Multi-Objective Optimizations for Microinjection Molding Process Parameters of Biodegradable Polymer Stent

Hongxia Li, Kui Liu, Danyang Zhao, Minjie Wang, Qian Li, Jianhua Hou
2018 Materials  
Microinjection molding technology for degradable polymer stents has good development potential. However, there is a very complicated relationship between molding quality and process parameters of microinjection, and it is hard to determine the best combination of process parameters to optimize the molding quality of polymer stent. In this study, an adaptive optimization method based on the kriging surrogate model is proposed to reduce the residual stress and warpage of stent during its
more » ... molding. Integrating design of experiment (DOE) methods with the kriging surrogate model can approximate the functional relationship between design goals and design variables, replacing the expensive reanalysis of the stent residual stress and warpage during the optimization process. In this proposed optimization algorithm, expected improvement (EI) is used to balance local and global search. The finite element method (FEM) is used to simulate the micro-injection molding process of polymer stent. As an example, a typical polymer vascular stent ART18Z was studied, where four key process parameters are selected to be the design variables. Numerical results demonstrate that the proposed adaptive optimization method can effectively decrease the residual stress and warpage during the stent injection molding process.
doi:10.3390/ma11112322 pmid:30463214 pmcid:PMC6267175 fatcat:r2bcqgush5bgbkf6znr47l2v3u