Astra Rail Industries
Optimizing Rail Cars with SOLIDWORKS Design and Simulation Solutions
FASTER DESIGN, IMPROVED QUALITYWith SOLIDWORKS software, ICPV has revamped its development processes, instituting a more flexible, modular design approach and leveraging a growing library of 3D components and subassemblies. This has resulted in shorter design cycles, which have been cut by 30 to 35 percent. And, with the ability to utilize SOLIDWORKS dynamic motion and interference- and collision-detection tools during assembly design, ICPV engineers have minimized design errors and improved product quality. “When we transitioned to the SOLIDWORKS platform, we initially had to develop our parts and assembly libraries, and modify the sequence of our development processes,” Raicov explains. “Once we had built our library and established our new workfl ows, we not only became much more efficient, but also eliminated defects and interferences from our designs.”
REDUCING PROTOTYPING/TESTING REQUIREMENTSICPV engineers use integrated SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium tools during initial design and to validate final design performance from within the SOLIDWORKS design environment, without having to import, export, or rebuild models. This approach enables them to use FEA studies more frequently and leading to fewer prototyping and testing cycles. “With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium FEA software, we can complete different types of structural analyses, such as linear static stress, material nonlinearities, natural frequency, buckling, dynamic, and spectral analyses,” Raicov says. “Because we’ve compared SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium findings with actual testing results on a 1:1 scale prototype wagon and bogie, and have found a close correlation between the two, we have great confidence in the accuracy of our simulations,” Raicov continues. “Recently, more of our clients are willing to approve designs based on FEA validations. With SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium software, we’ve reduced the time required for prototyping and testing by 30 to 40 percent.”
OPTIMIZING DESIGNS TO REDUCE WEIGHT, INCREASE PAYLOADICPV also uses SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium to optimize rail car, freight wagon, and bogie designs for weight—to both reduce the weight of the carrier and increase its carrying capacity—resulting in material savings and adding value for customers. “SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium software is a powerful tool for optimizing the design of our structures and staying on top in our market,” Raicov stresses. “We strive to produce the lightest, most effective conveyances for efficiently and safely transporting the greatest payloads,” Raicov adds. “Using SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium tools, we have been able to reduce the weight of our structures by 10 to 20 percent while at the same time increasing payload capacity by one to two tons.”
Accelerate the development of rail cars, freight wagons, and bogies to support greater throughput while simultaneously reducing costs, improving quality, and increasing payload carrying capacity.
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- Cut development time by 30 to 35 percent
- Reduced prototyping/testing cycles by 30 to 40 percent
- Decreased product weight by 10 to 20 percent
- Increased payloads by one to two tons
Products(s) Used:SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional
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