Simulation / Computer Modeling
Properly used, computers may bring about a significant saving in process and product development costs while shortening the required development time. In the polymer processing area, effort is focused on achieving a total system optimization by extensive use of computer simulation techniques. Mathematical models are developed to characterize material properties, the effects of processing variables, and functional properties of the fabricated articles. These components are then integrated into a large model to characterize the behavior of the whole system, on which a global optimization process can be carried out. It has been found that this approach is very effective when implemented in parallel with an actual production system. Data from the actual operation provides useful inputs for further refinement of the model and increases its effectiveness.
Areas of expertise in Computer Simulation include:
- Single and multilayer die design
- Process characterization and modeling
- Manifold design
- parison and bottle design and characterization