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Numerical simulation of reaction injection molding with polyurethane foam

Article · September 2013with503 Reads
DOI: 10.1177/0021955X13485594
In this study, numerical approach for simulation of mold filling is presented. Polyurethane foam formation includes several complex phenomena such as chemical reactions, heat generation and blowing agent evaporation. Foam properties are variable during formation, foam viscosity increases and conductivity reduces. Foam phase is considered compressible and two phases are immiscible. Foam front will be captured by volume of fluid and appropriate governing equations will be implemented in OpenFOAM. This study prepares a numerical model to reduce several experimental runs with expensive prototypes for mold design.