The Coca-Cola Company

China Brand: SIMULIA
Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail

The Coca-Cola Company was created in a pharmacy in Atlanta in 1886. From those humble beginnings came a soft beverage company that now has more than 3,500 different products distributed worldwide and available in more than 200 countries. Coca-Cola has sold more than 26.7 billion unit cases worldwide, earning $46.5 billion dollars in revenue in 2011.

The Challenge

Coca-Cola’s engineers needed a reliable method to predict the movement of CO2 and O2 across the walls of their PET plastic soft drink bottles. Understanding these phenomena guides Coca-Cola’s global distributors about storage temperatures and expiration dates.

Dassault Systèmes Response

Additional capabilities in Abaqus software, including the mass diffusion method and the heat transfer method, could be easily incorporated into Coca-Cola’s existing Virtual Packaging Development System (also based on Abaqus) to study how variations in diffusion rate, solubility and crystallinity affect bottle performance over time.


Realistic simulation predicted real-world test values for both oxygen and carbon dioxide flow in PET bottles very accurately. Coca-Cola now has a validated methodology for proving out new bottle design concepts, giving them confidence that they can cost-effectively provide quality products to customers around the globe.