BASF's Integrative Simulation builds the production process of the plastic component into the calculation of its mechanical performance (see fig.). Using a numerical FE filling simulation as a basis, the anisotropic fiber orientations at each point of the component are transferred to the corresponding areas in the mechanical component (mapped). This is provided by a completely new numerical description of the material which takes the properties typical of the plastic including
- Dependence on strain rate
- Tension-compression asymmetry
- Failure performance
- Dependence on temperature
into account in the mechanical analysis.