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Ashland releases new Arena-flow1 version 5.5 computer-aided engineering software upgrade

Ashland Plastics Europe : 01 October, 2005  (New Product)
Taking a virtual look into sand core-making and tooling design just got better thanks to several innovations released in the new Arena-flow version 5.5 computer-aided engineering software from Ashland Casting Solutions, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc.
A new proprietary transient curing model has been added to the software. This feature simulates the progression of the catalyst curing front as it passes through a cold-box sand core. Users can specify various process conditions such as amount of catalyst, gassing pressures, gassing times and more to optimize tooling designs. Core-making cycle times can be minimized in a virtual environment prior to the production of expensive cold-box tooling, significantly reducing start-up times and costs.

In addition to the new curing model, users will find marked improvements in several core blowing models. First introduced in Arena-Flow version 5.0, additional advanced grid generator options have been added to give users extensive functional control. New logic upgrades have also been added to Arena-flow version 5.5 to check for allowable settings in order to maintain high accuracy and minimal mesh sensitivity.

'Each of these enhancements has resulted in reductions in set-up and processing times while improving simulation accuracy,' said Nigel Yeomans, Ashland Casting Solutions project engineer.

No software upgrade is complete without making the software more user friendly, and Arena-flow version 5.5 meets that challenge by adding a new smart interface. The software will now detect and correct user input errors thanks to an enhanced error-checking algorithm.

Arena-flow technology was developed by Arena, LLC of Albuquerque, N.M., in conjunction with General Motors, NASA, the Department of Energy and most recently, Ashland Casting Solutions. Arena-flow computer-aided engineering software technology can be accessed by software license agreements as well as contract engineering projects conducted in Ashland Casting Solution's Design Services Center.

To receive additional information about Arena-flow version 5.5 computer-aided engineering software, contact Ashland Casting Solutions Design Center Manager Trever Skilnick at (614) 790-6532.

Ashland Casting Solutions, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, is a leader in supplying products, technologies, and services to the global metal casting marketplace. The group has operations (including licensees and joint ventures) in 21 countries.

Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc., is a leading, worldwide supplier of specialty chemicals serving industries including adhesives, automotive, composites, metal casting, merchant marine, paint, paper, plastics, watercraft and water treatment. Visit to learn more about these operations.
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