Vehicle Integration, Chassis and Advanced Manufacturing

TMETC's Vehicle Integration, Chassis and Advanced Manufacturing department is responsible for the design and development of engineering solutions to meet vehicle performance attribute and manufacturing requirements.

The NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) and Cabin Comfort team is responsible for the delivery of vehicle refinement and sound quality requirements alongside the management of air temperature and quality in vehicles. Project activities vary from issue resolution activities through to full vehicle concept definition and development. The latest software and test systems are applied to evaluate and develop components and solutions so as to meet defined attribute targets.

The Aerodynamics team apply novel and state of the art tools and techniques to evaluate and manage aerodynamic attribute performance. Working closely with the Design team during the vehicle concept phase, the team utilises computer aided engineering (CAE) software applications and scale model testing to influence the shape of key vehicle features and enable the realisation of aerodynamic function into exciting forms.

The Safety, Homologation and Environmental team is responsible for providing up to date knowledge on current and future requirements to ensure robust product definition and future proofing of vehicle compliance.

Vehicle safety expertise is applied to detailed target setting and the development of fully validated virtual prototypes using the latest CAE tools. Environmental engineering is a multi-disciplined area integrating material compliance, market regulations and environmental innovation into product engineering and lifecycle considerations.

Chassis Concept Engineering is responsible for the design and development of vehicle chassis systems from concept through to production level release. Components and systems are designed to global engineering standards with a focus on meeting vehicle attribute performance targets. In addition to the fundamental design and engineering calculations this involves the application of advanced CAE simulation tools and techniques to evaluate the dynamic characteristics of vehicles.

The Advanced Manufacturing Engineering team provides manufacturing feasibility inputs, process development and facility specifications during the advanced product creation and prototype manufacture phases through to the start of vehicle production.

Digital build and simulation processes are applied to analyse and evaluate feasibility of stampings, BIW (body in white) & TCF (trim chassis final) build sequences, processes, manufacturing systems and ergonomics.

The team is also experienced in the manufacture and handling of high voltage systems and works closely with Tata Motors' manufacturing teams to enable a smooth transition of the product development into the manufacturing process at the various Tata Motors plants.