Predicting Plastic Part Performance With Up To 90 Percent Confidence

Performance material plastics have the opportunity to overpower metal components within the makeup of the vehicle, as automakers continue down the road to lightweighting.

But this only works if the part measures up to the performance of steel or aluminum, holds up under pressure and protects the vehicle's precious cargo. Unfortunately, the current standard performance analysis tools are just not cutting it.

BASF has changed that with its performance prediction technology, ULTRASIM®, which can routinely provide 90 - 95 percent accuracy when characterizing materials and their expected performance.

Pictured above is an infographic depicting how to predict part performance using BASF's ULTRASIM® technology tool. Pictured above is an infographic depicting how part performance is predicted using BASF's ULTRASIM® technology.

Unlike other finite element modeling tools, this technology will help eliminate "do-overs," saving product development time, money and materials. Ultimately, this technology gives you more peace of mind and confidence in the final product to move forward with a lightweight thermoplastic part.

Using ULTRASIM's highly sophisticated material characterization methods and analysis techniques, designers and engineers can account for the influence of injection molding process of a thermoplastic and study the following:

  • Structural performance of static loads
  • Structural performance for impact (crash) loads
  • Vibration and acoustic response
  • Fatigue and creep performance

It's not just the technology that sets this process above the rest though. The BASF team has the expertise and know-how to help interpret the results and modify plastic parts accordingly, resulting in the best final product possible.