Main areas of research

By inner-university-wide networking and interdisciplinary cooperation with the institutes of the Montan University, synergies between the departements mechanical engineering (component design, lifetime prediction), physics (characterisation of a surface), automation engineering (inspection of a surface), preperation (fillers) and injection molding are used to strengthen the position of the professorship.

Injection Molding Simulation and robust Processing

The research area ‘Injection Molding Simulation and robust Processing‘ is focused on systematic application of Design of Experiments and injection molding simulation of thermoplastics and reactive polymers. Therefore the software packages Cadmould®3D-F, Varimos®, Sigmasoft® Thermoplast & Elastomer, COMSOL®, Minitab® and Creo® 2.0 are used.

Injection moulding of thermosetting materials

This research area “injection moulding of thermosetting materials” is mainly engaged in processing of elastomer materials.

Systematic component design from injection molding parts

Since 2002 polymer engineers in Leoben and their partners have been focused on the product development and adaption of systematic product development processes for high complex injection molding parts. This includes the consequent application of structured product development processes with stages (development phases) and gates (control points).The main focus lies in establishing systematic partnerships between OEMs and KMUs and especially the frontloading in terms of early prevention of errors with the help of simulation methods for the virtual product development, to get faster, more efficient and cheaper to the serial product.

Injection Molding Compounding

The injection molding compounder is an highly energy efficient production technology. The processing is done in “single-heat” at lower working temperatures and shorter residence times and therefore less material stress .

Variothermal injection molding

Variothermal process management is defined by active heating the tool surface up to more than 100°C before the injection and active or passive cooling during the cooling phase.

In the area of "Variothermal injection molding" the chair of injection molding of polymers and the PCCL occupy themselves mainly with concepts for dynamic mold temperature control  as well as variothermal processing and its impact on component properties.

 

Wetting behavior of polymer melts

Adhesion and friction between polymers and mold surfaces is a key issue in polymer processing. Demoulding forces in injection molding are reduced by physical, chemical, or roughness modification of the mold surface.