Many manufacturers want to bring simulation forward in their product development process to have functional performance analysis lead design, rather than simply validate design. This can be challenging if the design and development process relies on isolated design and analyst groups and the designers have to rely on CAE engineers to verify the drawings created by design team using specialized CAE software. With this sequential process, changes made late in the design cycle can increase costs by several orders of magnitude and significantly delay time-to-market.
SimDesigner solves this problem by making available multibody dynamics, structures, thermal and nonlinear FE analysis capabilities from Adams, MSC Nastran, and Marc within the CATIA V5 CAD environment. The benefits of providing easy to use analysis functionality within the familiar CAD environment include elimination of CAD translation & fixing, enabling simulation earlier in the design process, and correcting design flaws before products are ever seen by customers.
Two Editions of SimDesigner are available:
- SimDesginer Workbench: Based on user requirements, appropriate Workbench can be used to perform multibody dynamic simulations, structural, nonlinear and thermal analyses.
- SimDesigner Suspension: This unique solutions enables users to take advantage of the solver technology of Adams/Car to model and analyze suspension systems.
Additionally, Enterprise Gateways are available to take advantage of the standalone solver licenses your organization has for enterprise-wide usage. The Gateway provides bidirectional access with server-side simulation tools of MSC Nastran and Marc on high performance hardware.
SimDesigner Nonlinear provides access to nonlinear analysis functions of Marc directly from inside CATIA V5 to accurately model the structural behavior due to nonlinear effects. Available capabilities include:
SimDesigner Suspension, based on the architecture of Adams/Car, is tailored to the CATIA environment for modeling suspension systems within CATIA V5 environment. It allows you to create virtual prototypes of vehicle suspension subsystems, and analyze the virtual prototypes much like you would analyze the physical prototypes.
SimDesigner Suspension has two User Modes:
Using SimDesigner Suspension, users can quickly create and analyze the suspension system behavior with the help of integrated Adams/Car templates like double-wishbone suspension, MacPherson strut suspension, rack and pinion steering. Custom templates can also be used to create the subsystems giving users the highest level of flexibility. Users can perform studies with realistic inputs, including:
Results can be used to quickly alter the suspension geometry or the spring rates and analyze the suspension again to evaluate the effects of the alterations. For example, you can quickly change a rear suspension from a trailing-link to a multi-link topology to see which yields the best handling characteristics for your vehicle.
Once you complete the analysis of your model, you can share your work with others. You can also print plots of the suspension characteristics.