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Automotive and Transportation

According to European analysts, the global automotive and transportation industry is recovering. However it still faces pressure to develop vehicles that are smarter and safer, while reducing emissions and fuel consumption. Employing simulation technologies in the earliest stages of design has become indispensable, as has the need to carry out more advanced simulations in less time.

modeFRONTIER reduces development cycle time, lowers costs, and increases the degree of product innovation by taking advantage of computer-based optimization, sensitivity analysis, and robust design.

 

Applications of modeFRONTIER
in the automotive industry

modeFRONTIER has been widely used by players in the automotive sector. A number of success stories testify to the advantages of automating and optimizing the analysis linked to vehicle development. Clients like Ferrari, Ford, Toyota and many more have chosen modeFRONTIER platform to:

 

  • crashworthiness optimization
  • chassis and vehicle dynamics
  • engine performance, calibration and tuning
  • powertrain systems
  • racecar aerodynamics
  • fuel cell optimization
  • passenger restraint systems and airbag triggering
  • engine cooling system
  • thermo-mechanical optimization
  • braking and suspension systems
  • ABS control
  • transmission systems
  • hybrid vehicle fuel system
  • HVAC component optimization
 
  • reduction of fuel consumption and emissions
  • vehicle handling and comfort
  • tire optimization
  • train aerodynamics
  • car-body structural analysis
  • valvetrain kinematic optimization

Few examples:

Bombardier uses modeFRONTIER to optimize high-speed trains for drag reduction and improvement of cross-wind stability. In recent years, the German and Swedish based company has turned to modeFRONTIER to drive the design simulations, in order to try to achieve improved greater drag reduction, increased speed with lower traction power and increased cross wind stability.

The object of the analysis is a 3D car body of  a Maserati model. Its aim is related to achieve a complete knowledge about the static and dynamic behavior of the car body in its working conditions. The entire design chain exploration was managed by the multi-objective design environment tool modeFRONTIER, which allows a fast search of the input parameters and the objective functions.

BMW leveraged modeFRONTIER to optimize the fatigue life of a diesel engine crankcase and gasket. The objectives were to maximize safety factors at the inter-cylinder walls, while maximizing the minimum bead pressure during the low temperature phases of combustion.

 

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