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The concept development of an automotive body-in-white offers the possibility to experiment with different packaging, manufacturing and structural strategies. Playing through different ideas helps to introduce innovations into the platform design. However, traditional simulation (CAE) is often not fast enough to deliver the desired design direction.
To meet this challenge, Altair has developed C123, a unique three-step concept development process. At each stage, an optimization technology is used to provide the designer with structural data about the impact of different design decisions on mass and attribute performance, thereby facilitating conflicting objectives. Throughout the process, the complexity of the simulation technology is compared with the maturity of the available design data to ensure that the simulation is a collaborative partner in the design process.
"C123" is independent of vehicle architectures, manufacturing processes, material selection and platform sharing strategy. The process is supported by a customized toolbox developed from Altair-HyperWorks. The system has strong interoperability with CAD to ensure that optimized structural architectures can be efficiently integrated into the design environment.