Cost-effective computational method for radiation heat transfer in semi-crystalline polymers

Abstract : This paper introduces a cost-effective numerical model for infrared (IR) heating of semi-crystalline polymers. For the numerical and experimental studies presented here semi-crystalline polyethylene (PE) was used. The optical properties of PE were experimentally analyzed under varying temperature and the obtained results were used as input in the numerical studies. The model was built based on optically homogeneous medium assumption whereas the strong variation in the thermo-optical properties of semi-crystalline PE under heating was taken into account. Thus, the change in the amount radiative energy absorbed by the PE medium was introduced in the model induced by its temperature-dependent thermo-optical properties. The computational study was carried out considering an iterative closed-loop computation, where the absorbed radiation was computed using an in-house developed radiation heat transfer algorithm -RAYHEAT- and the computed results was transferred into the commercial software -COMSOL Multiphysics- for solving transient heat transfer problem to predict temperature field. The predicted temperature field was used to iterate the thermo-optical properties of PE that varies under heating. In order to analyze the accuracy of the numerical model experimental analyses were carried out performing IR-thermographic measurements during the heating of the PE plate. The applicability of the model in terms of computational cost, number of numerical input and accuracy was highlighted.
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Sinan Boztepe, Rémi Gilblas, Olivier de Almeida, Yannick Le Maoult, Fabrice Schmidt. Cost-effective computational method for radiation heat transfer in semi-crystalline polymers. ESAFORM 2018 - 21st International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, Apr 2018, Palermo, Italy. pp.art.120005, ⟨10.1063/1.5034973⟩. ⟨hal-01818602⟩

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