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Graphic element Best practice guidelines for designing with plastics
     
 
"Virtual consultant" software makes best practice guidelines readily available to designers, including valuable information concerning the behaviour of plastics under critical conditions.
 

Plastics are among the most important and widely used production materials in the world today. A wide variety of plastics is available possessing an equally wide variety of physical, chemical and mechanical properties. However not all designers have the necessary data or experience to make intelligent choices about which plastics are best suited to their needs.

This project was aimed at the creation of a "virtual consultant", making best practice guidelines readily available to designers. The new software package includes valuable information gained from practical experience concerning the behaviour of plastics under critical conditions, the most important being failure due to creep fatigue under conditions of high stress.

The new system promises cheaper and more reliable plastic components in consumer products, as well as in highly engineered and more efficient industrial products. Designers can now develop new products more quickly and with greater confidence in materials which may be new to them.

Ten SME partners have validated the new knowledge database and the resulting product is now being marketed globally as part of a software suite.

Cordis RCN: 42895
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