The internet has now come to the automobile, bringing connectivity for infotainment, telematics and vehicle data analytics. The connected car is rapidly becoming a key node in the emerging Internet of Things. While connected car technology is a delight for car buyers, it poses unprecedented new engineering challenges for car manufacturers of reliability, safety and security. Continue reading
Every year, automotive industry visionaries and innovators from across the automotive industry assemble at the Automotive Simulation World Congress to share the latest advances, perspectives and best practices in the use of automotive simulation. I am excited to note that this year, the Automotive Simulation World Congress will be held again in Europe, meeting in Munich on June 7-8, after spanning other corners of the globe in previous years. Continue reading
Now, armed with the ability to perform true multidisciplinary optimization, automotive aero-thermal engineers can be 10 times more productive!
Numerous aerodynamic and thermal aspects need to be considered while designing cars, trucks and all other ground vehicles. Aerodynamic drag forces need to be studied as they affect the vehicle’s fuel efficiency; underhood component cooling needs to be managed carefully to avoid damage from the engine’s heat; aeroacoustic effects have to be calculated to reduce undesirable noise; and cabin climate control needs to be optimized for passenger comfort. CFD simulation of each of these aspects requires different models and methods. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
After completing the first circuit of the globe, this year the Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC) 2015 returns to Detroit. The conference is now exactly two weeks away — to be held on June 2 and 3 — and I am really excited about it. If you haven’t registered and reserved your seat, please take a moment to register. You don’t want to miss this great event. And if you don’t know what it’s all about, read on for more information. Continue reading
Hyperloop – Elon Musk’s project, now venture-capital-backed, to shuttle passengers between cities via tubes at the speed of sound — is shaping up to be to the 21st century what the railroad was to the 19th century.
Both are visionary: one connected the coasts and permitted safe travel across the continent and the other could provide super-fast, efficient commuter passage between major cities. Both were rejected initially as the stuff of fiction: too theoretical to work, too expensive to build. Both were aided by the technology of their day, railways by the might of the industrial revolution, Hyperloop by the computer and simulation technology. And both, when the history of the 21st century finally is written, will be seen as revolutionary turning points in modes of transportation. Continue reading
What do Tesla Motors, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Ferrari, Denso, Panasonic, SL Corporation, Cummins, Tenneco, and Honeywell, have in common? Well, not only are they leaders in the automotive renaissance, but they all delivered presentations on leading-edge simulation at the 2014 Automotive Simulation World Congress. Continue reading
This is the third year that ANSYS hosted the Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC), an international conference focused on engineering simulation in the ground transportation industry. The ASWC is an annual conference that rotates between the three major regions of the world. In previous blogs, I wrote about the 2012 and 2013 ASWC’s held in Detroit and Frankfurt respectively. This year the conference was held in Tokyo on October 9 and 10. Continue reading
It sounds like something out of Star Trek or Buck Rogers, but the notion of a super-fast (think speed of sound or faster) ground-based transportation system isn’t science fiction.
About a month ago, Elon Musk, the visionary behind ANSYS customers SpaceX and Tesla, formally proposed the Hyperloop, which would transport people via aluminum pods enclosed inside of steel tubes. These pods would travel up to 750 miles per hour, shrinking travel time between cities. (A trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco would be only 30 minutes!)
But as it often happens when a true innovator steps forward with a new idea, the critics descended. They claimed the Hyperloop was nothing more than mere fantasy, that it wouldn’t be practical. Even Musk himself admitted that prototypes were needed before he could turn the Hyperloop into reality.
I’ve been personally interested in the idea of this potential mode of transportation for some time now. In my opinion, the technologies needed for implementing tube transportation are extremely simple, compared to some of the highly sophisticated machines such as commercial airliners or spacecraft that humans routinely construct today.
So, using ANSYS technology, we put Musk’s Hyperloop designs to the test. The upshot? The Hyperloop will indeed work – with some tweaks. Continue reading
The other day I read, “Fuel cell-powered vehicles are just a few years away.” We have been hearing this for the past 20 years. Fuel cell buzz has come and gone and then come again and disappeared again. It’s been quite a roller coaster. Lately the buzz is becoming louder again. Is it serious this time? Are fuel cells on a major comeback?
In the past two years, I have noticed that fuel cell research and development and investments are resurging. I attribute it to the following reasons — in no particular order: Continue reading