About Min Xu

Min Xu is a software developer at ANSYS, where he develops new engineering simulation capabilities, particularly in applying the adjoint method to new industrial problems. He holds a BS engineering degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and a PhD from New Mexico State University in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Xu’s research interests include reduced-order modeling and adjoint optimization.

Optimizing Critical Components to Fit into Confined Spaces Using the Adjoint Solver

Optimizing components that must fit into tight spaces can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced designer. Consider the HVAC system of a car, which supplies air to the vehicle’s cabin. Today, air conditioning is deemed standard equipment even in entry-level automobiles, so manufacturers must build it in. Its critical components – manifold ductwork — are located under the hood amid the well-planned jumble of engine, radiator, battery, transmission, and auxiliary structures. Not much room in there … and that’s just one of the complications. Continue reading