Developing a vehicle to compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a test for engineers around the world. Volkswagen Motorsports engineers were determined to build a car that could compete with the best but they had less than a year to do it — and the car would be electrically powered. Using determination, ingenuity and aided by multiphysics simulation the Volkswagen team smashed the race’s all-time electric speed record.
Regulations and customer demands put pressure on rail designers to deliver passenger coaches with comfortable climates. In the past, Siemens engineers spent about four months testing passenger coaches in a climate wind tunnel to validate the design of the heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) system.
Lucid’s new luxury-class electric vehicle (EV) is designed to compete with the leaders in the high-end EV market. Lucid engineers extensively leveraged Ansys multiphysics simulation software to improve the operation of most of the vehicle’s subsystems by accounting for a wide range of performance factors to create a digital prototype.
Momentive Performance Materials successfully reduced the time required for physical testing by using simulation to optimize the heat sink design for an LED automotive headlight. This simulation yielded a design that demonstrated a two-fold increase in the brightness of the headlight while operating at the same temperature.
The interior of a vehicle can be distractingly loud due to wind turbulence, especially at highway speeds. At Corning, engineers combined aerodynamic and vibroacoustic analysis in
ANSYS Workbench to determine how glazing can help control interior noise.
Engineering student teams in universities around the world compete in the Formula SAE (FSAE) competition to build a race car, giving them an opportunity to apply their engineering knowledge, in a practical and fun way. The E-AGLE Trento racing team takes advantage of Ansys additive manufacturing solutions and topology optimization in Ansys Mechanical to design a car that is lighter, has stronger joints and is easier to build than a typical FSAE car.
Commercial companies, research institutes and academic organizations are actively pursuing goals related to reducing power consumption, decreasing emissions and creating new methods to utilize existing energy resources. At the same time, engineering students around the world are honing their skills and developing new vehicles, often as part of team competitions, that use the latest technology to transform our method of travel.
Achates Power has developed a radically improved two-stroke opposed-piston internal combustion engine that increases fuel efficiency and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. ANSYS simulation tools help the company to shorten design iteration time, minimize hardware prototypes and reduce the development time of new engines by approximately one year.