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Optimize chassis subsystems to improve vehicle comfort, ride and handling

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The concern for the environment and energy savings is changing the way we think about transportation. It is also impacting the way we design vehicles. We need to balance fuel economy with performance, comfort, safety and drivability and keep design cycles under control in terms of costs and time. Designing vehicles that fit all these constraints comes with an increasing systems complexity and requires a drastic change in the development methods. It becomes critical to apply a model-based systems engineering approach based on scalable and interoperable simulations throughout the complete design process, including for target setting, concept systems engineering, functional simulation and test validation.

As a key contributor to fuel economy, performance, comfort and safety, chassis subsystems have to be specified, designed and validated early in the design process. Analyzing the impact of these technical choices on the global vehicle dynamics behavior also makes the implementation of collaborative mechatronic system simulation a decisive and mandatory step in the engineering process.

What will you learn?

  • How to design individual chassis system components (brakes suspension, steering, anti-roll system and the vehicle itself) and integrate them in a single system model to simulate and validate global chassis control strategies
  • How to test and optimize a vehicle’s comfort, ride and handling behavior form the early concept stage onwards
  • How to assess the interaction between the vehicle and key subsystems (steering, brakes, suspension…) and their controllers (ABS, ESP…), with the final objective to ensure optimal driving pleasure, comfort and enhanced safety

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