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GRM to present at the ANSYS Automotive Simulation World Congress

David Vickerman will be presenting at the Ansys Automotive Simulation World Congress in Munich on the 8th June 2016. David’s presentation will showcase a collaborative project lead by Jaguar Land Rover and supported by Innovate UK which will develop the next generation of complimentary lightweight technologies to be used within powertrain.

Advanced Simulation Methods for Lightweighting within a Passenger Car Powertrain – David Vickerman, Business Development


With the support of Innovative UK, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are leading a 3 year collaborative research project titled ULTRAN (Ultra Lightweight TRansmission and Driveline), with the aim of developing complimentary lightweight technologies in order to provide a step-change in powertrain weight. Through the use of next generation materials, novel manufacturing processes and the latest computer-aided analysis techniques, the consortium aims to deliver an optimised passenger car powertrain which is ultra-lightweight, whilst also meeting strict stiffness, strength and NVH criteria.

One of the tasks within the ULTRAN project is to explore new Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) techniques which will allow multi-disciplinary optimisation, as well as the latest developments in the finite element code VR&D GENESIS, an advanced optimisation methodology was developed that allows simultaneous optimisation for stiffness, strength and NVH loadcases.

Available to ANSYS users as GTAM, a fully integrated extension to ANSYS workbench, VR&D Genesis offers the most complete suite of optimisation tools to the structural engineer. In recent years the topology optimisation capabilities have seen significant development, which allows more complex problems to be tackled with optimisation. With the release of VR&D Genesis v14.0 (Jan 2014), support for stress constraints on the design space was added, which allowed the inclusion of strength loadcases in multi-attribute optimisation problems.

This presentation will discuss the updates in VR&D Genesis that have allowed this multi-disciplinary optimisation approach to be developed, as well as showcasing the process in action when applied specifically to components within the powertrain.

You can find out more about the ANSYS Automotive Simulation World Congress and the other presentations available at their website by following this link; ANSYS Automotive Simulation World Congress 2016.