A soft-sensor development for melt-flow-length measurement during injection mold filling

Xi Chen, Furong Gao, Guohua Chen

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Filling plays a key role in determining part quality in injection molding. On-line measurement of the melt-flow-length, a key melt-flow status in mold cavity, is of great importance in both the understanding and control of the process. In most cases, a hardware measurement of such a variable is not available. A soft-sensor measurement scheme is proposed taking online measurable variables as the model inputs. With the experimental data obtained from a set of purposely designed molds with basic feature geometry, a soft-sensor based on a recurrent neural network has been developed to predict the melt-flow-length. Experiments show that such a developed soft-sensor can predict well the melt-flow-length for filling of molds, which have not been used in the training, as long as the basic features of the mold geometry have been included in the training mold set.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-254
Number of pages10
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Filling
  • Injection molding
  • Melt-flow-length
  • Recurrent neural network
  • Soft-sensor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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