15th June 2016 by Richard Yen
I’m pleased to say that the nominations for the 2016 Altair Enlighten Award are in and we’ve had more entries than ever before. But before we can reveal who’s going to be competing for this year’s award, we’re going to continue our look back at the 2015 entries. Today it’s the turn of Maxion Wheels, a Brazil based automotive supplier.
Maxion’s nomination concerned the development of steel wheels for the commercial vehicles sector. The team applied a new design which utilized optimization processes to trim material and weight from the parts while ensuring that they were still able to meet all regulatory and safety standards.
The baseline in South America for a 22.5 x 8.25 wheel is 41 kg (90 lbs). The final version of the new design was an impressive 10 lbs (4.5kg) lighter. In addition, the design was approved on the toughest durability test in the world called ‘Biaxial’, which helps to raise standard of approval and quality of products.
As well as the positive effect on fuel efficiency that comes with a lighter wheel, Maxion also highlighted the cost advantages that can be realized with a wheel that uses less raw material. Something which the company stated gave them a considerable advantage over their competitors.
Maxion’s entry highlighted that even components where strength is paramount to avoid failure of such as critical and fundamental part, still have scope to reduce weight using a material reduction strategy, backed up by optimization and simulation technologies.
Click to download the nomination datasheet – Maxion Wheels