Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development- focused small- and medium-sized enterprises. Twice a year, all applications are evaluated and, when applicable, granted funding. VIBES.technology has submitted an innovative project in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German car and motorcycle manufacturer BMW. The project goal is to develop software which accurately predicts the sound & vibration behavior of new (electric) vehicles. Out of the nearly 400 European applications, this project was ranked the most innovative in the Netherlands and 2nd in Europe. This result guarantees funding for the project and secures the start of the project.
Innovative Dutch software for the automotive industry
During the two years that the project will run, VIBES will develop a software product to make accurate noise and vibration predictions for the automotive industry using so-called substructuring technology. By cleverly combining computer models and data of actual measurements, the noise and vibration behavior (the industry term is ‘NVH’, Noise and Vibration Harshness) is reliably predicted in the early phase of new vehicle development. This ensures that the design can be optimized before an actual prototype is built, which results in saving valuable time, resources and money for the manufacturer and a more enjoyable and relaxing driving experience for the driver of the vehicle.
Matching the current developments in the field of electric vehicles and components is particularly challenging in this project. Electric vehicles lack the masking effects of a combustion engine and require a different engineering approach. Additional challenges are caused by new components, such as compressors for the cooling of battery packs. In order to create an acoustically comfortable e-vehicle for the driver, it is necessary to pay extra attention to the NVH process in e-vehicles.
Strong cooperation of partners
The TU Munich, and in particular prof. dr. Rixen, is leading in research in the field of dynamics and substructuring. The involvement of the innovative market leader BMW ensures a good match between the results of the project and the market demand. For VIBES, the development of this innovative software will be a valuable addition to the existing product portfolio.