Dib, Day, Benkreira, Wood
Jointing # 1992 Eindhoven
A computer program for the prediction and optimisation of process parameters for the butt fusion welding of polymer pipes is described. At the core of the program a mathematical model predicts bead size, melt layer thickness,pipe displacement and temperature : time history during each stage of the process for different pipe sizes and environmental conditions. The program includes a database of material properties required for the analysis, and a database of results providing fast access for comparison with empirically derived parameters. Results are presented for three types of polymer pipe material over a range of pipe sizes and environmental conditions.