New ride comfort development processes developed for driving simulator

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AB Dynamics has been working with Cosin Scientific Software (FTire), Dassault Systèmes (Simulia/Simpack) and rFpro to integrate a high-fidelity Simpack multibody real-time vehicle model and FTire model onto the aVDS (AB Dynamics’ advanced vehicle driving simulator). FTire is a physics-based tyre model and Simpack is a multibody system simulation software, which can be used to set up high-end real time capable virtual 3D vehicle dynamics models. rFpro provides high-definition visuals for the simulator environment.

This combined technology has been designed to allow a virtual vehicle simulation-based ride comfort development process in real time on the aVDS. The achieved realistic virtual ride comfort perception on the simulator can then help eliminate the need to use expensive real-world vehicle prototypes for future development tasks.

Gerald Hofmann, partner and co-founder of Cosin said, “The high fidelity of the multibody Simpack vehicle model and FTire model combined with the performance of the aVDS motion platform resulted in a drive that was ultra-realistic. We were particularly impressed with the ride feel.”

Remco Mansvelders, senior technical specialist for Simulia Multibody Simulation at DS Deutschland added, “We expect that this system setup will enable new advanced and very efficient vehicle ride comfort development processes in the future”.

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