Category - Automotive

24
Jun

Impact on a Stiffener for Lower B-Pillar

L&L Products is a provider of individual and innovative engineering solutions to the automotive industry and is known for superior engineering through the use of state-of-the-art simulation methods in the product development chain. However, they faced the challenges in moving towards greener technology by replacing classical metal design with composite structures. The purpose of transitioning was to utilize the outstanding performance of composite materials. However, this presented difficulties, mainly with predicting the injection molding process and achieving a high-quality prediction of the impact on a short fiber reinforced stiffener beam.  

16
Jun

Accurately Predicting the Behavior of Pneumatic Tires

When developing the sub-systems of a vehicle, compromises have to be made among several contrasting objectives. On one hand, one wants to set all sub-systems – such as suspensions – so that they allow efficient and safe handling of the vehicle. On the other hand, comfort cannot be sacrificed too much. Being the support of the vehicle and providing forces necessary to control it, pneumatic tires are one of the most important components. However, it is very challenging to model them due to both their complicated composition and the materials used in their manufacturing process. On top of that, the modeling is done by suppliers and an in depth understanding of the interaction with the vehicle must be attained.

20
May

Simulation Accurately Predicts Noise Generated by Automotive Side Mirrors

An acoustic engineer is someone whose job is never done. Acoustic engineers in the automotive industry have achieved tremendous progress in recent years in making vehicle interiors quieter and more comfortable by reducing powertrain and road/tire noise. But as these major noise sources are reduced, other noises that were previously muffled have become much more …

19
May

Weight Reduction of an Engine Mount

Trelleborg is a global automotive supplier that offers sealing, damping, and protection solutions to the automotive industry. To reach their goal of complying with CO2 regulation, Trelleborg uses material modeling and simulation software.   Challenge To comply with CO2 regulations (2015: 130g   2020: 95g) To reduce the average weight of a car by 200 kg …

17
May

Adams Car Integration with Simulation Process and Data Management (SPDM)

To avoid iterative tests and multiple design changes to physical prototypes, engineers today use simulation software. Adams Car is a system dynamics solution that allows car manufacturers to build and test functional virtual prototypes of the complete vehicle under various road conditions and design changes. Adams Car’s architecture is based on databases of CDBs, which …

16
May

Improved Engineering Productivity Through Use of Engineering Lifecycle Management Software

With CAE driving the design process at Ashok Leyland, the types of simulations performed as part of the vehicle development process is growing rapidly. Multiple simulation tools are required to address each of the different domains involved in vehicle development. Each tool requires a fairly complex process in which the user develops a model, inputs various engineering data, performs an analysis, reviews the results and authors a report to support design decisions. Ashok Leyland previously automated some of these steps for a few simulation tools using macros and scripts, but these point solutions were difficult to ensure the usage and maintain. The previous process relied upon the skills of the individual analysts writing the scripts. These automations were not always shared, versioned or used consistently among engineering groups, resulting in inconsistent results from one analyst to another and lacked traceability. The lack of a common simulation structure meant that it was difficult to locate the results and understand the reasons for previous decisions, so work often had to be duplicated.

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