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October 29, 2019

Utilize Glass Modeling for Faster Passenger Time-to-Comfort

Modern trends in designs are focused on glass. The abundance of natural light and the contemporary feel makes glass a popular choice in everything from automobiles to office spaces. While the style is appealing, managing the excess heat that is created by solar loading is critical. For automotive designers, comfortable cabins and lesser time-to-comfort is a vital factor in the satisfaction of their customers....

August 23, 2019

Reducing Range Anxiety with Efficient Cabin Comfort Techniques

For prospective electric vehicle (EV) buyers, comfort is more than just the temperature of the cabin—it's peace of mind. Many would-be customers are "cooled" from actually purchasing an EV due to range anxiety—the concern that the battery will run out of power before they reach their destination. Range anxiety and cost are cited as the two most significant barriers to purchasing....

July 31, 2019

Why Thermal Simulation is a Key Ingredient for Lightweighting

When discussing the global automotive market, you can't get away from the topics of fuel economy and emissions. To be compliant with tightening standards (such as Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)), OEMs are buckling down on their approaches to greater efficiency....

June 21, 2019

Pushing the Boundaries of Automotive Lightweighting with Simulation

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....

April 03, 2019

The 3 Pivotal Steps to Master Advanced Coupling

Finding the optimal solution to a design challenge almost always requires a complex coupling process. CoTherm, our coupling software, allows you to plan, control, and monitor multi-physics simulations for complex transient simulations like drive cycle scenarios. In order for advanced simulations to be worth your while, it is important to be familiar with the process and prerequisites so you can set yourself up for success. As we transition from discussing the importance of coupling as a whole to the necessity of accurate inputs, we will look at the specific things you must do well in CoTherm to get successful results from advanced simulations....

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