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AVL Licenses Siemens’ D-Cubed for Automotive Powertrain Simulation


Feb. 5 – AVL LIST ("AVL"), a leading developer of simulation and testing software for automotive powertrains, has licensed Siemens’ D-Cubed software for integration into its AVL EXCITE rigid/flexible multi-body dynamics software product. AVL selected both the D-Cubed 3D Dimensional Constraint Manager (3D DCM) and the Assembly Engineering Manager (AEM) contact-based motion solver from Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business unit.

"The development of powertrains and related systems is a field of engineering where our customers demand the very highest standards of functionality, usability, quality and service," said Dr. Gotthard Rainer, Vice President, AVL Advanced Simulation Technologies. “These demands apply to our family of simulation software products, and hence to Siemens as the supplier of the software components that are used in quite a few of these products. We see Siemens as a reliable partner and hence we anticipate the continuation of this relationship for many years to come.”

“Siemens and AVL have a strong long term relationship and are both highly respected engineering companies,” said Paul Sicking, senior vice president, Chief Technology Office, Siemens PLM Software. “AVL’s decision to expand its commitment to Siemens’ solutions further validates our position as a leading, trusted supplier of open software components for use in engineering applications.”

The 3D DCM and AEM will assist with setting up motion simulation prior to a full dynamic simulation with EXCITE, AVL’s industry leading solution for noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and durability analysis of powertrains and drivelines. The set-up includes positioning the elements of the mechanism, testing whether the mechanism is over, under or well-constrained. This will allow for computing initial velocities, and testing for the validity of the motion in the presence of springs, external forces and the contacts between parts, which are potentially intermittent. AVL has been a licensee for the D-Cubed 2D DCMgeometric constraint solver since 2005.

PLM Components include Parasolid software, and the D-Cubed family of software products, which constitute widely used technologies providing 3D part and assembly modeling, editing and interoperability, 2D/3D parametric sketching, motion simulation, collision detection, clearance measurement and visualization functionality. Applications that incorporate these components cover a wide variety of categories including mechanical CAD, CAM, CAE, mold design, sheet metal, AEC, GIS, structural, plant and ship design, CMM, reverse engineering and sales configuration.

AVL is the world's largest privately owned company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. Headquartered in Graz, Austria, AVL employs 6.250 people worldwide. Turnover in 2012 was 1 billion Euro.

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with seven million licensed seats and more than 71,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions to help them make smarter decisions that result in better products.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) supports the entire value chain of its industrial customers – from product design to production and services – with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology, and industrial software. With its software solutions, the Division can shorten the time-to-market of new products by up to 50 percent. Industry Automation comprises five Business Units: Industrial Automation Systems, Control Components and Systems Engineering, Sensors and Communications, Siemens PLM Software, and Water Technologies.

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Source: Siemens

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