Transformation of a Metal Component in a Plastic Material. How To Take into Account the Effect of the Manufacturing Process on the Mechanical Performance?

Check new webinar of MSC Software products – e-Xstream webinar

Date – 11 April 2017

Time – 11:00 AM Eastern time (17:00 Paris time)

Speaker – Dr. Bernard Alsteens, Customer Services

Cost – Paid Webinar

Price – $160

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This session will help you better understand how the performances of semi-structural and structural parts are influenced by the manufacturing process used to produce them, and how to optimize the design of both the part and the manufacturing process to reach the target performances.

The performances that will be addressed over the course of this webinar are NVH as well as static and dynamic (impact/crash) stiffness and strength. The session will be illustrated by case studies made around a short fiber reinforced thermoplastic component, injection molded.


Lightweight materials and design have always been an important topic in product design across several industries including automotive and aerospace. Engineers show a strong interest in the replacement of metals with composite and plastic materials. Light weighting is most often achieved considering chopped and/or continuous fibers reinforced plastic, leading to their ever-increasing use in the design of semi-structural and structural components.

To assist this metal to composite or plastic transition on the numerical side, one of the biggest challenges is to adequately account for the dependency of stiffness and strength to the process related characteristics (local fiber orientation, fiber volume fraction, porosities…) and to the load characteristics (strain rate, temperature, nature of the load…).