Modeling physical parameters provides a virtual design environment allowing the confirmation and optimization of electrofusion characteristics. Finite element incorporate physical parameters and their interactions along common boundaries defined within a model geometry. The electrofusion of polymeric piping is a widely accepted means of assembling piping systems with zero-leakage integrity. The key parameters in the fusion process are the coil resistance, the current passing through the coil and the time the current is applied. Modeling the coil and applying current to the model is accomplished using the MATLABpartial differential equations (PDE) toolbox. This paper presents the method of modeling and the results from changing the various fusion parameters such as time and current. Both the parameters and outputs are illustrated in various configurations.
Farmer, Steve and Sims, Robert A.
"Modeling of Electrofusion Coils for Performance Optimization,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 56
, Article 10.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol56/iss1/10