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

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
0611062
Award Id:
79513
Agency Tracking Number:
0611062
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1206 Birch Street, Houghton, MI, 49931
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mahesh Supta
Dr
(906) 487-6502
mahesh@plasticflow.com
Business Contact:
Mahesh Supta
Dr
(906) 487-6502
mahesh@plasticflow.com
Research Institute:
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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