By Mike White
Program Manager – Durability
Product design in today’s environment requires careful attention to all aspects of the design, including such issues as sustainability, recyclability and durability of the product. Durability of ground vehicles can be particularly challenging because of the way the vehicle is used and the roads on which the vehicle is driven and the product design can change significantly during both the design phase and the product lifecycle. Testing the product is the most common way to verify durability, but testing is also expensive and time-consuming. Virtual durability testing methods in today’s computing environment offer rapid, repeatable predictions of the loads a vehicle will experience and the resulting life that the product will have when put into service.