Predicting Material Processing Degradation 2001-01-1273
As the need for plastic components with high-performance and low systems cost continues to escalate, the issues associated with bringing applications to automotive market have become more complex. Automotive applications such as seamless integral Passive Supplemental Inflatable Restraint (PSIR) systems can have tearseams that are either molded-in or laser scored. Molded-in tearseams in seamless Instrument Panels (IP) eliminate the secondary operation of laser scoring, but they warrant thin wall molding conditions.
This paper describes material characterization under thinwall molding conditions wherein the effects of processing on mechanical properties are explored. This paper also discusses results from a proprietary finite element code developed at GE to predict the processing parameters, which affect the mechanical properties of the material at the tearseam in a seamless IP system. The purpose of the study is to create an accurate analytical material model for use in finite element analysis of thin-wall applications.