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The "DRIVE" Toolkit - Design, Research and Instant Vehicle Evaluation

Höfer, Andreas and Bowles, Henry and Friedrich, Horst E. and Schäffer, Michael (2016) The "DRIVE" Toolkit - Design, Research and Instant Vehicle Evaluation. 9th Symposium Virtual Vehicle, 23.-25. Mai 2016, Graz, Österreich.

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The early design phase and initial evaluation period can be one of the most crucial steps in determining the success or failure of a particular vehicle concept. At this stage, engineers and researchers must make concise and logical decisions regarding many factors associated with the creation of the vehicle concept such as drive train design, packaging or material usage. The ability to anticipate the outcome of these choices is therefore a huge advantage which can save time, capital and instil otherwise latent ideas. The following paper presents new software in form of a toolkit capable of evaluating numerous vehicle configurations based on user input and state-of-the-art data. The toolkit includes six innovative technical sizing tools and introduces a new level of accessibility to the user, providing them with instant information that quantifies and summarizes a particular choice or decision. In doing so, “DRIVE” significantly reduces the complexity involved in determining the best solution for a given vehicle parameter. The six tools cover a wide range of vehicle design. This includes the full vehicle and package design evaluation, suspension design, drive design and evaluation as well as material selection. In order to provide the user with reliable results, the data that is behind the tools, was carefully researched and refined to assure its accuracy and relevance. Due to the intelligent implementation of the software and the easy-to-use interface it can be applied for all road vehicles and it is very user friendly. To outline the technical possibilities and the main advantages of the “DRIVE”-toolkit it is applied exemplarily during the development of the rear axle of the Next Generation Car (NGC) vehicle in form of a case study. Thus is made clear that this new software tool can radically improve the efficiency and rate of success of the vehicle design phase, hence allowing researchers and engineers to create better and more competitive concepts right from the start.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/104459/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The "DRIVE" Toolkit - Design, Research and Instant Vehicle Evaluation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Höfer, Andreasandreas.hoefer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Friedrich, Horst E.horst.friedrich (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schäffer, Michaelmichael.schaeffer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:23 May 2016
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Chassis concept, early design Phase, technical sizing Tools, drive train design, packaging, material usage
Event Title:9th Symposium Virtual Vehicle
Event Location:Graz, Österreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.-25. Mai 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Terrestrial Vehicles (old)
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V BF - Bodengebundene Fahrzeuge
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - NGC Fahrzeugstruktur (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Vehicle Concepts > Lightweight and Hybrid Design Methods
Deposited By: Schäffer, Michael
Deposited On:12 Jul 2016 15:35
Last Modified:12 Jul 2016 15:35

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