Ultrasonic Plastic Welding Analysis
Ultrasonic mechanical vibration (frequency of 10-70 kHz, amplitude 1-250 μm) is applied to plastic parts to produce local heating under pressure (heat is due to the combined effect of surface and intermolecular friction) and melting Form a weld. As shown, the ultrasonic welding process is divided into four stages.
Stage 1: The horn is in contact with the part, applying pressure and starting to vibrate. The frictional heat dissipates the energy guiding ribs, and the solution flows into the bonding surface. As the distance between the two parts decreases, the amount of welding (the distance between the two parts due to the flow of the melt) decreases. Initially the amount of welding displacement increases rapidly and then slows down as the molten energy guiding rib spreads and contacts the surface of the lower part. In the solid friction phase, heat is generated by the frictional energy between the two surfaces and the internal friction in the part. The frictional heat causes the polymer material to heat up to its melting point. The amount of heat is dependent on the frequency of action, amplitude and pressure.
Stage 2: An increase in the melting rate results in an increase in the amount of welding displacement and contact between the surfaces of the two parts. At this stage, a thin molten layer is formed, and the thickness of the molten layer is increased due to continuous heat generation. The heat at this stage is generated by viscous dissipation.
Stage 3: The thickness of the solution layer in the weld remains the same and accompanied by a constant temperature distribution, steady state melting occurs.
Stage 4: After a set period of time or after reaching a specific energy, power level or distance, the power supply is turned off, the ultrasonic vibration is stopped, and the fourth stage is started. The pressure is maintained and some of the extra solution is squeezed out of the joint. The maximum amount of displacement is reached when the weld is cooled and solidified, and intermolecular diffusion occurs.