TROY, Mich. Jan. 24, 2011 Surrey
The 30-people strong team with over 500 years of combined automotive industry experience has produced a revolutionary city car that addresses congestion, carbon footprint and emissions. With aggressive targets, including a weight of 550kg, fuel consumption of less than half of the UK average and best in class CO2 emissions, the team turned to HyperWorks to help achieve their ambition.
"We decided to invest in HyperWorks because it offers the most integrated range of computer aided engineering applications," said Frank Coppuck, Engineering Director of Gordon Murray Design.
The HyperWorks pre-processor HyperMesh was used to build and assemble the T.25 CAE model, which was subsequently analyzed for a variety of load cases and performance measures using the suite’s RADIOSS solver. The results were then post-processed and visualized in Altair HyperView. The combined use of the HyperWorks tools helped the engineering team design a lighter car in a significantly reduced timescale. The light weight will further enhance the city car’s road performance through less fuel consumption and, ultimately, lower CO2 emissions.
OptiStruct, Altair’s award winning optimization tool, will be used by Gordon Murray Design in the future to help further refine primary structures. In the meantime, RADIOSS is used to analyse the torsion stiffness, bending stiffness, frontal offset loading and normal mode characteristics of the vehicle.
David Mason .
May 10, 2011 www.altairhyperworks.co.uk/Technology
About Gordon Murray Design
The T.25 won two recent accolades for a car of its class in The Royal Automobile Club’s RAC Brighton to London Future Car Challenge Rally. It won Most Economic Small Passenger ICE Vehicle and Most Economic and Environment Friendly Small Passenger ICE Vehicle.
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SOURCE Altair Engineering, Inc.