NOVA Chemicals has launched its updated Bonfire Multi-layer Property Predictor. This web-based tool allows users to predict the performance of complex film structures with up to 9 layers.
Enhancements in the new version include new calculations, structure templates, reports for offline reference and an expanded resin database that saves customers time and resources when developing new structures and applications.
“Predictive tools like Bonfire allow our users to develop new structures more efficiently,” says Dan Ward, NOVA Chemicals technical service specialist. “We’re continuously developing new calculations and features for our interactive tools to help our customers deliver new products to market faster and more easily.”
Bonfire, which was first launched in 2015, is a free tool for NOVA Chemicals’ film customers and partners that provides a robust interactive platform for film structure modeling. The predictor allows customers to simulate and compare a wider range of structure design options than would be feasible with physical trials, and ultimately launch new applications more quickly and cost-effectively.
The launch of the enhanced Bonfire tool introduces new features that allow users to save even more time and customize their structures and applications more efficiently. An intuitive user interface walks users through the process of building potential structures while giving them the ability to select any NOVA Chemicals resins and non-polyethylene (PE) polymers that are commonly used in multi-layer structures. Additionally, users can now estimate bending stiffness, which translates to converting line speeds; calculations for MD (machine direction) tear and penetration energy will be added in the next several months. Common structure types can be saved as templates for later use.