Mechanical Simulation has released version 9.0 of its SuspensionSim vehicle dynamics software.
The most visible change involves VS Visualizer, the tool used to generate engineering plots and videos for simulated cameras. Plots and videos are now synchronized, and values of all plotted variables can be displayed digitally, as well as in synch with each other and any animations.
Dr. Michael Sayers, CEO and CTO, explained, “SuspensionSim 9.0 benefits from the major enhancements to the visualization tools, the database, and the overall architecture. In addition, as the first major update since the introduction in 2014 of SuspensionSim as a VehicleSim product, major improvements were made that are specific to the custom modeling capabilities of SuspensionSim.”
Furthermore, the GUI and documentation have been refined to isolate information of interest to a ‘model user’, such that the user can adjust the suspension model using just a few data screens. After making changes, the user can click a single button to simulate a set of kinematics and compliance (K&C) tests and export an extensive data file for use in the vehicle simulation programs BikeSim, CarSim, and TruckSim.
In a separate development, BikeSim 9.0 has also been released. Among the additions are a three-wheeled motorcycle with the two front wheels connected by a lean-link system. “The three-wheeled model includes the full 3D nonlinear kinematics motions of the suspension, such as camber change, toe change, Ackermann steer, etc. These go far beyond the characteristics of conventional two-wheeled motorcycles,” explained Dr. Yukio Watanabe, chief developer of BikeSim.
Mechnical Simulation will be exhibiting at booth 1167 at Automotive Testing Expo Europe, which takes place June 16-18 at Messe Stuttgart, Germany.
June 4, 2015