Simulation of a car body torsional rigidity test. (Image courtesy Ansys/PRNewswire)

Ansys simulation software is reported to provide predictively accurate capabilities for virtual performance validation of the body system.

PITTSBURGH—Hyundai Motor Company recently named Ansys a preferred supplier of structural simulation tools for body system analysis—tools that will ultimately support improvements to the safety and comfort of tomorrow’s passengers. Ansys’s predictive accuracy, commitment to product development, and strong market strategy were reported to be key factors that separated Ansys from competitive offerings, according to a release from Ansys.

For automotive companies with well-established product development processes, transitioning from one simulation tool to another demands extensive time and strict evaluation standards. Hyundai benchmark tested multiple simulation tools over the course of 18 months, exploring areas such as model analysis accuracy, high-performance computing throughput, and future product strategy, the release said.

“Adopting a new simulation product requires detailed application and operational planning of the solution for each vehicle development stage, and thorough validation by both the manufacturer and solution supplier,” said Ill-Joo Noh, MVP and small sized vehicle chassis and body CAE team of Hyundai motor company, in a statement. “To remain leaders in the increasingly technological industry, we must work closely with our partners to ensure our current and future needs are met. Ansys demonstrated [that] its excellent simulation performance meets our current and future requirements, proving it can operate at scale for complex solutions.”

Ansys Mechanical, the finite element analysis tool, and LS-DYNA, the explicit simulation tool for crash safety analysis, outperformed competing analysis tools. They are said to have demonstrated stronger analysis accuracy, better performance in data processing, and a robust future technology development strategy. These high-performance capabilities will be used in the analysis of body system durability, stiffness, and strength, Ansys said in the release.

“Hyundai’s evaluation and decision illustrate Ansys’ ability to meet the needs of the automotive industry’s biggest and most complex engineering challenges,” said Shane Emswiler, senior vice president of products at Ansys, in the release. “We are continuously enhancing Mechanical to work seamlessly with LS-DYNA to provide our partners with a full solution. Ansys and Hyundai share an unwavering commitment to innovation and quality, and together we will usher in a new era of safe, comfortable, and reliable vehicles.”