LS-DYNA has been used in the automotive industry for over 25 years, and its adoption continues to grow. Today, LS-DYNA is the primary crash analysis tool for over 80% of the world’s major automotive OEMs, and the code is used by an estimated 90% of tier 1 suppliers.
The phrase “design-build-test” has been used to accurately describe the traditional automotive development cycle. In recent years, however, the industry has set a new goal of 1-year from concept to reality. With such an aggressive target in mind, design-build-test approach has become increasingly impractical.
LSTC provides a solution to this problem with LS-DYNA, which can be used to replace a significant portion of physical testing with virtual testing. The bottom line is that firms can minimize rebuilding and retesting and ultimately save on development time and cost.
LS-DYNA is already being used for a wide variety of automotive-related simulations. Some of the most common analysis types include:
Such analyses encompass a wide variety of complex physical phenomena, and LS-DYNA is equipped with vast array of features and capabilities to replicate these events. These include:
LSTC has also invested tremendous effort in developing a large collection of dummy and barrier models for use in crash simulations. These models have been correlated with physical test results and are completely free when you purchase LS-DYNA.
Another strength of LS-DYNA that is critical to the automotive industry is the scalability of the MPP version of the code. With the ability utilize hundreds (or even thousands) of CPUs for a single simulation run, detailed crash analyses that once took days can now be easily turned around in a matter of hours.