This multi-physics theme was a programme of linked activities aimed to improve the simulation capability within the automotive design and engineering process. It was intended that the methods will have application across a wide range of functions, dynamics and attributes of the vehicle, for example in the areas of off-road capability, the effects off real world aerodynamics, and the modelling of the noise within the passenger compartment. The ability to apply simulation methods from initial concept through to engineering verification allows robust decision making at all stages of the process. Ins o doing this can shorten product development times, improve flexibility and the ability to respond to market pressures, reduce reliance on physical prototypes and reduce costs and improve competitiveness. As a result of conducting this research Jaguar Land Rover's simulation capability will therefore be expanded both in breadth and depth, and methods for making simulation tools available throughout the design and engineering process have been enhanced.
The team at Loughborough University have published their work enthusiastically throughout the research programme, so interested readers are directed towards these publications. These cover topics such as the automation of model order reduction, modelling complex real world aerodynamic problems, airborne spray contamination of vehicle surfaces, combustion modelling by computational fluid dynamics, off-road tyre modelling, low cycle fatigue modelling of thin metal samples, and the understanding of variation in the noise propagation within vehicle structures.