In this field of activity we deal with the modeling and simulation of highly deformable components and structures such as tyres, rubber bushings, air springs, cables and hoses. Different levels of modeling are covered, ranging from computationally expensive continuum mechanical FE models to simplified macroscopic models with high performance.
It is crucial to choose the 'optimal model complexity' according to the intended application. A model must contain sufficient details to display the relevant physical effects and yet fulfill effort requirements imposed by the development process.
In this context, new mathematical methods of model reduction are developed to describe the complex behavior of a structure (e.g. a tyre) in MBS context with rather few degrees of freedom. Commercial software like Abaqus or AmeSim is employed as well as in-house developments based on Matlab or C++.