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Researcher: Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng

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Areas of Expertise
  • Manufacturing
  • Controls
  • Design
  • Optimization
  • Injection molding and innovative plastics manufacturing processes
  • Bio-based polymers and tissue engineering scaffolds
  • Microcellular injection molding (MuCell process)
  • Nanocomposites and electro-active polymers (EAP's)
  • Computer-aided engineering (CAE) and numerical simulation
  • Design and process optimization
  • Intelligent injection molding control
  • Material characterization for plastics and metals
  • Net-shape die casting using semi-solid alloys
  • Internet-based collaboration for design and manufacturing
Web Site Tom Turng's Department of Mechanical Engineering Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 8,696,957 - Methods for microcellular injection molding, issued April 2014.
  • 8,691,126 - Method of fabricating an injection molded component, issued April 2014.
  • 8,475,703 - Method of orientating fillers in composite materials, issued July 2013.
  • 8,097,191 - Injection molding quality control system, issued January 2012.
  • 7,998,380 - Method of fabricating a tissue engineering scaffold, issued August 2011.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20150130104 - Method of fabricating a foamed, injection molded component with improved ductility and toughness, published May 2015.
  • 20140252669 - Method of fabricating an injection molded component, published September 2014.
  • 20120181729 - Method of fabricating an injection molded component, published July 2012.
  • 20120061870 - Methods for microcellular injection molding, published March 2012.
  • 20120061867 - Polymer pellets containing supercritical fluid and methods of making and using, published March 2012.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Water-assisted compounding of cellulose nanocrystals into polyamide 6 for use as a nucleating agent for microcellular foaming. Peng J, Walsh PJ, Sabo RC, Turng L-S, Clemons CM. Polymer. 2016 Feb 10;84(1):158-166. doi: 10.1016/j.polymer.2015.12.050.

  • Dual-scale modeling and simulation of film casting of isotactic polypropylene. Zhou Y-G, Wu W-B, Zou J, Turng L-S. Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting. 2016 Jul 1;32(3):239-271. doi: 10.1177/8756087915595853.

  • Experimental study of penetration interfaces in the overflow fluid-assisted co-injection molding process. Kuang T, Yu C, Xu B, Turng L-S. Journal of Polymer Engineering. 2016 Mar 1;36(2):139-148. doi: 10.1515/polyeng-2014-0369.

  • The effect of nanoclay on the crystallization behavior, microcellular structure, and mechanical properties of thermoplastic polyurethane nanocomposite foams. Wang X-C, Jing X, Peng Y-Y, Ma Z-K, Liu C-T, et al. Polymer Engineering and Science. 2016 Mar 1;56(3):319-327. doi: 10.1002/pen.24257.

View Tom Turng's publications at Google Scholar.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program
  • Polymer Engineering Center
  • Polymer Processing Research Group
  • Rheology Research Center
  • Wisconsin Institute for Discovery
Research Tools
Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-262-0586
Current University UW–Madison
Department Mechanical Engineering
Title Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 1051 Mechanical Engineering Building
Address Line 2 1513 University Avenue
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., National Taiwan University, 1981
Master's Degree M.S., Cornell University, 1987
PhD Ph.D., Cornell University, 1990
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Semi-Solid Forming of Metal-Matrix Nanocomposites

Injection Molding Quality Control System

Injection Molding of Biodegradable Tissue Engineering Scaffolds

Method of Orientating Fillers in Polymer Composite Materials

Smoother Plastic Products Using Microcellular Injection Molding

Superior Plastic Parts

Microcellular Foamed Plastics with Reduced Cost and Improved Surface Quality

Highly Foamed Plastic Parts Are Stronger and Cheaper to Produce