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Old   July 10, 2009, 05:01
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I want to simulate a metal injection molding process using CFX.In this situation , we mix the metal powder(solid particle) with the binder(continuous liquid) together,usually the metal powder have a high volume farction(50%-75%).we set the injection velocity 10m/s and temperature 400k.which model should i use? solid particle collision models? How can i monitor the filling process, i mean how to determine is it full filled or not? thanks!
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Old   July 10, 2009, 06:48
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In my opinion, one should always start by doing the simplest simulation representative of the real problem, and then increase complexities step by step.

So, try first to do the simplest simulation you can:
- simple geometry
- assume you have only a continuous fluid (I guess you can assume the viscosity and density are functions of the of the percentage of metal powder you are using - And actually, I think this will be the only way to do it)
- Isothermal (you can leave the energetic part of the problem for a next step, when you've "mastered" the filling problem)

A filling problem is a complex process ... two-phase, free surface, transient.
Good luck. And keep us informed about your successes and unsuccesses.
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Hi Rui,

Your thesis is a good reference for this type of work. Can you give us the URL again?

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There are tools dedicated to injection molding process simulation. Have you taken a look at them? CFX is a general purpose CFD tool. It may not be the best one to accomplish what you want to do.
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Cheers for providing the link, mate

You can also find that link, and a link to a site I have on GooglePages with my thesis in a better pdf quality, from my blog here on CFD-Online: http://www.cfd-online.com/Forums/blo...er-thesis.html (trying to draw some visitors )
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Cheers for providing the link, mate
np mate, need to do something anyway while waiting for simulations to converge
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