Simulation software provider Free Field Technologies (FFT) and automotive acoustic and thermal management supplier Autoneum have formed a collaboration to share expertise on acoustic simulation and modeling. The project will see the development of a computer-aided engineering (CAE) solution for manufacturers in the automotive sector, that seeks to design quiet and comfortable vehicles without any additional weight.

With the move away from noise-emitting internal combustion engines, automotive manufacturers now have the almost-silent operation of electric car architectures and powertrains to deal with, as vibrations and other sounds such as road noise are accentuated. High-performance acoustic treatments are to play an increasingly important role as the automotive industry transitions to cleaner and quieter forms of vehicle propulsion – passenger comfort and perceived vehicle quality are key factors for consumers, and designers require specific information to apply acoustic materials in optimal positions for sound management without increasing overall vehicle weight.

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