Benefits of SIMULIA Simulation in Electric Vehicle Design
Simulation plays a significant role in electric vehicle design, extending beyond electric components. Many aspects of electric vehicle design can be simulated using workflows already established for conventional vehicles. This includes areas such as aerodynamics, crashworthiness, suspension, cabin comfort, and tire engineering. By leveraging existing simulation techniques, designers can ensure that electric vehicles meet the same rigorous standards as conventional vehicles in various design aspects.
This whitepaper specifically highlights the simulation tools provided by SIMULIA, a Dassault Systèmes brand, catering to various electric vehicle applications, including electric drive and battery engineering. Through the integration of multiple tools and products from other Dassault Systèmes brands, such as CATIA, on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, it becomes possible to create a 3DEXPERIENCE twin—an advanced virtual replica of the intricate vehicle system.
Simulations enable the rapid and cost-effective creation of virtual prototypes. Instead of relying on physical construction and testing, designs can be built, analyzed, and tested using computer simulations. CAD data can easily be converted into simulation models, and realistic operating scenarios can be replicated in the virtual environment. This reduces the need for physical prototypes, minimizes costs associated with physical testing in dedicated facilities, and significantly cuts development time. Furthermore, simulations allow for early testing of innovative and radical design concepts during the design process.
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This video highlights Dassault Systèmes’ simulation capabilities for electric drive engineering workflows. Automakers and suppliers are shifting focus from traditional internal combustion engines to electric drive design and production. The electric drive module includes an electric machine(s), gearbox, and power electronics unit. Integration of the electric drive subsystem into the powertrain system and the entire vehicle is crucial.