The objectives of the project are to develop an automatic optimisation tool based on Polyflow which takes into account all aspects of die design.
In particular this includes flow-balance adjustments, wall-temperature adjustments and front-face design. The project will validate the tool for rubber and PVC profiles and for medical applications. This will allow a comparison with the traditional 'trial and error' approach and a report on the economic benefits of the new tool will be a deliverable of the project.
The use of the latest HPCN technology will reduce the computing time taken to design a complete die to less than one day on fast parallel computers. Simpler problems will take a similar time on a network of workstations. The problems to be tackled are numerically intensive because they involve non-linear fluid mechanics and optimisation and could not realistically be attempted without the use of high-performance computers.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
SA2 8PP Swansea