Automotive Simulation

The Automotive & Transportation industry is undergoing rapid change. The race to create connected, autonomous, alternative fuel and environmentally friendly vehicles is fully on. The need to produce fuel efficient, comfortable, reliable & robust vehicles at affordable prices is creating enormous pressure on OEMs’ & suppliers’ ecosystems. Engineers continuously face challenges in the introduction of new vehicles as well as face-lift existing products. And simulation is poised to continue to play a vital and expanding role in the product development cycle.

Structural Behaviour | Optimization & Material replacements | Fatigue & Durability

In the effort to provide stronger, durable & lighter vehicles, Finite Element Simulations play a key role. We provide static & dynamic analysis services considering linear & non-linear behaviour.  We assist your engineers in Optimization, Material replacements through new composite material studies. Our engineers can perform Virtual durability tests & fatigue life predictions to provide insights in the early phases of product development.

NVH | Crash & Safety

While regulatory pressures on fuel norms have had a positive impact on the fuel efficiency of vehicles, the automotive industry has been required to new introduce new types of power trains. These new powertrains have invariably given rise to new types of NVH & packaging challenges.  Noise and vibration (or lack thereof) is one of the primary quality traits of vehicles and is directly linked to customer satisfaction. Crash & safety norms have a dominating impact on vehicle design. Not only is it important to know the crashworthiness of a vehicle, it has to clear all the tests as per norms and regulations.

Vehicle Aerodynamics & Thermal Management

The automotive industry has been at the forefront of adopting CFD modelling and simulation techniques. Diverse automotive applications can be simulated using CFD modelling to gain insight, test what-if scenarios and optimize the final design.

CFD technology can be used for improving vehicle aerodynamics and reduce flow induced noise. This results in a direct improvement in the mileage and passenger comfort. Certain non-core applications such as intake of air filtration, in-cabin HVAC, pumps and heat exchanges can also benefit from CFD and can have a positive impact both on consumer satisfaction as well as the long-term performance of the vehicle.

Finally, CFD can be used during the design and troubleshooting of the heart of the vehicle which is the Automotive Power Train. This includes flow manifolds, combustion in IC engines, cooling systems, clutches, breaks, gear boxes, and emission control systems and under-hood thermal management.

Electrification of Vehicles

Automotive & transportation industry is going through a revolution because of the electrification of vehicles.

A huge amount of resources are being mobilised to produce electric vehicles which are affordable, practical and profitable. The industry is working to create new types of electric & hybrid powertrains to provide maximum range & optimal performance. The need for new electric motors, batteries & battery charging systems, all with short design cycles, has put enormous pressure on the entire automotive value chain. These changes have brought in new challenges in vehicle development specially in the fields of thermal & energy management, structures, fatigue/durability and cooling.

Types of Simulations for Automotive

Structural Simulations

  • Static – Linear/Non-Linear, Strength & Buckling
  • Dynamic – Modal, Random, Transient Loads
  • Explicit – Crash, Drop & Forming
  • Multi Body Dynamics
  • Fatigue – Low Cycle & High Cycle
  • Optimisation – Topology, Weight, Mutli- disciplinary
  • Thermal – Steady State, Transient
  • Fluid – Structure Interaction

CFD Simulations

  • Steady state Transient Flows
  • Incompressible/ Compressible flows
  • MRF/ RBM/ Porous Media
  • Multi-Phase/ Fluid/ VoF
  • Aero Acoustics
  • Thermal – Steady State, Transient
  • Fluid – Structure Interaction

1D Simulations

  • Engine Thermal Management
  • Engine Coolant Circuit
  • Battery Thermal Management
  • 1D-3D CFD Co-simulation

Process Simulations

  • Plastic Manufacturing
  • Sheet Metal Forming