10 October 2017
10 October 2017
Solvay has added data relative to new Amodel polyphthalamide (PPA), Ryton polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) and KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer grades to the Digimat-MX database tool of Digimat software from e-Xstream engineering, to store anisotropic measurements and related micromechanical models.
“As a leading innovator in plastic to metal substitution, Solvay offers advanced computer modelling to its customers and is committed to help them effectively simulate the mechanical performance of its materials when designing lightweight fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composite parts,” reports Michel Dubois, Global Technical Expertise Manager for Solvay’s Speciality Polymers Global Business Unit. “The addition of these Solvay grades to the Digimat-MX library signals an important new phase to further support design and simulation experts seeking to replace metal parts with lightweight advanced polymers and composites.”
The Solvay materials added to Digimat-MX are:
Today, all Solvay models provided in Digimat-MX library are mainly dedicated to quasi-static applications at different temperatures (elastoplastic and thermo-elastoplastic models). In response to customer requests Solvay’s Computer-Aided Engineering team identified the need to extend models to high speed impact simulations (up to 100 sec-1). These elasto-viscoplastic models are expected to be added to e-Xstream’s Digimat-MX library soon, as well as other material models for quasi-static applications.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.
ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.