Naples, 9 February 2021. MegaRide launches RIDEsuite for the automotive market: the first complete simulation platform that cuts time and costs in the development and testing phases of both tyres and vehicles – for applications on the road and in motorsport – with an increase in performance of up to 30%. RIDEsuite is a modular and multiphysical platform consisting of four applications, which are able to simulate in detail and with high reliability the physical phenomena that affect a vehicle when interacting with the external environment. This is done by constantly monitoring tyre temperature, wear, footprint, grip and road surface conditions, considering these factors both in isolation and all together.
The platform designed by MegaRide integrates with real-time Driver-in-the-Loop simulators, providing accurate theoretical hypotheses that are applied to the modelled system in order to reproduce conditions representative of those in the real world. In addition, it provides an analysis tool to verify all stages of development, considering each of the essential variables in the interaction between tyre, vehicle and road surface. In particular, RIDEsuite has been designed to offer car manufacturers and tyre manufacturers a common platform for the design of original equipment tyres.
“The real novelty and uniqueness of RIDEsuite is that it offers the possibility to simulate and measure all the factors that affect a tyre, when it comes to its interaction with the vehicle and the road surface,” explains Flavio Farroni, CEO and cofounder of MegaRide. “A package like RIDEsuite, designed both to be integrated with simulators and to be an analysis tool, allows manufacturers to shorten development and testing times, reduce costs and achieve significant improvements in terms of performance.”
In detail, RIDEsuite is composed of the following physical models developed by Megaride, which are also available separately:
- the physical thermal model: “thermoRIDE” which predicts, in real time, the temperature of the tyres;
- the “weaRIDE” energy-based wear model, developed to detect and predict the degradation of tread polymers;
- the “threedeeRIDE” model, which reproduces all the dynamics that affect the tyre’s contact patch and simulates driving situations caused by kerbs, bumps and road roughness, helping to improve the driver’s feeling;
- the “adheRIDE” advanced interaction model that collects and reproduces the information of the other physical models, also taking into account tread wear, road roughness, viscoelasticity of the compound, grip, temperature and inflation pressure.