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Application of Particle Swarm Optimisation to Evaluation of Polymer Cure Kinetics Models

TitleApplication of Particle Swarm Optimisation to Evaluation of Polymer Cure Kinetics Models
Publication TypeJournal
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsTilford, T., M. Ferenets, J. E. Morris, A. Krumme, S. Pavuluri, P. R. Rajaguru, M. P. Y. Desmulliez, and C. Bailey
Other Numbers10.1260/1748-3018.4.1.121
Abstract

A particle swarm optimisation approach is used to determine the accuracy and experimental relevance of six disparate cure kinetics models. The cure processes of two commercially available thermosetting polymer materials utilised in microelectronics manufacturing applications have been studied using a differential scanning calorimetry system. Numerical models have been fitted to the experimental data using a particle swarm optimisation algorithm which enables the ultimate accuracy of each of the models to be determined. The particle swarm optimisation approach to model fitting proves to be relatively rapid and effective in determining the optimal coefficient set for the cure kinetics models. Results indicate that the single-step autocatalytic model is able to represent the curing process more accurately than more complex model, with ultimate accuracy likely to be limited by inaccuracies in the processing of the experimental data.

DOI10.1260/1748-3018.4.1.121