Topology Optimization-Driven Design Development for Automotive Components

From 2012 Automotive Simulation World Congress: Automatic CFD optimization methods can integrate analysis and design issues. Conventional optimization techniques like CAD parameter-based schemes are often limited due to extensive computing time and intrinsic limited solution space. This disadvantage can be overcome by an optimality criteria (OC)-based topology optimization method for ANSYS Fluent. With this approach for channel flow problems, CFD emerges from an analysis tool to a design tool: topology optimization generates design proposals for channels with low pressure drop automatically within a given design space.

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