FCMS’s products and services have been designed for businesses that want to examine many different variants of their complex capital and consumer goods and optimize functionality prior to manufacture. They are primarily used in automotive engineering and other sectors of the transport industry. Our customers are faced with the challenge of having to improve the configuration of the mechanical parts and assemblies used in their products, while also having to prepare these faster for series production.
Validated vehicle bodies and components
The automotive industry is faced with the challenge of developing increasing numbers of different models and individual customer-specific variants through to production readiness faster than ever before. The virtual validation of the vehicle models at the earliest possible point in the process increases product maturity and saves the time and costs caused by changes at later stages of the development process. That is why carmakers and their system suppliers use the FCM tool suite to develop entire vehicle bodies and perform the functional validation of individual components.
Buses and commercial vehicles
Weight-optimized construction for buses
Weight optimization is a very important consideration for manufacturers of buses and commercial vehicles. They not only want to save material during the manufacture of the vehicles but also aim to reduce their customers’ operating costs. At the same time, they are constantly required to comply with strict safety-related requirements and prove this through the corresponding calculations. To develop new concepts for bus designs that combine minimized weights with maximum strength and durability, the joins between the structure elements modeled in CATIA are optimized using tools from FCMS.
Low-vibration motorcycle frame
Joining technology is a very important factor influencing the durability of structural elements such as motorcycle frames. All the more so when new lightweight construction technologies are used. For example, motorcycle manufacturers use the capabilities of the FCM tool suite to simulate the vibrations on the motorcycle frame and extend its service life by optimizing the shape and position of the weld seams. The reduction of vibration not only increases driving safety but also extends the life expectancy of the vehicle.
Lightweight fuselage segments
There is barely any other industry that has to satisfy such stringent development requirements in terms of the validation and certification of its products as the aviation industry. At the same time, manufacturers are attempting to minimize the weight of their airplanes through the use of innovative lightweight components and consequently reduce fuel consumption. Thanks to the FCM tool suite, they have, for example, optimized the arrangement of the bracing in the individual segments of the fuselage in order to control natural vibrations and minimize the weight of the structures while at the same time maximizing their strength.
Long-lasting rail vehicle components
Reduced maintenance work and extended service lives are key requirements during the development of components for rail vehicles. At the same time, manufacturers want to increase passenger comfort without compromising on safety. Using the FCM tool suite, it has been possible to automate the configuration of the solid geometry for the bogies for locomotives and railcars. By optimizing the topology in a real-life project, it was possible to reduce the stresses occurring in the bogies by 40 percent and extend their service lives, which also had a positive on maintenance costs.