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Hi <<First Name>>, and welcome to the last edition of our online newsletter for 2011. It's been an enjoyable and challenging year for us here at Bremar, with plenty of interesting and exciting projects to keep us busy. We must have been having fun, because the year seems to have flown by!

I'm sure you're counting down to the holidays, and if you're anything like me, there's still plenty to get done before the break! So we'll keep things brief, fill you in quickly on the latest news here at Bremar, and wish you a relaxing holiday break, ready for a fantastic new year in 2012...


Bremar Becomes PBS Assessor

Earlier this year, Bremar Automotion was approved by the National Transport Commission (NTC) as an assessor for the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme. In short, PBS is intended to encourage innovation in heavy vehicle design and get more freight on the road with less vehicles. A vehicle that is outside the standard weight and size regulations can undergo assessment through the PBS scheme and be granted approval for access on certain routes depending on its performance.

As an assessor, our job is to create a computer model of the vehicle and put it through various driving maneuvers so its performance can measured against the PBS requirements. Even though we've only been involved in PBS for a relatively short time, we've already got a  few assessments under our belts and are currently working on a number of exciting and innovative projects which we look forward to telling you more about in the near future. To find out more, check out the PBS page on the website.

Altair Hyperworks Technology Conference (HTC)

In September, Brett Longhurst was invited to present at the inaugural Australia/New Zealand Hyperworks Technology Conference in Melbourne. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to see the latest software developments, and how others are using Altair's simulation tools across a range of industries and disciplines. Brett presented two case studies showcasing how Bremar are utilising Altair Radioss for dynamic crash simulation and Altair MotionView and MotionSolve for PBS assessments. For those of you that attended, it was great to catch up and we look forward to seeing you at the next HTC in 2012.

2011 Project Highlights

Below are some images and links to projects that we've worked on throughout the year. If you're in a hurry, you'll get a quick idea of what we've been up to over the last couple of months. Or, if you're procrastinating your way to Christmas, there's plenty of reading in the links to kill an hour or two! Enjoy...

FEA and MBD stress and geometry assessment for various suspension systems, including this independant front end for a Toyota 4Runner.

FEA stress analysis on a kingpin for a semi trailer fifth wheel coupling.

Crash simulation of a truck hitting a rising step security barrier.

FEA stress analysis on the rear suspension subframe, and modal vibration analysis on the battery pack for EV Engineering, who are designing an electric vehicle based on the Holden Commodore.

FEA stress analysis on an excavator arm which was extended from 14m reach to 29m. RK Findlay Engineering came to us with an initial design which we helped improve and verify using FEA. 

PBS assessment of a B-A Triple fuel tanker with self steering axles on the dolly & rear trailer.

Design of an exo skeletal chassis for an ICV (Individually Constructed Vehicle). We're working with the owner in the early stages of the design to make sure the chassis and suspension will pass all the necessary requirements for road registration, using FEA and MBD to validate the design.


Jet Black Land Speed Record Launch

We're also proud to have been involved with the Jet Black project over the last year or so... a New Zealand led team that is aiming to eclipse the current world land speed record. The record currently stands at 763mph, and Jet Black is targeting a top speed well in excess of 1000mph. No, that's not a typo. And yep, that is quick! Read more about our involvement here on the Bremar website, then head over to the Jet Black site to find out all about the project and show the team your support!


Until Next Time...

Well I hope you've enjoyed this update, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you again next year. We'll be knocking off for the Christmas break from this Friday the 23rd of December, and will be back in the office again on Monday the 9th of January.

Best wishes for the festive season, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, wherever you may be.

Enjoy the break...


Cheers, Brett

Brett Longhurst
Managing Director