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 →
You 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.
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 →