Tire manufacturer Continental puts driving simulator into operation

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Following a 12-month trial period, the DIL simulator at Continental’s Contidrom in Germany, is now being adopted on projects. Continental Tyres purchased the Delta S3 simulator from Ansible Motion in April 2021. It is being used for both subjective analysis and materials testing – saving valuable development time and cutting down on the production of test tires – with original equipment tire testing accounting for a large portion of the work. Conti expects the simulator to reduce real world testing by up to 100,000km per year and to use 10,000 fewer tires for development.

“Virtual development methods enable us to offer solutions even more efficiently and more precisely tailored to the needs and requirements of our customers. Virtual test kilometers also play a major part in conserving valuable resources. With our new driving simulator, we can shorten development times and optimize the use of resources in production and logistics,” noted Bernd Korte, head of passenger tire development for Continental’s original equipment business.

According to Conti, the simulator is high maneuverable, on account of the motion platform, which has a maximum acceleration of 12m/s and enables evaluators to experience all six degrees of freedom of the vehicle dynamics. This enables test drivers to get subjective driving impressions that are comparable to those from tire tests on a real track. New materials can also be assessed in depth in the driving simulator, including material properties and interactions with other materials.

Julian Kroeber, who is responsible for the simulator at Continental, said, “With our driving simulator, we evaluate and optimize a tire before we physically build it for the first time. “This allows us to further optimize our development process. It also saves a lot of time for our customers.”

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