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As vehicle developers and suppliers continue to advance their software programs, ATTI wants to know, has simulation software established itself as the single most vital piece of equipment during a development program?

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Horiba MIRA and MSC launch virtual proving ground

Horiba MIRA, in collaboration with MSC Software, has developed the world’s first commercially available virtual proving ground. The software, used in the dynamic simulation process, provides a 3D representation of the durability and ride comfort.

Developed for use with the MSC Adams software, the system allows users to test development-stage vehicles in a simulated environment. This means that OEMs are able to establish whether a component is likely to suffer from fatigue failure, as well as generate virtual road load data.

Thanks to use of load cases generated from road surfaces that will later be used for physical prototype validation, the use of virtual RLD can improve accuracy while saving time and resources.

“Horiba MIRA offers a rare combination of digital simulation and physical test capabilities that serve both sides of the product development ‘V’ cycle,” said Nick Fell, engineering director at Horiba MIRA.

“To build on this, over the last two years our durability simulation team has developed the Horiba MIRA virtual proving ground into a usable customer product.

“The technology will provide a valuable resource for new entrants to the automotive industry as well as established OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, helping them improve the accuracy of their durability simulation and reducing their reliance on prototype vehicles for load case generation.”

October 12, 2017

Written by Rachel Evans


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