Marburg, Dec 17th, 2015 – VI-grade, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that Transnet Freight Rail, the largest division of Transnet, a world class heavy haul freight rail company that specializes in the transportation of freight, selected the VI-grade suite of railway solutions, based on VI-Rail.
The company, which is a long-standing user of the VI-grade simulation technologies, uses VI-Rail and the Wear toolkit specifically for the comparison of different wheel profiles and their effect on wear and rolling contact fatigue. Transnet Freight Rail operates two heavy haul lines. These lines transport iron ore and coal respectively for the export market. Rolling contact fatigue is one of the damage mechanism experienced on these lines that require regular and expensive maintenance in the form of rail grinding. Rail replacement due to rolling contact fatigue adds to the maintenance costs. In order to reduce the initiation and growth of rolling contact fatigue Transnet Freight Rail are assessing the relative performance of different wheel profiles as well as suspension configurations in terms of wear and the subsequent effect on rolling contact fatigue initiation. The wear toolkit provides a manner in which the different states of wear can be simulated and the effect of this wear on rolling contact fatigue be evaluated. Furthermore, Transnet are also re-evaluating wheel re-profiling limits to understand the effect of tightening or relaxing limits placed on re-profiled wheels.
“Many of these limits have a direct effect on the wheel wear pattern it should therefore be possible to comment on the monetary impact of each limit by evaluating and comparing the wheel wear patterns and wheel wear rates of wheelsets with variations bounded by the limits.” says Ulrich Spangenberg, Senior Engineer (Contact Mechanics in Wheel/Rail interaction), Transnet Freight Rail.
“The superior support from VI-grade’s technical and development teams and their “can-do” attitude towards requested customization and enhancements from time to time on VI-Rail, makes it an absolute pleasure to support our VI-Rail customers and gives us the confidence that anyone with a need so solve railway related problems using simulation, will be able to do so using VI-Rail,” says Paul Naudé, Technical Manager from ESTEQ Engineering.
“We are extremely happy to report this important success in the railway industry,” says Guido Bairati, International Sales Director, VI-grade. “This demonstrates the efficiency of our development strategies, always looking for new features demanded by the market, as well as the success of the collaboration with our resellers network. We are looking forward to expanding the usage of our solutions for wear and stress predictions within ESTEQ and other major railway companies!”
VI-Rail is the specialized railway simulation software from VI-grade. VI-Rail enables to quickly build a complete, parameterized model of a new railway vehicle, easily define its suspension, wheelset, wheel-rail contact, and other vital characteristics. Running through a battery of simulations it is possible to determine the vehicle’s stability, derailment safety clearance, track load, passenger comfort, and more. The performance of a railway vehicle design can be optimized virtually in the computer, before cutting a single piece of metal or running a single physical test. VI-Rail users can instantly see the effects of design changes on railcar performance in high-speed animation, easily detecting component interferences, excessive wear, instability, and performance limitations. Users can also plot key parameters in graphs to compare results from different designs.
Transnet is the largest and most crucial part of the freight logistics chain that delivers goods to each and every South African. Every day Transnet delivers thousands of tons of goods around South Africa, through its pipelines and both to and from its ports. It moves that cargo on to ships for export while it unloads goods from overseas. Transnet is a focused freight transport company, delivering integrated, efficient, safe, reliable and cost-effective services to promote economic growth in South Africa. Transnet is fully owned by the South African government but operates as a corporate entity aimed at both supporting and contributing to the country’s freight logistics network. It aims at developing South African industry, reducing the cost of doing business, while at the same time operating efficiently and profitably.
ESTEQ is the leading supplier of Engineering Simulation solutions in South Africa. Their primary focus is to empower their clients to become leaders in their respective industries though providing technology which can solve the most demanding engineering & scientific problems, in the shortest possible times. ESTEQ believes in selecting the leading technology suppliers from around the world and backing this technology with a team of the best people to provide the highest level of service to their clients. This service starts with helping companies assess the business benefit they will get from implementing solutions, through to implementation, technology transfer, training, support and consulting. ESTEQ develops solutions which are tailored to their client's requirements. This involves a long term relationship of mutual trust and growth which can only be achieved in a partnership.
