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....

January 25, 2019

How to Shorten Run Times: Leverage the Strengths of TAITherm & CFD Simulations

Engineering teams around the world are in a constant battle to shorten the time to market while producing a product that is highly responsive to the customer. For engineering teams to reach their goals, the best solution is to simulate the product in its operating environment. By pairing a thermal code with your CFD process, you can shorten the overall simulation time and get the results you need by leveraging the strengths of each tool....

November 02, 2018

Simulating Transient Drive Cycles: The Benefits and Barriers

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....

March 09, 2018

Advantages of Simulating Thermal Behavior of Underbody Components

Understanding the thermal behavior of underbody components can help an engineer balance the priorities and tightening restrictions for vehicle design. The underbody of a vehicle experiences some of the most thermally dramatic scenarios for which there is no simple solution. By using a method that provides accurate thermal predictions, engineers can assess a variety of design options early in the product development cycle. These predictions will provide a better understanding of the thermal behavior the vehicle will undergo under both extreme and common scenarios....

February 23, 2018

How to Balance Accuracy and Efficiency: When to use Thermal Simulation, CFD or Both

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....

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