Global engineering simulation software leader ANSYS is looking forward to the 2018 FISITA World Automotive Congress to be held at Chennai from October 2-5, 2018. Rafiq Somani, Area Vice President - South Asia Pacific & Middle East, ANSYS Inc., provides us a perspective about what ANSYS is looking to showcase at the 2018 FISITA World Automotive Congress. Excerpts:
Please share with us your key technical showcase at the 2018 FISITA World Automotive Congress?
Our goal is to reduce fuel consumption and emissions per km of vehicle run. The industry is responding to this challenge by downsizing the engine, making it fuel-efficient and less polluting as well as introducing electrification, which is the new revolution. Interestingly, it is an effect and not a cause. ANSYS offers a complete solution for autonomous vehicles in achieving the strictest of safety standards. Our open and configurable solution integrates high-fidelity physics with closed-loop simulations of real-world driving, flying and maneuvering scenarios to validate functional safety. When there’s so much riding on your vehicle’s performance, ANSYS ensures you’ll anticipate and avoid all potential obstacles along the way.
Earlier this year, we launched Discovery live, which provides instantaneous simulation, tightly coupled with direct geometry modeling, to enable interactive design exploration and rapid product innovation. It is an interactive experience in which you can manipulate geometry, material types or physics inputs, then instantaneously see changes in performance.
What are the innovations ANSYS is bringing to the 2018 FISITA World Automotive Congress?
ANSYS is building the only comprehensive autonomous vehicles simulation solution that can accurately test millions of driving scenarios. The wide-ranging and transformative changes of the Indian automotive industry are driven by accelerated development, rise of new technologies, sustainability policies, and changing consumer preferences around ownership. Based on this and in a timely manner, ANSYS steps in with engineering simulation solutions. The sector is at the threshold of revolutionary changes in areas of carbon footprint, safety, and evolution of powertrain represented by electrification and hybridisation with fuel-mix.
How is ANSYS preparing for the challenges of the future – the shift to BS-VI emission norms, upcoming safety regulations or the move towards electric vehicles by 2030?
Autonomous vehicle simulation is playing a crucial role in BS-VI engines and electric vehicles. Simulation is rampant when it comes to developing the futuristic technology. We are also working with several OEMs, R&D centres and also with ARAI. Simulation saves 30–60% time and it is a golden combination of time, cost and quality. India’s commitment to advancing emission norms – from BS-IV to BS-VI norms by 2020 will push OEMs to invest more in e-mobility, meaning electrical/hybrid powertrains, including batteries as well as in lightweight and aerodynamic drag-reducing technologies.
It requires substantial engine technology changes including improvements in engine combustion & calibration, increased injection & cylinder pressures, NOx & PM after-treatment solutions and transitioning to electronic controls. High battery prices form a large component of the overall EV costs and impact manufacturing and sales. Also developing easy and affordable charging infrastructure is a major challenge and this is where ANSYS steps in with its simulation solutions across all industries.
What is your outlook for 2018 from an industry as well as company perspective?
The automotive industry in India is on the verge of disruption due to key technology driven trends — electrification, ride sharing, and autonomous driving. Stricter emission laws, more widely available fast charging infrastructure, lower battery prices, increasing consumer acceptance and better total cost of ownership (TCO) will create new and strong momentum for the adoption of EVs in near future.
The trend now seems to be leaning towards electric vehicles and that is where the work is happening more at a global level. We have crossed the phase of talking about commercial engines. The present is about electrification and electric vehicles. It’s about how companies have moved from 12V to 48V. There seems to be less pressure on future development as we go from BS-IV to BS-VI and turbo chargers - now it is all about electric vehicles. I wouldn’t say that ICEs will be obsolete, but it will be antiques like a Harley-Davidson, for example.