EPA Picks ANSYS FORTE to Deliver a Healthier Environment

CR Team | Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 12:42 IST

Bangalore: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has chosen ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS), the leading engineering simulation software developer, to design an in-cylinder combustion model to build an advanced test engine. The advanced test engine is set up to execute fuel-saving and emissions-reducing technologies.

Headquartered in the United States, the 1970 born ANSYS, Inc. is known for providing a comprehensive software suite that enables a design process to acquire an appropriate engineering simulation model. With the current market cap of $6.87 billion, the company is branded as one of the world's most innovative and fastest -growing companies by renowned organizations. With its technology ANSYS FORTÉ, EPA’s novel test engine combustion chamber geometries, fuel injection strategies, fuel composition, valve timing and intake conditions thus providing the feasibility of meeting recently issued fuel standards. In addition EPA intends to use ANSYS’ detailed soot modeling capabilities to predict soot mass and particle size distribution, important metrics in the standards more accurately.

“The goal of our Clean Automotive Technology program is to research, evaluate and develop advanced engine and drive-train technologies that help increase fuel efficiency, reduce regulated criteria emissions such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, and cut greenhouse gas emissions. To accomplish this, we needed to understand how changes in engine design and hardware can impact the engine combustion processes,” says Matthew Spears, Heavy-Duty Onroad and Nonroad Center Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA.  “Using ANSYS solutions to generate realistic 3-D simulations of internal combustion engines, we can gain visibility into critical engine behaviors in a timely, cost-effective manner and obtain accurate and predictive results to guide the development of our test engine”.

 “Designing high performance internal combustion engines that meet regulatory mandates for reduced emissions is perhaps the top challenge faced by today’s automotive manufacturers,” says Bernie Rosenthal, General Manager, ANSYS. “We are excited to support the EPA as the agency uses our computer simulation solutions to create its test engine. Reaction Design’s fast, accurate and cost-effective modeling is critical to developing products that translate reliably to real-world functionality and lead to new advancements in engine and fuel technology”.

The newly introduced fuel standards are a part of joint rule published by the EPA and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety administration (NHTSA). The standards are created with a mission to deduct greenhouse gas emissions and enhance fuel economy for light-duty vehicles. This project will witness a reduction in fuel consumption in vehicles by 2025.

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