Platform-Based Simulation Technologies Gaining Presence In Auto Development

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Platform-Based Simulation Technologies Gaining Presence In Auto Development

Platform-Based Simulation Technologies Gaining Presence Auto Development

The area of virtual simulation is a fairly new one, which is still in a stage of evolution. The early providers of simulation software provided tools that focussed on certain topics within simulation, such as computational fluid dynamics or thermal behaviour. However, with a range of systems within vehicles required to work together and offer a combined solution, there is a need for simulation software to also offer virtual testing and validation of modules or components as a complete system.

A leading Multiphysics simulation software company recently launched the latest version of its flagship software. While a number of new updates were present, the key highlights included higher computation speed and a common cloud server that addresses R&D, engineering and production requirements of customers. The head of the company’s Indian operations said expectations from simulations software has increased significantly over the past decade. Real-life simulation results and accurate solutions are the need of the hour, he added.

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The development of platform-based simulation tools has now become an important part of companies offering virtual validation technologies. This not only provides customers with a gamut of solutions to pick and choose from their individual development needs, but also enables various teams within a company to come together to develop a component or part of a vehicle. Another supplier of varied engineering services recently showcased its new product aimed at electromobility. This solution has put together a unique set of technologies that enable customers to address challenges from the molecular level, up to the complete vehicle.

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The company’s Transportation and Mobility Industry head in India said it is helping customers design the end-user experience rather than just the physical form, fit and function usage. From the Indian perspective, he noted that customers are keen to explore new electrification domains, especially focussing on battery technologies and looking beyond lithium-ion chemistry. The domestic industry is also looking to increase the charging infrastructure in order to keep up with the expected growth of EVs in the market as well as to employ more environmentally-friendly charging methods. Customers are demanding for visualising their ideas for a view of the final product before physically manufacturing the product/component, he added.

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Other engineering companies are also combining CAD and CAE functions to their simulation technologies. This enables them to work back on their basic design to make changes that may be required once simulation brings out the problems or issues faced by a certain design. Such a function could additionally bring together various teams of a company that earlier would have worked in disconnect with others. This ability to collaborate in the development phase brings out improved products and solutions to the table, due to the fresh perspectives that the combined entity could now bring in.

It is therefore clear that simulation solutions that include some part of design and development, and offered as a complete platform or app-based product, add value to customers. These solutions have the ability to pick the tools of their choice and combine them with other development solutions, to then offer highly-reliable and sturdy finished products.

TEXT: Naveen Arul