ANSYS Convergence Webinar Series: The UKZN Solar Car Project: Optimization Using ANSYS - Webinar

Graduate and undergraduate student engineers from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Team UKZN) designed and built an excellent solar-powered car for the 2012 SASOL Solar Challenge in South Africa, which required that teams drive their vehicles over 5,000 km in 12 days. To maintain their title of top South African team for the 2014 competition, they decided to use ANSYS simulations to re-engineer an entirely new vehicle, which was once again a huge success. The team has utilized ANSYS software once again to optimize the same car for the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, shedding almost 20% of the weight.

Learn how Team UKZN used ANSYS Structural solutions to reduce the weight of the carbon fiber shell — and improve the design of the steering system, suspension, mounting brackets and rollbar — of their solar-powered car. Discover how ANSYS simulation helped Team UKZN finish first among South African universities in the 2014 competition and prepared them to take part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge – a first for Africa!