Manufacturers of two- and three-wheel vehicles are under constant pressure to deliver performance to excite riders, develop powertrain innovations to improve vehicle range, and get new products to market faster. An efficient vehicle development process starts with tools that address the unique challenges of motorcycle and three-wheeler design.
Altair data analytics and simulation technology allows developers to quickly and accurately model, analyze, and optimize complex vehicle systems and subsystems as well as validate that the designs are optimized for traditional or advanced manufacturing processes.
Developers of two- and three-wheel vehicles are always searching for ways to reduce powertrain model creation time and streamline the design and analysis process. Altair SimLab™ is a process-oriented multidisciplinary simulation environment that enables motorcycle manufacturers to automate tedious and error-prone FE model generation tasks, reducing model creation time by up to 80%. Within the same platform, accurate linear and nonlinear structural, thermal, and computational fluid dynamics analyses can be seamlessly performed locally or in the cloud.
Finding opportunities for material and mass savings is critical to improve vehicle performance, range, and to drive down costs. Topology optimization develops optimized structures by considering design parameters like expected loads, available design space, material, and cost. Embedded early, it enables the creation of designs with minimal mass and maximal stiffness. Altair OptiStruct™ is the original topology optimization structural design tool, driving innovative motorcycle designs for more than two decades. Users can also leverage vehicle dynamics to derive accurate loads for optimization, simulate the physics of advanced materials, and design for traditional or advanced manufacturing processes
The simulation of complex dynamic events provides critical insights for improving and validating vehicle design. Relying on local workstations alone, however, can prove to be a bottleneck as engineers may need to wait hours or days for analysis results. High-performance computing and cloud tools can dramatically improve solver throughput, allowing manufacturers to accelerate development and improve product quality. Computationally-intensive simulation, such as CFD, vehicle dynamics, and impact analysis can be run either on-premise or in the cloud thanks to Altair’s HPC infrastructure and workload management tools.
The Airbus APWorks Light Rider is the world's first 3D printed motorcycle prototype. Altair OptiStruct® was used for inspiration of its organic structure....