The dashboard looks like this with a worksheet tab for each configuration.
|Rubber State-of-Cure Calculator Dashboard.|
This section was added on 2/22/2014:
The implicit finite difference formulation is used to solve the for the temperatures in time and position. The implicit method is unconditionally stable in time, although this does not preclude using a small time step for improved accuracy. Progressively decreasing the time step until convergence is always good practice. The same is true for the spatial size. In this case the number of nodes. Any number of good references are available that describe the methodology including Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer by Incropera and DeWitt, 4th Edition.
This module assumes that the thermal properties (conductivity and specific heat) do not change over the temperature range and state-of-cure. It also assumes there is no significant additional heating from the curing kinetics.
The MS Excel Macro has been code signed with a 3rd party code signing certificate to allow higher macro security settings.
A version enabling a larger range of shapes is underway.