Solving Critical Engineering Challenges for Electric Vehicles

As an engineer in the mobility manufacturing space, you and your company are facing one of the most radical transformations in the transportation industry since mass production.

Modern manufacturers are rewriting the rules of vehicle operation as they shift from manual, mechanical platforms to autonomous, electric ones.

A few of the innovations include:

  • High-performance propulsion systems driven by densely packed battery arrays.
  • Autonomous and safety systems powered by complex radar and vision systems.
  • Vehicle connectivity through machine-to-machine communication with powerful antennas and sensors.

These new systems present tremendous challenges for engineering.

Manufacturers are looking to resolve big problems with many variables, like boosting battery life and capacity, raising the power generated from electric motors, avoiding thermal runaway of battery fires after a crash, and testing complex radar and vision systems.

Simulation can help you gain an accurate view of which design variables affect performance. But enabling early, frequent, and pervasive analyses of physics to see which satisfies the requirements in these electrification scenarios is no simple task.

Most organizations use a disjointed and manual approach involving a cobbled-together combination of spreadsheets, documents, shared drives, computer-aided design (CAD) applications, and simulation tools.

You are left with a high probability of inaccuracies due to manual entry and propagation of revisions, unclear requirements, and no connectivity between tools. You also have no controlled process to share near real-time information with engineers in other disciplines, such as in electrical and electronics.

In the end, you end up with multiple rounds of revisions, project delays, and costly errors. You can lose hours, if not days or even weeks, of your time and productivity while missing the product release deadline.

Digital Design Simulation is a powerful tool to help you uncover solutions to all of these challenges. With this process you can make a significant difference in creating optimized designs. But instead of just telling you, let’s walk you through the process.

This white paper takes you on a trip through the three design development phases with two fictional suppliers who are designing an electric powertrain. One uses Manual Design Development, while the other is powered by a Digital Design Development approach.

By the end of this white paper, you will be able to compare the differences side-by-side between a Manual Design Development cycle and a Digital Design Development cycle in all three of the design development phases. You will also be able to compare the challenges to the key advantages in each of the phases and reflect on your own current processes.

Pervasive simulation, applied early, often, and efficiently in the design cycle, can save valuable time and eliminate costly errors in your development and manufacturing processes.

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