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MSC Software and HORIBA MIRA announce partnership

Engineers can now make use of HORIBA MIRA’s virtual providing ground to test durability and ride comfort using Adams Car – part of the MSC software portfolio.

MSC Software, a software provider specialising in the development of software for engineering has announced a partnership with HORIBA MIRA to provide MSC users with the capabilities of HORIBA MIRA’s virtual proving ground. Available as a plug-in for the existing Adams software, a software package that provides capabilities for Multibody Dynamics (MBD), the virtual proving ground enables customers to test development-stage vehicles in a simulated environment.

Nick Fell, engineering director at HORIBA MIRA, said: ‘HORIBA MIRA offers a rare combination of digital simulation and physical test capabilities that serves both sides of the product development 'V' cycle. To build on this, over the last two years our durability simulation team has developed the HORIBA MIRA virtual proving ground into a usable customer product, and we're delighted to now make it available as an addition to Adams Car.’

The primary function of the virtual proving ground is the ability to generate 'virtual' road load data (RLD) for the use in durability and ride comfort analysis of multiple vehicle systems. Among others such an analysis allows the study of a component to establish whether it will suffer from fatigue failure during its life, knowing the components geometry, material and loading.

The use of virtual road load data saves time and resources while improving simulation accuracy at the early stages of the vehicle development process. It ensures that load cases are generated from road surfaces that will later be used for the validation of physical prototypes, rather than using library RLD from other platforms or 'man-made' events in the simulation environment.

The technology will provide a valuable resource for new entrants to the automotive industry as well as established OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, helping them improve the accuracy of their durability simulation and reducing their reliance on prototype vehicles for load case generation.

‘MSC Software is delighted that HORIBA MIRA has chosen Adams as a platform to make their virtual proving ground commercially available. It emphasises our longstanding relationship, and we are looking forward to making this partnership a success and make a fully analytical road load process available to all our customers’, said Edwin de Vries, senior manager at MSC Software.

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