Application of a response surface method to the optimal design of the wall temperature profiles in extrusion die

  • Nadhir Lebaal
  • Stephan Puissant
  • Fabrice Schmidt
Original Research


A new approach to the optimal design of the die wall temperature profile in polymer extrusion processes is presented. In this approach, optimization of the design variables is conducted by a Response Surface Method (RSM) and the Sequential Quadratic Programming (SQP) algorithm. Design of experiment (DoE) needed for the construction of the response surface is used to evaluate the objective and the constraint functions on the basis of a finite element method (FEM). Two designs of experiments are used and the performances of the optimization results are compared with respect to efficiency and ability to obtain a global optimum. Typically, for extrusion die design, the objective function states that the average velocity across the die exit is uniform. Constraints are used to limit the pressure drop in the die. For this purpose, we optimize the wall temperature profile of a coat hanger die in a heterogeneous way, (i.e. the wall temperature may not be constant in the entire die). The melt temperature enables us to locally control the viscosity, which influences the flows in the various zones. The effect of the design variables in the objective and constraint functions is investigated using Taguchi method. The flow analysis results are then combined with an automatic optimization algorithm to provide a new profile of the die wall temperature distributions.


Optimization DoE Response surface method FEM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadhir Lebaal
    • 1
  • Stephan Puissant
    • 1
  • Fabrice Schmidt
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut Supérieur d’ingénierie de la conception, GIP-InSIC (ERMeP), Laboratoire d’Energétique et de Mécanique Théorique et Appliquée (LEMTA)Saint-DiéFrance
  2. 2.Université de Toulouse, Institut Clément ADER, Mines Albi, CROMePAlbi Cedex 9France

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