Date of Defense



Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Paul Engelmann


It is known that the erosive properties of glass filled resins reduce the life of injection molding tool components. Previous Western Michigan University (WMU) research has shown that the high thermal conductivity of copper alloys renders them excellent for mold components. Also, the research completed previously at WMU revealed that chrome plating could increase the life of those copper alloy mold components. Using production tooling in a designed experiment, this project will provide data to determine which substrate design factors contribute to chrome plating retention. The experiment will determine the number of shots that must take place before the chrome plating fails. This data will be used to determine how the substrate design can affect chrome plating durability; thereby, prolonging the life of tool components.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only