Auto & Aerospace Eco Mandates Are in Siemens' Crosshairs

In the design stage of a product, you can create a digital twin of the product that can be tested and enhanced before an actual prototype is created. The automotive and aerospace industries are under intense pressure to produce extremely efficient products, so they're turning to design tools that can provide extensive simulation testing before a prototype is produced. These design tools have become critical for creating the next generation of clean cars and airplanes.

To support this effort, Siemens PLM has released a new iteration of its LMS Imagine.Lab software. The new version is designed for ease-of-use and compatibility with a wide range of simulation, CAE, and CAD tools. Also, to help companies meet environmental mandates, Imagine Lab now contains functions geared specifically to the automotive and aerospace industries to help them develop cleaner and more efficient products.

The tools that enhance the design of cars and planes can also be applied in other industries. "Our tools are based on the representation of the physics, and these physics can be applied to any system," Renaud Meillier, business development director simulation systems at Siemens PLM , told Design News . "The things we use for automotive can be reused for other industries."

Industry-Specific Functionality

The new Imagine.Lab offers enhanced modeling capabilities to meet industry requirements resulting from environmental regulations, market changes, and economic constraints. A new set of interfaces enable faster parameterization and modeling to enable evaluation of the functional performance of vehicles or airplanes. Imagine.Lab attributes make it possible to design products right the first time in meeting expectations for the automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, and mechanical industries. "The automotive mandates will be tough to meet. The simulated driving cycles vehicles need to pass have not been matched to real-life driving conditions," said Meillier. "So we created a tool that replicates actual driving cycles."

The previous simulation tools didn't model actual driving conditions that will be required to meet mandates. "In the past we developed it for straight roads, but our roads are not straight. So we included roads that simulate tracks for the car that are representative of real driving conditions," said Meillier. "During early design cycles of the product, there is a need to test new innovative architectures, whether it's hybrid or fuel cell. This helps our users to determine the best way to reduce energy consumption and emissions."

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Siemens also developed dedicated tools to help the aerospace industry meet its environmental goals. "For aerospace, we're working on fuel consumption and emission, which requires fuel tank simulations that reveal how the fuel is consumed depending on the profile of the flight of the plane itself," said Meillier. "We also have dedicated solutions for jet engines so we can

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