Crankshaft modelling at Engineering Solutions Live

When motorcycle manufacturer BMW Motorrad set out to reduce lead times in the crankshaft design of some of its engines, Engineering Materials Live exhibitor Altair Engineering delivered an ideal solution with its Altair SimLab programme.

The BMW motorcycle offering includes a variety of models and engine types, all being manufactured concurrently and including ‘boxer’ twins, single cylinder machines, parallel twins, across-the-frame four cylinder powerplants and even an inline six cylinder engine.

Prior to discovering Altair SimLab and automating its crankshaft modelling process, the BMW Motorrad team had been outsourcing its engine and component modelling, experiencing a typical turnround time of between one and two weeks. Now, by doing the work in-house using Altair SimLab, this time has been reduced by around 80% on crankshaft modelling, and associated processes that previously took about an hour on a four-cylinder engine design now takes just 10 minutes. Further advantages were also evident, all of which can be discussed on the Altair SimLab stand at the forthcoming Engineering Materials Live event on March 12th.

Engineering Materials Live is the UK’s only dedicated one-day advanced materials exhibition, and offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet and talk with some of the most experienced technologists and application experts in the country. Entry to Engineering Materials Live is free of charge by pre-registration. The event takes place at the acclaimed British Motor Museum on 12th March. The venue is located at Gaydon, adjacent to the Aston Martin and JLR plants south of Warwick and just 1 minute from the M40. There is abundant free parking, and for visitors arriving before 1030, a free bacon roll and brew too. Tea and coffee are provided free of charge all day at the event, and pre-registered exhibition visitors can also visit the superb Museum, with almost 300 fascinating cars on show, free of charge too (standard adult entry fee otherwise is £14.50).

Tom Austin-Morgan

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