Virtual assembly planning requires a fast and physically correct description of the behavior of cables and hoses, such as those laid in the engine compartment of a vehicle or mounted as "dress packs" on industrial robots.
For the assembly simulation with IPS Cable Simulation, we have developed special nonlinear structural models (discrete Cosserat rods) combining innovative methods from discrete Lagrange mechanics and discrete differential geometry. With our discrete rod models we are able to calculate the deformation of cables and hoses physically correct and interactively. The latest developments allow the determination of the stress under dynamic loads with the module IPS Durability & Dynamics. To this end, we are further developing the basic technology approaches created in the department in the DDA-Flex project together with the Fraunhofer-Chalmers-Centre for Industrial Mathematics FCC, fleXstructures Gmbh and IPS AB.
For the practical use of the IPS software, it is important that the simulation models be provided with data. The MeSOMICS® measuring machine developed by us offers the optimal solution for this.