Introduction. Compression Molding Materials. Processing Fundamentals. Part Design. Troubleshooting the Compression Molding.
This book not only covers the advantages and disadvantages of molding operations with SMC/ BMC (thermosetting) and GMT/ LFT (thermoplastic) materials but also provides the reader with relatively simple models for monitoring, troubleshooting, and quality control of their process. Also covered is the important role of fiber reinforcement—how the quantity, length and fiber orientation influence part strength and stiffness.
Tim Osswald is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Co-Director of the Polymer Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Originally from Cúcuta, Colombia, he received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the field of Polymer Processing. He spent two and a half years at the Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Aachen, Germany, as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, as well as the 2001 VDI-K Dr--Richard-Escales-Preis. In 2006 he was named an Honorary Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Professor Osswald teaches polymer processing and designing with polymers and researches in the same areas. Professor Osswald has published over 100 papers and many books for Hanser, including Materials Science of Polymers for Engineers 3E (©2012), Injection Molding Handbook 2E (©2007) Compression Molding (©2003), Polymer Processing: Modeling and Simulation (©2006), Plastics Testing and Characterization (©2008), International Plastics Handbook (©2006), and Understanding Polymer Processing (©2010). Professor Osswald has also been consulted by several industries, is one of the co-founders of The Madison Group, and is the Director of the Technical Advisory Board of SIMTEC Silicone Parts.
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