M&M Transform Vehicle Design with SIMULIA Applications

India - Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) has integrated Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA applications at Mahindra Research Valley (MRV), Tamil Nadu, to meet safety regulations and emission norms, minimize costs, increase fuel efficiency, and achieve a faster time to market of vehicles. These applications include ‘SIMULIA PowerFLOW Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solutions’, ‘SIMULIA Abaqus Unified FEA’, and ‘SIMULIA CST Studio Suite’. These solutions enable the company to transform its vehicle design process and improve the effectiveness of its passenger vehicles, farm and tractor division, and electric vehicles portfolio throughout the product development cycle to produce automobiles that are sustainable and meet global standards.

‘SIMULIA PowerFLOW CFD suite’ powered by Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM)-based flow solver is used to accurately and efficiently perform aerodynamic, aeroacoustics and thermal management simulations. The ‘SIMULIA Abaqus Unified FEA’ aids the automotive companies to consider full vehicle loads, dynamic vibration, multibody systems, nonlinear static and thermal coupling for virtual testing. ‘SIMULIA CST Studio Suite’ a 3D electromagnetic analysis software is used for the design, analysis and optimization of EM components and systems. It facilitates EM analysis such as performance and placement of antennas, exposure of the human body to EM fields, and EMI/EMC compliance that has become increasingly significant.

“At MRV, for all our vehicles’ design, development and production, we are driven by the vision to get it ‘first time right and every time right’. Our long-term partner, Dassault Systemes, and a digital simulation-based approach are valuable in this regard, allowing for upfront simulation at the early-design stage when there is more flexibility for change. Further in the product development process, the realistic simulation solutions are used for virtual validation, giving us higher confidence before a regulatory test,” elaborated Sitarameswara Sarma Akella, Vice President- Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.  “Our R&D centers in India and the US extensively used Dassault Systemes’ simulation technologies on the cloud, enabling remote collaboration on important projects during the pandemic.”

“Our relationship with Mahindra & Mahindra spans more than two decades. As a technology partner in design, engineering, simulation, and manufacturing, we are excited to be part of its innovation journey in India and their global markets,” asserted Deepak NG, Managing Director, India, Dassault Systèmes. “Our simulation portfolio helps our automotive customers align with regulatory norms like Bharat Stage Emission Standards (BSES) and Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP) resulting in lower carbon footprint and a safer, more fuel-efficient product, all within ever-shrinking product development times.”

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