Dec 05 2007

Apollo Tyres Gains Competitive Edge with Realistic Simulation from Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA Brand

Abaqus Unified FEA Accelerates the Evaluation of Real-World Tire Performance During Initial Stages of Development

Paris, France, and Providence, R.I., USA, December 5, 2007 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Apollo Tyres Ltd., the leading Indian tire manufacturer, is using Abaqus Unified Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software from SIMULIA to evaluate and improve product performance which is helping the company grow as a preferred partner for global automotive OEMs.

Tire development requires the evaluation of a complex combination of rubber, steel, and other layered materials. For products such as large, off-road radial tires, testing even a few physical prototypes is expensive and time-consuming. Apollo Tyres uses Abaqus Unified FEA in the initial stages of all new-product development to evaluate alternative concepts, guide design decisions, and refine product performance.

“Abaqus software helps us achieve design and performance goals efficiently,” says P.K. Mohamed, chief of technology and R&D at Apollo Tyres. “Realistic simulation reduces design cycle time and cost, while enabling our engineers to evaluate design properties and optimize product performance. We selected Abaqus because it is a world-class design analysis product with specific functionalities for tire analysis.”

“In the tire manufacturing industry, Abaqus is the preferred simulation software due to its robust analysis capabilities for simulating real-world performance of complex materials undergoing large deformation and contact,” stated Ken Short, vice president, SIMULIA strategy and marketing. “We continually strive to enhance our technology which helps our customers, such as Apollo Tyres, meet product performance specifications quickly and cost-effectively.”

Apollo Tyres has implemented Abaqus Unified FEA as an integral tool in the development of all categories of their radial tires. The software provides a unified simulation environment to accelerate the evaluation of tire durability, tread wear, vehicle handling, noise and vibration, and rolling resistance. Optimizing tire performance for these attributes plays a crucial role in improving vehicle safety, reliability, passenger comfort, and fuel economy.

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