Millbrook (UK), Sept 16, 2020 –VI-grade is pleased to announce the availability of SimCenter Millbrook, an advanced vehicle development and driving simulation center located in Millbrook, UK. The facility, completely dedicated to NVH applications, is now available for rentals and technology display at the Millbrook Proving Ground located in Millbrook, Bedford, MK45 2JQ, helping greatly reduce the duration and cost of NVH vehicle development and finetuning.
SimCenter Millbrook features a new installation of a STATIC NVH Simulator based on a Bentley Continental GT full vehicle, completely instrumented for detailed and immersive NVH investigation. The STATIC NVH Simulator creates an interactive driving experience of a vehicle’s interior noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), bringing sound and vibration data into the real world, so it can be experienced by engineers and test drivers. Leveraging NVH Simulator and Software technology and expertise formerly from Brüel & Kjær and now part of the VI-grade family, the STATIC NVH simulator provides great authenticity, displaying the track in front of the vehicle that is equipped with headphones, speakers and shakers.
Also onsite is an exemplar of VI-grade’s DESKTOP NVH Simulator, equipped with a steering wheel and pedals so that drivers can interact with the vehicle and experience its sound in real-time. Highly accurate vehicle sound is played through headphones or speakers, allowing drivers to experience the sound of a vehicle throughout all of the dynamic aspects of driving, like changing gears and accelerating, or changing from smooth to coarse to rough road surfaces. This immersive context for sound evaluations helps engineers and non-experts select appropriate sounds and compare alternative designs.
Software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop capabilities enable integration with other vehicle systems, such as vehicle performance models and active sound design solutions.
“We are excited about the launch of our new SimCenter in Millbrook specifically dedicated to NVH applications”, said Guido Bairati, VP Sales & Marketing, VI-grade. “Our NVH Simulators increase confidence in the decision-making process, whether evaluating concepts or physical prototype updates. They can also easily incorporate CAE information, allowing subjective evaluations of virtual component designs when inserted in the real vehicle’s NVH data.”
“As early adopters and key developers of the NVH Simulator, Hottinger Brüel & Kjær (HBK) Engineering Services have been able to apply this technology in many development projects, from reducing OEM development time and costs, to aiding engineers in the decision making process and improving the driving experience of their customers” added Gabriella Cerrato, Director of Engineering Services, HBK. “As the automotive industry moves into a new era, with electrification bringing new NVH challenges, the NVH simulator is more critical than ever before”.
Mark Allman-Ward, NVH Solutions Technical Expert at VI-grade, is available to welcome at SimCenter Millbrook all customers who wish to directly experience the advantages of this technology.