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Optimizing the infrared heating in the thermoforming process

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Kahina Bachir Cherif

Département des Sciences Appliquées, Université du Québec á Chicoutimi, Saguenay (Québec), Canada
Kahina.Bachir-Cherif1@uqac.ca

Djamal Rebaine

Département d’Informatique et de Mathématique, Université du Québec á Chicoutimi, Sague-nay (Québec), Canada
Djamal Rebaine@uqac.ca

Fouad E. Erchiqui

École de Génie, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda (Québec), Canada
Fouad.Erchiqui@uqat.ca

Issouf Fofana

Département des Sciences Appliquées, Université du Québec á Chicoutimi, Saguenay (Québec), Canada
Issouf Fofana@uqac.ca

Nabil Nahas

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Nabil_Nahas@hotmail.com

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4039990 History: Received September 18, 2016; Revised April 09, 2018

Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of distributing uniformly the energy flux intercepted by a thermoplastic sheet surface during the infrared radiation. To do so we discritized this problem and then formulated it as an integer linear programming problem, for which we applied two meta-heuristic algorithms namely the simulated annealing and harmony search algorithms, in order to minimize the corresponding objective function. The results produced by the numerical study we conducted on the performance of both algorithms are presented and discussed.

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