Deakin University selects VI-grade motorcycle solutions
Marburg, August 9th, 2011 – VI-grade GmbH, the leading provider of best-in-class products and services to bridge the gap between real world testing and technical simulation, today announced that Deakin University, one of the new generation of Australian universities, selected the VI-grade suite of solutions dedicated to 2-wheel vehicles and based on VI-Motorcycle.
The engineering team at Deakin University will use VI-Motorcycle to assess and optimize the dynamic performance of a revolutionary cross-over fun vehicle characterized by ultra low fuel consumption and emissions, that combines fun to drive, low cost, and small size of a scooter together with the safety, comfort and easiness to operate of a car.
“Higher safety risks together with special skill requirements for the driver and much lower comfort compared to normal cars are the main reasons why motorbikes represent only a fraction of all vehicle sales in developed countries” says Frank Will, Senior Lecturer, Deakin University. “Such a product will address customer priorities such as safety, affordability, fun and efficiency (SAFE) and we will use VI Motorcycle to analyze the highest priority issue, which is safety. Thanks to VI-Motorcycle, for example, we could finetune the dynamic behavior of the SafeRide™ fully automatic tilting control system, that enables to build the vehicle with a full enclosure, since the driver does not need to put the feet on the ground to balance the vehicle when he stops.”
Warwick Marx, Managing Director of Compumod, says: “This success proves once again that, through our products and services, we enable our clients to eliminate slow and costly physical testing by creating and testing "virtual prototypes" that can be quickly evaluated for performance to achieve lasting competitive advantage.”
“We are happy to report the first commercial success through Compumod,” says Guido Bairati, Sales Director, VI-Grade. “This demonstrates the efficiency of our commercial strategies, that relies on a capillary network of experienced and respected resellers. We are looking forward to a continuous a fruitful collaboration in Australia and New Zealand!”
Video and images of this project can be viewed at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/news/2011/080811futurecar.php
With VI-Motorcycle, the specialized simulation environment for motorcycle design and testing, an engineering team can quickly build and simulate a complete parameterized model of a motorcycle in order to select fundamental design options and to explore new functional concepts prior to building physical prototypes. VI-Motorcycle is based on the MSC.ADAMS™ solver and is fully supported by VI-grade developers. It provides common methods throughout corporations and suppliers for modeling and design practices. Due to its scalability and extendibility, it can be customized easily in order to fit into the development process.
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About Deakin University
Deakin University was established in the 1970s as one of the new generation of Australian universities. Named after Alfred Deakin, Australia's second Prime Minister, Deakin combines a university's traditional focus on excellent teaching and research with a desire to seek new ways of developing and delivering courses. Deakin has won several awards for its teaching and learning excellence - testament to its excellent facilities, flexible learning options and courses which are informed by industry professionals. For additional information about some of Deakin's distinctive features, please visit: http://www.deakin.edu.au.
First established in 1982, Compumod quickly became the name to trust for the supply and support of advanced computer aided engineering simulation tools throughout SE Asia. Now relaunched in 2010 Compumod is back, doing what it does best supporting the world’s leading Engineering Analysis tools across Australia and New Zealand. Compumod’s mission is to deliver state of the art Computer Simulation tools and services to Australian and New Zealand businesses to help them achieve a competitive advantage and sustainable return on investment. For more information, please visit http://www.compumod.com.au.
VI-grade GmbH is the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system level simulation. VI-grade, established in 2005, delivers innovative solutions to streamline the development process from concept to sign-off in the transportation industry, mainly automotive, aerospace, motorcycle, motorsports and railways. With office locations in Germany, Italy, Japan, and the USA and a worldwide channel network of 20 trusted partners, VI-grade is a young and growing company with a highly skilled technical team.