Marburg, Oct 7th, 2015 – VI-grade today announced that Volvo Car Corporation completed the installation of the revolutionary motion platform named DiM® (Driver-in-Motion). The new dynamic platform for the driving simulator has been installed as a turn-key solution at the Volvo Car Corporation site in Torslanda, Sweden and will be used for testing and optimizing the handling and ride behavior of new vehicles as well as to test new control algorithms for active safety.
The 9 degrees-of-freedom DiM® platform has been designed in order to take full advantage of VI-MotionCueing as well as of all other software technology developed by VI-grade and its partners. The DiM® concept enables the extension of the motion envelope and the separation of low and high frequency contributions, which makes this type of motion platform unique and suitable for both vehicle dynamics and ride studies.
“The DiM complements our tool chain and allows us to physically experience our simulation models using human test drivers” says Carl Sandberg, Vehicle Dynamics Concept Engineer at Volvo Car Corporation. “The simulator emphasizes the human centric approach Volvo is known for, allowing driving dynamics and active safety systems to be experienced in a realistic environment right from the start of the development process.”
“We are extremely happy to report this commercial success at Volvo Car Corporation”, said Guido Bairati, Sales Director, VI-grade. “Together with our sales representative in Sweden CAE Value, with technical partner Saginomiya and other technology vendors like Concurrent, Sim.Co.VR, Barco, VIRES and Imtec we have installed this complex vehicle simulator as a turn-key solution at the Volvo premises. Volvo officially adds today to the growing list of customers that chose to believe in the superior value of our technology.”
For additional information on how Volvo Car Corporation uses VI-grade’s DiM technology, please check the paper presented by Carl Sandberg at the 2015 VI-grade Users Conference available at this link (login required for download)
Marburg, Sep 14th, 2015 – VI-grade, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that Showa Corporation, the Japanese supplier of components for the automotive and motorcycle industries, has completed the implementation of a high-quality steering simulator model with new variable damper.
The advanced simulator, based on the VI-CarRealTime and VI-GraphSim software solutions installed on RedHawk technology, has been used since its launch in 2014 to evaluate the performance of electric power steering (EPS) systems in early stages of the development process. In addition, the steering simulator has been used to develop and finetune a cooperative control model in conjunction with a revolutionary variable damper model. This model, based on a theoretical approach property of Showa, estimates the vehicle states using the wheel velocity instead of sensors, enabling to obtain dramatic improvements (also in terms of weight of the damper component) with respect to the usage of a conventional variable damper.
The new steering simulator with variable damper will be officially premiered at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show to be held from Sept 15th to Sept 18th, 2015.
Showa Corporation widely utilizes software products such as VI-CarRealTime, VI-Motorcycle and VI-GraphSim as well as professional support from VI-grade in the development process of their new products for the automotive and the motorcycle racing industries - for example new variable dampers and new EPS steering systems. The software solutions are also used for MOTO GP racing studies.
“Thanks to the simulation technologies developed by VI-grade, our company could develop an advanced environment for cooperative control by implementing our new variable damper model into our steering simulator already presented at the previous editions of the Japanese SAE Exhibition” said Mr. Hirata, Managing Director of Showa Corporation. “We are confident that this new simulator will highly contribute to the strategic development activities of Showa, such as the investigation of cooperative control between steering and damper.”
“We are happy to report that our long-lasting cooperation with Showa lead to yet another exciting piece of technology based on our products and services,” says Shunichi Yamauchi, Managing Director, VI-grade Japan. “This demonstrates the efficiency of VI-CarRealTime and related products to virtually optimize the design of transportation components as well as the cooperative control between different components. We are looking forward to further contributing to the success of the Showa development team!"
