Commercial finite element codes do not effectively simulate rubber & plastic in extreme oilfield conditions. Product development and sustaining therefore require time consuming & expensive validation testing. Realistic rubber simulation would drive substantial innovation, even when oil prices are low.
Psylotech provides an ABAQUS software add-on module, making it easy for clients to quickly integrate effective polymer simulation into their existing process. With this tool, many products could be refined through simulation and virtual prototyping, including:
- Failure of packers deployed over extended periods in harsh environments
- Dynamic loading temperature build-up in mud motors and submersible pumps
- O-rings in roller cone bits
In this challenging time of low oil prices, implementing simulation can help efficiently use resources and prepare for turn around. Learn more about our advanced polymer simulation process.
Car companies are federally mandated to achieving 54.5 mpg average mileage by 2025. Lightweight structures are key to reaching this target. Psylotech’s Visca™ polymer simulation solution enables a streamlined path to quickly incorporate sophisticated temperature and strain-rate dependent properties into composites and the adhesives needed to join them to the car’s structure. Psylotech’s µTS miniature load frame can test through-thickness properties on aluminum castings or welded joints.
Indeed, any load-bearing plastic part stands to benefit from Psylotech’s Visca™ simulation solution. Some examples include: improving tires, understanding brake pad fade, designing dashboards for high-rate air-bag deployments and evaluating under-hood plastic part lifetime.
Imagine the design of lightweight composite body-armor for soldiers. Psylotech technologies can meaningfully impact this life-saving application. The miniature universal load frame can provide simulation validation data for fibers in kevlar, soft tissue and bone. Visca™ polymer solution provides rate and temperature dependence for the composite matrix. Designers can simulate the entire impact event, from body armor panel to soft tissue to bone. The result is an optimized jacket design through virtual prototyping.
Other light-weight structural polymer military applications can also benefit, such as tank & ship armor, missiles, ordinance and air frames.
The Visca™ polymer simulation solution effectively accommodates elevated temperature, cyclic loading, pressure and even solvent absorption effects on polymers. Virtual prototyping of polymer implants like synthetic heart valves or synthetic cartilage can improve component lifetime and quality, potentially resulting in quicker FDA approval and reduced need for future operations to replace worn implants.
Psylotech’s µTS small scale testing is also a powerful tool for medical implants. Stent testing can provide local strain fields during deployment. Measuring interfacial strength between bone and rods or screws can combine with simulation to optimize such operations. Ask us how to customize grips for your biological materials, including fluid baths and temperature control.
Advanced materials have been known to improve athletic performance in everything from golf to skiing to racquet sports. Consider golf. The Visca™ polymer simulation solution can guide engineering design, tuning balls or carbon fiber shafts to specific weather conditions. Otherwise, performance on a cold morning or a hot summer’s day can be substantially different.
Indeed, any sport application involving composites stand to benefit from Psylotech’s simulation and instrumentation. Effective simulation can quickly optimize layup and materials in everything from skis to surfboards. In athletic shoes, the complete interfacial strain field between shock absorbing foams and hard rubber treads can be tested. Carbon fiber tennis racquets can be lightened and optimized for resonance. Contact us to discuss innovation in your sporting goods application.
The country’s bridges are aging, many operating beyond their intended service lifetime. Carbon fiber has been proposed as a solutions to reinforce concrete support structures. Visca™ provides a simulation solution to predict lifetime for the fix, potentially including environmental exposure and loading history. The µTS offers insight into the small-scale interface between the cement and carbon fiber.
Water & gas pipelines are also aging and require replacement. Visca™ can predict lifetime of modern PVC pipeline materials, including temperature and loading history effects.
Composite airframes and satellite structures, as well as the adhesives needed to join them, are strong candidates for realistic nonlinear viscoelastic modeling. Consider for example a composite wing. This beam-like structure sees cyclic loading from each flight and also creep loading during flight. As airplanes like Boeing’s 787 utilize more and more composites, experimentally validated micromechanics models becomre more and more crucial. The µTS provides experimental validation. Visca™ improves quality and lifetime prediction.
Note also, Visca™ itself considers time dependent response from multi length-scale based mechanisms. Fillers and plasticizers are commonly assumed to uniformly affect a polymer over its complete response. In reality, fillers only affect a limited range of length scales. Ask us how Psylotech’s approach can enable virtual design of experiments to accelerate the development of new materials tuned to specific applications.