New dynamics features added to Adams Car


Simulation software company, MSC Software Corporation has enhanced the virtual prototyping capabilities of Adams, its flagship package for multi-body dynamics simulation. Key highlights of this 2019 release include expanded capabilities in Adams Car, a package within Adams which enables engineering teams to quickly build and test functional virtual prototypes of complete vehicles and vehicle subsystems. Based on user feedback from automotive OEMs around the world, additional vehicle events and new off-the-shelf vehicle templates have been introduced into Adams Car to improve its modeling efficiency.

Adams 2019 also contains new capabilities to streamline workflows in Adams Car and to increase user productivity – for example, the addition of event sets, and a customizable collection of vehicle dynamics events. These events can be leveraged across projects and team members to deliver consistent vehicle test methods and avoid duplication of work. The release also introduces a fast solving, simplified flexible body modeling method. Users can leverage this method for rapid parametric explorations of their design space.

Jesper Slattengren, technical fellow at Pratt and Miller Engineering, said of this release, “The new features in Adams Car in the 2019 release are major improvements and will have a huge impact on chassis development and simulation at Pratt and Miller.”

Continuing MSC Software’s focus on real-time simulations, Adams 2019 now enables support for running simulations on the dSpace real-time environment. Users of dSpace Scalexio can now co-simulate with Adams, unlocking opportunities for combining virtual and physical testing to shorten development cycles. Running Adams simulations on dSpace Scalexio makes it possible to conduct real-time software in the loop (SIL) and hardware in the loop (HIL) scenarios, supporting the development of ADAS and autonomous driving systems.

“Streamlining the Adams Car environment in Adams 2019 has been a goal of this release, along with expansion of support for real-time simulations,” said Paulo Guglielmini, CEO of MSC software. “It constitutes a significant step forward in our journey to help Adams users make better vehicle design decisions, faster. We constantly work with automotive OEMs directly and enable them to incorporate their engineering workflows into our product.”

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