Software developer Abaqus Inc. has upgraded its Abaqus finite element analysis tools to allow tire engineers to analyze tire tread/road interaction more accurately.
Abaqus, the Providence, R.I.-based subsidiary of France´s Dassault Systemes, said Abaqus Version 6.6 will permit engineers to simulate how a tread design performs under acceleration, braking and cornering maneuvers.
In particular, Dassault said the new version offers engineers the potential to simulate tread structures in a steady rolling state.
The new version of the software will allow tire firms to include the effects of detailed tire tread with road interaction in simulations of rolling tires.
Abaqus said this feature, along with enhancements related to acoustic simulation of the inflated tire systems, exceeds other available software in its ability to accurately model complex tire structures.
David Dryden, manager, research and technology at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., an Abaqus customer, said his firm is "looking forward to the ability to apply an extension of steady-state transport theory to periodic treaded tire structures."
Dale Berry, Abaqus director of industry solutions, said the Version 6.6 will allow for greater accuracy.
"The idea is in making the capability much more efficient and user friendly, so that more accurate results can be obtained with the right tread," he said.
For more information, visit the company´s Web site at www.abaqus.com.
The new Gusmer/Decker RimCell LT metering and dispensing unit from Graco Inc. is designed to produce small molded products, such as toys, thermalware and sporting equipment.
It is an ideal entry-level option for those who want to enter the reaction injection molding market, according to the company.
RimCell LT is engineered with an open design for simplified maintenance. Its self-cleaning mix head eliminates day-to-day solvent and solvent waste expense, the firm said.
For more information, visit www.graco.com.
Union Process Inc. is offering a new eight-page brochure showcasing the company´s range of products and services, along with its history and growth over the past 60 years.
The brochure, titled "The Evolution of Milling Technology," outlines the process of solving a size reduction problem, from initial analysis of the problem and the customer´s size reduction requirements to testing and evaluation to recommendation of the most cost-effective milling solution.
For a copy of the brochure, visit www.unionprocess.com.
Rapidoor, from WSF Industries Inc., provides a fast-opening closure for pressure vessels with an extra-large diameter to accommodate OTR and mining tires, according to the company.
The Rapidoor closure has an inner diameter of 182 inches with a 36-inch straight skirt to fit a 10-foot long rubber vulcanizer.
The enclosure weighs about 33,000 pounds but will open or close in less than 30 seconds and features a locking ring that provides an immediate, positive seal when rotating into a locking position, the company said.
For more information, contact the company by phone at 716-692-4930 or 800-874-8265 or visit www.wsfindustries.com/rapidoor.htm.