BASF Global   I   

          BASF Home
Technical Resources

Design Services

BASF Engineering Plastics

Design Capabilities

CAE (Computer Aided Engineering)

Our work is all about the details. We work on the details to arrive at the optimum process for your project. BASF Engineering Plastics is committed to today’s technology with CAE. CAE reveals the details that give us the ability to optimize designs from the earliest stages. The ability to maximize performance with minimum material and to build on that performance while taking out non value-added time and reducing costs.

We use CAE technology to avoid pitfalls in tool design, production processes and post production performance. We maintain a broad portfolio of both CAD and CAE software, which enables us to work "native" with most customer files. But we also ground such theoretical work with practical experience. We maintain a database that correlates computer results with end-use performance results. This effort further increases the accuracy of our predictive CAE work.

CAD (Computer Aided Design)
When a customer brings us the outer shell of a concept, we can fill it in. With ribs, with cutouts, with a structure that will hold up to the design criteria or integrate in performance. Further optimization of a typical design recognizes the need to reduce the number of parts or steps in assembly. We strive to make use of our state of the art technology and tools to provide you or your customer a complete and cost effective product from conception to production.

CAD Software:

• ProEngineer
• Unigraphics
• Solidworks

Mold Filling

BASF Engineering Plastics has assembled a comprehensive portfolio of molding process-related software to test for the manufacturability of a part and assist with mold design before the mold tool is ever cut. The software helps us eliminate guesswork, as well as reduce mold costs, molding cycle time and secondary operations. The code can also improve aesthetics by predicting weldlines and air traps.

The mold simulation process has been taken to the next step by developing a proprietary glass fiber orientation prediction software to facilitate more accurate simulations of induced part warpage due to random fiber orientation and distribution during the molding process.

Click Here for more information on ULTRASIM®

Our engineers complement the software's capabilities with real-world molding experience. They not only know how to run the code, they understand what it takes to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Mold Filling Software:

• MoldFlow Filling
• MoldFlow Cooling
• MoldFlow Shrinkage & Warpage
• MoldFlow Flow 3D Analysis
• MoldFlow Fusion
• MoldFlow Fiber
• MoldFlow Gas-assist
• MoldFlow Co-injection
• Moldex 3D
• BASF Proprietary Fiber

FEA (Finite Element Analysis)
FEA provides our customers with predictive structural analysis of parts and assemblies under in-use stress loading conditions. We also employ FEA in failure analysis and optimization studies. BASF Engineering Plastics' software capabilities include leading edge codes for linear, non-linear and dynamic analysis. The range of software codes and proprietary methods at BASF enable us to efficiently develop pre-processing models, perform load and stress analysis, and then post-process for visual evaluation of actual stresses and part topology optimization. To tie predictive modeling more closely to real part performance, we have established a database correlating FEA results with physical testing of actual parts.

FEA Software

• Ideas Master Series
• HyperWorks
(with OptiStruct)

NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness)

Plastics have inherent NVH advantages over metal. In efforts to optimize NVH performance, BASF Engineering Plastics employs sophisticated computer-aided design, analysis and testing in an integrative approach. We marry the virtual world of experimental noise and frequency signature measurement with real experimental input derived from physical testing on real parts/systems or in lab settings. We even perform testing of prototype parts on board of vehicles or in end-use equipment.

BASF Engineering Plastics utilizes signal analysis, laser vibrometry and other advanced vibration and acoustic measuring techniques to complement and validate CAE prediction of NVH characteristics.

NVH Software:

• Sysnoise

NVH Tools:

• Laser Vibrometer
• Signal Analyzer
• Sound Intensity Probes

CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics)

There is a growing awareness of the impact of optimized airflows on noise, energy-efficiency and size in a growing number of fluid-flow applications, including comfort conditioning, fans, motors and automotive components.

BASF Engineering Plastics' experience, design resources and computer modeling services can complement customers' own in-house capabilities or deliver solutions to customers without such capabilities. CFD studies not only permit early identification of potential problems – even before prototypes are built – but also provide design direction where physical size or prototyping costs prove to be prohibitive. We can supplement computer results with end-use testing of molded parts.

BASF Engineering Plastics performs steady, quasi and non-steady state studies and correlates CFD modeling results to a growing database of actual part airflow performance. In addition, BASF Engineering Plastics applies its own proprietary algorithms to optimize part performance and development.

CFD Software:

• CFD 2000
• Fieldview
• Fluent