Understanding the complex behaviour of plastics is an essential requirement for the successful design of plastic parts and processing processes. The properties of the material are not defined until the processing stage.
The aim of our research and development activities is to analyse and model the behaviour of the material with regard to its suitability for a particular application. From this, we derive reliable data for a realistic prediction – i.e. related to the material and the load – of the part properties within the context of virtual product development. We model processing processes with the aim of contributing to process and mould design by simulation, and of simulating and specifically adjusting the processing-dependent material behaviour in the part.
Our focus is on thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers, thermosetting plastics and elastomers. Material combinations such as cohesive plastic/metal hybrids are also a subject of research.