Hi <<First Name>>, and welcome to the second edition of our online newsletter. We had a great response to the first issue with some very encouraging feedback and lots of good requests and suggestions for future content, so a sincere thanks to everyone who responded. We want this newsletter to be of interest to you and something you look forward to reading, so if there's anything you'd like to see or know more about, let us know.
We've had a busy couple of months here at Bremar since the last email, with some challenging projects, ongoing development of our simulation capabilities for next year, and some serious social planning for the Christmas and New Years break!
So have a read through, check out what we've been up to of late, and most importantly, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, ready for a big 2011.
Chassis Design - ICV
We recently kicked off a project for a client who's building his own Individually Constructed Vehicle (ICV). The owner is a Lotus 7 style clubman enthusiast and is keen on high performance, open top motoring. The design is very much based on the clubman's minimalist philosophy, but a clubman it is most certainly not! We're using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to carry out the design work on the chassis to ensure it meets torsional and beaming stiffness requirements, as well as ensuring areas such as seat and seatbelt mountings are going to meet the regulations. It's early days yet, and we can't give too much away right now, but this project is a great example of hands on, home grown ingenuity meeting high tech computer simulation to validate the design before construction even starts. Keep an eye out for more info and pics in the next newsletter...
We've also partnered with R.K. Findlay Consulting Engineers again to perform a vibration analysis on a stand for a 27 tonne rock crusher. We used FEA to perform modal vibration and frequency response analysis on the stand to make sure it wouldn't resonate due to the cyclic loads from the crusher and motor.
The original design needed some tweaking to avoid resonance issues, and we worked closely with our clients to come up with some design changes that gave a big improvement to the dynamic response of the structure. Click here to head over to the website and read more about this project and the importance of this type of analysis for any system that's subjected to cyclic or vibrational loads.
Vehicle Dynamics Simulation
We're continually developing our simulation capabilities, and recent focus has been on vehicle dynamics simulation using our Multi Body Dynamics (MBD) software. This involves building a virtual model of a vehicle and its suspension system, and performing various handling maneuvers to assess the vehicle's handling and stability. We've had increasing interest in this type of simulation work for heavy vehicles, so we've been developing some benchmark models for various truck and trailer combinations and are looking to expanding further in this area in the new year.
There's more information on vehicle dynamics simulation and the benefits of this type of analysis here on the website. If this type of simulation work is of particular interest to you, now's the time to talk to us so we can consider your requirements during this development phase.
Christmas Office Hours
It's hard to believe 2010 is almost over and done with! We're taking a well earned break over the Christmas and New Years period, starting Friday 24th December and we'll be back in the office from Monday 10th January 2011. Our office will be unattended during this time, but feel free to leave a voicemail or drop us an email with any enquiries and we'll be in touch once we get back from the beach!
Until Next Time...
Once again, I hope you found this newsletter of interest, and as always, if there's anything you'd like to know more about or see in future issues, just let us know.
I'd also like to take the opportunity to thank all our valuable customers for your support during the year. We wish you all the best for the festive season and we look forward to working with you again in 2011.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...!!
From Brett & the team at Bremar Automotion