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. The use of a consolidated engineering simulation platform was critical to facilitate cooperation across the many different engineering disciplines on the design team, resulting in a wide range of performance improvements — both for the car and the engineering team.
When Jacobs Analytics started designing a barbecue smoker, it took two weeks using traditional solid modeling to create a single design iteration ready for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. Since switching to Ansys SpaceClaim, the company can now edit the design to create a new iteration in only five minutes. After generating and simulating about 500 designs, the design and engineering company finalized a version that offers substantially higher performance than existing smokers
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
In designing a new rooftop heating unit, AAON engineers needed to deliver higher airflow while maintaining the same footprint as an earlier design. The team used Ansys computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to calculate airflow through the heat exchanger of the unit and iterate to a design that meets energy efficiency, airflow, and heat transfer requirements. The use of simulation in this project saved 60 to 80 hours of physical lab work compared to traditional design methods.
In the product development process at most mid-sized and large companies, designs are defined in an engineering department and passed along in serial fashion (i.e., "thrown over the wall") to other design chain groups, each with an important perspective and insight into how the product should be configured. Manufacturing may find a faster, less costly way to fasten housing to a frame, for example. Or marketing might want a more ergonomically contoured handle. Any suggested improvements or problems along the way send the design back to engineering.