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Dynacar Puts Entire Vehicle to the Test

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ChrisM86
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Practical Application
ChrisM86   6/25/2012 6:52:17 PM
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Engineers must love the idea of this. It can really help right from the start and all the way to the truck mechanic trying to resolve an issue in the shop. A real world example of technology helping us be more productive.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Reuse Potentials
Beth Stackpole   8/12/2011 8:16:12 AM
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Excellent point, prasab1, and one I should have made more clear. The resuse factor is a huge time saver for companies and obviously a factor that could boost the role of simulation throughout all phases of design.

prasadb1
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Reuse Potentials
prasadb1   8/11/2011 6:02:33 PM
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What I found interesting was the reuse possibilities of the DYNACAR tests previously developed.

In accordance with Wineman Technology (link shown below), Tests developed in the design and simulation phases can be reused through the development cycle to the production floor. That entails into great saving in reducing development time and costs.

http://www.winemantech.com/products/11/dynacar-vehicle-model-simulator.html

 

failureindesign
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Re: what are the limitations
failureindesign   8/9/2011 3:54:29 PM
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I'm with Doug on this. Pretty cool stuff. As far as limitations are concerned, it looks wide open to me. Has anyone contacted James Orsillo in upstate New York. He had quite a crew working in rail and aeronautical simulation at one time. This sounds like a great opportunity to leverage his people's skills into new products for these industries.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: what are the limitations
Beth Stackpole   8/9/2011 11:46:57 AM
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Actually, I believe they already have Ford testing an early version for their fuel cell development and they eluded to other major OEM deals in the works. So I think the big OEMs are onboard and have expressed interest.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: what are the limitations
Rob Spiegel   8/9/2011 10:55:16 AM
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Hey, Beth, who is the target audience for this tool? Is this designed for the boutique carmaker -- to save on engineering development? Or is this something large carmakers can use as well? I would think most of the major carmakers would have their own versions of this. But perhaps not.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: what are the limitations
Beth Stackpole   8/9/2011 8:52:36 AM
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I'm not sure there are specific limitations, but as I understand it, the specific model was developed to simulate full vehicle testing. Given that it's developed in NI's LabVIEW, I'm sure the techniques and modeling approach could be modified to support other testing environments so I don't necessarily think there are limitations--it just hasn't been done, yet.

jmiller
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what are the limitations
jmiller   8/8/2011 10:21:19 PM
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I'm curious about what the limitations are that make the sustem only usefull for cars and light trucks?

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Faster and Better
Beth Stackpole   8/8/2011 12:59:38 PM
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Right now the model is specifically for vehicle development. Wineman specializes in automotive applications and is the partner Tecnalia chose for this particular endeavor given their focus and their customer and partner base.

Given that Tecnalia is a research association, it does seem possible (maybe even likely) that it could morph this model to meet the needs of another industry--perhaps A&D or something similar. It does have some pretty significant potential.

Douglas Smock
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Faster and Better
Douglas Smock   8/8/2011 12:49:06 PM
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Pretty cool stuff. Looks like this should get cars to market much faster -- and with fewer problems. Wonder what applicability it has to other types of equipment under development.

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