Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® Insight software offers the ability to predict the orientation of fibers in a molded part, and it has recently added a capability for predicting fiber length attrition. This information is useful for both short- and long-fiber molding compounds. But what lies behind these predictions? This class looks at the concepts behind the modeling of fiber orientation and fiber length. There are some equations, but the emphasis is on understanding the ideas behind each model. We start with the original fiber orientation model of Jeffery (from 1923!) and work up to the latest models for long-fiber molding compounds. We also look at the newest addition to this area—a model for process-induced changes in fiber length. The overall goal is to help attendees make smart choices about which orientation model to use and to understand how to choose the material parameters in each model.
- Identify and apply the 2 qualitative rules of flow-induced fiber orientation
- Explain how fiber orientation is represented and calculated within Autodesk Moldflow
- Describe the ideas behind different fiber orientation models (Folgar-Tucker, RSC, ARD)
- Explain how material parameters in these models are determined from experimental data
Charles Tucker studied Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T., where he received the S.B., S.M, and Ph.D. degrees. Since 1978 he has been a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he now holds the Alexander Rankin Professorship in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He also serves the campus as the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Innovation.Dr. Tucker's performs research on manufacturing processes for polymers and composite materials. His models for predicting fiber orientation in injection- and compression-molded composites are used worldwide in commercial injection molding software packages. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and he serves on the editorial board of International Polymer Processing. Dr. Tucker edited the book Fundamentals of Computer Modeling for Polymer Processing and, with his colleague Jonathan Dantzig, wrote Modeling in Materials Processing.