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Simulation of Bowden Cables in the Virtual Entire Vehicle

  • Reinhard Grandl
  • Christian Kehrer
Development Calculation and Simulation

Due to their physical behaviour, Bowden cables pose a particular challenge for simulation technology. In the context of today’s product development process at BMW, a lot of issues are discussed by means of virtual vehicles. In most cases flexible parts like hoses, cables and Bowden cables are still simulated as rigid parts. Thereby their forms are deviating from the real ones in some extent. In a joint project BMW and ITI could design a simulation of Bowden cables for the scenarios opening of a bonnet and release of a door lock reflecting the physical behaviour of these parts in a realistic way.

Behaviour of a Bowden Cable

Although Bowden cables are all around in today’s vehicles, they remain unnoticed by the user most of the time. A Bowden cable (according to DIN 71986 [1]) is a type of flexible cable used to transmit mechanical movement or (pulling) force by the flexible moveable combination of an inner cable relatively to a hollow outer cable housing. The housing is generally of...


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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhard Grandl
    • 1
  • Christian Kehrer
    • 2
  1. 1.BMW GroupMunichGermany
  2. 2.ITI GmbHDresdenGermany

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