As an automotive designer, cabin comfort is the foundation of customer satisfaction and ultimately, product sales. The rising tide of battery-powered electric vehicles brought a new design challenge to automakers, pushing them to find a way to optimize the sub-systems in the vehicle while avoiding enormous draws on battery power at the same time. This problem is addressed by running transient human thermal and battery tests to optimize for HVAC and battery systems. In this blog, we will understand how an automated coupling process can provide an optimized solution while avoiding the long solve times of highly transient problems.
Coupling a thermal modeling tool with your CFD code can provide accurate simulation results, giving you beneficial thermal feedback for your project. Over the past few years, the most effective process to implement these results has moved from writing custom scripts to coupling using an automated coupling program as the methods have become more robust.
Design, prototype, test, repeat. The ultimate engineering process. Enter environmental simulation, a new method that is shaking the CAE world. Simulation has transformed the original iterative design process, exposing models to the environments they will perform in, prior to costly prototyping and testing. Preceding simulation methods, each design change made would force the project back to the engineering department for rework. This cumbersome process consumes valuable resources in a company, ultimately influencing the bottom line.
Simulation software can be a valuable tool in the engineering process by allowing teams to simulate projects early on, enabling users to investigate the effects of various environments and design changes before expensive and labor-intensive prototyping processes.