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Without simulation, it would simply not be possible to develop truck seats in the expected time frame and at the targeted costs. Within the development process of a truck seat, many aspects have to be considered. The seat has to fulfill certain safety standards, has to be stiff, light, durable, and it has to be producible. To assure that all of those specifications are met, a wide range of disciplines has to be covered in the development process of a truck seat. Next to structural analysis, the engineers have to cover the areas optimization, multi-body simulation, NVH analysis,durability, and safety. Additionally, they have to consider manufacturing aspects of the different components depending on the material they are made of.
To cover all of those aspects in their development process, Isringhausen accesses the tools of the Altair Partner Alliance (APA) via Altair’s unique unit and subscription based licensing model. Customers use floating licenses to access a suite of third-party applications from Altair and HyperWorks partners, that can be employed with the same units used to invoke HyperWorks software.
The flexibility of these HyperWorks Units allows users to access the largest and most complete suite of CAE applications available in the market at no incremental cost and with no long-term commitment. The APA is constantly expanding its list of included software tools. The more tools are offered within the APA, the better the customer’s ROI in his software tools gets. Isringhausen today accesses more than ten different APA products and covers a major part of the CAE process with those tools. The employment and test of additional APA products is planned for the near future.
“Thanks to the APA, we have access to many different CAE tools, and we have the possibility to try out new ones without increasing our software-budget. The APA gives us the possibility to cover a wide range of different simulation areas and, moreover, allows us to test other products of the APA at no risk, no additional costs, and with no long term commitment,” says Tore Holene.
Isringhausen developed a new truck seat platform as a basis for future truck seat projects. Within the development process of this new platform, the engineers applied many different simulation tools. The most important part of the project was simulating the structural strength of the seat platform to fulfill all legal and customer requirements applying to the seat structure. Since the needs vary from customer to customer, the requirements, in particular for crash test specifications, are wide spread, too. Within the project, the engineers also looked at several smaller load cases such as the strength of components or single parts within the structure. Furthermore, the simulation tools were used to investigate the manufacturability of components, such as stamping or plastic parts, to assure a flawless production. Finally, the engineers also investigated the durability of the structures with DesignLife.
In a project like this, the simulation engineers usually receive the geometry from the design department. The design department creates a CAD model which they then send to the simulation department for further analysis and simulations. Based on the simulation results, the CAD model is further developed and more details are added. The engineers then mesh the model again in HyperMesh to prepare it for the simulation.
The major advantage the APA provides to Isringhausen is that the engineers are able to develop products faster, with less physical prototypes and lab tests, and hence - at lower costs. “If we have good simulation results, we usually do not need many prototypes and lab tests to finish the project. Before we started with simulation, many tests were necessary to find a design which fulfills all technical requirements. All in all, the tools of the APA and our simulation process save us a lot of time and costs in this area,” explains Tore Holene.
In addition, the engineers have more possibilities for weight optimization where among other tools OptiStruct and HyperStudy are utilized. Compared to a physical prototype and test based development process, a virtual development process is faster, less cost intensive, and it reveals where the product might have too much material and therefore still can be weight optimized.
“With the tools we use we can assure the required stiffness with as little material as possible. A lab test on a prototype surely can show us where a part has weak points and needs reinforcement. What it cannot do however is to show where a part has more material than needed, and where it has optimization potential. This is only possible in a simulation model. Hence, with the simulation we have much more possibilities for weight optimization and of course for cost reduction,” Tore Holene concludes.
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