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New version of this computational fluid dynamics software for polymers widens its scope and improves usability

Fluent : 12 October, 2000  (New Product)
Fluent Inc., announces the release of POLYFLOW 3.8. This software is uniquely suited to simulate flow, heat transfer, and chemical reaction in polymers and materials with similar properties, such as plastic, rubber, glass, food, and other consumer products. It is used by engineers and analysts as a virtual prototyping tool for quickly and effectively improving product and equipment designs.
Fluent Inc., announces the release of POLYFLOW 3.8. This software is uniquely suited to simulate flow, heat transfer, and chemical reaction in polymers and materials with similar properties, such as plastic, rubber, glass, food, and other consumer products. It is used by engineers and analysts as a virtual prototyping tool for quickly and effectively improving product and equipment designs.

According to Thierry Marchal, POLYFLOW Product Manager, 'POLYFLOW 3.8 was designed with our users to address their immediate requests. In addition to significant enhancements to the user-friendliness, we are proud to enter a new era of numerical simulation: the expert system. This solution management tool interacts with the users during the problem setup and simulation to ensure a solution as robust and fast as possible.'

New Capabilities in Blow Molding
In response to a critical need from the plastics blow molding and glass industries regarding the production of bottles, a feature in POLYFLOW 3.8 allows for computational coupling between the flow of the formed material, such as plastics or glass, and the heat conduction inside the mold. This coupling strongly improves the accuracy of the predicted temperature profile inside the formed product. POLYFLOW 3.8 also allows for comprehensive study of the extrusion blow molding process by enabling the user to read the data from the extrusion simulation into a subsequent blow molding simulation.

Easier to Use
The new graphics engine in POLYFLOW 3.8 provides high image quality and quick image refreshment. The process of building and manipulating the model is mouse-driven and intuitive. The Expert System diagnostic tool supervises both the setup of the problem and its execution and gives recommendations on how to speed-up the convergence of the problem. For additional ease in model building, POLYFLOW 3.8 now supports the pyramid meshing element. This element enables users to take advantage of the automatic meshing capabilities in POLYFLOW, dramatically reducing the work for modeling and meshing complex shapes, such as PVC window profiles or rubber profile dies.

POLYFLOW 3.8 includes an interface with M-Base Engineering + Software's CAMPUS Merge Program. Users can export material properties for flow simulation directly into POLYFLOW through this interface. Properties of over 6000 materials are available in the current CAMPUS database and more are planned for inclusion in later releases. This gives users the advantage of direct access to the world's leading plastics information system, ensuring high quality and comparable data based on international standards. In addition, this eliminates the need for users to manually convert material data.
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