Predicting web compression performance from fiber properties
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-30
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Nonwoven webs are a critical component to many of KC's disposable absorbent articles. For example, some webs are responsible for fluid intake and distribution, and therefore must remain sufficiently open even under compressive loading. Material development can be accelerated by predicting functional web performance from experimental fiber data. A finite element model was developed to evaluate compression resistance of a non-woven web as a function of fiber properties. We will also outline examples of using an open-source computer graphics package, Blender, to more effectively communicate simulation results to the broader organization. With careful application, simple rendering approaches can help disseminate and market the use of simulation.