The reliability of a motor vehicle not only determines customer satisfaction, but also contributes to the economic development of the manufacturer. To validate the entire vehicle, endurance testing in a customer-oriented environment remains indispensable. Thanks to decades of experience, FEV is an expert partner in this field. For instance, FEV can provide support for proving durability or for the examination of the long-term stability of functions and emissions. To this end, FEV provides its partners with an experienced team of engineers and a pool of specially trained test drivers. Additionally, for testing with actual road driving, proprietarily developed, worldwide driving cycles can be utilized. Furthermore, FEV operates more than 200 test benches that specifically serve to regularly control emissions. With regard to the trending topic ADAS, FEV distinguishes itself from its competition with a proprietarily developed tool for the automated analysis of the driving environment; for the testing of electric vehicles, FEV cannot only rely on the experience of its teams, but also on the expertise of the specialist departments.
In the NVH field, in addition to physical testing, FEV also uses virtual methods in order to carry out an in-depth system analysis. This enables an accelerated product development process, so that FEV can deliver results quickly and reliably and recommend measures to our partners. The internal FEV methodologies also contribute to this; said methodologies are born out of long-term experience and have already proven themselves in many projects.
The topic of stiffness doesn’t play an important role in just passive safety. Driving characteristics are also strongly influenced by stiffness, which is a specific focus of research for our chassis team. In this context, in close collaboration with the CAE department, virtual analyses of the stiffness and the durability of the mechanical structure of a vehicle are carried out beforehand. The design and the implementation directly take place on appropriate test benches or with a special test drive. Here, rough road tracks or misuse attempts offer the opportunity to speed up time as well as to examine the functional security under extreme conditions, thereby providing extensive coverage of the entire vehicle. For the planning and execution of the tests, FEV can also rely on a large database that guarantees efficient project execution.
The full functionality of a vehicle requires complex interaction between many components. In this context, an examination of individual components as part of the entire system is often indispensable. With our expertise in the field of measurement technology, FEV can analyze individual components and their thermal, mechanical, and electrical interaction with the overall system and prepare the data for you.
The durability of a motor vehicle is determined by the longevity of the materials used. In particular, environmental influences play a key role.