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.
Simulation has long been an integral part of the product development process; it greatly improves product performance, reduces development costs, and gets the product to market much more quickly. The technologies that underpin the Internet of Things now make it possible to go a step further by integrating simulation with products as they exist and operate in the real world. This opens up a whole new era in value creation for companies to optimize operations and maintenance, as well as further accelerate the new-product development process. Ansys worked with PTC, Flowserve, National Instruments and HPE to demonstrate this, showing how a simulation model of an operating pump can diagnose and solve operating problems faster than was ever possible before.
Up to 80 percent of the cost of a product’s development is determined by decisions made early in the design process. Digital exploration, or upfront simulation, is the best way to investigate thousands of design options before product costs are locked in. With its widely adopted simulation platform, ANSYS enables every member of the product development team to participate in digital exploration. The result is more innovative products, faster time-to-market and lower development costs.
A small engineering team designed, verified, generated and integrated 125,000 lines of code to control an unmanned aerial system using ANSYS SCADE in one-third the time required had the code been written in C.
To fully understand a machine during operation requires connecting the full-featured virtual model to actual operational data from the machine; the virtual model is then called a digital twin. Simulation is a valuable tool for companies creating digital twins, as it allows them to accurately predict how the machine might perform and how changes will affect it during its lifetime. ANSYS has a full suite of tools to enable a digital twin to deliver accurate, insightful and reliable results that can have a real impact on operation — improving output, decreasing downtime and extending longevity.