January 15, 2020
In terms of powertrain electrification, multiphysics simulation is speeding up the design and development of electric vehicle motors.
Volkswagen Kassel in Germany has developed an efficient modeling process for electric motors that balances both the electromagnetic and mechanical design requirements of this important engine component. By optimizing their development process, they can set their sights further down the road to new vehicle tech, like digitalization, autonomous driving, and electric drives.
Illinois Tool Works (ITW), the largest commercial food equipment company in the world, is using multiphysics simulation to optimize the design of a “smart” solid-state convection oven for the even and rapid heating of food.
Multiphysics simulation is also enabling engineers to investigate brand new ways to experience physical phenomena. Researchers at HARMAN International are designing audio infotainment systems for luxury vehicles and have even started experimenting with an interactive car-buying experience based in virtual reality.
A professor at Virginia Commonwealth University is using simulation applications to teach undergraduate students the building blocks of electromagnetics and is already thinking of ways to incorporate virtual or augmented reality into upcoming lesson plans.
From developing electromagnetics technology that helps the environment to inspiring the next generation of electrical engineers, multiphysics simulation is helping today’s companies and organizations visualize a brighter future for tomorrow.