Modelling the discrete-cell gravure roll coating process
A new perspective
School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
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New results for the process of discrete-cell, reverse mode gravure coating are presented, with the model considering a single cell and taking account of web thickness (stiffness) – an important feature neglected in previous analyses. Key results are: (i) confirmation that web tension, over the range encountered industrially, has negligible influence on web deformation; (ii) that web tension plays a secondary role to that of web stiffness. For parameters characteristic of those encountered in a typical coating operation the level of web deformation is found to be small, alluding to the importance of the two different length scales in the overall process – that at the cell (small) and coating bead (large) level.
© EDP Sciences, Springer-Verlag, 2009