Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Parallel-kinematic LBF® road-street simulator reproduces load standards realistically and shortens test time

09.05.2008
The Fraunhofer LBF, headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Hanselka, presents the fully kinematic road-street simulator, its enhanced and worldwide-patented biaxial wheel test technology at the Automotive Testing Expo in Stuttgart.

The newly developed test rig concept realistically reproduces the wheel loads in all degrees of freedom of the vehicle and allows a comprehensive reduction of the test time - compared to real tests on test tracks. In addition the updated simulation software LBF®.DAP, which allows a decrease down to one third of the original test time of complex trials, while retaining the characteristic load profiles.

For engineers in R&D, experimental and virtual test technologies for the design and manufacturing of new vehicles and components are standard tools to improve safety, quality, durability and environmental friendliness of automobiles in a sustainable manner. Therefore, the goal is a sound balance of low weight, reliability and an optimum of cost and resources as well as a reduction of test time to speed up development processes.

"The concept of a fully kinematic wheel test facility represents an entirely new generation of wheel test rig, which follows the tradition of patented ZWARP test, and allows at the same time an improved quality of the laboratory simulation of wheels and hubs for cars." says Rüdiger Heim, head of the competence center Wheel / Hub / Axle at Fraunhofer LBF. The specific characteristics of the wheel-road simulator lie in the field of parallel kinematics, a novel application for wheel test rigs, as well as an internal drum connected directly to the electric motor by a flange. The hexapod platform for the attachment of the wheel and hub allows controlled translational and rotational movement of the wheel in all relevant degrees of freedom and offers an unprecedented flexibility in the use of standardized load programs - such as those offered by Fraunhofer LBF, the work group wheel (Arbeitskreis Räder - AKR) and SAE International.

Furthermore, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF show enhanced developments of standard test technologies as well as customized testing methods for:

- the characterization and testing of elastomer components,
- load-stress measurements and analysis during operation,
- testing of trailer coupling systems.
The new testing technologies offer a more realistic and more efficient testing of standard components as well as procedures and methods especially developed and adapted for new materials and components . Virtual simulation plays a decisive role in the reduction of development time and production costs as well as in the improvement of the product life cycle, the utility value, the weight optimization and increase of operational safety. Oliver Ehl, managing director of S & S GmbH, a spin-off company of the Fraunhofer LBF, which creates individual software solutions for the structural and system analysis, developed a computerized method in order to capture the multiple, complex effects and interactions of the parameters which determine the life cycle of wheels (loads, tires, geometry and material).

"Embedded in our software LBF®.WheelStrength, the structural durability assessment of the wheel can be carried out as early on as the predevelopment stage. At the same time the virtual model allows the optimization of the design before even producing the first prototype. This shortens development time and shows specifically where improvements can be made," says Ehl.

Fraunhofer researchers will be informing about further areas of application of new testing technologies in the automotive industry in short lectures in hall 1, booth 1956. The main exhibit is a racing car, on loan from the racing team of the Technical University of Darmstadt, which illustrates the experimental and virtual testing in the automotive industry.

Anke Zeidler-Finsel | Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
Further information:
http://www.lbf.fhg.de/

More articles from Automotive Engineering:

nachricht 3D scans for the automotive industry
16.01.2017 | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

nachricht Improvement of the operating range and increasing of the reliability of integrated circuits
09.11.2016 | Technologie Lizenz-Büro (TLB) der Baden-Württembergischen Hochschulen GmbH

All articles from Automotive Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Switched-on DNA

20.02.2017 | Materials Sciences

Second cause of hidden hearing loss identified

20.02.2017 | Health and Medicine

Prospect for more effective treatment of nerve pain

20.02.2017 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>