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Surfaces in Polymer Engineering Workshop

As polymer process modelling is becoming increasingly sophisticated for both melts and solids, attention is being focussed upon on polymer/tool surface interactions as a major area of uncertainty. Surfaces are associated with friction that influences mechanical aspects of a process and thermal contact resistance that is crucial to heat flow modelling. In both cases, surface topography is a key factor. At Bradford we have expertise and hardware (White Light Interferometry, Laser Confocal Microscopy, AFM) in measuring topography, and also are developing techniques for multiscale modelling of processes using micro-level surface models. These factors mean that we now have practical tools to tackle the problems of surfaces. The workshop will cover such issues as:

  • Surface structure/thermal contact resistance effects in moulding processes
  • Surface feature replication in polymer processes
  • Surface characterisation
  • Partial differential equations for describing engineering surfaces
  • Surfaces and heat transfer/friction effects for plug assisted thermoforming.

A number of external speakers from Cardiff University, The University of Manchester and Queen’s University, Belfast have confirmed their participation alongside contributions from the IRC team at Bradford. The programme has not been fully finalised and there are opportunities for additional speakers to contribute a 20 minute presentation to the proceedings. If you are interested, please forward a title to the organisers using the contact details provided below.

Attendance at the conference is free of charge. If you wish to attend, please send your name, contact details and any special dietary requirements to Prof John Sweeney, University of Bradford, j.sweeney@bradford.ac.uk.



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