A Better Automotive Paradigm

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.ANSYS Advantage Automotive 2015

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.

DENSO Corporation standardizes on ANSYS structural software to expedite global product development.

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.

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.

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.

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About Sandeep Sovani

Dr. Sandeep Sovani is Director for the global automotive industry at ANSYS. He holds a B.E in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune, India, M.Tech., from Indian Institute of Technology Chennai, India and Ph.D. from Purdue University, USA. Dr. Sovani has been actively involved in various areas of automotive technology and business for two decades.

Dr. Sovani has previously worked with Tata Motors, India. Under a grant from the Cummins Engine Company, he has conducted research on IC Engines at Purdue University and recently served as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. Dr. Sovani has authored more than 40 papers, articles, reports and has delivered numerous invited lectures at academic and industry conferences. He is the recipient of Lloyd Withrow Distinguished Speaker Award from SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers). Dr. Sovani is also the founder of Hybrid Electric Vehicles Michigan group, a professional networking group of HEV engineers, and its sister groups in Brazil and UK. Dr. Sovani presently is member of SAE International and serves as a technical session chair and organizer on the society’s vehicle aerodynamics committee. Dr. Sovani is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Sigma Xi, MENSA International, and other societies.