“Simulation is among the core elements of digital transformation needed to revolutionize our product development. Ansys’ solutions pay off in shorter development cycles and less prototyping — key points in digitizing our R&D processes that help us take our mobility solutions in new directions.”
— Dr. Hemult Schmide, Manager, Advanced Development Department, ZF Friedrichshafen AG
ZF Friedrichshafen AG is automating development for all characteristics of electric motors related to electromagnetic, thermal, and mechanical domains. The goal is to continuously deliver software solutions and provide novel methods and tools that can be used by stakeholders all along the development chain. ZF looks to Ansys-enabled simulation frameworks and workflows to deliver sustainable solutions to individuals involved in the core development of ZF’s electric motor technology.
To best address automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) requirements, ZF needed to develop electromagnetic technology with a simple functionality that extends to vehicle motion control, integrated safety, autonomous driving, and electric mobility — high-volume, novel solutions available at an affordable cost. Consequently, ZF needed to standardize the development process on both the product side and the simulation side to realize greater efficiencies and continuously deliver solutions, methods, and tools suitable for internal stakeholders at every step. Chaining different multiphysics tools together was of key importance during this process.
Ansys simulation made accessible on ZF’s local workstation and high-performance compute environments on-premises was used to shorten development times with a high degree of maturity for multiphysics simulations in electromagnetic, thermal, mechanical, and fluid domains. Various Ansys solutions were incorporated into automated workflows with standardized and modular scripts. This enabled the metamodeling needed for analyzing thousands of different designs, with a focus on different properties of the final product to achieve standardization across ZF's entire product portfolio.
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