LMS delivers breakthrough system-level CAE solutions with LMS Virtual.Lab version 2.0
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LMS delivers breakthrough system-level CAE solutions with LMS Virtual.Lab version 2.0

Leuven, Belgium - April 1, 2003 - LMS International, today announced the
availability of the second release of LMS Virtual.Lab, its award-winning
simulation environment for functional performance engineering. LMS
Virtual.Lab offers an integrated environment to engineer key performance
attributes such as noise and vibration, durability, ride and handling, ...
The product is also the first ever to allow users to combine the reliability
and accuracy of test results with the speed and flexibility of virtual
simulations to leverage the best of both technologies. LMS Virtual.Lab Rev 2
delivers new process-oriented simulation solutions for component- and
system-level durability engineering, scalable and accurate motion
simulation, engine acoustics prediction, and for system-level noise and
vibration prediction.

"Typically, manufacturers have many years of experience and confidence in
testing their products. But today's global competition, and the availability
of computer generated designs, argue for faster prediction of product
performance directly from those designs" says Jan Leuridan, LMS Chief
Technical Officer. "Our mission remains to lead the industry in integrating
CAD and CAE, addressing multiple key performance attributes in one single
environment, and combining the test and virtual worlds to produce better,
faster and more cost efficient virtual simulations. LMS Virtual.Lab Rev 2
does exactly that: it focuses on making the complex process of virtual
simulation much easier and more effective".

LMS Virtual.Lab Acoustics Rev 2 offers an integrated solution to optimize
the acoustic performance of a new engine design. Convenient modeling and
acoustic meshing capabilities combined with powerful and reliable solver
technology reduce the full simulation process from days to just a couple of
hours. The parametric analysis capabilities of LMS Virtual.Lab deliver the
capability to automatically assess multiple engine design variations on
their acoustic performance. Tailored visualization tools such as multi-rpm
and multi-frequency color map diagrams offer "on the spot" engineering
specific insights into the acoustic behavior of the design.

Within Rev 2, LMS Virtual.Lab Noise and Vibration was further completed with
new capabilities for Noise and Vibration system assembly and contribution
analysis. LMS Virtual.Lab Noise and Vibration is now the only commercial
available solution in the market to perform noise and vibration analyses on
the level of a full vehicle or aircraft. It is able to identify the most
dominant modes or sources of vibration problems, and allows to analyze the
critical paths along which vibrations propagate throughout the car or the
aircraft. These insights provide reliable information on how to improve
designs to reduce excessive noise and vibration levels before committing to
expensive prototype testing.

The LMS Virtual.Lab Motion Rev 2 application implements a complete solution
for multi-body dynamic analysis. It includes fast and easy fully parametric
3D modelling and mechanism authoring, making it possible to develop models
quickly and very close to real life. The transparent use of flexible
components combined with high speed and very precise solvers are key to
realistically simulate flexible mechanisms, and to consequently take the
correct engineering decisions. The integration of LMS Virtual.Lab Motion
with other key attributes such as acoustics, vibration and durability in one
engineering environment now makes it possible to put into practice
system-level and multi-attribute functional performance engineering.

LMS Virtual.Lab Durability Rev 2 now fully integrates the durability
engineering simulation process from components to complete assemblies such
as a car suspension, car body, or aircraft landing gear. It easily combines
component FE (Finite Element) models and dynamic component loads, and
indicates the fatigue hot spots. It supports quick parametric re-runs of the
fatigue analysis to assess multiple design alternatives. LMS Virtual.Lab
Durability automates the durability validation of seam welds, by
automatically detecting seam weld locations and types, so eliminating the
need to manually check these on the virtual model.

The ultimate goal for advanced durability engineers is to optimize
sub-assemblies as a whole - and not just at the component level. Through the
tight integration of LMS Virtual.Lab Motion and Durability, multibody
simulations, flexible body analyses and durability-specific tire models can
be combined to form an unparalleled loads prediction environment - the
"Virtual Test Rig" and "Digital Test Track".

LMS Virtual.Lab Rev 2 also includes new capabilities for component
Structural Analysis. This product module brings the Dassault Syst譥s
Generative Structural Analysis capability in LMS Virtual.Lab, where it
complements process-centric configurations for Motion and Durability. The
integrated capability provides functionality for static and dynamic
analysis, including specific capabilities for the modeling of flexible
components in mechanism analysis. Component Structural Analysis will work
directly on the CAD geometry of components, this all within LMS Virtual.Lab
thereby significantly raising overall simulation efficiency.

LMS Virtual.Lab is based on CAA V5 (Component Application Architecture), the
open middleware for PLM from Dassault Syst譥s.

About LMS International

LMS enables customers to engineer functional performance targets into their
products, creating and maintaining distinctive brand values. LMS' unmatched
understanding of the product development process is captured through a
unique combination of products and services supporting physical and virtual
product development: Test systems, CAE software products and engineering
services. Critical attributes such as noise and vibration, ride, handling,
motion, acoustics and fatigue are turned from problems to competitive
advantage. LMS, a Dassault Syst譥s Gold Partner, is a global company with
the vision, resources and commitment to significantly impact product
development performance of its customers.

LMS Contact Information:
Europe:                                                United States:
Bruno Massa                                        Sarah Zajas
LMS International                                LMS North America
Tel +32 16 384 200                                Tel 248 952 5664
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