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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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