The automotive industry is on the fast track to improving e-mobility—the development of electric-powered drivetrains is predicted to shift vehicle design away from the use of fossil fuels and carbon gas emissions.
The Design Requirement for Wearables No One is Talking About ─ And Why Thermal Management is so Important
Wearable technology is quickly gaining traction in the electronic marketplace. This technology is becoming more ubiquitous and user-friendly— built with powerful sensors to collect and deliver information about our surroundings, behavior, and personal fitness. Thermal safety and comfort is a basic yet necessary requirement that must be achieved to reach other performance indicators in wearable design.
Emerging technologies such as fully-electric fleets and autonomous cars have us feeling that we are approaching a George-Jetson-like era. Behind these remarkable industry movements are other initiatives that will make these technologies possible.
One such initiative is lightweighting. The goal of lightweighting is to reduce the overall weight of a vehicle to improve fuel economy (or range for electric vehicles) and meet ever-tightening emissions standards. OEMs have tackled the challenge of lightweighting several ways, including changing the shape and composition of certain components or removing them altogether. Lately, OEMs have made significant strides by using lighter materials for new vehicles.
Simulating a drive cycle can have many benefits. Several hot topics right now include improving fuel economy and emissions measures, but there's another way simulating a drive cycle can help you optimize a new vehicle design. A drive cycle simulation can help you predict transient thermal behavior and maximize the capabilities of powertrain and exhaust components. To do this, you need to simulate the thermal activity of these components over a drive cycle—which isn't easy to do.