Siemens Digital Industries Software made the latest release of its Simcenter Testlab software available. The release is part of the Simcenter portfolio of simulation and test solutions within the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of integrated software and services. The latest release includes updates to Simcenter Testlab Neo, enhanced model-based systems testing, introduces a new technology for accelerating structural dynamics called Digital Image Correlation, and frontloads analysis of full vehicle noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) during the design process. Test and simulation engineers as well as test campaign managers can benefit from this latest release when conducting multi-disciplinary test-based performance engineering. The release is designed to offer test and simulation teams new capabilities to innovate smart products more productively.
The Simcenter Testlab gives test engineers access to new technologies that can increase productivity when collecting and processing data. The effort to compare and correlate test and simulation results is minimized, and validated simulation models (i.e., digital twins) can be used during the physical testing activities to generate valuable extra data. At the same time, Simcenter Testlab provides direct data access to many simulation results formats, which allows simulation engineers to benefit from the software’s data processing capabilities and its consistency.
Characterizing the structural behavior of materials and structures under load is a key enabler to improving designs and developing high performance products. New developments in digital camera technology combine with high-performance digital image correlation (DIC) techniques, thus allowing users to extract full-field 3D geometry, displacement and strain information under any load and for almost any type of material with limited instrumentation. DIC can then be used to identify material properties, validate numerical models to assess the strength of materials and components, and analyze structural vibrations and dynamic responses to enable faster and more responsive development cycles.
The component-based transfer path analysis solution with Simcenter Testlab also enables the evaluation of vehicle performance in early design stages. It maximizes the usage of all available information on sub-systems and components, whether that be measurement data or simulation results. This unique and comprehensive solution can measure, post-process and publish accurate and consistent component NVH models, offering users improved component characterization methods and predictive NVH synthesis supporting performance evaluation of virtual prototype assemblies.
The new Simcenter Testlab 2021.1 software release brings these and many other enhancements to offer test and simulation teams a solution to integrate physical testing and virtual simulation throughout the development cycle, bringing new capabilities to innovate smart products more efficiently.