New “ULTRASIM®” software module links fill simulation and structural
analysis of part
has developed a new proprietary software module – called ULTRASIM® –
which processes fiber orientation data for use in structural analysis. This
integrative design approach takes into account fiber orientation in the molding,
resulting in a more accurate prediction of the mechanical and thermal behavior
of the part.
Until now engineers have been prevented from arriving quickly at an optimal
design of a molded part, because of a lack of information about process-related
material properties, like anisotropy due to fiber orientation that the part
acquires during the molding process.
ULTRASIM® transfers the fiber orientations determined from mold filling simulations
to the finite element mesh of the part’s structural model and works out
the local material parameters. Because the transfer is purely geometrical, the
data can be applied to a variety of meshes. User-defined functions in ABAQUS
structural analysis software allow non-linearity and complex failure modes to
be included in the description of the material – something that was not
possible until now. Fundamental to the whole process is efficient management
of the vast quantity of input data required. ULTRASIM® thus forms a link between
mold filling simulation and structural analysis of the part.
To learn more about BASF’s ULTRASIM® software tool:
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