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4th VI-grade Users Conference

The 4th VI-grade Conference took place on October 18th-19th, 2011 in Udine, Italy.

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130 engineers, managers, and simulation experts from more than 60 companies and research centers gathered from all over the world to discuss the latest simulation trends and to exchange their experience with other users of the VI-grade technology. The event, characterized by the motto “Push Your Simulation to the Next Level”, offered to the participants a very comprehensive agenda, featuring 34 presentations and 3 workshops dedicated to the latest technology in advanced system simulation in the automotive, railway and powertrain/engine industries.

"Fantastic event – thank you!" – "Outstanding mix of topics and industries." – “I spent four very good days, rich of events and discussions. See you next year!” are just some of the quotes collected from participants to the conference.

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“We are extremely happy with the participation of our community to our 2011 event” said Juergen Fett, Managing Director of VI-grade GmbH. “The high number of participants from all over the world, especially in these economically challenging times, confirms once again that the strategic directions of our company are well accepted by our customers and prospects.”

“A special highlight of this year's conference has been the possibility for all participants to visit VI-SimCenter, our new technical center for driving simulator technology” said Diego Minen, Technical Director of VI-grade GmbH. “Located very close to the conference venue, the VI-SimCenter currently features four driving simulators from the VI-DriveSim product line: three static with a fixed platform and one dynamic with a moving platform.. More than 70 participants have appreciated the opportunity of trying the driving simulators during dedicated sessions in parallel to the official conference program.”

The 4th VI-grade Users Conference, sponsored by MSC.Software, FEV, Maplesoft, MIRA and SimCoVR included presentations from APPH, BMW, BMW Motorcycle, Ferrari, Fiat, Magna Steyr, Multimatic, Porsche, Tatravagonka, Volkswagen and many other commercial companies, universities, research centers and technology partners.

You can download the pdf versions of most of the presentations after you register and login to this web site

Official program and Proceedings of the 4th VI-grade Users' Conference

Agenda Day 1- October 18th, 2011

08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 11:00 VI-grade - J. Fett, D. Minen
Welcome & Intro
BMW Motorrad Motorsport - R. Schmidt
Electric and electronic development in the high level motorcycle motorsport sector

MSC.Software - J. Janevic
MSC Software Update – Simulating Reality, Delivering Certainty
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00 Vehicle Handling, Ride and Comfort
Fiat Group Automobiles / Centro Ricerche Fiat - I. Camuffo, G. Bandini, S. Fileccia, C. Winge

Complementary vehicle models for the optimization of vehicle dynamics virtual analysis process

Porsche AG - H.-J. Buechler
Application of a new elastomer and hydromount model integrated in the full vehicle simulation process at Porsche: analysis of drive train vibrations on the example of the Panamera Diesel
Volkswagen AG - V. Pracny
Vertical dynamics by using simplified vehicle models
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30Vehicle Handling, Ride and Comfort
Magna Steyr -
B. Angrosch, W. Reinalter, R. Kollau
Application of numerical optimization in vehicle handling and comfort simulation
CAE Value - J. Engstroem, D. Fredriksson
MDO process plugin for ADAMS/Car and VI-CarRealTime
Mira Ltd. - L. Pinto
Model-based development of the Hybrid Integrated Urban Commercial Vehicle (HiUCV)
University of L'Aquila - G. D'Ovidio, F. Crisi, G. Valente

Vibration analysis in the archaelogical area of Rome by rail traffic

Tatravagonka - F. Domanicky
Stability Simulation of the bogie TVP2007 in the system VI-Grade
Multicorpos - M. Prado
Dynamic analysis of a freight car with a 3-piece bogie according to AAR standards
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30
Powertrain and Engine
Volkswagen AG - W. Kujawski

Efficient simulation process for the optimization of conrods in internal combustion engines
RWTH Aachen University - S. Sonnen, C. Steffens
Simulation of a rolling bearing mounted cranktrain with focus on NVH aspects
FEV - T. Spilker, A. Voncken
Development of a flexible piston ring model embedded in a multi body system

TU Delft - N. Burgelman

Some preliminary results in the simulation of interaction between a pushed train and a turnout
Argecare - W. Kik
Parallel or on-line simulation of wear using general wheel rail element

17:30End of day 1

Agenda Day 2 - October 19th, 2011

08:30 - 09:00 BMW AG - C. Kilian
Subjective evaluation of virtual vehicle dynamics
09:00 - 10:30

Simulation Technology
MSC Software - C. Baker

MSC new directions in multibody dynamics
Sim.Co.VR. - A. Piemontesi
Introducing VI-GraphSim, high-quality graphic environment and contents: features, options and capabilities
MapleSoft - P. Goossens
Integration of MapleSim models with the VI-Grade real-time framework

VI-Rail Workshop
Development Directions and Round Table Discussion

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 13:00

Racing & Motorsport
Ferrari GeS - M. Fainello

Development of a multi-body model for code export and integration in a simulation system including real time hardware in the loop
RML Group - R. Hartvelt, T. Snowball, D. Ewbank
VI-CarRealTime simulation of a WTCC car and correlation against measured test data
Politecnico di Torino - A. Tonoli
Design of a Formula Student based on suspension and vehicle simulation
Multimatic - L. Ogilvie
Application of VI-grade tools for trackside simulation

FEV Virtual Engine Workshop
Development Directions and Round Table Discussion
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30Advanced Vehicle Technology
Ferrari GeI - S. Varisco
Control logic for semi-active dampers: a new approach from the ground up to the market
Porsche AG - L. Pascali
VI-CarRealTime: an effective software platform to exchange vehicle models with suppliers to streamline development process
VIRES - M. Dupuis
Virtual Test Drive - development, test and validation of ADAS and active safety systems in virtual environments
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 18:00
Aerospace & Motorcycle
APPH Landing Gears - M. Jones, A. Mistry, D. Ewbank
VI-Aircraft Extend/retract analysis with Easy5 and ADAMS/Controls
Dromo - J. Zaffelli
The Imola case: the rebirth of this glorious track thanks to simulation
University of Padova - A. Beghi
A VI-BikeRealTime based simulation environment for assessing power management strategies in hybrid motorcycles
IKA - RWTH Aachen University - P. Rettweiler (FKA), K. Wunram
Setup of a multibody simulation model of a PTW with semi-active damping systems using co-simulation with VI-Motorcycle

Automotive Solutions Workshop

18:00Conference Wrap-up

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