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Development of Best Practices and Identification of Breakthrough Technologies in Automotive Engineering Simulation

The project will bring together major players from the automotive industry across Europe. They will discuss, debate and document various aspects related to the effective use of engineering simulation techniques such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics and multi body simulation.

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Major organisations in the European automotive industry have seen substantial benefit from the integration of modelling and simulation into their design process. Today, there is a need for more widespread adoption of engineering simulation throughout the supply chain. At the same time, technology is being developed that offers the potential to reach a new generation of advanced applications.

A number of key issues are currently holding these developments back, including:

  • a shortage of sufficiently skilled personnel and inefficiencies in their use
  • smaller organisations not being ready or able to deploy the technology
  • limits to the confidence placed on the reliability of analytical results
  • suppliers using different procedures when supplying to different companies
  • researchers needing a coordinated industrial view on priorities for the development of breakthrough technologies.

AUTOSIM will establish an international team of leading experts representing much of the European automotive industry. They will develop a preliminary set of best practice guidelines, standard analytical procedures and research strategies. They will then consult with the wider automotive industry to gain feedback on the preliminary documents and establish credibility on the final documents.


The broad objectives of AUTOSIM are:

  • to improve the quality and robustness of modelling and simulation in the European automotive industry within an integrated design and product development environment
  • to facilitate the use of advanced simulation technologies (finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics and related methods) within a multi-site, multi-organisational environment
  • to improve technology and knowledge transfer between engineering practitioners within the automotive industry
  • to identify potential breakthrough technologies which could have a profound effect on the use of simulation techniques for automotive applications
  • to identify technology gaps and areas where RTD activity is needed.

The detailed objectives are:

  1. to assemble and collate information which is focused on current practices in the application of modelling and simulation technology in the European automotive industry
  2. to define best practices and standard procedures for the use of modelling and simulation
  3. to identify barriers between current practices and best practices
  4. to issue guidelines to help overcome the barriers
  5. to ascertain areas in which breakthrough technologies could be of greatest use and prioritise their importance
  6. to establish the current state of the art and its readiness to become state of practice
  7. to promote RTD projects to address identified requirements
  8. to actively and widely disseminate information about all the aspects listed above within the European automotive industry.

Description of work

AUTOSIM will form a new network of experts that will act as a working group to directly confront the industrial and technical issues briefly aired above. Members of the working group will all be leading individuals in their field, drawn from a selection of organisations representing many sectors of the European automotive industry, highly respected research institutions and technology providers.

This project will collate the best available knowledge and distil it into a series of preliminary reports. To ensure that the work is representative of the needs and views of all of the European automotive industry, a process of wide consultation will be incorporated into the project, providing a vehicle whereby all aspects of the work can be thoroughly discussed and the relevant issues debated.

Through a series of technical workshops, the preliminary reports will be revisited and critically reviewed in the light of feedback obtained during the consultation process. A series of final reports will then be developed which will be actively disseminated to users of simulation technology in the European automotive industry at large. Material will be made available in a variety of formats according to need and subject area. Examples include state-of-the-art reviews (STARs), best practice guides (BPGs) and requirements for RTD.


This coordination action will deliver standard procedures for performing analysis. The impact of this will be to:

  1. increase the efficiency of teams of engineers who are currently performing analysis
  2. broaden the range of personnel who can make effective use of simulation technology, thereby helping to overcome future shortages of skilled personnel
  3. improve the efficiency of companies within the automotive supply chain. Instead of being required to work with a number of different procedures when supplying to different companies, they will be able to adopt one common set of procedures.
It will also provide a series of best practice guidelines. The adoption of these guidelines will lead to:
  1. an increase in the quality and robustness of the use of engineering simulation
  2. improved confidence in analytical results.

    The consequence of this will be an increase in the efficiency of the companies which adopt these best practices.

It will identify breakthrough technologies, which will be of maximum benefit to industry. This will allow:
  1. the coordination of RTD activities to focus on the areas which will be of most benefit to industry
  2. industry leaders to plan their implementation strategies for future simulation capabilities.
Through all of these, the project will strengthen the competitiveness of the European automotive industry.