Our customer wants to answer the following question:
Can we predict which components to use with precision, in which proportions to create a new fire-resistant material, in a few days?
We started with a database of 500 records. The records contain lab tests results on the fire-resistance of different materials under diverse circumstances. For each record, the database includes both pieces of information on the material and the test setup. As far as the material is concerned, it indicates the type of resin used, its density, its polymer class, its fabric, the weaving style, the weave weight, the solvent, the paint. Regarding the test setup, the fire agent experiments are logged, and the laboratory in charge of the testing.
Quaartz has found several combinations of components which designed excellent fire-resistant materials in a short amount of time. Where it typically takes several months to develop fire-resistant material between the formulation by the material design team and the lab testing, it takes here the same material design team six days to achieve the same result. Quaartz empowers the material design team to mine 40 years of lab testing data and extracts the essential information, where the team saved months. The most impacting factors were the prepreg (i.e., pre-impregnated) resin used, the material’s thickness (by far the most important criteria), and the resin density.
Quaartz made such predictions with 86% accuracy.
Once identified, we can visualize, through valuable ‘Live Predict’ visualization (what-if analysis), what will happen if we vary the material’s thickness.