About Zdenek Cada

Dr. Zdenek Cada works at SVS FEM s.r.o. (ANSYS Channel Partner for Czech Republic and Slovakia) as FEM analyst concerned with stress and thermal analyses, customer support and customization development with ANSYS software. He has over 10 years of experience with ANSYS simulation. He holds PhD from Technical University of Brno, Faculty of Civil Engineering where also worked as scientist for 5 years. Dr. Cada has authored more than 50 papers, articles and reports.

Multiphysics Simulation of a Car Side Mirror with ANSYS AIM

One of the most important problems in the automotive industry is the general multiphysics simulation of coupled phenomena, where multiple — and sometimes conflicting — conditions need to be accounted for, all at the same time. One common application is the resistive heating of a car side mirror.

Designing the mechanism for keeping the mirror defrosted must also take into account the structural response of the mirror as the external environmental conditions, such as air pressure and cold temperature, cause physical stress and thermal deformation. The task is a base requirement of the automotive industry and requires a full multiphysics approach, which is still a challenge for common finite element method (FEM) simulation. In this post, we’ll show you how our engineers at SVS FEM used ANSYS AIM to model a side mirror and multiphysics analysis to solve some of its difficult design problems. Continue reading