two correlated effects: adhesion effect and surface roughness effect. Both effects are treated as functions of mold surface’s average asperity slope.

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