The reliability of automotive components and assemblies has increased in recent years. Even so, the need to ensure a long, trouble-free life has never been greater. Fatigue is a major cause of failure and it is important that suitable design and testing is carried out to eliminate premature failures. TWI assists manufacturers with both of these activities.
Many components, whether forged or fabricated, have complex geometries and the ability to model likely performance, prior to manufacturing prototypes, is now a key part of timely cost effective product development. Industrial Members of TWI come for assistance in this area because of TWI's expertise in stress analysis and, importantly, how these stresses affect fatigue performance. Once the components have been designed, TWI's wide range of specialist testing equipment is invaluable for validating performance.
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