Analysis of the Influence of Microcellular Injection Molding on the Environmental Impact of an Industrial Component
Resumen: Microcellular injection molding is a process that offers numerous benefits due to the internal structure generated; thus, many applications are currently being developed in different fields, especially home appliances. In spite of the advantages, when changing the manufacturing process from conventional to microcellular injection molding, it is necessary to analyze its new mechanical properties and the environmental impact of the component. This paper presents a deep study of the environmental behavior of a manufactured component by both conventional and microcellular injection molding. Environmental impact will be evaluated performing a life cycle assessment. Functionality of the component will be also evaluated with samples obtained from manufactured components, to make sure that the mechanical requirements are fulfilled when using microcellular injection molding. For this purpose a special device has been developed to measure the flexural modulus. With a 16% weight reduction, the variation of flexural properties in the microcellular injected components is only 6.8%. Although the energy consumption of the microcellular injection process slightly increases, there is an overall reduction of the environmental burden of 14.9% in ReCiPe and 15% in carbon footprint. Therefore, MuCell technology can be considered as a green manufacturing technology for components working mainly under flexural load.
Idioma: Inglés
DOI: 10.1155/2014/793269
Año: 2014
Publicado en: Advances in Mechanical Engineering 2014 (2014), 793269 [7 pp]
ISSN: 1687-8132

Factor impacto JCR: 0.575 (2014)
Categ. JCR: ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL rank: 96 / 128 = 0.75 (2014) - Q3 - T3
Categ. JCR: THERMODYNAMICS rank: 44 / 55 = 0.8 (2014) - Q4 - T3

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Tipo y forma: Article (Published version)
Área (Departamento): Expresión Gráfica de la Ingeniería (Departamento de Ingeniería de Diseño y Fabricación)

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