Enhanced virtual product development (EVIDENT)
Purpose and goal
The purpose of EVIDENT is to shorten the development time and to reduce the costs for cast aluminium components and ductile cast iron products by increasing the predictive capability of the modelling tools that are used during the design process. To this end, model validation principles will be applied to measure the agreement between simulations and experiments and to use this knowledge to point out the direction for further improvement of the modelling tools. It is anticipated that this will lead to an increased utilization of the inherent potential of virtual product development.
Expected results and effects
By arranging model development and experimental activities in a model validation framework it is expected that the amount of valuable data from each experiment will increase and that the predictive capability of the models will be substantially improved. This approach will also stimulate further exchange between different competences and lead to better engineering decisions with an improved understanding of the component performance. In general, the proposed framework is anticipated to contribute to lighter engineering solutions and shorter development times.
Planned approach and implementation
The work will be carried out within four work packages where WP1 will focus on full field methods (DIC, DVC, VFM) for material characterization of aluminium and cast-iron components. WP2 contains activities related to model validation and simulation robustness which will be demonstrated through case studies. In WP3 work will be carried out to link results from casting simulations to FEM based predictions of static performance and fatigue life. The coordination and administration of the project will be handled within WP4.