NOVA Chemicals Introduces Enhanced Interactive Tool for Predicting Multilayer Film Performance

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (April 25, 2017) – NOVA Chemicals Corporation (“NOVA Chemicals”), a leading supplier of polyethylene in the Americas, recently launched its updated BONFIRESM Multilayer Property Predictor (BONFIRE), now available at This web-based tool is the latest version of NOVA Chemicals’ Multilayer Property Predictor (MPP), which allows customers to predict the performance of complex film structures with up to nine layers.

Enhancements in the new version include new calculations, structure templates, reports for offline reference, and an expanded resin database that save customers time and resources when developing new structures and applications.

“Predictive tools like BONFIRE allow our users to develop new structures more efficiently,” said Technical Service Specialist, Dan Ward, NOVA Chemicals. “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 film customers 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 multilayer structures. Additionally, customers 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. For reference offline, BONFIRE now lets users export their predicted structure data into a PDF report format.

NOVA Chemicals’ offers end-to-end applications development assistance to its customers, from discovery to commercialization. Promising structures simulated in BONFIRE can be produced, converted and tested at NOVA Chemicals’ state-of-the-art Centre for Performance Applications in Calgary, AB, reducing the need to use converters’ commercial assets. Visit to register and explore the BONFIRE Multilayer Property Predictor.


About NOVA Chemicals

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

About NOVA Chemicals Polyethylene Business

The NOVA Chemicals polyethylene business enables its customers’ success with a portfolio of more than 125 specialized SURPASS®, SCLAIR® and NOVAPOL® resins. Each new NOVA Chemicals resin is developed to meet customer requirements, from drop-in consistency to step-out performance attributes. Our customer-centric approach drives our business: customer success is our success.


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All results using the BONFIRE tool are estimations based on user’s reasonable assumptions. Actual test results may vary. NOVA Chemicals provides no warranty or guarantees around estimates, nor the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of this information. Any reliance placed on such information is strictly at the user’s risk. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on such materials. Additional terms and conditions associated with use of the tool are provided prior to registration for use.