Plastics Materials Database Manager

Several user interface enhancements to the Plastics Materials Database Manager improve its usability.

Display enhancements:
  • Gray color border and gray gridlines replace the yellow color border and gridlines to improve the readability of the material properties.
  • The Elastic Modulus, Poisson’s Ratio, and Thermal Expansion Coefficient plots are removed.
  • The material's polymer family and manufacturer name are removed from the title bar and are listed in separate material property fields.
Material properties enhancements:
  • The database stores detailed fiber and filler properties for filled materials. You can view these properties under the Filler Properties section.

  • In addition to the material's solid density, the database stores its melt density. You can view the material densities under the Density section.

  • The database stores the following Thermoset material properties, if they are available from the manufacturers:
    • PVT data for the cured and uncured states.
    • Heat of Reaction and Induction Time Constants.
    • Ejection Conversion and Initial Conversion.
    The solver is also enhanced to account for these additional material properties (when available) to improve the accuracy of Fill, Pack, and Warp simulations.
The classifications of the material's Data Source and Information field are revised.
Classification Description
Manufacturer Name Name of the manufacturer who provided the grade-specific material data.
Manufacturer Name; Generic PVT Data The Pressure Volume Temperature (PVT) data are generic, while the rest of the data are grade-specific and provided by the material manufacturer.
Manufacturer Name;*to be phased out The material manufacturer is planning to phase out the specific material grade.
SIMPOE The material data are from a legacy source and are not updated.
SIMPOE; Generic PVT Data The material data are from a legacy source and have been updated from constant density to generic PVT data to improve the accuracy of Fill, Pack, and Warp simulations.