Accession Number : ADA195509

Title :   Choosing a PC-Based Finite Element Code for Packaging Design Applications.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Apr-15 Sep 87,

Corporate Author : ARMAMENT DIV (AFSC) EGLIN AFB FL DEPUTY FOR MUNITIONS AND ARMAMENT EQUIPMENT

Personal Author(s) : Cutler, Luann J

PDF Url : ADA195509

Report Date : May 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : This technical note documents the evaluation of four PC-based finite element programs (SUPERSAP, NISA II-PC, COSMOS/M, and PAL2) for use in packaging engineering. There is a growing need for design analyses before committing to prototype fabrication of containers and cushioning. Similar analyses are crucial during the development of munitions and equipment; analysis can uncover design flaws overlooked by the developer. A PC-based finite element program which can be used on the Zenith Z-248 and Computervision Personal Designer workstations in conjunction with the resident CADD software would provide design engineers a powerful combination of design and analysis tools. Requirements for the program are defined in terms of performance capabilities, hardware and software interfaces, and usability. Though the requirements were tailored toward packaging engineering, they are generally suitable for other engineering applications. Each program was numerically rated against criteria derived from the above general requirements to obtain an overall rating. The results and conclusions address the ratings and preference ranking of the programs for packaging design applications.

Descriptors :   *PACKAGING, *FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS, *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, FABRICATION, COMPATIBILITY, INTERFACES, OUTPUT, COSTS, GRAPHICS, CONTAINERS, MODIFICATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

Subject Categories : Containers and Packaging
      Computer Programming and Software
      Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE