A hundred years ago, Henry Ford promised customers that their car could be painted any color so long as it was black. Today, color is the least of the auto industry’s challenges. The car of the 21st century must be fuel-efficient and robust, technologically savvy and affordable, and manufactured quickly on the line without defects. It must meet increasingly stricter government regulations. And the vehicle must incorporate fast-evolving electronic, communication and software technology that hardly existed a few years ago.
The latest issue of ANSYS Advantage magazine, with a focus on simulation for the automotive industry, explains how automakers and their supply chain apply engineering simulation to address some of today’s problems: fuel-efficiency standards, potential warranty issues (with reputation and financial consequences), and the transition to hybrid and electric vehicles (H/EVs). They also embrace big ideas — disruptive technology — like self-driving cars. But the key to success is how the industry leverages the big-picture power of simulation to innovate, fulfill consumer demands, comply with stringent regulatory demands, and meet development time, cost and performance targets.
Learn more about practices that lead to success in the introductory article “A Changing Simulation Paradigm for a Changing Auto industry.”
This issue of ANSYS Advantage also details exemplary practices by ANSYS customers that launch more-reliable products faster. Here are some highlights.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD
DENSO Corporation standardizes on ANSYS structural software to expedite global product development.
TEST DRIVE FOR EMI
Fiat Chrysler, ANSYS channel partner ESSS and ANSYS have teamed up to more efficiently determine automotive electromagnetic interference and compatibility using new technology within ANSYS electronics software.
OPENTING THE WINDOW TO SIMULATION
Tata Technologies engineers are now accurately simulating wind buffeting with CFD, making it possible to evaluate many different designs without the time and cost involved in building a prototype.
AUTOMATING BATTERY PACK DESIGN
General Motors and ANSYS worked together to develop systems-level simulation processes to virtually prototype electric vehicle batteries.
Learn more about how automakers are succeeding in overcoming the many challenges facing the auto industry at the Automotive Simulation World Congress, June 2 and 3 in Detroit, Michigan. Keynote speakers include Dr. Rudy Smaling, executive director of systems engineering at Cummins (USA); Marco Fainello, head of GT car development at Ferrari (Italy); Dr. Toru Noda, manager of gasoline engine combustion at Nissan (Japan); Mario Felice, global manager of powertrain NVH CAE at Ford Motor Company (USA); Greg Roth, chief engineering at TRW Automotive (USA); and others.