The development of a robust, integral lightweight design of a crash-relevant reinforcement element of a Golf convertible A-pillar for 3d printing is a challenging task. Uncountable of design variables and a highly complex non-linear FE-setup have to be taken into account.
We were able to support the engineers at Volkswagen in the development of the new Golf Cabrio. The result: More safety for the lovers of open-air driving. In order to achieve this, we first used our software to create the technical DNA of the A-pillar reinforcement . Among others, the technical DNA defines what this important component has to withstand. Our software then provided suggestions for the optimal appearance of the A-pillar. Among other things, the energy absorption in a crash was taken into account as an optimization criteria. ELISE automates the non-linear FE-calculation with Pam-Crash.
In comparison to classical A-pillar design
Reduction of parts for the whole A-pillar assembly