Monthly Archives: February 2017

Automotive industry to gain from simulation-based engineering

The global automotive industry has been growing constantly. Technologies such as connected transport, smart driver experience, improved battery management systems and better fuel efficiency are reforming the automotive industry.Innovation never stops!

Automotive manufacturers are required to work in uncertain conditions with increasing complexity as a result of wide range of products available to the customer, changing technologies, increasing pressure to innovate, environmental concerns and globalization.

Simulation-based engineering

Engineers are constantly under pressure to develop products that are future-proof. Hence, it is vital to bring the right expertise together that can combine multiple engineeringdisciplinesto handle challenging applications that lead to faster production.

Simulation-based engineeringhelps develop the products in a risk-free environment. This is a faster and more cost effective way to test the products when the expectations are high and failure can be disastrous.Simulation is the key to shorteningtime tomarket as it will accelerate the workflow from design to prototype.

COMSOL Multiphysics enables automotive engineersto accurately investigate design concept to production and fully benefit from the virtual prototyping capabilities that it offers. With COMSOL Multiphysics engineers can couple electromagnetics with heat transfer, structural mechanics, fluid flow, and other physical phenomena, allowing them to accuratelysolve real world problems.

A thermoelectric cooler application is one of 50 app examples available with COMSOL Multiphysics. The user may test different geometries, thermocouple configurations, and material selection in order to determine the ideal cooler option for a specific configuration or an optimized design for best performance.

Researchers working within the automotive industry have used COMSOL Multiphysicsto study corrosion in automotive parts found in car paneling, for example. Simulation helpsresearchers investigate electrochemical reactions on the surface of the rivet, analyze decay in sheet metal, and understand the effects of geometry in the corrosion process.

Multiphysics for everyone

It’s important to support the experts who often have to serve the entire organization while covering a diverse range of simulation needs,by bringing simulation to a larger group of people. The latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics and its Application Builder provides simulation experts with the tools needed to turn their detailed physics and mathematical models into easy-to-use simulation apps for use by everyone in their organization and beyond.

Designers can easily build a simplified interface based on their model in order to let anyone in the product development team test different operating conditions and configurations. Given how competitive the automotive industry is, building simulation apps for an entire team will allow designers to maketheir expertise easily available and free up resources to develop new concepts.

In order to get the products out in the market faster, experts should be able to deploy their simulations easily that is accessible to a larger group of people. This is already a reality thanks to the addition of the Application Builder to COMSOL Multiphysics for creating simulation apps and the introduction of COMSOL Server to distribute them via a COMSOL Client or browser.

The Importance of Charging Nitrogen Gas in Your Vehicle Tires

Have you ever thought that filling of Nitrogen gas in the tyres of your vehicle would help in the maintenance of the tyre? Well, today in this article we will discuss as to why Nitrogen gas is must for our car and bike tyres.

Nitrogen is a chemical substance which is non-flammable in nature. It is a non-toxic gas and belongs to the family of inert gases. The property of inert gases is that they do not fuse with any other gas at any temperature. The fundamental nature of nitrogen is to keep minimum moisture inside the tyres.

Since nitrogen gas is cooler than the naturally compressed air, it makes the car useful in any driving conditions. How come? Since the stress level on the tyre, while moving is less, it means that the tyre remains cool. Due to less temperature, the wear and tear of the tyre are also less.

After long hours of running the temperature of the tyres become very high and has a tendency to burst. So, filling of a tyre with nitrogen gas reduces the chances of explosion by 90%. This becomes a lifesaver on the highway where high-speed and long hours, both pose a threat to the car and its passengers.

So filling your car tyres with nitrogen gas causes no harm but the benefits you get by filling it should be commensurate with your usage. I came across most of the articles stating that filling of nitrogen gas in car tyres makes no sense if you are a city user or driving on highways at 70-80 km/hr.

But, to be very frank and honest with my reader’s I would like to tell you that you can fill your tyres with nitrogen gas no matter whatever may be the condition. After going through the benefits of this gas why would it make no sense in filling it? I, myself, has filled my car tyres and as well as my two wheelers with N2 gas. You can opt for one year membership for your car at around INR 300-500 and two-wheelers at INR 250. Once you fill your vehicle with N2 gas check it every three months for tyre pressure. In the end, they close your tyre filling nozzle with a green cap indicating that your tyre is filled with nitrogen gas.

So, the eight important reasons for filling your vehicle tyres with nitrogen gas are as follows:-

  1. It maintains proper inflation 3-4 times longer. You need not fill your tyres or check it every time for gas pressure.
  1. It reduces puncture. In the case of tubeless tyres, it becomes more beneficial.
  1. Superior handling of the vehicle in all-weather conditions.
  1. It is mostly used in racing cars (F1) and aircraft tyres.
  1. Saves your fuel up to 10%.
  1. Your tyre life becomes longer.
  1. Decrease in wheel corrosion due to the absence of moisture unlike in the case of regular air it contains moisture.
  1. It does not catch fire since nitrogen is an inert gas. (For your knowledge, inert gases are those who do not undergo chemical reactions under a given set of conditions).

