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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....

March 05, 2019

Advancements in Simulation Empower Critical Design Decisions

As an engineer, you are faced with the challenge of developing innovative designs that are functional and reliable but completed quickly and at a low-cost point. Simulation tools have come a long way and can assist in critical decision making. These tools are enabling engineers to create fewer physical prototypes by allowing them to predict temperatures in a variety of scenarios. In this blog, we will show you why accuracy, speed, and the ability to analyze transients are essential to the success of your thermal modeling process. ...

February 13, 2019

3 Strategies for Battery Packaging, Cooling, and System Integration for Electric Vehicles

The battery has emerged as the most prominent energy storage device to meet changing consumer needs in both the electric mobility and stationary energy storage industries.  In fact, all major vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have goals to aggressively electrify their fleets, adding electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) to their selections—some are even promising to go fully electric in just a few years. As a result, many engineers who have typically worked on conventional vehicles are now being asked to work on EVs and HEVs. As these engineers face the challenges of designing new technologies, the need for modeling and simulation tools for the creation of robust thermal management strategies is critical....

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