Optimizing Passenger Vehicle Design with Simulation Apps

Sitarameswara Sarma Akella, Mahindra, India

The fast-paced passenger vehicle design process at Mahindra, a multinational automotive manufacturer, demands efficient collaboration between manufacturing teams, design engineers, and computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysts. Validation of design changes to stabilizer bars, critical components in car suspension, and chassis involves time-consuming iterations back-and-forth between teams. To reduce the reliance on CAE analysts and cut back on iteration time, the analysts developed simulation apps with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software to let their colleagues verify stiffness distributions for stabilizer bar geometries and chassis designs. Deployed throughout the company via a local installation of the COMSOL Server™ product, these apps resulted in substantial reductions in design lead time and allowed designers to explore various configurations very early in the development phase.

Simulation results obtained from the chassis app for a particular configuration.