Simulation is nowadays an indispensable tool for plastics technology. At IKV, modern simulation methods are researched, developed and deployed to significantly reduce iterations and prototype trials, to evaluate the technical feasibility and performance of new products and processes in advance, to exploit the potential of the plastics to the full, and to optimise parts and processing methods to enable continuous virtual product development.
In doing this, we tackle various boundary conditions, such as the complex behaviour of the plastics under a wide variety of different loads, we keep a close eye on the latest innovations in materials and production processes, and we examine the ever-present pressure on time and costs.
We carry out research in the field of simulation with the focus on the following aspects:
IKV's research activities in the field of simulation are focused on the development and refinement of simulation methods and their validation on applications likely to be encountered in practice. The aim of the work is to transfer the scientific findings obtained about the material and its processing into application-related simulation tools.
The basis for any simulation is the material-related and load-related simulation of the material behaviour in material models. These models are calibrated on the basis of detailed material testing, which we carry out ourselves. We are just as familiar with the possibilities and limitations of the numerical processes as we are with the strengths and weaknesses of the different simulation tools.
The combination of material and process know-how and numerics forms the basis for IKV's strength in the field of simulation. At IKV, we research all the steps of a successful simulation under one roof – from building the model to interpreting the results.