VI-CarRealTime provides a vehicle simulation environment where the same, simplified vehicle model can be used by vehicle dynamics and controls engineers to optimize vehicle and control system performance. The product enables engineers to quickly and easily perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimization studies. VI-CarRealTime is the only real-time solution available in the market that can automatically and seamlessly export a real-time vehicle model directly from ADAMS/Car™. Similarly, VI-CarRealTime also enables to share component property files such as tires, springs, dampers, and bumpstops with ADAMS/Car™. VI-CarRealTime provides validated models which can be used by controls and hydraulic engineers to optimize the controller design based on accurate vehicle performance. VI-CarRealTime can be integrated with Matlab Simulink for controls systems. For further information click here.
About Showa Corporation
Showa is a leading supplier of automotive and motorcycle components. Headquartered in the city of Gyoda, Japan, Showa responds to its customer demands with the corporate mission statement, “We target Showa as global trusted company. We will continuously innovate ourselves and provide leading products based on high level technologies and quality to meet users’ needs”. For additional information, click here.
Marburg, July 21st, 2015 – VI-grade today announced that the MRacing Formula SAE Team of the University of Michigan has adopted VI-grade's COMPACT Simulator. In detail, the simulator will be used to support chassis and controls development for formula SAE vehicles.
“We have already put in many hours on tuning our VI-CarRealTime model, which creates a significant advantage as we move to the next level: using VI-DriveSim” said Peter Karkos, 2016 MRacing Technical Director. “The main value from the adoption VI-grade's COMPACT Simulator in our team comes from the potential time that will be saved through physical testing of different suspension setups, aero packages, drivetrain packages, etc. In addition, the relatively low-cost of setting up the system is perfect for our situation of being a college race team.”
“The most important feature is our ability to quickly correlate the computer model to our real-life vehicle by having a driver be able to give immediate feedback. It can eliminate months of tedious tests, and will allow for rapid improvements once we have an accurate model” added Karkos. “Additionally, the simulator enables our team to continue to develop the vehicle and have drivers learn how to drive it during the off-season. Due to the weather conditions, there are many months when our team cannot take the vehicle out for testing, so it is crucial to be able to virtually optimize the setup of our racing cars on the simulator in preparation for the upcoming FSAE competitions.”
“We are very excited about our continuous collaboration with the University of Michigan,” said Brian Cheung, Director of System Level Simulation Inc. “Major racing teams in all series are using vehicle simulation of all kinds to increase competitiveness in an environment with less physical testing and demands for more performance, and we are looking forward to further supporting the success of the MRacing team.”
About the COMPACT Simulator
The COMPACT Simulator provides all main features of VI-grade Driving Simulators in a reduced space. It features a driver’s seat, a fully-adjustable steering wheel, dashboard, pedals, gear stick and screen and it can be placed directly in your office. It is the perfect solution for those companies that want to start using a Driving Simulator to boost simulation activities and to test models in real-time whilst getting a subjective feeling.
The COMPACT Simulator from VI-grade is the ideal tool for automotive OEMs that wish to prepare models to be used for a more advanced simulator (both STATIC and DiM) and that need to quickly test specific components. The COMPACT Simulator is also an ideal solution for Tier 1 suppliers who need to make sure that their components will work well when inserted into a more complex vehicle model. This kind of simulator can also be used by universities and research centers to develop and test dedicated control algorithms, as well to expose their students to driving simulator technologies.
About University of Michigan College of Engineering
Founded in 1854, the University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the premier Engineering schools in the world. The school’s strong partnership with automakers later led to the formation of MRacing Formula SAE in 1986. With over 25 years of experience, the team is able to continually pushing the envelope of vehicle design. In the summer of 2011 the team proved the value of this history by rising to #1 in the world after 6 consecutive top 10 competition finishes. With many of the same engineers still on the team, a newly formed business sector, and new exciting industry partnerships, MRacing is well-equipped to continue succeeding on an international level for the foreseeable future.
Marburg, Jul 7th, 2015 – VI-grade, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that Hyundai Motorsport (HMSG), the company responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme, adopted VI-CarRealTime and VI-Driver, VI-grade’s flagship solution for automotive real-time simulation, to optimize the dynamic performance of their race cars.
