Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Celanese® Corp., announces that David Sheridan, senior design engineer, will receive a Best Paper Award in September during opening ceremonies of the 13th annual Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition. He will present the paper “Integrated Anisotropic Simulation for Components Made from Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics” Sept. 12, following a tutorial earlier in the day on “Design and Development of Precision Plastic Gear Transmissions.”
The paper, co-authored by Ulrich Mohr-Matuschek and Anton Grzeschik, Ticona, and Roland Peter, Inteva Roof Systems, discusses how accurately analyzing and predicting the mechanical behavior of components made from fiber-reinforced thermoplastics is complex because fibers are individually oriented during injection molding. Finite-element analysis often uses isotropic material models, but accuracy of results can be improved if local fiber orientations are considered with anisotropic material properties. The paper introduces the analysis process and a practical application.
Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws more than 700 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated to discussion and networking about advances in the transportation composites. The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001.