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Virtually perfect design workshop to demonstrate new possibilities for real-time VR vehicle design at LCV 2017

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Further to our previous news about DETC’s stand and activities at LCV 2017 we can announce exciting news about our Virtually Perfect Design workshop, that with the help of our affiliate companies will demonstrate new examples of how virtual reality (VR) can be used for real-world engineering applications, and so vastly speed the process of vehicle design.

The tenth Cenex-LCV2017 event, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday this week (6–7 September 2017), at Millbrook in Bedfordshire, is set to attract over 3,000 delegates, and comprises of a seminar programme, a technology exhibition, a Ride & Drive in a test track environment and networking activities.

In addition to the our stand in The Manufacturing Zone in Hall 1, and talks in the Seminar Programme, look out for our interactive, VR-based vehicle design and CFD analysis demonstration in the APC Workshop, at the Workshop Dome on Wednesday 6 September 2017 at 12:00 – 13:00.

Branded ‘Virtually Perfect Design’, in partnership with Hartree Centre and The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), the demonstration will showcase Gravity Sketch, a ground-breaking virtual reality vehicle design tool.

Vehicle frame design in VR, simulated for surface airflow

The Virtually Perfect Design workshop will feature an interactive demonstration of vehicle design in a virtual reality (VR) environment. Applying suggestions from the audience Gravity Sketch will use its software to sketch out a vehicle frame design from scratch in an immersive environment wearing a HTC Vive headset. The virtual environment will be hooked up to a big screen so the audience can see the digital design process in real time, and the output loaded into Autodesk Flow software, to show airflow around the resulting simulated design concept.

First demo of real-time CFD analysis of a VR model

For our second main demonstration in the workshop, STFC’s Hartree Centre will perform detailed Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of a Gravity Sketch model, that will take advantage of its high powered computing capabilities. The Hartree centre can create a fully workable ‘mesh’ design which could be used to generate high fidelity engineering based CFD results. The meshed bodywork will be passed to VEC to demonstrate how initial VR sketches can be utilised in the early stages of vehicle interior design for Visibility, Acoustics, and HVAC.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses high powered numerical analysis and data structures to solve and analyse problems that involve fluid flows, such as simulated test-tunnel conditions for testing the performance of vehicle surface designs, in order to speed up the vehicle design process.

DETC’s Kevin Rampersad commented, “As far as we are aware, no one else has created a direct link from designing in VR straight into a CFD tool for analysis for both interior and exterior surfaces.”

Come see us at our stand in Hall 1

DETC’s fixed presence at Cenex LCV 2017 will be in the Manufacturing Zone in Hall 1, alongside the stands for The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre. This zone offers a chance to discover how having a world class innovation eco-system helps to accelerate fundamental science, through proof of concept, to production readiness.

LCV 2017 Cenex’s tenth annual event for low carbon vehicle manufacturers, supply chain representatives and government officials is free for visitors to attend, from 9:00am to 5:30pm on both Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 September 2017.

Register for the opportunity to research, network, learn about UK low carbon vehicle capabilities, and experience the technologies first hand.

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