The Future of Immersive Simulation Technology
Automotive Industry Video
Visualization technology is changing the way many industries are able to design their products, convey their ideas and remain innovative in the face of increasing competition.
In this video, Dr. Paul Stewart, Exa’s Senior Director of Design and Visualization, discusses the short-term and long-term effects of visualization technology on engineering and the automotive industry.
In the short-term, immersive project views are replacing PowerPoint. Across Exa’s global offices, project reviews are now being done in an immersive simulated environment. Stewart likens the experience to the wind tunnel but says it’s a far superior experience.
In the longer-term, Stewart foresees Exa’s products impacting automotive products. Leveraging Exa’s simulation technology, Stewart says the public will begin to see better designed cars that reflect proper aerodynamics. He also expects designs to be bolder because visualization technology enables designers and engineers to understand the aerodynamics better than before. Armed with more accurate data, earlier in the process, they can reflect aerodynamics throughout the design process.
In addition, simulation technology allows all types of vehicles – and all their different parts – to be thoroughly vetted. Consider this example: A tractor-trailer would never be able to be tested in a wind tunnel – it’s simply too large. With simulation design technology, engineers can create visualizations of flow structures that are 30 to 40 feet long.
At the other end of the spectrum, immersive technology allows engineers to see flow structures inside the car. The video shows how Exa’s PowerFLOW can show flow within the body of the car, into the brake housing, and engineers can examine the details. This type of data is simply impossible to replicate in a wind tunnel.
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