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Implementing Simcenter solutions for test-based durability engineering

30 March 2020

Nissan uses Simcenter SCADAS and Simcenter Testlab to implement durability engineering processes.

Durability is key

The main role of the function and durability department at the Nissan Technical Centre, Spain (NTCE-S) is to validate the functional performance of an engine’s components over the vehicle’s lifecycle. To assess performance, the team conducts extensive tests on components fitted on an engine dynamometer (dyno), produced by the Nissan Technical Centre in Europe (NTCE). It also evaluates the component’s performance in a full assembly configuration, where the complete vehicle is positioned on the chassis dyno. Finally, the team puts passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (for example, the pick-up segment) through fatigue tests – either on the test bench or the test track.

Many tests performed by the function and durability team are durability tests. Durability is an important performance attribute of passenger and light commercial vehicles. In the light commercial vehicles market segment, consumers are inclined to select a brand they trust will support their daily needs.

“Durability is extremely important,” says Arturo Barreu, Powertrain Durability Test Engineer, Function and Durability Department, NTCE-S. “In Europe, this attribute is closely associated with the perception of quality. As the demand for quality increases, we need to confirm the durability of our vehicles. Consumers expect vehicles will not break down after only one year but will last for up to 20 years.”

Read the full article in the April issue of DPA.

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