Finite Element Analysis
Plazology has been playing an active role in supporting customer with new design concept, as well as improving part reliability via the use of FEA. Moulding simulation result is also often exported into the FEA platform, to give more realistic and representative simulated data.
Finite element analysis (FEA) make use of numerical methods via mathematical physics to predict a component’s reaction/behaviour upon physical effects. These could be due to mechanical stresses (both internal or external loading), motion, heat transfer, fatigue and more.
In its most simple form, numerical analysis is the simplification of real-world instances with some assumptions made, to aid the analysis process. Therefore, if less or more reserved assumptions are specified, the more accurate and close the results would be to that of the real-world situation.
However, in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) it is much easier to write this than it is in actual practice. The process involves many complex calculations, careful considerations of boundary conditions, logical contact interactions and many more parameters to appropriately apply FEA.
In today’s fast-moving world, virtual simulation is often utilised to reduce the need for prototype and testing. FEA can be used during the new design development stage, as well as to improve or troubleshoot existing products. This allows for the product development process to be accelerated, reducing the overall time.
To bridge the gap between virtual and reality, Plazology has invested heavily on software capability which enable results from moulding simulation to be incorporated into our FEA platform. This essentially allow us to use non-utopia CAD model (due to plastic shrinkage and/or part deformation), while carrying out FEA. Anisotropic behaviour due to fiber orientation, can also be simulated.
Benefits of Finite Element Analysis Simulation include:
• Ability to accurately evaluate the performance & safety of any design prior to manufacture
• Determine and resolve design faults early in product development process
• Minimise the amount materials & maximise product performance.
• Speed up the overall time to market
• Reduce development costs
Plazology takes full advantages of the industry’s leading finite element analysis packages, primarily utilising ABAQUS Standard/Explicit. FEA provides the ability to explore a wide range of industry options, from design and prototyping to manufacturing and production.
Plazology offer full moulding simulation capability using Moldex3D software. Over 25 years in the plastics industry from mould design through to moulding process optimisation have given us great experience in conducting simulation that gives reliable and informative results.
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