Investigation of Thermoforming as a Method of Manufacturing Plastic Air Intake Manifolds

Paper #:
  • 2000-01-0045

Published:
  • 2000-03-06
Citation:
Mallick, P. and Daly, P., "Investigation of Thermoforming as a Method of Manufacturing Plastic Air Intake Manifolds," SAE Technical Paper 2000-01-0045, 2000, https://doi.org/10.4271/2000-01-0045.
Pages:
6
Abstract:
Current plastic intake manifolds are manufactured using the injection molding process. In this paper, thermoforming is explored as an alternative to injection molding for making intake manifold shells, which can then be joined by one of the welding techniques used for thermoplastic materials. The investigation reported here includes press-forming experiments of a simple bowl shaped shell and subsequent welding experiments to join these shells.
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