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Knowmats is an informal repository of information related to materials and simulation. The information helps simulation professionals perform best-in-class simulation with a better understanding of how materials are represented in FEA and simulation. read more...

Closing the Gap: Improving Solution Accuracy with Better Material Models 

We discuss open issues in material models for plastics and propose better means of acquiring the right material data for Moldflow simulations using current testing technologies. full post

Plastics Material Supplier Mold Maker/Designer Injection Molding Moldflow Presentations

Material Models in Simulation, Part 3: New viscosity models 

We discuss developments in viscosity modeling. New models are not generalized, but are designed to predict expected trends for polymers and incorporate both Newtonian and shear-thinning behavior. full post

Plastics Material Supplier Mold Maker/Designer Injection Molding Moldflow Presentations

Understanding the Role of Material Properties in Simulations, Part 2

We discuss material properties in injection molding simulations, including the definition of property requirements, identification of evaluation parameters, and the role of material properties at each stage of the injection molding process, from mold filling through cooling, post-filling and shrinkage/warpage considerations. full post

Plastics Material Supplier Mold Maker/Designer Packaging Injection Molding Moldflow Moldex3D Cadmould C-MOLD Presentations

High Speed Stress Strain Material Properties as Inputs for the Simulation of Impact Situations

With the recent changes in the crashworthiness requirements for US automobiles for improved safety, design engineers are being challenged to design interior trim systems comprised of polymeric materials to meet these new impact requirements. Impact analysis programs are being used increasingly by designers to gain an insight into the final part performance during the design stage. Material models play a crucial role in these design simulations by representing the response of the material to an applied stimulus. In this work, we seek to develop novel test methods to generate high speed stress-strain properties of plastics, which can be used as input to structural analysis programs... full post

Plastics Metals Aerospace and Defense Material Supplier Toys/Sporting Goods Packaging Home Appliances High Speed Testing Nonlinear Material Models Structural Analysis Thermoforming LS-DYNA Abaqus ANSYS MSC.DYTRAN PAM-CRASH Research Papers

Principles of Polymer Engineering, 2nd Edition: Book Review

This book presents a concise and easily readable introduction to polymer behavior for design and production engineers. It seeks to explain the behavior of plastics and rubber using a materials science framework, by relating observed phenomena to changes in morphological and molecular structure. This presents a powerful way for engineers to grasp the underlying factors that make polymers the complex materials that they are. The reader is encouraged to step away from using linear-elastic metals concepts when designing with plastics. The pitfalls of such simplifications are pointed out and guidelines are presented to aid the designer in adopting a non-linear approach. full post

Plastics Rubbers Nonlinear Material Models Book Review

Polymer Melt Rheology: A guide for Industrial Practice: Book Review

Two approaches to polymer processing rheology are discernible; by theoreticians. who are concerned with a fundamental description of what would be happening if certain idealized criteria are met; and by practitioners, who are concerned with the results of what is actually happening.” In his newly revised book, Mr. Cogswell skillfully treads the middle ground between these camps, providing an interesting, informative guide to rheology for the design engineer. full post

Rheology Industrial Goods Book Review

Mechanical Properties of Polymers and Composites, 2nd Edition: Book Review

This book presents a valuable resource for engineers and designers seeking to apply structural analysis and other advanced methods to the design of plastic parts. The reader learns what to expect for the mechanical properties of polymers and develops a grasp of how plastics respond to various applied stress conditions. The book introduces mechanical tests and polymer transitions, moving onward into chapters on elastic behavior, creep and stress relaxation, dynamic mechanical properties, stress- strain behavior and strength, It also covers abrasion, fatigue, friction and stress cracking. Additionally, the effects of fillers and fibers on these properties are considered. full post

Mechanical Plastics Structural Analysis Composites Book Review

Injection Molding Handbook: Book Review

This book, edited by the Wisconsin based team of Osswald, Turng and Gramman, represents a compilation of work by several well known authors and brings together a body of knowledge that will be appreciated by injection molding professionals and students of plastics processing. full post

Plastics Injection Molding Book Review

Structural Analysis of Thermoplastic Components: Book Review

The primary purpose of this book is to describe the application of modern engineering analysis techniques to the design of components fabricated from thermoplastic materials. The book, the first of its kind to address the unique behavioral characteristics of thermoplastics and their impact on finite element analysis (FEA), points out the need for plastics designers to move on to nonlinear analysis in order to truly simulate the behavior of plastic parts. According to the authors, the easy availability of high speed computing and efficient analysis codes means that it is no longer necessary nor cost-effective to restrict oneself to simple linear analyses. full post

Plastics Nonlinear Material Models Structural Analysis Thermoforming Book Review