So don’t keep a doubt about filling your vehicle tyres with N2 gas. I give you my word, and hopefully, you can trust me. You will find this gas at large outlets of tyre showrooms and repair shops. Some of them are Bridgestone, Ajmera tyres and similar like that. Well, I filled it from Ajmera tyres. There would be many gas filling stations in your city, and the cost would vary not only from city to city but also vary with each shop.

Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Car

If you have a car, you have to do a lot of things to keep it running smoothly and effectively. Investing in buying a car is a great thing; if you know how to keep you know the basics of keeping it in a good condition.Experts always provide you tips in order to keep your car in a proper working condition. There are few tips listed below.

Be patient-
First, be extra patient during the break in period, specially first thousand miles or sixteen hundred kilometers. Keep your car speed under 55 mph and avoid using heavy loads on the drive train.

Go to a reputable gas station-
Second, fill the gas tank of your car from reputable gas stations. Avoid filling it up from the gas stations where underground tankers are getting filled because the turbulence can cause sediments which may result in clogging the fuel injectors and filters. This is also become the reason of your cars poor performance.

Check and change oil-
Third, on a regular basis, change the oil of the car. This can save your car’s engine and will give it a longer life. By changing the oil and filtering it you can save many bugs later on. If you are not checking and changing the oils regularly it can affect your engine and may result in failure.

Use a light weighted key chain-
Get rid of that heavy key ring dangling with your car keys. Light up the weight because it can wear out the system inside the ignition. This will result in the failure of your car’s ignition switch. So in order to avoid damaging your ignition switch, buy a light and beautiful key ring. In case your switch is giving you problems, like your keys stuck in while you try to start your car, get it checked. It means your switch is about to fail.

Change the coolant often-
Do change the coolant after every year. Mix distilled water with coolant and put it in your car, it will keep the cooling system of your car in a good working condition.

Park in shade-
It is advisable to park your car in shade. In order to save it from sun and UV rays. The UV rays can affect the interior of your car, so UV protection should be applied.

Drive with care-
Last but not least, drive your vehicle with love and care on the roads. If you will take care of your car today by driving slowly and nicely it will not bother you much later on in the future. It will also save you from running to the mechanic and back.

Challenge From Car Dealer to Buyer

The Car manufacturing industries, just like any other, have got business challenges of its own, which need to be taken care off on a regular basis. Maintaining the current market position while fulfilling the customer’s demand is a tough task when factors like low manufacturing cost, production timing, proper planning, and execution can easily decide your fate in the target market if overlooked. The material and component suppliers make the competition even more severe with constant innovation and delivering better quality parts at the lowest possible level.

Dealers are one of the most prominent partners in the car manufacturing industry who are facing the real challenges to persuade a buyer. They need to interact, convince, and show extraordinary skills to influence a customer to buy the vehicle. Moreover, nowadays customers have the choice of online stores where they can compare prices, know the technical specifications in detail, etc. Therefore convincing a customer is becoming more challenging for the dealership as customers are aware of every detail of vehicles.

Research carried out by a third party shows that 60% of the Auto industry business is done by the existing customers, 11% through the internet and the rest 29% through walk-in.

Limitations of Dealership

  • Mostly rely on Emails, SMS, cold-calling, walk-ins, etc
  • Organising promo drives (which adds extra costs)
  • Lack of genuine data (from conferences and walk-ins)

The dealership challenges get even worse when a vehicle manufacturer asks the Dealers to do the following things that are needed to maintain a company’s competency in the market.

  • Maintaining a high cost of inventory (vehicles displays, stock, spare parts, )
  • Manpower cost (technical, admin and sales)
  • Cost of setting infrastructure facility
  • Real Estate

So, here comes a big challenge for the dealers to find a solution to reduce the operational costs while maximizing the profit.

Today’s market is demanding dealerships to move from a regular, outdated, and low result oriented methods to something new and trendy along with goal oriented. Therefore, to overcome all the above dealership challenges, proposed a customized mobile application solution to stay at customer’s fingertips.

  • Enhance dealership brand value
  • All the details at fingertips (vehicle cost, technical specs, customer queries, )
  • Creating better recall of brands in a long run
  • Book a service appointment anytime
  • Reach out to sales & technical team through the app
  • Create promos for special offers and deals

A dealer can connect with customers sending info of latest model/technical advantages upon its competitors and promote the brand without incurring additional cost through mobile apps.