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SAE Off-Highway Engineering - Evaluating thermal design of construction vehicles

Design and evaluatin of construction equipment and vehicles constitute a very important but expensive and time-consuming part of the engineering process, due to a large number of prototype variants and low production volumes associated with each variant.

Engineers from Exa Corporation and Charles Machine Works collaborated to investigate an alternative approach to hardware testing. Because of the enormity and complexity of the vehicle design process for off-highway vehicles, the researchers limited the scope of their current study to thermal evaluation of vehicle components only.