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Computational optimisation of the thermal fusion bonding process in porous fibrous media for improved product capacity and energy efficiency

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posted on 03.07.2017 by Murat Peksen, Memis Acar, Weeratunge Malalasekera
A comprehensive parametric study to aid in optimising the thermal fusion bonding process in porous fibrous media is introduced. A systematic approach considering computational fluid dynamics, design of experiments and statistical process control is attempted. The effects of several operating and design parameters on the thermal bonding performance have been systematically investigated. An experimentally validated two-dimensional computational fluid dynamics model based on the theory of porous media has been used for the study. The air velocity and the conveyer belt porosity are determined to be showing the greatest optimisation potential for higher production rates. The optimum thermal fusion bonding process for the highest production rates and energy efficiency has been determined considering the thermal bonding time and percentage increase in total web energy absorption. Another outcome is the improved product quality associated with the improved temperature gradients within the fibrous web. © IMechE 2012.

Funding

This work received financial and technical support by COLBOND bv, The Netherlands.

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering

Volume

226

Issue

4

Pages

316 - 323

Citation

PEKSEN, M., ACAR, M. and MALALASEKERA, W., 2012. Computational optimisation of the thermal fusion bonding process in porous fibrous media for improved product capacity and energy efficiency. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, 226(4), pp. 316-323.

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© IMechE. Published by Sage.

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2012

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0954408912457611

ISSN

0954-4089

Language

en

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