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Product Creation Process

OEM steel fuel tank by Spectra Premium

Technology

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
Spectra Premium’s expertise in the application of advanced computer aided engineering (CAE) methods enables mass, volume, and performance optimization to levels only recently attainable. Our team conducts component and system-level laboratory testing based on rigorous standards established by our automotive customers.
Forming simulation
This tool precisely models the forming process used for tank shells to ensure a repeatable, stable process that strictly controls part quality. Thickening, necking, and other properties are also measured.
Topology
An advanced, free-form structural analysis tool defines the optimal location of structural supports and load carrying features. The results are then interpreted by the product engineering & manufacturing teams to define a production feasible design.
Topography
A structural analysis tool which defines optimal rib and bead patterns to maximize the load carrying capability of the tank shell. This tool is used in conjunction with Gauge Optimization to determine the thinnest feasible tank thickness.
Durability Analysis
Durability analysis is conducted to determine fatigue life. This cyclical life is determined for both pressure-vacuum and shake/vibration fatigue specifications.
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Product Design

Our full in-house capability in both Catia V5 and NX drives our product design, which supported by our dedicated customer CAD/PLM connectivity to carry out data management and release responsibilities. With their sheet metal forming simulation expertise, our in-house team of designers and engineers are committed to all the following aspects of fuel tank product development:

Product Development

The development team leads the fuel tank system engineering, design, and validation processes. The team has experience in the development of a wide variety of fuel systems for many vehicle applications including gasoline, diesel, hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV).

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Validation/Testing

Design and Process Validation testing is contracted to outside testing organizations.