Conductive sensors quantify heat transfer by conduction in solids.
In casting processes, they would be ideally be placed at the interface between matter and mold. For robustness and non-marking reasons, we place them inside the tool. Value obtained in the tool approaches thermal gradient between the processed material and mold, giving thereby access to materials developments and thermally-linked changes during processing.
Applications: Characterization processes like :
Injection of thermoplastic: flow front detection, detection of defects like incomplete parts or changes in melt index, over molding monitoring, cooling time
Injection of thermoset, BMC: cure monitoring, abnormal injection detection (over-heating)
Compression of thermoset, SMC, C-RTM: cure monitoring and control
Resin Transfer Molding, RTM, Infusion: flow front detection, cure monitoring
Thermoplastic Compression, GMT, Stamping: heat transfer and cooling control
Thermoforming: control of cooling, variations in thickness in areas of high strain
Pultrusion: control and steering of the cooking, optimizing speed line
Extrusion: controlling the process stability
And of course, many other possibilities (metallic casting)...