In the last few decades, polymers have emerged as a cost-effective, flexible solution for numerous applications in the materials and chemical processing industries. Because of their light weight, impact strength and processability at relatively low temperatures, plastic and rubber parts have experienced enormous growth in demand, despite surging oil prices and competition from alternatives such as metals and glass. At the same time, global competition continues to put pressure on profit margins and time to market, pushing manufacturers to constantly innovate in the areas of product performance and production efficiency.
Virtual prototyping, supported by the breadth and power of ANSYS engineering simulation for polymer processing from, has proven to be a cost-effective approach to designing and manufacturing better polymer products faster and cheaper than ever before. The scalability of ANSYS software provides engineers with the flexibility to quickly create new polymer processes, investigate important details of processes, examine the effects of alternative materials, and test extremely innovative approaches. The applications can cover both CFD for polymer processing including ANSYS Polyflow as well as ANSYS FEA for polymer processing and can include mixing, extrusion, blow molding, drop and impact analysis.
In considering polymer designs and processes, comprehensive multiphysics functionality is often needed to generate a complete virtual model that reveals the interactions between different system components. ANSYS software enables engineers to investigate material modifications, operating condition adjustments and process changes. R&D initiatives — such as Innovative techniques that can lead to major process advancements — can be investigated at a much lower cost, and with a much lower degree of risk.
Engineering simulation solutions from ANSYS are widely used across all polymer processing applications.