Dynamic simulation methods are an integral part of the development process, starting from single components to the full vehicle. The interaction between various components significantly affects the dynamic and acoustic behavior of a vehicle and therefore also the driving comfort, the durability. A key advantage by using these CAE methods is that they are often superior to physical tests with respect to development time and costs as well as the "understanding of complex system behavior". These results show high potential of improvement and optimization.

Ride and Handling Analysis

  • Suspension kinematics
  • Parameter tuning for ride and handling improvement
  • Identification of damper properties from testing
  • Sophisticated leaf spring model including friction characteristics with MAMBA

Road and Powertrain Vibration Analysis

  • Road and tire interaction
  • Suspension bushing tuning
  • Powertrain run-up and idle simulation
  • Noise and vibration comfort for passengers

Load Data Generation for Vehicle Components

  • Virtual iteration of measured road loads using FEMFAT LAB vi
  • Fatigue test rig layout evaluation and improvement

Vibrational Fatigue of Add-on Parts and Powertrain

  • Modal analysis
  • Dynamic stiffening for appropriate vibration response
  • Fatigue analysis in frequency domain
  • Virtual run-up for powertrain durability


  • Coupling of controller to multi-body models
  • Simulation of driving stability
  • Driving maneuver including ABS controller

Available Software

  • Abaqus, MSC Nastran (finite element solver)
  • MSC Adams, Simpack (multi body simulation)
  • MAMBA (simulation of joint contact phenomena)
  • MNOISE (acoustic simulation postprocessor)
  • FEMFAT LAB vi (load generation based on measurements)