Another advantage of this technology is that virtual measurements can be taken in locations where it’s not possible to do physical measurements. For example, there isn’t room for a physical sensor in confined areas – such as on a bolt – but now forces in these places can be measured via simulation. The simulation model can also be used to determine how the machine would behave in different environments – from freezing temperatures, to the blistering heat and at high altitudes where there is much less oxygen in the air.
Transforming product development
“It’s becoming increasingly important to shorten the development cycle and use computers to carry out as much virtual testing and simulation as possible,” concludes Lennarth. “With this new Volvo CE technology we will increase efficiency and enhance the product development process without compromising accuracy – and that’s a big breakthrough. In the future we should be able to skip early prototypes and build a more mature model with a higher level of accuracy that’s much closer to the final machine – saving both time and money.”
Text: Charlie Ebers
Picture: The A40 articulated hauler is shown here running on a virtual test track.
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