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Deliver lighter, stronger and more durable designs, while accounting for geographical differences and reduced vehicle weight. Our durability engineering solutions assist you in acquiring and analyzing road load data to set realistic durability targets and virtually validate strength and durability performance. Our solutions offer an end-to-end durability engineering approach to accelerate your time to market. Meticulously balance weight, strength and durability to avoid vehicle recalls and meet customer expectations.
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Acquire real-world vehicle loads on proving grounds and public roads. Integrate instrumentation, acquisition, analysis and reporting to accelerate delivery of high-quality data.
Predict virtual vehicle loads long before the prototype is available. Our multi-body dynamics software integrates high-fidelity 3D vehicle models with test data or a road, driver and tire model for earlier access to real-world vehicle loads.
Virtually optimize components by predicting the impact of material, geometry and welding changes. Our strength and fatigue analysis software integrates pre/post, structural (FEA) and fatigue analysis for durable designs and fewer prototypes.
Gain a precise understanding of loads. Leverage proven analytics to deliver valuable insights to accelerate testing and correlate testing with simulation.
Account for geographic differences and adapt product requirements taking into account local roads, driving habits and vehicle loading. Define realistic and customer-correlated durability vehicle targets.
Reduce the weight of chassis and body structures by mixing lightweight materials and optimizing geometry. Deal with conflicting targets such as weight, strength and durability performance.
A successful vehicle durability engineering process starts with gaining a precise understanding of the loads that products will undergo during their anticipated lifetime. Road load data acquisition (RLDA) is an excellent method for measuring precise vehicle response.
RLDA takes into account all types of essential vehicle and driving parameters, such as mass, inertia, air and rolling resistance, road characteristics, engine loads and vehicle speed. This load information is used to derive a durability target.
Once realistic load data from public roads or proving ground has been collected and consolidated, durability-specific characteristics are analyzed and targets are set to match the target customer usage profile.
Physical testing is essential but expensive, making it crucial to employ realistic and customer-correlated test schedules to keep costs under control and reduce time-to-market.