International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) achieves robust structural integrity of its automotive components using Altair HyperWorks.
The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) is located at Gurgaon, one of the rapidly flourishing business hubs in North India. ICAT is a division of the National Automotive Testing and Research Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) Implementation Society (NATIS). NATIS is an independently registered society and an apex body for the implementation of NATRIP for the Government of India.
ICAT is an ultra-modern automotive testing and R&D centre with a vision to evolve into a state-of- the-art automotive R&D hub and intends to provide high-end automotive design, test, and validation services to the ever-growing automobile industry in the country.
Earlier, the team used to conduct physical testing of automotive products. This method had the inherent risk of losing both time and money if the product failed the test. Also, the team had to perform a lot of complex calculations to solve issues and arrive at accurate designs of products. These issues posed daunting challenges to the team and often turned into time-consuming tasks.
Hence, to realise the vision of developing ICAT into a Centre of Excellence in component development for the automotive industry, the team felt an acute need of efficient and validated CAE software tools that would enable them to find appropriate and quick solutions to real world problem.
Initially, the team worked on a few basic in-house projects. As their requirements grew, they started using HyperWorks for certifications to the bus industry. The ICAT team now uses Altair HyperWorks extensively for simulating automotive industry standards and is currently focused on simulating around 30 standards.
The ICAT team has used and experienced Altair HyperWorks for more than a year now. They currently use Altair HyperMesh and HyperCrash as pre-processors, and Altair RADIOSS and OptiStruct as solvers. They use these robust software solutions to work on structural simulations like bus rollover testing, impact and crash simulations, and quasistatic loading applications. The ICAT team also has plans to support OEMs in their product development cycle and is keen to experience the capabilities of Altair NVH Director in the future.
The Altair software suite has immensely helped the team in providing timely and appropriate solutions to their clients. The team utilised the potential of Altair software solutions and, in a short duration, developed capabilities in solving complex problems related to product failure during the testing phase.
The Altair software suite has enabled the ICAT team to respond to their clients with appropriate solutions to their product development problems well within deadlines. This improvement in ICAT’s turn-around-time has very positively impacted their clients’ time to market and in turn has benefited them too.
The extensive use of HyperWorks is fostering a culture of excellence and innovation at ICAT, which is helping them deliver better solutions to the automotive industry. It is also helping them in their internal research projects on automobiles and is thus proving to be a great platform for achieving greater heights in the field of automotive engineering.