- Volume 17 Issue 6
A shape optimization problem is formulated to determine the optimal position of heating lines in a compression molding die. The objective of the problem is that the cavity surface would be maintained by a prescribed uniform temperature. A boundary integral equation for the sensitivity of the temperature in terms of hole position is derived using the method of shape design sensitivity analysis. The boundary element method is employed to analyze the temperature and sensitivity field of the die. The sensitivity calculation algorithm is incorporated in an optimization routine. To demonstrate a numerical implementation, an example problem arising in thermal design of a compression molding die is dealt with, showing that the number of heating lines chosen for the die strongly affects the ultimate uniformity of the cavity surface temperature.