Collaboration to deliver advanced vehicle testing system

Tuesday, 07 September, 2021

Collaboration to deliver advanced vehicle testing system

A collaboration between South Australian automotive and defence supplier Supashock and researchers at Flinders University and DSTG Ediburgh will develop an advanced method to test a vehicle’s condition for preventative maintenance and condition monitoring.

Experts at Flinders’ College of Science and Engineering will work with DSTG (the Australian Government Defence Science & Technology Group) and Supashock to develop digital twins, which will support the design of an advanced shock absorber for Supashock. The technology will then be applied more widely.

Supashock founder and CEO Oscar Fiorinotto says the development is the latest initiative in an outstanding collaboration between industry, government and the tertiary sector in South Australia.

“Supashock has a strong partnership with both DSTG and Flinders on various levels and several of our staff are doing the Diploma of Digital Technologies at Tonsley with other members of the defence and other industries,” he said.

Nicholas Brealey, a Digital Logistics Specialist from DSTG’s Land Division, says many current digital twins focus predominantly on a software simulation with only one-way transfer of data.

“This research creates a more comprehensive digital twin as it focuses on the two-way transfer of data and the ability of the digital twin to initiate action in the physical vehicle. It is also very beneficial in providing a real-life demonstration of a digital twin, which may help people to imagine new applications and possibilities for digital twins,” Brealey said.

According to Giselle Rampersad, Professor of Innovation at Flinders University, digital twins offer benefits of preventative maintenance and condition monitoring across a range of domains including frigates and submarines, satellites in space, and other industrial settings such as advanced manufacturing.

“Projects such as these are important in understanding the value to organisations that can be derived during the life cycle of a product from design reviews to the construction phase, remote monitoring and managing the supply chain while in use and for sustainment into the future,” Professor Rampersad said.

Digital twin systems can apply to various vehicle components as well as an entire land vehicle and evaluate the role of human decision-making, particularly in sense and respond logistics, which relate directly to the Department of Defence’s L400 program of work.

More broadly, they may offer significant implications for applications within commercial vehicles, according to Professor Rampersad, who will work with other Flinders University experts Professor Karl Sammut, Associate Professor Russell Brinkworth, Dr Andrew Lammas and Myles Adams.

As well as DSTG research leader Brealey, the research team at Supashock also includes Fiorinotto, Engineering Manager Dr Robert Koehler and Ashley Johns, who has studied the digital technologies course at Flinders University at Tonsley.

Image: Members of the new research partnership team (left to right) — Nicholas Brealey, Flinders University robotic engineering honours student Myles Adams, Professor Karl Sammut, Professor Giselle Rampersad, Ashley Johns, Associate Professor Russell Brinkworth, Dr Andrew Lammas and Oscar Fiorinotto.

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