Since the beginning, Solute has been providing CAE services for top automotive manufacturers, working in pedestrian protection and low speed crash disciplines besides high speed crash. Solute has collaborated deeply with manufacturers to develop safer cars and implement major improvements in their cars with the aim of being awarded with the five stars in the crash test assessment.
On top of achieving the best pedestrian protection in undertakes, Solute works jointly to reduce the economic cost of low speed vehicle impacts. The best rating for insurance association companies like the German insurance association (GDV) are achieved by enhancing the damageability, reparability, safety and security of the vehicle. This implies a reduction of the insurance costs of the vehicle for the owner.
In both disciplines, correlation tasks have proven our simulations as accurate and representative of what really happens during the real test. This correlation task are also key factors to reduce the use of physical prototypes in the development process with the consequent economic savings. For this process, advance simulation techniques are needed to represent the real behavior of the vehicle.
Target: Prevent from under or override as well as damages on bodywork.
Methodology: Redesign cross beam shape and crashboxes indents to get a good balance between behavior during the impact and energy absorption.
Target: Absorb the maximum amount of energy to avoid damage in structural parts like rails.
Methodology: Design and test crashboxes shape and indents.
Target: Avoid lower leg from underride and break knee ligaments.
Methodology: Redesign shape and thickness to expel the leg.
Target: Low density foam design optimization to decrease the medial collateral ligament (MCL).
Methodology: Modified density and shape to meet lower leg test requirements and avoiding multiple parts from breakage in low speed crash test.
Target: Avoid damage in cooling package, motor and headlights.
Methodology: Redesign shape and ribs distribution to avoid undesired damage.
Target: Avoid damage in headlamp and doors by absorbing energy.
Methodology: Redesign ribs in fender to absorb the energy coming from the headlamp.
Target: No evidence of damage in headlamp.
Methodology: Design plastic brackets with load limiters to avoid breakage of the main headlamp structure.