Henkel Adhesive Technologies

Henkel Adhesive Technologies


Finite element analysis

Finite element analysis and modeling helps predict performance, optimize designs, and identify weak points for efficient and reliable bonding. This method supports material exploration while reducing waste, and enhancing overall product quality.

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Why use finite element analysis and modeling?

The finite element analysis (FEA) modeling is a widely utilized method for resolving mathematical and engineering problems and presents valuable insights for mechanical, thermodynamic, and electromechanical challenges, and more. Since it is possible to test different types of material modeling in finite element analysis, it reduces the need for prototypes.

Advantages of finite element analysis

Accelerate product designs with FEA services

Extensive experience

Our employees possess extensive experience with various types of data cards and finite element software packages.

Professional expertise

Most of our team possess a bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) or higher (PhD/MA) in a chemical or scientific field.

Data-driven input

Material data cards or input files are generated for various mechanical applications and used in design processes.

Testing services

We offer mechanical and analytical testing services to create material data cards for a wide range of applications.

FEA model types

Viscoelastic finite element analysis employs a continuum-based linear material model, featuring a combination of elastic and viscous properties. This type of FEA model analysis allows for the consideration of both temperature and strain-rate dependencies in the mechanical response. It is specifically applied in scenarios involving small strain problems, offering a detailed understanding of material behavior under conditions where the impact of deformation is limited.

Electroplastic finite element analysis is a continuum-based material model that incorporates both elastic and plastic characteristics, allowing for the representation of permanent deformation and nonlinear behavior in adhesives. This model accurately captures the response under various loading conditions such as tensile, compression, and shear. Depending on the calibration, it can also account for strain rate and temperature effects. Pressure-sensitive elastoplastic models are frequently employed for polymers and adhesives, ensuring a comprehensive simulation of their behavior in diverse mechanical scenarios.

Finite strain is a continuum-based nonlinear material model that uses parallel networks of non-linear springs and dashpots to simulate the mechanical response of adhesives. The non-linear elastic behavior of the springs is determined by a strain energy density function, often characterized by hyper-elasticity. This model is typically utilized to represent adhesives undergoing substantial deformations with nonlinear viscous behavior. It accommodates mechanical responses under tension, compression, and shear. Depending on experimental inputs, temperature, strain rate, permanent set, and relaxation effects can be incorporated, offering a comprehensive representation of the adhesive's behavior under varying conditions.

A cohesive zone FEA model is a fracture mechanics-based material model designed for simulating crack separation within a bond line. This model incorporates traction-separation laws for mode I, mode II, and mode III fractures, with mixed mode behavior calibrated using experimental data. Its application is particularly valuable in predicting cohesive failures within adhesive bonds.


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