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Top load analysis of a plastic container

Finite Element Analysis
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Plastic containers for food or for industrial applications must support a minimum top load charge for stacking but must also be as light (thin) as possible to reduce material.

structural Finite Element Analysis was performed on several design iterations of a container to obtain the best trade off between top load resistance and weight.

Non-linear material definition was used for the polymer and non-linear solver (MSC MARC) were used to accurately predict the buckling point and post bucking behavior.

Key Benefits  

  • Rapidity of the results
  • Minimizing weight without physical prototypes
  • Optimal material thickness to meet top-load specification