AEDC helps reduce project lead time and financial risks
We collaborate with car manufacturers and their suppliers to stay abreast with the most innovative, technical trends. The Trinseo Application Engineering & Design Centre (AEDC) is closely cooperating with our Marketing, TS&D and sales team to continuously support our customers bringing new ideas to the market.
Application engineering, virtual prototyping using Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) tools, is the basis of Trinseo's AEDC portfolio. Virtual prototyping is an indispensable service provided to our customers while being most valuable at the earlier stages of an application development process. Needless to mention, virtual prototyping being a relevant trouble-shooting tool for existing applications as well.
We enable and facilitate analysis, comparisons, and discussion of new or alternative parts or tool designs as well as manufacturing scenarios. Our AEDC combines specific resin as well as CAE expertise to support and enhance our customers' engineering projects. Hereby, virtual prototyping reduces project lead time and financial risks to our customer's application development trajectory.
The AEDC's virtual prototyping toolbox
Based on a number of software tools we offer our customers a broad range of services including structural- and process simulation. We can define process parameters for materials, provide ideas on applications, demonstrate the projected appearance of the end-product, and suggest options to improve their design or processing.
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Creo: concept visualization, rendering, interfacing, etc.
Pre- and post-processing
- Hyper Works: FEA mesh generation, interfacing, post-processing, etc.
- LS-PrePost: pre- and post-processing structural simulation results, etc
- Moldflow: injection molding simulation incl. shrinkage/warpage for fiber-filled, gas-assist, injection-compression, physical foam, etc.
- BlowView: blow molding simulation (EBM, ISBM, etc.)
- FormView: thermo-forming simulation
- LS-Dyna: linear/non-linear solver, static/dynamic, implicit/explicit, vibrations, buckling, creep, etc.
- LS-Opt/Optistruct: general optimization, such as minimum weight for multiple load-cases
- LS-Tasc: topology optimization
- Digimat: multi-scale, micro-mechanical material modeling
Supporting implementation of materials and improvement of applications
The following case sketches provide brief insights into some of the AEDC projects. Our AEDC can support on implementing and improving applications with services ranging from concept design, via process simulation of the material’s conversion process up to mechanical simulation and optimization of the product.
Dialysis filter housing using CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate
We supported different suppliers on a project of dialysis filter housing with our engineering expertise in view of part- and tool design, simulation DOE, simulated drop tests etc. This way our AEDC helped position Trinseo's CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate as a second supply for this housing production.
Co-development and engineering of a liftgate for Renault using ENLITE™ Structural Polymers
We supported Renault in the development and engineering of the worldwide first mono-polymer liftgate in the 2012 Renault Clio. This lightweight project involved extensive process simulation including both shrinkage/warpage simulation and fiber-length analysis for the definition of optimal processing of the Trinseo ENLITE™ PP-LGF.
The semi-structural Clio liftgate project was the opening for our successful ongoing collaboration with Renault in developing and engineering the liftgate of the current Espace (providing 15% weight saving) and further new model releases by the French OEM.
Weight optimization for glass-fiber (GF) reinforced parts
The fiber orientation in a GF reinforced part is changing with the part's wall-thickness. Therefore, engineering for lightweight LGF parts relies on process simulation and multi-scale material modeling. In a first step of analysis this includes a baseline process and structural simulation. In a second step of multi-scale material modeling (structural FEA using e.g. LS-Dyna, Digimat) we are able to iteratively optimize the wall thicknesses resulting in a significantly lighter part.
Part optimization of a blow-molded seatback for VAG
Iterative crash simulations including simulated wall-thickness resulted in a solution using PULSE™ 6000 BG fulfilling all of the OEM’s requirements. Final testing of the blow-molded seatback proved these results of the crash simulation to be correct. The solution has been implemented in the VW Scirocco and other models.
Start your conversation with our AEDC specialists
Our AEDC team collaborates with Trinseo customers around the world on strategic projects reducing project lead time and financial risks. We support you on addressing the challenges that the automotive industry faces today and will face tomorrow.
If you like to know more about the Trinseo AEDC and possible benefits for your projects, don't hesitate to contact our experts:
Berend Hoek, Senior Design Specialist
Gerhard Slik, Senior Development Specialist