Optimising washing machine performance
Samsung has improved customer experience of washing machines by using simulation software to reduce noise and vibration levels
People tend to keep white goods in their living spaces, making noise and vibration levels key factors when choosing a fridge, a dryer, or a new washing machine.
But reducing the vibration of a washing machine, for example, poses a sizeable challenge to manufacturers. Not only is a washing-machine a complex, multi-body system, it comprises several highly nonlinear elements such as friction dampers, rubber feet and rubber bushings.
So, when Samsung Electronics, one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers, set out to improve the user experience of its washing machines by reducing vibration, it turned to Hexagon’s co-simulation software. With co-simulation software Samsung Electronics was able to quickly and accurately model system dynamics and use the insight to achieve its design goals.