"VI-CarRealTime and VI-Driver will enable us to improve the racing performance of our cars for the World Rally Championship programme" says Bertrand Vallat, Chief Designer, Hyundai Motorsport. "We are looking forward to being even more successful in the WRC thanks to the usage of these powerful simulation tools."
"Once again, we are proud to report another success in the motorsport industry," says Guido Bairati, International Sales Director of VI-grade. "We are looking forward to supporting the success of this team that joins today the community of our customers belonging to the racing industry."
VI-CarRealTime provides a vehicle simulation environment where the same simplified vehicle model can be used by vehicle dynamics and controls engineers to optimize vehicle and control system performance. The product enables engineers to perform quickly and easily large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimization studies. VI-CarRealTime is the only real-time solution available in the market that can export automatically and seamlessly a real-time vehicle model directly from ADAMS/Car. Similarly, VI-CarRealTime also enables to share component property files such as tires, springs, dampers, and bumpstops with ADAMS/CarTM. VI-CarRealTime provides validated models, which can be used by controls and hydraulic engineers to optimize the controller design based on accurate vehicle performance. VI-CarRealTime can be integrated with Matlab Simulink for controls systems.
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH (HMSG) is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities and primarily for its World Rally Championship programme. Based in Alzenau, Germany, the company has established Hyundai’s return to WRC with a bespoke team of skilled staff – constantly developing the WRC-specification of the Hyundai i20. The total facility of 8.200m² is split into office (2.125m²) and workshop (5.878m²) space. An area where 120 employees develop and support Hyundai’s entry in the WRC. The workshop is divided into 10 assembly bays. With engine workshop, sub-assembly areas, electronics, body shop, stores, design-office and administration area leaving nothing to be desired. The factory is also fully fitted and operational with quality control, engine dynamics and suspension test bench -offering ideal premises to set-up a WRC team. 50 km from Frankfurt international airport and convenient motorway connection provides easy access to key suppliers within Continental Europe. Close to other Hyundai facilities, like Hyundai Motor Europe (HME) in Offenbach and Hyundai Motor Technical Centre (HMETC) in Ruesselsheim makes Alzenau the perfect location for Hyundai Motorsport.
Marburg, June 3rd, 2015 – VI-grade, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that KTM Sportcar, the Austrian car manufacturer of the X-Bow model, will use VI-Automotive to optimize its road and race cars.
In detail, VI-Automotive will be used on the KTM X-Bow vehicle to carefully analyze vehicle dynamics and to reduce lap time by means of the sophisticated VI-grade driver controller: based on the database of the actual X-Bow, KTM will derive new models to be used either on race tracks or on roads. The software will be used for vehicle dynamics as well as to evaluate the loads on different relevant points of the car as - together with CFD software – to perform vehicle optimization on race tracks.
“We understood right from the beginning that VI-Automotive could have helped us in setting up race cars in the best way” says Juergen Gumpinger, Managing Director, KTM-Sportcar. “To avoid high development and testing costs, we decided to use the software to obtain a robust initial design as well as to achieve a good start setup for the race track. We also particularly appreciated the integration of VI-Automotive into the reliable general-purpose MSC Adams software, as well as the capability of meeting the objectives thanks to the special knowledge in race cars shown by the VI-grade team.”
“We are very excited about the collaboration with KTM Sportcar” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director of VI-grade. “We are looking forward to supporting the success of this well-known company, supporting the team to better understand the physics and the behaviour of their car in different conditions, ultimately enabling them develop even better cars.”
VI-Automotive is a specialized simulation environment that allows engineering teams to analyze a number of design alternatives of a virtual race car and its subsystems on a testrig or on a given race
track. The vehicle is driven on a two or three dimensional track profile by a sophisticated driving program which pushes the car to its limits! A specialized and extremely fast quasi-static lap time prediction program is entirely linked to the model database. Validation is continuously performed in close collaboration with customers, and this helps improving the methods and the accuracy of the program prediction: one example is the validation of a GT car model running on the LeMans track.
