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Sharda opens new exhaust R&D base with help from Ricardo

Sharda Motor Industries, India’s largest manufacturer of automotive exhaust systems, has opened a new, state-of-the-art technical center in Chennai, India.

The inauguration marks a significant milestone in a highly successful collaboration between Ricardo and Sharda –– since the Indian Tier 1 first announced its intention to create an in-house, product research and development capability. The initial program of work, led by Ricardo’s strategic consulting and Indian divisions, addressed the key levers for the development of such a capability for Sharda, including product strategy, development processes, tools and facilities, infrastructure requirements, and the skills and core competence requirements of the company’s staff.

Following the initial strategic collaboration, practical technology transfer and engineering support efforts in the design and development of exhaust systems, using the latest CAE technology, was led by engineers at Ricardo Germany. Training was provided at the Ricardo tech center at Schwäbisch Gmünd, Southern Germany, in the acoustic development of exhaust systems using the Ricardo WAVE 1D gas dynamics and performance simulation software. Training was also provided in the use of the VECTIS CFD package for complex flow optimization studies.

Speaking at the launch ND Relan, chairman of Sharda Motor Industries, said that the company’s new R&D center “will provide customer support for exhaust research and development, and lead advanced emission control and noise reduction technologies.”

He added: “The center will also be involved in modeling and simulation tools to design and optimize exhaust components and full systems.”

15 February 2012


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