by Mechanical Simulation Corporation
BikeSim is used by OEM's and suppliers to design, develop, and test new motorcycles, scooters, chassis systems and electronic controls. Engineers can make better decisions involving vehicle changes that affect dynamics, and minimize product development time.
BikeSim can be used to test new concepts, select brakes, tires and suspension system components, evaluate electronic control algorithms for ABS or ESC, and perform advanced dynamic analysis of pre-concept or existing motorcycles. This makes efficient use of the time spent for final track testing and reduces development time and costs.
Mechanical Simulation Showcase Video
Introductory video to MBD software from Mechanical Simulation.
Overview of BikeSim, for performing Multibody Dynamics Analysis on motorcycles and other motorized bikes.
About Mechanical Simulation
Mechanical Simulation provides CarSim, TruckSim and BikeSim software to accurately simulate the dynamic behavior of cars, light and heavy trucks, and motorcycles. 58 OEM's and many Tier 1 suppliers have validated our simulation results to real proving ground test data. Our products include example vehicles, roads and test procedures for immediate use. Real-time versions work on the most common HIL systems used worldwide. Models can be easily extended with Simulink, in-house models (tires, brakes, etc.) and any other CAE or optimization tools. Encrypted datasets are exchanged with OEM's and their partners for faster product development. Over 220 engineering driving simulators use CarSim or TruckSim for accurate testing of future chassis systems or new ADAS products in realistic traffic scenarios.
“CarSim is used for testing brake systems at GM (e.g., braking-in-a-turn, ABS stop on split-mu), using the actual control hardware in a real-time HIL system. Overall, HIL simulation is very compatible to the vehicle development process, and simulation allows the company to make much better use of testing resources, and to better understand test variability.”
–Bill Spurr, Performance Engineer
Key Features & Benefits
Ease of use
With BikeSim’s modern graphical user interface, you can run a simulated test, see an animation, or view engineering plots of results with just one mouse click. With the BikeSim “Quick Start Guide” new users can be building and testing vehicles and seeing the results in about 2 hours.
Parametric math models
BikeSim math models are parametric, involving measurable properties that are commonly used by OEM's and supplier companies. For example, testing a full size vehicle on a Kinematics and Compliance test machine would yield the suspension data that one would put into various BikeSim data screens. BikeSim comes with many example vehicles representing various types of large and small scooters and motorcycles. Example roads and test procedures are also included.
Accuracy of results
OEM and Tier 1 suppliers consistently find close agreement between BikeSim simulation results and actual vehicle test results. Using BikeSim, an engineer can model every major vehicle subsystem (e.g., sprung mass, brakes, tires, suspension) and test the vehicle on one of the many test roads included with the software. For those organizations with a need to test a specific road design and/or road roughness profiles, BikeSim allows those engineers the flexibility to design their own road. Effects due to aerodynamics/wind, driver inputs to throttle, brakes, shifting, and steering can all be set by the user within BikeSim to represent a general test such as a constant speed/straight line run, or a complicated test such as a city drive cycle consisting of multiple acceleration and braking applications on a road with changes in road elevation and direction.
Extension of models
BikeSim models can be extended using various methods such as VS Commands (BikeSim internal programming language), MATLAB/Simulink, LabVIEW, Visual Basic and C. Engineers can use these tools with BikeSim to design and test advanced electronic controllers or replace entire vehicle subsystems such as tires or the powertrain.
OEM’s and suppliers use BikeSim for research, testing, and evaluation of experimental and existing products. Applications can include: chassis system design comparisons; acceleration, braking, and handling tests; electronic controls development (i.e., ABS, ESC, active suspension); tire model evaluations; government regulation testing; road and race track design; and other what-if scenarios.
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