Achieve new standards through finite element based analysis.
Advanced technologies developed over the past decade have enabled automotive engineers to design products to meet current and future fuel economy standards. As new fuel economy standards have been set, automakers must now meet a federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) of 54.5 mpg by 2025. This means that engineers are now faced with one of the biggest engineering challenges in decades, a 5 percent increase in fuel economy per year. These new fuel economy demands require automakers to reshape their engineering process without compromising the reliability and durability of their designs.
New materials such as ultra-high-strength steels are being used in body structures, as are aluminum and magnesium alloys for structural components. The use of lightweight material such as composites also presents significant benefits for some automotive components. However, the fatigue of composites has its particular challenges due to the typically inhomogeneous and anisotropic nature of its materials.
Maximize Successful Tests Up-front design tools such as nCode DesignLife™ can be used in order to maximize the likelihood of successful physical testing and reduce product development time. With this finite element based tool, fatigue and durability may be calculated from FEA results for both metals and composites. Using material parameters based on coupon tests, calculated stresses from simulation are combined together with specific fatigue properties to predict the fatigue lives of the whole component under loading conditions.
As new materials and increasingly radical solutions are required in more engineering applications, the need to simulate and optimize designs using tools such as nCode DesignLife will increase prior to physical prototyping.
With over 30 years of expertise in durability and data analysis solutions, nCode enables customers to understand product performance, accelerate product development and improve design. The power and scalability of nCode software is a direct result of its expertise and in-depth experience in a broad range of industries.
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