A small consortium working to improve the ability of finite element analysis (FEA) to model the behaviour of rubber engineering components is looking for partners to become involved in taking the research further. Collaboration has already started between Professor Ray Ogden (Dept of Mathematics, University of Glasgow), Ir Albert Konter (MARC Analysis Research Corporation) and Dr Alan Muhr (Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre) on predicting the force-deformation behaviour of components. The emphasis is on non-linear and inelastic aspects of behaviour that are outside the scope of existing design formulae.
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