Sandeep Sovani

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.

Fuel Cells Making a Comeback?

iStock_000017274301Small - roller-coasterThe 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

Automotive Simulation World Congress: Call for Presentations

On October 29 through 30, 2013, ANSYS once again hosts the Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC).

As I announced at the 2012 ASWC held in Detroit in October 2012, the event is an annual international conference that rotates across the three major regions of the world — the Americas, Europe and Asia. Slated to move from the Americas to Europe this year, the ASWC will be held in Frankfurt, Germany at the Steigenberger Airport Hotel, with an evening event at Klassikstadt.

This international event focuses on advances in simulation technology applied to the ground transportation industry, which includes car, light truck, heavy truck, bus, off-highway, agricultural, motorsport, railway and two-wheeler segments. Continue reading

Designing the Body of the Car for Maximum Fuel Efficiency

As we continue our 54.5 by 2025 blog series, we turn our attention to designing the body of the car for maximum fuel efficiency.

infographic section fuel efficiency and the bod of the car

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The body of the car provides two major opportunities for improving fuel efficiency:

  1. Reducing overall weight
  2. Improving aerodynamics to reduce drag

Much design work and ingenuity is required to reduce a car’s overall weight, and many interesting advances have been made in the field, such as the use of composites materials. Considering that car manufacturers have been working on streamlining and designing aerodynamics since the time of the Model T, we now need fresh ways to approach the issue.

The question is: What will be the most effective innovation, or combination of innovations, for the future?

Reduce weight by designing composites effectively

Replacing steel with light, strong and durable composites materials is one possible way of reducing weight in new automobiles. But the process has its challenges. Continue reading

Designing to Meet 54.5 mpg by 2025 – Fuel Efficiency Infographic

While the auto engineering industry is undergoing a large breadth of innovation (autonomous vehicles, dashboard apps to help the driver use less fuel and drive more safely), the ambitious goal of 54.5 mpg by 2025 will require car manufacturers to focus on the fundamentals of existing technologies, such as engines, transmissions and aerodynamics.

Surely, 54.5 mpg is entirely achievable, but it is a daunting goal that will require auto makers to drastically ramp up their engineering efforts. And while 2025 seems far away, it will be difficult to finish all the necessary engineering by that time if engineers progress at today’s rate. Accelerating engineering is the burning need of the day — and of the next decade — and it can only be accomplished by taking full advantage of advanced engineering tools such as simulation. Continue reading

Webinar Series: Recent Advances in Automotive Simulation

automotive-leadersYou may recall that back in October the Automotive Simulation World Congress took place in Detroit. Automakers and suppliers gathered there to discuss how the global supply chain increasingly relies on single-physics and multiphysics simulation solutions, for both component and systems-level analysis. Application discussions ranged from aerodynamics, underhood thermal management, IC engine, transmission, brakes, and chassis components to the entire electric powertrain including battery, traction motor and power electronics.

The discussion continues in our ongoing webinar series named “Recent Advances in Automotive Simulation,” during which speakers share the latest advances in automotive-specific solutions that allow companies to thoroughly explore design alternatives under
varied, real-life load conditions early in the design cycle.

Please join us by registering for one or all of the webinars. Continue reading

2012 Automotive Simulation World Congress Recap

The 2012 Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC) has driven off into the ever-so-vibrant sunset of Detroit, Michigan, leaving attendees more educated about current industry trends. Almost 300 automotive executives, managers and engineers from over 100 companies participated in this congress dedicated to applications for road, rail and off-highway vehicles.

The two-day event, held at the towering Detroit Renaissance Center, kicked off the general session with a keynote talk from Wayne Eckerle, vice president of research and technology at Cummins. Eckerle discussed Cummins’ Analysis Led Design initiative and how it is changing the company’s corporate culture by utilizing simulation for its product development.

One attendee noted that Eckerle “provided a lot of insight on the benefits of simulation from a business perspective that is valuable for my company’s current needs and goals.”

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Trends in the Auto Industry

image of the auto industry cover of ANSYS AdvantageThe global automotive industry faces pressure to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while developing vehicles that are smarter and safer. Consequently, it broadly employs engineering simulation to meet these challenges. So it is with great pleasure that I introduce this year’s final issue of ANSYS Advantage with its focus on trends in the auto industry.

The global automotive industry is directing its efforts to improving aerodynamics, internal combustion engine (ICE) powertrains, electric powertrains and electronics as well as mechatronics of vehicles by employing fluid dynamics, structural, electromagnetics and multiphysics simulation technologies. Inside this magazine issue, topics span from the development of next-generation engine and exhaust systems to new battery chemistry. Continue reading

Gas Prices Spark Innovative Auto Design

image of rising gas pricesRecently, several gas stations in the state of California – major brands and independents alike – made national headlines when the price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline topped the $5 mark. USA Today reported that one independent station even topped the $6 mark!

Admittedly, this unprecedented price spike could be traced back to a series of closures and unexpected shutdowns at California-based petroleum refineries. Although prices are expected to ease as some of these refineries come back online – and switch over to producing the cheaper winter-blend mixture before the end of October – the incident serves as yet another painful reminder of how volatile gas prices have been over the last decade.

But while the cost of petroleum trends upward, the cost of lithium ion (LiO) battery assemblies is actually going down. And while this is slowly but surely making the batteries – and the electric vehicles/hybrid electric vehicles (EVs/HEVs) that they power – more competitive, much work still remains to be done before they can truly be considered a viable alternative to the internal combustion engine (ICE). Continue reading

Automotive Simulation World Congress Draws Near

In late October, I will have the distinct pleasure of opening the 2012 Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC) in Detroit, MI – birthplace of the U.S. automotive industry. I posted some generic information about the congress in my July blog. For this post, I’d like to tell you a little bit more about why I think you should attend.

At the end of August it was front-page news in the automotive world that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally ratified its new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. This news has a huge impact for automakers because by 2025 they’ll be expected to produce a line of vehicles with a fleet-wide average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg). That’s double today’s standards!

Add to that all of the advanced electronics that customers are demanding—like built-in global positioning systems (GPSs), telephones, music files (mp3) and other data storage, and even internet connectivity — and it’s easy to see how designing an already complex vehicle (and keeping it affordable) is going to become even more challenging in the years ahead. Continue reading

Automotive Simulation World Congress: Ladies and Gentleman Start Your Engines!

2012 Automotive World Congress

On October 30 – 31,  ANSYS will be hosting the Automotive Simulation World Congress 2012 ASWC Venue(ASWC) in Detroit, Michigan. This international event is being held at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center and is solely focused on the automotive industry, including vehicles for road, rail, racetrack and off-highway and provides a forum for sharing and debating new practices, issues and industry trends. You’ll learning about the latest developments in engineering simulation applicable to the automotive industry, and networking with peers. Continue reading