Virtual Design Process for Advanced Chassis Engineering

An account is given of the Advanced Chassis Engineering (ACE) Strategy developed by BMW which has led to an increase in development efficiency and quality. The construction kit orientated process followed by BMW requires an increasing amount of complex design to be achieved in a shorter length of time. The opportunities offered by CAD (Computer Aided Design) high-end systems are outlined and two aspects, Parametrics and Associativity and Knowledge Based Engineering are considered in more detail. The complexities of Parametrics and Associativity are resolved by a separation into classes known as system-models, concept-models and start-models. The characteristics of each type are described. To ensure the use of company know-how and best practice, a knowledge repository has been developed which can be integrated in a modular way into the CAD system. The knowledge is accessible but not stored in the model. The successful use of the ACE strategy in suspension design for the 1-Series and 3-Series is noted.

  • Authors:
    • BERKAN, D
    • BALLING, J
  • Publication Date: 2009-4


  • English

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  • Pagination: 18-21
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01146993
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:36AM