'Fly your development process to new heights' is the slogan under which TECOSIM is presenting itself at the VDI industry congress SIMVEC in Baden-Baden on 18 and 19 November. The CAE market leader is represented by two lectures and a trade fair booth. It is also acting as the sponsor for the evening programme for the leading event on 'Calculation, simulation and testing in vehicle manufacture.' Located to the right of the entrance to Congress Room I, the TECOSIM trade exhibition focuses on both new and established products and current trends in the industry. In their lectures, the two speakers are also presenting innovative tools and processes which make everyday product development even more efficient.

Lecture: 'AUTOMEX – new software fills the gap and speeds up creation of finite element models'

On the first day of the congress (18 November), Dr André Backes, Technical Expert at TECOSIM, will be explaining AUTOMEX to attendees in the auditorium on the ground floor at 2 p.m. Created during a joint project with Opel and Rhein-Main University of Applied Science, this software is primarily used to simulate thin-walled vehicle components with highly ribbed structures. CAE engineers use what are known as mid-surfaces to create FE models. This is where AUTOMEX fills a gap: thanks to this software, mid-surfaces can now also be generated in an automated system at the press of a button in situations where, until now, mid-surfaces needed to be created from 3D CAD data by hand during a laborious process. AUTOMEX thus significantly reduces the time and labour required compared with the past when it took anything from several hours to 14 days, depending on the complexity of components.

Lecture – Modelling of laminated safety glass for vehicle safety simulation in XFEM

The next day, 19 November, qualified engineer Mark Gevers, General Manager at the Cologne branch, will be reporting on present-day, improved modelling of laminated safety glass in XFEM. You can hear the lecture in the auditorium on the ground floor at 2.45 p.m. TECOSIM has been working closely together with Ford on this topic since 2009. The two partners have co-developed an easy-to-use model which gives an improved representation of glass breakage behaviour and crack formation caused by a head striking a windscreen. The element form functions have been expanded to include the recently implemented eXtended finite element method: cracks can now also be mapped through the element itself. This greatly improves representation of overall crack behaviour in laminated safety glass, particularly for a head impact on a windscreen.

'Fly your development process to new heights' with TEC|WRX and TEC|BENCH

A wide-ranging presentation of new and established products awaits congress participants at the exhibition booth. The main focus is on the products TEC|WRX and TEC|BENCH.

Based on Altair's HyperMesh, the new software TEC|WRX from TECOSIM was developed by TECOSIM engineers. TEC|WRX automates many individual steps in simulation model creation, thus making an engineer's working day far more efficient and reducing costs. The quality of the simulation models produced has also been enhanced.

TECOSIM's virtual benchmarking process is celebrating its tenth anniversary and is more in demand than ever with clients who wish to provide information obtained from hardware as a CAE model directly in their development environment.