Applus+ IDIADA’s Proving Ground now Digitised for Vehicle Dynamics Teams in MSC Adams simulation software


    Applus+ IDIADA and MSC Software sign agreement to provide customers seamless access to road definitions through MSC Adams.

    MSC Software Corporation (MSC), a global leader in computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software and services, today signed an agreement with Applus+ IDIADA to deliver its Virtual Proving Ground through the MSC Adams multibody dynamics simulation software, enabling automotive manufacturers to perform virtual vehicle dynamics test and development using a digitised version of the renowned test tracks.

    Applus+ IDIADA provides design, engineering, testing and homologation services to the global automotive industry. Its 360-hectare Barcelona proving ground is the most comprehensive independent proving ground in Europe and is considered to be among the best equipped worldwide.

    The IDIADA Spain Virtual Proving Ground is a digitised 3D representation of all tracks in the proving ground, made available in MSC Adams, the most widely used vehicle multibody dynamics software. It enables customers to generate road load data to perform realistic durability, ride and handling and comfort analysis of multiple vehicle systems. It reduces reliance on prototype vehicles for load case generation, and makes it easy to provide comprehensive data access to any engineer in any location to save engineering time and reduce cost.

    "Collaborating with MSC on the promotion of IDIADA Spain Virtual Proving Ground is a big step forward in our digitisation strategy. It creates an added value product to the end customer, as well as offering realistic models to the simulation community. Most of our customers use Adams, so it aligns with the importance we give to simulation as a crucial pillar in the Applus IDIADA engineering services.", said Javier Gutierrez, Project Manager at Applus+ IDIADA.

    “We are very excited that Applus+ IDIADA has chosen to partner with MSC Software, and chose MSC Adams as a platform to make their virtual proving ground available. This will help our customers make more accurate and faster vehicle design decisions. It reduces reliance on prototype vehicles for load case generation, and provides global development teams with immediate secure access to valuable proving grounds at reduced cost”, said Edwin de Vries, Senior Manager at MSC Software.

    Using Applus+ IDIADA’s virtual road load data will improves simulation accuracy at the early stages of the vehicle development process, offering significant savings in time and resources. It ensures that load cases are generated from the actual road surfaces rather than using ‘man-made’ or library road load data to validate physicial prototypes. Using the Adams EncVPG Toolkit for IDIADA VPG, Adams users simply select the required test track from an intergrated menu to securely load the data into the simulation environment. They can use it immediately to drive an Adams model – for example providing road definition to for electric vehicle Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) co-simulation using Actran acoustics simulation.

    The Adams EncVPG Toolkit for IDIADA VPG is available from MSC Software, from today (13th November 2019).




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