Modeling, FEA and CAE/CAD
The Nevada Automotive Test Center recognizes that modeling
and simulation are valuable tools in vehicle development to optimize design and
minimize program risk. NATC offers a full range of
Computer Aided Engineering
(CAE) capabilities including full vehicle
dynamic modeling/simulation, Controls
Systems modeling and integration, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with fatigue
prediction capability and Computer Aided Drafting (CAD).
Vehicle Model Development and Validation
Coupled with our established world wide and North American
duty cycles, data acquisition and
advanced engineering analysis and prototype
fabrication capabilities, NATC provides the customer with one-stop solutions
from design to product verification. Utilizing simulation tools including ADAMS, MATLAB, SDRC I-DEAS, and several finite element analysis codes, NATC provides
rapid design or corrective action development.
NATC understands customer expectations and the demands placed
on the vehicles they use. From USMC OMFTS to commercial public utility to
standard vocational and over-the-road trucks, we have developed validated
dynamics models which include tire-soil interface parameters necessary to
provide the level of simulation accuracy necessary to make design decisions.
NATC has design and drafting capabilities required to produce
engineering drawings in pen and ink or through the use of AutoCAD. NATC
maintenance and fabrication personnel work closely with NATC engineering
personnel. Fabrication drawings are developed in-house.
All the necessary hardware to do limited fabrication,
manufacturing mock-ups, and prototypes is also available in-house.
NATC has built 15 Dynamic Force Measurement Vehicles.
NATC has built a 125,000-pound mobile dynamometer for China.
NATC has built numerous Central Tire Inflation Systems in
support of U.S. Forest Service studies, including a system for an eleven-axle
To support developmental and prototype testing, NATC has
to fabricate numerous components and subassemblies. NATC can support electronic
circuit design as well as mechanical fabrication.