Finite Element Modeling of Solid Polymers (Part 1)

This two-day, web-based course covers a review of polymer mechanics theory, techniques and tools for experimentally characterizing polymers, and hands-on training on how to perform accurate finite element simulations of polymer components. This is the original training class that we have been gi

Case study

Additively Manufactured Lattices
Additive manufacturing (AM) enables the production of complex lattice structures that cannot feasibly or economically be manufactured any other way. However, there are complicating factors that engineers are likely to confront when designing fine AM lattice structures: geometric inaccuracy and anisotropic material properties.
Anisotropy of 3D-Printed Polymers
Many additively manufactured polymers exhibit anisotropic mechanical properties which must be accounted for by engineers designing with these materials. This case study illustrates the importance of testing additively manufactured polymers at many orientations to identify the range of isotropic behavior as well as the optimal build orientation.
Broken Rail Train Derailment
A train derails with an ensuing fire and evacuation of a neighborhood. What was the root cause of the derailment?
Cohesive Zone Model (CZM) Calibration
Cohesive zone modeling is a powerful tool for predicting delamination in adhesively bonded structures. Veryst engineers use their expertise in experimental and computational fracture mechanics to calibrate cohesive zone models for accurate prediction of adhesive failure.
Cranial Perforators
Medical devices, such as the cranial perforator here, show imperfections that are rejected by physicians. Veryst investigates the source of these imperfections and recommends steps to remove them.
Design of Reinforced Hoses
A high-strength reinforced hose failed in service under normal operating conditions well before its intended design life. Inspections of the subject hose revealed that failure was mainly due to delamination.
FEA of Absorbable PLLA Bone Screw
The nonlinear deformation and material relaxation associated with modeling the polymer screws for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction makes predicting key quantities such as stresses and holding forces challenging. Veryst, with its unique ability to test and model PLLA materials, was able to develop material and finite element models that predict the important short-term pull-out forces as well as the evolution of stresses over time.
FTIR microscopy analysis of thermoplastic solvent bonding
Solvent bonding, although an effective way to join thermoplastics, can pose process challenges that reduce bond strength. Veryst uses FTIR microscopy to characterize the interface structure of solvent bonds, obtaining a “chemical image” of the solvent-bonded interface. The result is a full understanding of the bond and ways to improve its strength and reliability.
Guidewire Entanglement
Guidewires and stents can become entangled during deployment. Veryst assists in determining whether product design plays any role in these events.
High Rate Temperature Response of Polymers
Polymers exhibit significant temperature-dependent mechanical response. Veryst tested a PEEK material at multiple temperatures and calibrated the PolyUMod® Three Network (TN) material model for finite element simulation.
High Strain Rate Testing of Fiber-Reinforced Thermoplastics
Understanding composite materials’ impact response as a function of fiber direction is important for a wide range of uses, from automotive applications for crashworthiness to consumer product uses for drop and impact resistance. Veryst evaluated the high strain rate response of both glass fiber and carbon fiber reinforced PEEK (polyether ether ketone) using the Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar test method.
Impact Fracture Toughness of Adhesive Joints
Veryst developed a new test method for measuring fracture toughness under impact loading that does not require measurement of load or crack length. We have used this method to help clients in the automotive and electronics industry understand how adhesives fail under impact conditions.
Insufflation Analysis
To compare the performance of two gas humidification devices, Veryst Engineering performed gas flow testing, device examination and CFD analysis.
Osteotome Fracture
An osteotome unexpectedly failed during a plastic surgery operation. Veryst was hired to explain the failure.

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