Nov 1, 2011

MSC Software's Adams/Car used to Develop a Three-wheeled Electric Vehicle

MATIS Technologies uses MSC Software technology for simulating the new SynergEthic TILTER.

MSC Software Corporation today announced that MATIS Technologies, a multinational consulting and engineering group, utilized MSC Software's Adams/Car simulation solution to develop and optimize the roll mode control system for the new TILTER.

The TILTER is a narrow, three-wheeled electric vehicle launched recently by SynergEthic SA which combines the agility of a scooter with the comfort and safety of a car. Adams/Car was fundamental in evaluating the vehicle's tilting stability and dynamic behavior in the early project phase.

MATIS Technologies recently completed the co-development of this tilting electric vehicle for SynergEthic SA, a French start-up company based near Paris. The idea was to develop a narrow, fully enclosed vehicle with zero carbon emission to target residents and commuters in urban areas who want to drive with all the comfort and security of a car but in a more efficient and eco-friendly way. "To be more efficient we had to converge to a vehicle for two passengers with one front wheel and two power rear wheels that reduces the aerodynamic front area and rolling resistance," explains Laurent Casubolo, project manager at MATIS Technologies. "A major challenge was to develop an active roll mode control to improve stability and handling performance of the vehicle."

MATIS' engineers are experienced users of MSC's simulation solutions, which they use mainly for structural analysis. The Adams/Car's template-based modelling and simulation approach helped them to quickly model the tilting vehicle's various subsystems, especially the indoor and outdoor trims, the steering system, the suspension, and the front and rear drive train systems necessary to simulate and optimize the vehicle's dynamic behavior. "The Adams/Car comprehensive functionality, controls toolkit and function builder enabled us to develop and test our basic roll mode control strategy in a single simulation environment," says Casubolo.

The flexibility of the software's implementation model and the ability to generate specific functions allowed MATIS' engineers to evaluate the overall performance of the vehicle at a very early stage of product design and to extract the specific requirements for every single subsystem and component. This contributed to the reduction of iterations in physical prototyping and accelerated the entire development process. The new TILTER was presented at the recent 81st International Geneva Motor Show as a prototype and will be available on the market next year.

"MSC Software is proud to be associated with this innovative and green project, and to provide MATIS Technologies and SynergEthic SA with the tools and support to successfully launch their new vehicle," said Kais Bouchiba, VP of EMEA Operations at MSC Software. "We will continue supporting research and development initiatives aimed at providing environmentally-friendly products."