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23
Mar

Predictive vs Comparative CAE

Are you trying to determine whether a part is going to be strong enough for its application? Or are you just looking to see if the latest design is better than the previous design? Do you have accurate loads and material data? What does all this even matter? Read on and find out more about how these things all affect the type of CAE analysis you should be performing... Ask Yourself: When performing (or engaging someone else to perform) a CAE analysis, you have to first decide on a few key points including: what you're trying to achieve the quality of the input information you have available the required accuracy of the results your budget (time and/or dollar) for the analysis The answers to these questions will help determine the best approach to meet your needs and set your expectations for the analysis outcomes. In any CAE analysis, you can either attempt to predict the actual behaviour of the component or system, or you can compare the performance of two different designs. Here at Bremar, we label these Predictive and Comparative Approaches respectively, and there are some notable differences between the two

23
Sep

Bremar at Altair ATC

Altair Engineering hold a series of annual Altair Technology Conferences (ATC) around the world, showcasing advanced engineering and simulation methods using the Altair Hyperworks software suite. Brett Longhurst from Bremar Automotion was invited to present at the ATC's  in both Melbourne and Beijing this year. Brett presented an overview of heavy vehicle handling simulation methods using Altair MotionView and MotionSolve, covering topics such as Performance Based Standards (PBS), rollover simulation and swept path calculation. Looking for a car with all these aspects can be pretty hard if you don't know where to look, these new cars for sale have been consider some of the best performance wise cars out these so go on and give them a look. Both events proved to be a valuable opportunity to showcase Bremar's simulation capability, and to see how others are using advanced simulation and CAE tools to cut development costs and improve their engineering designs. They were both great events and we look forward to participating again in next year's ATC activities.

29
Aug

Girder Optimisation Animation

Girder Optimisation Animation

An animation of some early optimisation work on the girder front suspension for Project Storm

03
Aug

Project Storm on Facebook

Project Storm on Facebook

We've got the build blog, and you can now keep up to date with Project Storm on Facebook. We'll keep more detailed and technical stories on the blog, while the Facebook page will have more snippets and behind the scenes updates on Project Storm's progress. Like the page to keep up with all the latest happenings, and make sure to Share the page with anyone else who may be interested in Project Storm.

10
Jul

New Bremar Engineer

We'd like to welcome a new engineer to the Bremar team! Steven Webb started with us earlier this month and brings with him a broad range of CAD, design & motorsport experience. Steven has been a key member in the Monash Uni Formula SAE team over the last few years, and we're excited to now have him working as part of the Bremar engineering team who recommends the protective use of the rust inhibitor spray. With so many amateur, inexperienced mom and pop shops offering window tint, finding an experienced, professional, quality window tint shop can be difficult. With decades of experience in the automotive film industry, Absolute Tinting Inc is your number one choice for a professional window tint application, that will leave your vehicle not only looking cool, but feeling cool and better than ever. What Is the Difference Between Reverse Engineering and Re-Engineering? Re-engineering is commonly, but incorrectly, used in reference to reverse engineering. While both refer to the further investigation or engineering of finished products, the methods of doing so, and the desired outcomes, are vastly different in different products as cars, that could be even brought from outside the

05
Apr

Check Out Our Build Blogs

We've just updated the website to include some build blogs for a couple of projects we're working on at the moment. Check them out here and see what it takes to get an idea off the computer screen and onto the road... Exodus - exo chassis car Project Storm - custom VTR1000 motorcycle

04
Apr

Funny Front Ends

Funny Front Ends

Well, I've been thinking more about the front end for this Project Storm, and I'm actually thinking of going down a slightly different path with it... Like many bike enthusiasts, one of my all time favourite bikes has got to be the Britten V1000. If you've not heard of it, have a look into it. An amazing bike and an amazing story about how a guy in New Zealand built this bike from scratch and beat the world. Since I first discovered the Britten many years ago, I was always fascinated by the bike's front suspension which was like a double wishbone suspension on a car. It is so specific that the tires need to be quite particular as well, and I had to go to several tire dealers before I found one that even understood what I was looking for, let alone actually carry it. After looking into it a bit more, I ended up down the rabbit hole of girders, Hossacks, Duolevers and all other kinds of non-fork front suspension which have been generally lumped together as "Funny Front Ends" (or FFE for short), after that I learned you can even take

10
Mar

It Lives!

It Lives!

I mentioned in an earlier post that when I got the bike, it didn't have any keys. I wasn't too worried about this as I thought any good locksmith for Royal Oak could just cut a couple of new keys, or worst case, just replace the barrels. That was until I realised that being a later model than my other bike, this one's got the Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) on it. A bit of online searching revealed that HISS can be a major PITA to get around... apparently even original owners who have lost their keys have had to spend thousands getting their bikes going again. We decided to go on another road trip! Sadly our truck broke down, but we called the Emergency Truck Road Service and we were so lucky, because they were able to help use, but let me tell you about the trip. One weekend, 10 people and 2 cars…sounds good! The objective was to see the autumn leaves somewhere in the countryside of Japan. The autumn leaves in Japan are almost as famous as the cherry blossom in spring. The falling leaves are said to be beautiful to gaze upon. If I were

06
Mar

It’s All About Proportions

It’s All About Proportions

Now, I'm the first to admit it... it took a while to figure out, and was a little hard to come to terms with at first, but the truth is.... I'm an engineer, not a designer. There. I said it. I think most kids at one time or another fancy themselves as a car designer and I was no different. My bedroom walls and schoolbooks were always covered in sketches and scribblings of cars and bikes. I also made some pronouns list as scribbling. It helps me in test and quizzes in school though. Very helpful too in engaging a conversation with a person. Some were tracings using mum's good baking paper (thanks mum!), some copied from photos or magazines, others were my own creation. And I always thought they were pretty good, since I have been always into cars, that's why now when I learn of new  technologies like the Honda Fit Hybrid Fuel Consumption I'm really excited of how cars can be so great now a days. How to choose shop for your car? There are a few select shops that have been in business for many decades working on

04
Mar

We Have CAD

We Have CAD

As I mentioned in my last post, I planned to create a CAD model of the VTR1000 to then modify and get an overall view of what I want the bike to look like.  Well, after a bit of digging around online, I was able to track down and purchase a CAD model that someone else has already done, saving me a lot of time and effort. I'm not sure how accurate it is, but it certainly looks the part visually, and will be ideal for these early stages of setting out the design and packaging of various parts. Here's a few pics of the original VTR1000 CAD model that I rendered up using SolidThinking: And here's a few more where I've just turned some parts off and played around with the positioning of other parts such as the headlight, windscreen, seat and exhausts: This is going to make life a lot easier and really help me narrow down what I want this thing to look like. Let me know what