Lightweight Design Integrated with the Product Development Process

Using “Simulation Driven Design” as facilitator to optimize the balance between performance, weight and cost.

The pressure on developers to improve both the development process and the product efficiency of each new product generation is continuously growing.
At the same time, products are getting increasingly complex with added functional integration, higher demands on product flexibility, more legislative regulations and internal performance measures to be fulfilled with more ambitious targets for theses performance measures. This should be accomplished within shorter development cycles and tighter limits

on the development budget. In order to coop with these challenges in a sustainable way, development engineers need efficient tools, methods and processes that support the development process better than today.

The introduction of CAE and optimization (Simulation Driven Design) as design drivers has been proven to be an efficient method to significantly improve the development efficiency. Tightly integrated with the standard design process, simulation driven design can continuously support development engineers with design proposals, information from trade-off studies, information from what-if analyses, etc. in order to continuously find the best balance between multiple performance targets, weight and cost.

This presentation will discuss how simulation and optimization can be used to drive design, how simulation driven design support can be integrated within the development process at the OEM and will additionally show examples of successful applications in recent years.


The Author

Dr. Lars Fredriksson
Director Business Development Europe
Altair Engineering AB