VI-grade expands product portfolio with COMPACT NVH Simulator

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Simulation and driving simulator company VI-grade is set to launch a desktop simulator that features multi-axial vibration capabilities normally only found on its larger simulator packages.

Called the Compact NVH Simulator, the equipment bridges the gap between larger footprint simulators by providing OEMs, suppliers, development teams and engineers with a compact, small footprint machine that is still capable of delivering accurate noises and vibrations at all driver touchpoints.

When teamed with VI-grade’s NVH Simulator software, the Compact NVH is said to be able to create realistic virtual equivalents of prototypes for the evaluation of NVH data to assist with NVH designs and content. Despite its size, the latest simulator features the full static vibration capabilities of the much bigger Static NVH Simulator but at a cost-effective price point.

“To achieve an exceptionally stiff structure capable of delivering controlled, accurate vibrations to the evaluator, we have decided to make extensive usage of carbon fiber in our Compact NVH Simulator. Both the frame and the steering wheel are made of carbon fiber, ensuring that no vibration modes affect the response, allowing for accurate vibration experience,” commented Dave Bogema, director of NVH solutions, VI-grade.

“Multiple electrodynamic shakers are used in the design to provide high vibration levels over a wide frequency range. An integrated touchscreen interface allows evaluators to easily control the simulator and provide feedback on the vehicles they are experiencing.”

“Our brand new Compact NVH Simulator can be applied to numerous areas, providing realistic evaluation of road noise and vibration on various surfaces, road impacts, powertrain NVH phenomena like cylinder deactivation, engine start/stop, idle, lugging boom, and many others,” explained Guido Bairati, vice president global sales and marketing, VI-grade.

“The Compact NVH Simulator provides auto makers and suppliers with the means to experience the NVH characteristics of vehicles and the impact of various systems and components long before prototypes are available.”

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