SBIR Phase I: Three-Dimensional Simulation of Polymer Coextrusion using a Fixed Finite Element Mesh

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0611062
Agency Tracking Number: 0611062
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
Plastic Flow, LLC
1206 Birch Street, Houghton, MI, 49931
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mahesh Supta
 Dr
 (906) 487-6502
 mahesh@plasticflow.com
Business Contact
 Mahesh Supta
Title: Dr
Phone: (906) 487-6502
Email: mahesh@plasticflow.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovative Research Phase I project involves development of asoftware for an accurate simulation of polymer co-extrusion. The new co-extrusion software will use a unique proprietary constitutive theory, which can accurately capture the complex rheological behavior of polymers. The three-dimensional mesh of tetrahedral finite elements in the co-extrusion system will remain unaltered during the co-extrusion simulation. Instead of requiring the interface between different polymers to match with finite element boundaries, the interface will be allowed to cut through the finite elements. The new software will provide design engineers as well as engineering students a useful tool to perform numerical experiments for optimization of co-extrusion systems. Many different types of companies, including plastic material suppliers, plastic part manufacturers and extrusion equipment manufacturers, will be able to cut cost and increase revenues using this software.

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