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LMS and Fraunhofer announce strategic partnership

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LMS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (Fraunhofer LBF) have signed a strategic partnership agreement to accelerate the development of advanced tire simulation solutions. These solutions extend the functionality and applicability of the CDTire software to accurately predict road inputs for vehicle development across car, truck, motorcycle and off-road applications. Combined with LMS' 3D and 1D system modelling and simulation software, LMS Virtual.Lab and LMS Imagine.Lab respectively, CDTire users will be able to front-load realistic performance simulations of their new vehicle designs to master critical brand attributes like comfort, NVH and durability – months before the first prototypes are available.

The new solutions for tire modelling and simulation will be based on LMS' CDTire product. As part of the agreement, Fraunhofer has taken over the rights and responsibility for CDTire and will further develop and enhance this industry-proven technology. This includes extensions to accurately simulate innovations in recent tire technology, like the introduction of run-flat tires and extremely low-aspect-ratio tires, as well as breakthrough technology for real-time tire simulation to support Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) engineering. Additionally, the tire modelling and simulation technology will be expanded to include motorcycle, agricultural, construction and commercial vehicle tires. Using the latest tire testing techniques as well as underlying parameterisation algorithms, Fraunhofer LBF will develop new methods to increase productivity in regards to the necessary tire parameter identification and model validation. LMS International will continue to globally market and offer the next-generation CDTire solutions, embedded in its LMS Virtual.Lab and LMS Imagine.Lab product suites.