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Optimizing Automotive Component Reliability with Sherlock

Posted by James McLeish on Oct 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Sherlock-Automotive-Industry.jpgVehicle technology is rapidly becoming a key differentiator in the automotive industry. To stay ahead of the competition, manufacturers are tasked with devising new ways to optimize automotive electronics without compromising components or performance.

Innovating new technologies, however, presents potential reliability issues that could result in costly outcomes if not addressed early on, preferably in the design stage. To get and stay ahead of QRD issues – including those introduced by thermal cycling – automotive manufacturers are turning to design modeling and automated design analysis.

Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software is the preferred reliability physics tool for this proactive approach. Design phase testing with Sherlock identifies design flaws and accurately predicts product performance through:

  • 3D FEA modeling: multi-phase design sectioning to evaluate layers, die regions and boundary conditions
  • Testing particular characteristics: plasticity, thermal cycling, maximum strain, fatigue, and displacement compatibility

Sherlock’s on-screen modeling is essential for success. Automotive manufacturers do not have to incur the time and expense of prototyping to:

  • Get a comprehensive look at their component design
  • Assess the impact of thermal cycling
  • Digitally apply environmental conditions to determine and increase electronic component thermal resistance
  • Identify – and prevent – field reliability issues

Physics of Failure (PoF) and software tools like Sherlock are changing the automotive industry and how manufacturers operate within it. Instead of costly prototyping, engineering dollars are invested upfront, in the design phase, to learn why electronic components fail and how to prevent it before it costs a brand money, time, competitive advantages, or its reputation.

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