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Advanced Simulation Methodologies for Chassis & Suspension Engineering

Donders, S.; Toso, A.; Kowarska, I.; Uhl, T.; Michalak, D.
ABSTRACT: In the highly competitive global environment, automotive manufacturers must deal with conflicting demands from customers and regulatory bodies regarding the functional performance and environmental impact of their cars and buses, and are forced to develop products of increasing quality in even shorter time. Primary functional performance attributes are the driving dynamics (handling, ride comfort, durability and NVH) and active (and passive) safety. At present, automotive manufacturers must deal with the challenge to incorporate more and more electronic and mechatronic content in vehicles, and answer the customers need for mass customization (more vehicle variants on a lower number of platforms). Internally, there’s a need to streamline virtual design engineering processes and allow a tighter collaboration between departments and with the supply chain. For this purpose, manufacturers are currently reviewing their design processes, and enriching these through advanced simulation methodologies. This paper reports on the results achieved within EUREKA R&D project “CHASING”, a consortium of R&D partners LMS (in Flanders) and AGH, EC Engineering and bus manufacturer SOLARIS (in Poland). The dual objective has been to develop advanced simulation methodologies for chassis & suspension engineering, and to develop an innovative chassis design concept according to industrial bus standards in a simulation-based design approach. A number of methodology and process innovations in this key design area are presented in this paper.

6th Grazer Symposium Virtuelles Fahrzeug, Graz (Austria), May 14-15 , 2013 Back to Publication List

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