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To meet increasing safety requirements, also with regard to the ongoing development of smart mobility, various possible scenarios have to be tested to ensure the overall safety of vehicles. This not only includes traditional crash simulations, but NVH, durability, strength, stiffness and much more. By using virtual simulation the development time of new vehicles can be reduced and weak points often can be identified already before the prototype is produced and therefore offers opportunities for cost reduction. Virtual simulations thereby are very often correlated with physical testing to ensure accuracy and reliability.
While physical tests are using usually very expensive sample and prototypes, virtual simulation is based on mathematical reproduction of the physical world. For virtual simulation testing 3D CAD and material definition are already sufficient. Once the virtual model is built it is quick and simple to change any structure, material, thicknesses or just loading and boundary conditions to get an insight into the sensitivity of the complete model behaviour to any input parameters. Nowadays, virtual simulations are an integral part of both R&D and certification areas for the product development process in various industries.
As an integral part of the testing laboratory, the TÜV SÜD department of computer aided services (CAS) uses cutting-edge technology and software to support customers around the globe. All services (R&D and certification via simulation) are provided virtually and mostly no physical specimen is required. Our experts are able to simulate and identify any potential weak points in the structure and suggest improvements. With new emission rules and limitations, there is a high demand on lowering mass while using the down-sized engines and hence decreasing emissions. Structural optimization offers a mass reduction while maintaining or even improving structural performance (stiffness, durability and/or crash performance). The department of CAS supports our customers with a whole variety of analyses ranging from single point loading to complex crash simulations.
Our laboratory is ISO/IEC 17 025:2005 accredited and can perform tests against the following standards:
ANSA/μETA, MSCNastran/Eπilysis, LSTC LS-Dyna, LS-OPT, PAM-CRASH, ABAQUS/Standard, Altair Radioss, Madymo, CarMaker, SIMPACK, MatLAB/Simulink, SolidWorks
Virtual simulation services for passenger cars
Virtual simulation services for truck
Virtual simulation services for busses
TÜV SÜD has more than a century-long experience in vehicle safety, testing and certification. Our extensive knowledge and international recognition enables us to work as a partner with our global customers, including top OEMs and automotive suppliers. Our state-of-the-art testing facilities, combined with our global network of technical experts, can provide your company with a single source solution for achieving compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements, standards and voluntary industry schemes. As an innovative solutions provider, we are directly involved in the development of safety regulations, standards and efficient automotive testing solutions to drive the future of mobility. Besides, our test approach for the simulation of dynamic events can also be extended to support other industries, including aviation, military and rail.