Simulation models speeding up the development of shock absorbers

Automotive industry: perfectly accurate simulation models are speeding up the development of shock absorber systems

Hydraulic valve systems can help car manufacturers and suppliers to achieve complex vehicle functions, for example variable electric shock absorbers or active roll stabilisation system. However, such complex components have to pass functional and safety tests during the development phase.

There are several advantages to working with these types of models: on the one hand, the model allows for a much deeper understanding of functional connections, because, during product development, certain state variables can only be calculated but not measured. On the other hand, targeted parameter studies permit an analysis of different factors, dramatically reducing the experimental development costs. Manufacturers and suppliers not only benefit from additional knowledge, but more importantly, their products profit from shorter development times and a higher level of maturity.

New technical sophistication and improved characteristics are placing ever higher demands on development and construction, leaving automobile manufacturers and suppliers continuously fighting to secure market shares and stand out from the competition. More excessive requirements, such as the available space or the operating temperature range, then present themselves under extreme time pressure. Complex, detailed simulation models, which also incorporate external parameters, allow products to be successfully and cost-efficiently modified to suit ever increasing market requirements.

Since 2005, Hydrive Engineering has supported manufacturers of cars and construction machines in drive and software development, carrying out tests and simulations for software and drive components.