Since the business year 2012 Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, KTM AG is an Austrian producer of motorcycles with a rich heritage of more than 50 years of competitive motorsport success, both in professional as well as in amateur racing. Especially in terms of offroad bikes, KTM is a real specialist – and of course world market leader. KTM has its roots in motorsport. Much more than 200 world champion titles, 12 victories at the famous Rally Dakar in a row and numerous national titles are the proof for the companies technical competence. “Ready to Race” – following the company’s philosophy, the experience gained in motorsport is directly transferred into serial production and therefore immediately recognizable for the customer. The company’s sales have grown consistently throughout the last decade in markets across the globe. KTM’s motorcycle models span a number of market segments, including Sportminicycles, Offroad and Street machines. In 2007, it extended its product portfolio with a range of four-wheel off-road All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and in 2009 it introduced the first superbike, the 1190 RC8. Following the successful introduction of street motorcycles and ATVs, the next step in KTM’s expansion was the unveiling of the stunning X-BOW super-sportscar concept at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, followed by the production-ready version in 2008. Only another four months later the serial production started and in August 2008, the first KTM X-BOW was delivered.
Romanshorn (CH) May 26th, 2015 – VI-grade AG, the leading provider of best-in-class driving simulation technology, today announced a technical partnership with Danisi Engineering, Italian engineering services company in the field of chassis systems providing concepts, engineering, prototyping and low volume production.
In detail, the two companies are willing to provide integrated engineering services to the global automotive market: through a system-level approach, VI-grade and Danisi Engineering will offer to automotive OEMs and Tier1 suppliers expertise, tools and products for chassis design process, from the conceptual phase to the final sign-off, through simulation, design, prototyping and testing.
The first step of the technical partnership calls for the installation at Danisi headquarters in Nichelino (Turin, Italy) of VI-DriveSim Static, the driving simulation solution based on the VI-CarRealTime and VI-GraphSim software technologies.
“We are currently combining the VI-DriveSim static simulator with a physical EPS assisted steering rack, with the ultimate goal of more accurately reproducing steering feedback to the driver by including physical hardware in lieu of complicated and difficult-to-obtain software models” said Giacomo Danisi, Owner and CEO, Danisi Engineering. “Thanks to this combined technology, we can perform a set of manoeuvres encompassing different driving conditions, matching the results of dynamic simulations with measured data and therefore building a reliable specification framework.”
“We are extremely happy to announce our technical partnership with Danisi Engineering”, said Guido Bairati, International Sales Director, VI-grade. “We are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with Danisi Engineering in the following segments: Conceptual Design, Vehicle Dynamics, Ride & Comfort, Durability, Control Systems, Physical Prototyping.”
VI-DriveSim is a revolutionary turnkey solution, which provides automotive engineers with a complete set of innovative, integrated driving simulators for a new generation approach to system-level simulation, allowing companies to bridge the gap between virtual prototyping and testing. VI-DriveSim provides the ability of "feeling" the results of your simulations in a very immersive environment starting from early phases of the development process. Based on a compact driving simulator architecture with respect to conventional simulators and powered by VI-grade's flagship product VI-CarRealTime, VI-DriveSim enables a seamless combination of any source of real-time signals and allows an instantaneous two-ways synchronization with ADAMS Car, the de-facto worldwide standard solutions for automotive engineering. VI-DriveSim is available in two different configurations: static and dynamic, and is fully scalable, meaning that it is possible to upgrade from static to dynamic simulator recycling virtually all components that have been already purchased.
About Danisi Engineering
Established in 1995, Danisi Engineering S.r.l. is located in Nichelino (Torino), Italy. Danisi Engineering operates in the field of chassis engineering and prototyping. Through the last 20 years, the company has grown as an OEM suppliers of chassis systems, providing engineering, prototyping and low volume production. Danisi Engineering is also very active in motorsport and racing. Car manufacturers and well known Tier-one suppliers find in Danisi Engineering the ideal partner for innovation and research programs. Danisi Engineering is a young, motivated, flexible and very experienced company, with a strong background built on several successful projects.