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Minimising Interior Noise in Electric Vehicles
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) leverages use of the Altair Squeak and Rattle Director in identifying and minimising risks of interior noise in electric vehicles.

Altair and Ziegler Instruments Combine Experience and Technologies to Identify and Eliminate Squeak and Rattle Issues
Altair has partnered with Ziegler-Instruments to enhance its Squeak and Rattle Director (SnRD), making it the most advanced and comprehensive solution on the market to predict and eradicate squeak and rattle phenomena in vehicles, aircraft and other products sensitive to Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH). The addition of Ziegler-Instruments’ PEM material database gives Altair’s SnRD clients access to the results for over 11,000 individual stick and slip phenomena for different materials pairs.

In this video, Patrick Schimmelbauer and Jens Herting of Ziegler Instruments give an overview of the partnership and what it means to companies needing to address squeak and rattle issues.

Sujan CooperStandard Achieves Lightweighting and Performance Targets with Altair
Sujan CooperStandard manufactures (anti-vibration) NVH products for leading automotive companies. Currently, the automotive industry is under extreme pressure because of environmental norms and has to adhere to stringent government policies related to pollution control and one of the simplest ways to address these is to optimize designs and reduce weight of products and components. They began using Altair HyperWorks on the on the recommendation of their joint venture partner CooperStandard. The team decided to improvise design of their Torsion Vibration Damper using Altair solutions like solidThinking Inspire to optimize designs of the brackets and OptiStruct for structural integrity of the designs. Altair solutions have helped Sujan CooperStandard get their product designs right the first time and consistently meet their time, cost and quality targets.

Daimler
During the development of a new vehicle variant, Daimler wanted to explore the potential of utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach to optimization (MDO), whereby several attribute performance targets are considered in a single optimization study, a technique that has the promise to deliver rapid design direction to design teams.

Less Interior Squeak and Rattle Noise Using a Simulation Driven Design Approach
In the development of new vehicles, the PSA Group aimed to detect Squeak and Rattle (S&R) problems before availability of physical testing. This led to a collaboration between PSA’s method development engineering team and Altair’s domain experts.

ICAT Achieves Robust Structural Integrity of their Automotive Components using Altair HyperWorks®
The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is an automotive testing and R&D centre. In their pursuit to carve a niche as a one-stop solution for the automotive industry’s needs in the areas of product design, testing and validation, the ICAT team required a very advanced suite of software solutions. They needed a software suite that would save them time, money and also help in all phases of product development. The Altair software suite has greatly helped the team in providing timely and appropriate solutions to their clients.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS)
Due to a long-standing relationship with Altair and its HyperWorks suite of simulation solutions, NEVS approached Altair ProductDesign to see if the interior quality issue could be tackled with simulation. To perform the project, Altair ProductDesign worked on site alongside NEVS Interior
Simulation Team to implement Altair’s Squeak and Rattle Director (SnRD).

CalsonicKansei North America
CKNA contacted Altair ProductDesign for training on the Squeak and Rattle Director, which led to more in-depth consultation on the squeak and rattle methodologies, ultimately saving the company time and money by helping them identify detrimental issues early on and by improving vehicle quality.

PSA Groupe Discusses the Simulation of Squeak and Rattle Noise in its Vehicles
In this interview, Sebastien Gourg, CAE Methods, Expertise and Support Engineer from PSA Groupe gives us insight into his experience of working with Altair ProductDesign during the implementation and customization of the Squeak and Rattle Director (SnRD). The SnRD is used within PSA vehicle development programs today to help to quickly identify and eradicate unwanted noise from interiors, while cutting down the need for costly physical testing.

CEVT Discuss Multi-Disciplinary Optimization for Vehicle Development
China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) discuss the application of Multi-disciplinary Optimization (MDO) during the development of new automotive vehicle architectures.

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FIAT Customer Story
FIAT chose Altair ProductDesign as a partner to perform a pilot project to investigate squeak and rattle. The project focused on studying issues on the FIAT UNO, a vehicle made exclusively for the South American market. Altair ProductDesign suggested that FIAT implement Altair’s ‘Squeak and Rattle Director’ (SNRD), a comprehensive set of services and software automations that rapidly identify and analyze design alternatives to eliminate the root causes of squeak and rattle in assemblies. With customization from the Altair ProductDesign team, the solution provides a semi-automated approach to determine relative component displacements in the time domain that can lead to undesired noise. A dedicated four day workshop facilitated a fast ramp-up of the NVH team’s knowledge of the SNRD and helped Altair to identify FIAT’s specific design process that the solution could be tailored to.

Scania Customer Story
Squeak and rattle phenomena are studied in the automotive industry in an attempt to reduce the cabin noise and as a result, give a better ride quality and comfort to occupants. In the case of Scania’s Cabin Development Department, this kind of simulation was not performed historically. The team had to rely on tolerance calculations as well as the choice of materials to reduce the risk of squeak and rattle. To reduce development time and cut down on iterative changes, a desirable solution was identified that enabled a simulation-driven design process during the early stages of the cabin development cycle.

Simulation Tools: Driving the Future of Design
The Clemson University Deep Orange 3 program introduced future engineers to analysis software, enabling them to develop a novel sports car concept architecture.



By Dr. Paul Venhovens

Concept To Reality Winter 2013 Subscribe to C2R Magazine

Altair BUSolutions
Developing the World’s First Series Hydraulic Hybrid Bus



The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires modern transit bus systems to provide more efficient services across America. Currently, U.S. public bus transit authorities are subsidized to meet operating budgets with State and local subsidies exceeding $19 billion per year and Federal subsidies exceed $7 billion per year. The goal of the BUSolutions project is to design and manufacturer a new bus with improved fuel economy, lower emissions and a lower life cycle cost than today’s buses.

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