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GCAPS installs new Static Fixture

GCAPS installs new Static Fixture

The importance of tyre models towards supporting vehicle simulation is increasing, with a focus on cost reduction, time to market, and ADAS integration. To help match the growth of this component, GCAPS continues to invest in test equipment. A new Static Fixture has been designed and built for installation in the National tyre Research Center (NTRC), which serves as the tyre characterization division of the Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation (GCAPS). The testing and modeling support conducted daily at NTRC has proven invaluable to many original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and motorsports teams that routinely win accolades and are podium finishers.
The new fixture expands the capabilities for lateral and longitudinal stiffness measurements, key data when creating Ftyre models. These tests are not exciting to observe but critically important for accurate tyre models. The new Static Fixture also enables TBR tries to be tested with increased load and travel.
An additional benefit of the new Static Fixture to GCAPS and it’s customers is the added testing capacity. This capacity helps reduce time to model creation and lowers costs, items that GCAPS already is best in market for.
GCAPS houses the most capable force and moment tyre test equipment in the world. The simulation division of GCAPS — its Virtual Design and Integration Lab (VDIL) — has some of the brightest minds in tyre modeling and simulation, with many simulation engineers having PhDs. Adding the new Static Fixture capabilities gives GCAPS a unique combination of test equipment and people. This combination of equipment and expertise within one company enables GCAPS to conduct research into and production of tyre models at the highest level for international customers, supporting rapid growth in global markets.

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