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June 11, 2018

A Better Way to Perform Coupled HVAC & Battery Simulations

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. ...

November 06, 2017

Why Simulate Wearables?

Wearables are being incorporated into our daily routines more and more. From fitness trackers to augmented reality glasses, we wear these devices on our wrists, neck, face, etc. These technologies were created to seamlessly assist us in our activities, functioning as personal assistants, fitness coaches, or sources of entertainment. But these devices are only noted for their truly unique features when they get the basics right....

July 27, 2017

4 Reasons to Use Localized Thermal Comfort (And Simulate It)

There was a time when having air conditioning in your car was a luxury feature. Now, technology has progressed and air conditioning and other HVAC controls come standard in baseline models. As customers, our expectations for creature comforts have increased as the technology has become readily available. ...

July 14, 2017

Solving for both Human Comfort and Energy Efficiency

As the automotive industry continues to increasingly emphasize user-centered design philosophies, the wants, needs, and comfort of the actual humans inside the vehicle are afforded greater and greater attention. Of course, migration to user-centered design methodologies do not happen overnight, but by and large the trend lines are encouraging....

July 07, 2017

Automotive Simulation is Driving Toward User-Centered Design

"How does it feel?" the car salesman asks as he leans over the open driver's side door. The prospective buyer returns a few good comments as well as some concerns. The salesman then offers some consoling details about how the different features of the car will perform and ease the life of the user....

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