THE CALCULATION OF TEMPERATURE FIELDS DURING VULCANIZATION OF ELASTOMER PRODUCTS
Keywords:calculating a 3-D temperature field with application of FEM, determination of vulcanization time, savings of thermal energy
A procedure has been developed of calculating a 3-D temperature field with application of FEM for determination of vulcanization time of elastomer products with geometrically complex heating surfaces. On the example of heavy-duty tire it has been shown that the account of the 3-D nature of temperature distribution allows to reduce vulcanization time by 6–8 % in comparison with the plane section procedure, which is currently used in industry, which results in significant savings of thermal energy in conditions of commercial production.
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