March 26, 2024

Automated workflows for bus body structures

A feasibility study by MAN Truck & Bus SE & TU Dresden

The feasibility study discusses the current challenges in the development of bus body structures, particularly in the early design stage. The huge variety in the commercial vehicle segment leads to an enormous amount of work during the development process as structural components or assemblies like bus body structures have to meet the requirements of different vehicle variants. In this case automated workflows provide an option to connect individual process steps and to accelerate development times. A segmented bus body structure is used to allow an easy representation of variants for structural simulations and to simplify the overall problem for a topology optimization. Furthermore, the study investigates the time saving potentials of an automated workflow considering the total process time as well as required man-hours. Additionally, the break-even point of this method is determined.​

The study concludes that automated workflows can be profitably applied on products with numerous variants such as bus body structures during the early design stage. Considerable time reductions are achievable as recurring process steps like the generation of FE models can be carried out automatically. Consequently, the total process time can be reduced by around 84 % compared to the conventional process regarding the described use case in the paper.

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Would you like to learn more about such time saving potentials? Read the full paper in the Proceedings of the 34th Symposium Design for X and discover the benefits of this innovative approach

About MAN Truck & Bus

MAN Truck & Bus is one of Europe’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers and providers of transport solutions with annual sales of around € 14.8 billion (2023). The product portfolio includes vans, trucks, buses, diesel and gas engines as well as services related to passenger and freight transport. MAN Truck & Bus is a TRATON SE company and employs approx. 33,000 people worldwide.

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