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Investigating FE-datasets in virtual environments

: Knöpfle, C.; Müller, S.

International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation -IMACS-:
16th IMACS World Congress on Scientific Computation, Applied Mathematics and Simulation. CD-ROM
New Brunswick: IMACS, 2000
ISBN: 3-9522075-1-9
File 180-3
World Congress on Scientific Computation, Applied Mathematics and Simulation <16, 2000, Lausanne>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
virtual reality; simulation; interaction; design review

The major goal of today's automotive industry is to shorten the time to market of new products, while spending less money on the whole development. One way to reach this goal is by replacing "physical mock-ups" (PMU) by digital mock up's (DMU), which are faster and cheaper to produce. Nevertheless PMU's have a big advantage when people have to interact with them. Obviously this can be done in a very natural way. Therefore ways have to be found to support the same level of intuitive interaction when using DMU's. VR is the key technology to fulfill this goal. In that paper we will focus on the design review process, which is an important aspect in the whole development cycle. There, experts discuss and evaluate the design and the functionality of the proposed solutions. The assessment is based on CAD data, as well as FE simulation data (e. g. crash). We will present an approach of integrating simulation data within a real-time environment and ways of interacting with these data. Furthermore we will discuss how a design review based on VR technology may look like. The proposed solutions are not bound to the automotive industry, they are also applicable to other domains.