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Quantifying Comfort: Strategies for Cabin Analysis
Wednesday, March 18th, 1:45-5:30PM 

Learn the latest simulation techniques for in-cabin climate control and thermal comfort. Industry trends are creating more pressure to reduce energy consumption. A thermal comfort-based simulation strategy allows realistic evaluation of perception and effectiveness of HVAC systems. We will also discuss the combination of simulations, manikin measurements, and human subject data to obtain a complete understanding of cabin environments.

  • Simulate cabin heat transfer and thermal comfort in any scenario
  • Predict energy consumption based on occupant comfort
  • Model and evaluate conductive or radiative devices
  • Compare human subject test data to simulation
  • Combine numerical simulation and manikin testing

A Hands-On Guide to Learning TAITherm
Thursday, March 19th, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

This session will introduce you to TAITherm and give you a comprehensive overview that starts you on your way to becoming an experienced user.  We will cover how to effectively simulate thermal models that are both fast & accurate, and apply these techniques to your specific design application. In this session you will cover:

  • An introduction to the interface
  • Required inputs to the software
  • Multi-layer conduction
  • Post processing tools for finding the dominant mode of heat transfer
  • Modeling natural environments
  • Steady and transient simulation

Evolving Drive Cycle Methods
Thursday, March 19th, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Vehicle design requirements increasingly rely on time-dependent targets. This session is focused on the need for long transient simulations and how to simulate such test cycles in a 3D environment with low run times and high accuracy. This session will teach you how to:

  • Improve reliability and reduce costs by using simulations to predict durability
  • Reduce emissions by simulating real world and extreme duration in-use duty cycles 
  • Save time by using a single vehicle model that can be used to simulate any duty cycle or environmental condition
  • Understand methods available for simulating vehicle duty cycles
  • Reduce simulation times by leveraging intelligent and efficient 3D modeling methods
  • Select the best simulation methods for your duty cycle
  • Combine 3D and system models to inform strategic decisions

IR Signature Management & Imagery Automation
Thursday, March 19th, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

In this hands-on session, become an expert with TAIThermIR’s infrared features. We will discuss a variety of electro-optical infrared scene simulation applications such as ground vehicles, maritime & airborne targets, human signature predictions, animated targets and much more. Additionally, we will discuss CoTherm and how CoTherm-based processes can automate the generation of scene simulation imagery for various defense applications.

  • TAIThermIR overview
  • Ground vehicle, maritime and airborne target modeling techniques
  • Human signature predictions
  • CoTherm for target motion and automated image generation

Designing a New Future: Range & Comfort in EVs
Thursday, March 19th, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly more prominent in the automotive industry due to the need to address population increase, city growth, an increasing focus on renewable energies, and the growing awareness of global warming. Vehicle range and cabin comfort are closely related in EVs because the energy required to heat and cool the cabin come directly from the battery pack.  In this session, new and innovative solutions for managing cabin comfort in EVs will be discussed in detail and strategies for modeling and designing them will be explored in hands-on training.

  • What are the cabin comfort considerations in conventional ICE vehicles
  • What are the challenges in designing EVs for range, efficiency, and durability
  • What are the ideas to address new challenges and what are the design considerations for each one (summer/winter driving, heat pumps, radiative panel heating, heated/cooled seats, heated steering wheel, solar reflective glass, etc.)
  • Where are we now with the development of new ideas compared to where we need to be
  • Can we quantify how much these ideas will help and what it means for vehicle range (present and future)
  • Show how adjusting the comfort of the passenger affects the range of the vehicle
  • Interactive demonstration of modeling techniques in TAITherm