Category - Automotive

11
Mar

New Trailer Suspension Designs Tested in Hours Compared to Days or Weeks

Overview The primary function of heavy duty trailer suspensions is to link the trailer to its wheels. This provides a compliant connection which protects the trailer cargo from the shock and vibration inputs developed at the road surface. In addition, the suspension must meet the customers’ expectations for usable life, and do so while being ...
9
Mar

Adams dramatically reduces time to design child safety latch at Kiekert

Car doors are immensely complex systems that serve an immensely important function – safety. The child latch is an additional safety measure, one of many functions a side door latch performs. The child safety lock temporarily disables the operation of the inside door handle. When it is engaged, the rear doors can only be opened ...
23
Jul

Getting Students Ahead of the Curve

Engineering Simulation has become a critical, if not fundamental, part of the design and development process at all forward looking companies, big and small. Students entering the job market are expected to be familiar with simulation technologies and have proficiency in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) solutions, which would also give them an edge in the ...
9
Apr

Lightweight, High Performance Composites – Using FEA to Predict the Gradual Failure of Adhesives

Question: How can FEA be used to model the gradual failure of adhesives in composites? Answer: You use the cohesive zone modeling technique. Here is quick explanation of CZM from Andrew Main’s Use of Finite Element Analysis to Create Robust Composite Designs – Going Beyond First Ply Failure. Unlike virtual crack closure, cohesive zone modeling ...
3
Apr

Over Designing Fiber Reinforced Plastics

Attend our seminar in Southern California on April 23, 3013 Attend training in Indiana on May 30, 2013 Imagine you have designed a part, only to find out later the predicted maximum stresses are in fact lower. It’s too late to make any design modifications, and now your part is produced for a maximum stress ...
10
Jan

Acoustic Simulation – Leading French Automotive Supplier Relies on Actran Acoustics Software

Plastic Omnium Simulates Acoustics of Car Body Modules SANTA ANA, CA--(Business Wire – January 15th, 2013) – Free Field Technologies (FFT), an MSC Software company, today announced that Plastic Omnium has deployed the Actran/Acoustics and Vibro-Acoustics software, to simulate the acoustic attenuation of plastic panels and other components used in automobiles around the world. Plastic ...
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