CAE Examples

These are just some of the projects we have worked on

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  • Motorcycle Suspension Simulation

    In this example, stresses in the rear swingarm of a motorcycle suspension were analysed when subjected to a variety of road load events. Rather than assuming loads and performing a static stress analysis, various road surfaces and obstacles were modelled, and an MBD model of the motorcycle was driven over these obstacles to accurately reflect the dynamic loading on the suspension system. The swingarm was modelled as a flexible body so stresses within the part could be calculated right throughout the suspension travel.

  • Spaceframe Chassis Optimisation

    In this example, topology optimisation was used to determine the ideal layout for the members of a spaceframe chassis. The vehicle’s spaceframe chassis was modelled as a box type structure with fully enclosed panels. Rear suspension points were constrained and a torsional load was applied to the front of the chassis. The optimization software was set up to maximise the stiffness of the structure using the least amount of material, thereby minimizing the mass of the chassis. The images below show the results of the initial optimization.