Everything Rides on Brake Cooling
Safety and reliability depend on a vehicle’s brakes, which need cooling airflow to protect from the damaging effects of overheating. Brake cooling is a complex design challenge because so many characteristics – vehicle shape, tire and wheel geometry, brake cooling ducts, and aerodynamic devices – all impact airflow. Testing brake cooling effectiveness requires complete vehicle geometry, but with so many interrelated systems, issues discovered in the prototype phase can add cost overruns and launch delays.
The Benefits of Digital Simulation
Simulation with Exa applies a patented, physics-based solver to digital 3D geometry to re-create and evaluate the real-world environments that impact brake cooling – including transient conditions, airflow, detailed moving parts, and even dirt, brake dust, water, drive cycles, and weather. Early, accurate, and complete simulation of the interrelated systems impacting brake cooling effectiveness lets engineering teams make system-level improvements earlier on in development – ensuring changes are cost-effective, consider a range of design targets, and meet critical safety requirements across every vehicle model.