ANSYS Teams Up With IIT Bombay To Advance Future Of Simulation

By T Murrali:

ANSYS, the global leader in Pervasive Engineering Simulation, and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), a worldwide leader in engineering education,will fund research projects that will fuel innovations across industries. With IIT Bombay, ANSYS will accelerate research and development to improve the safety, performance and security of autonomous vehicles, next-generation products and smart devices.
The IIT Bombay students will be equipped with research tools to revolutionise applications across sectors from advanced driver assistance systems to green energy to digital security. By using ANSYS Pervasive Engineering Simulation software, university researchers will explore power estimation strategies in chip design to identify defective chips in the electronic components of vehicles. They will also study the strength and durability of parts created using the additive manufacturing process. Simulation can be used in a wide array of industrial segments like aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and construction. Demand for simulation is growing rapidly in Asia. “IIT Bombay is committed to ‘Make in India,’ India’s national goal of achieving innovation. ANSYS’ support provides our students and faculty a stronger ecosystem for engineering research, collaboration and development empowering them to contribute to the national goal,” Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay, said.
“The students and faculty at IIT Bombay are committed, driven and passionate. ANSYS is thrilled to enable the next generation of engineering students with the strong research platform, cutting-edge tools and industry exposure necessary to advance the future of simulation,” Rafiq Somani, South Asia Pacific and Middle East Country Manager, ANSYS, said.
“ANSYS believes that research is the key to innovation and engineering students are the stepping stone to that. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IIT Bombay as it has made concerted efforts to align its research and development focus towards technological innovation that is in line with the vision for Make in India. The institute has ongoing academic and research collaborations with many national and international universities, governments and organizations,” he said.
Both ANSYS and IIT Bombay are working towards creating a research-focused ecosystem that will encourage skill development among the next generation students as well. The MoU will provide a platform to the students to experiment with their ideas through latest technology trends such as Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping etc. and also provide them the required industry exposure.
“ANSYS will support IIT Bombay by sponsoring student projects and fellowships, supporting R&D projects and start-ups. It will provide a platform for engineers to test and experiment their ideas while giving them the required industry exposure. Students will be able to access and use new industry trends such as simulation, digital twin technology, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping etc. We want to create a strong industry-academia relationship so that it can be mutually beneficial to each other over the long term,” Somani said.
About the ANSYS investment in R & D to improve safety, performance and security of autonomous vehicles, next-generation products and smart devices,Somani said,“The rising complexity in the products we use today from Smartphones to the cars we drive is mainly owing to the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). It seamlessly brings the physical and digital worlds together, resulting in the proliferation of connected devices. Gartner Inc. forecasts that the present 6.4 billion connected things will reach 20.8 billion by 2020.
Smart cars are taking the automotive industry to the next level of innovation. Automotive companies are racing to develop advanced driver assistance systems and eventually, autonomous vehicles. IoT applications are making their way into infotainment, vehicle performance monitoring, and driver safety assistance. For the autonomous vehicles, simulation is important in vehicle engineering because of the safety requirement linked to each of these ground breaking features and vehicles. In addition, ANSYS provides applications to help automakers achieve fuel efficiency, limit emissions, and develop high fidelity antenna designs,” Somani said.
In the data-intensive aerospace industry, sensors distributed throughout the aircraft can help airlines collect and analyze vast volumes of data, which can then be used to understand the status and performance of particular systems and subsystems. IoT is also accelerating post-flight analysis by providing useful maintenance data almost as soon as the plane completes landing.
ANSYS’ Pervasive Engineering Simulation software enables the university researchers to explore power estimation strategies in chip design and to identify defective chips in the electronic components of vehicles. Somani said that in today’s rapidly expanding industrial and consumer environment, engineering simulation has become more important than ever. Pervasive engineering simulation is making inroads into all aspects of engineering practice from fully exploring a product’s design to virtually testing thousands of potential designs to monitoring and optimizing industrial operations through Digital Exploration, Digital Prototyping and Digital Twins, respectively.
“Using our software, engineers now simulate more complex physical phenomena than before by using structural, thermal, electromagnetic, fluidic and controls simulation, either in isolation or in coupled multi-physics studies. The constant feedback from the digital twin is a boon in many ways: It can help optimize the operation of a machine or system; can predict adverse conditions long before they are used; test solutions to problems before attempting physical repairs and it can provide lots of data to the improvement of subsequent designs,”
The software will empower the researchers to study the strength and durability of parts created using the additive manufacturing process.Additive manufacturing has been a real game-changer for the manufacturing industry as it has the potential to change the way products are conceived and designed. It enables engineers to make parts whose geometries would have made it impossible using traditional manufacturing techniques or previous practices. Companies can also ensure massive gains in weight saving and create designs that are much more economical in the way they use the raw material.
“Designers can take full advantage of these capabilities by using ANSYS Automated Topology Optimizer integrated with its full suite of multi-physics software. ANSYS Topology Optimization helps to reduce dramatically the engineering cost and lead time required, while keeping up the performance levels. Like other topology optimizers, the ANSYS solution only optimizes the shape of the part with respect to structural loading. However, since ANSYS technology was designed from the ground up for multi-physics, the potential exists in the future for complete multi-physics optimization,” Somani said.

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