Basics of Electric Vehicle Simulations using Ansys

A short course which deals with the basics of electric vehicle simulations that can be performed using the software ANSYS. Note: The course is free for Indian Residents only.

  • Course Price : FREE
  • Pre-requisites : For Electrical & Electronics and Mechanical Engineers
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What Will You Learn in this Course?

In this course, you will go through different mechanical and electrical aspects of simulations with respect to an Electric Vehicle.

Browse through the slider images to get a peek into the types of simulations that you will be performing along the way. We will rely upon tools made by Ansys to perform these various simulations. The tools are:

  • Ansys SpaceClaim + Mesher
  • Ansys Fluent
  • Ansys RMxprt, Maxwell, PExprt and Ansys SIwave


The Basics of Electric Vehicle SImulations course is designed to give you a walk-through on how different EV components are engineered using Simulations. The course is split into 4 components. In each component, we will deal with one particular aspect of an Electric Vehicle. As you watch each  video, pay attention to the challenges and assignments that are provided as part of the course. These assignments will help you in applying the concepts that you would have learnt. At any point in time, if you have questions, do not hesitate to ask us. We hope you enjoy the course. The following 4 components are covered in this course.

  • Battery Thermal Management System
  • Electric Motor Design
  • DC-DC Converter Design
  • External Aerodynamics


1Basics of Electric Vehicle Simulations

In the first video, we will explain the course curriculum and learning objectives in detail. We will explain what you will learn across the following modules.

● Why Electric Vehicles (EVs)?

● What are the components of an Electric Vehicle?

● How are EV components engineered?

● Need for simulations

● Simulation use cases


2Why Electric Vehicles

In this video, we will focus on why there is a strong preference to Electric Vehicles as of 2020. We will take the logical approach of comparing key performance aspects of Electric Vehicles and Internal Combustion Engines-powered Vehicles.

● Comparing Internal Combustion Engine-powered Vehicles and Electric Vehicles from an emissions and performance stand-point

● To understand how the energy for propulsion originates

● Key emissions and how they are regulated


3Vehicle Architecture

In this video, we will focus on the functions of key components that are unique to electric vehicles. We will do this by taking you through the following concepts

● Differences in Vehicle Architecture between IC Engine Vehicles and Electric Vehicles

● Functions of the key components of an Electric Vehicle

● Common Configuration of Battery Packs

● Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering


4Fundamentals of Batteries for EV Applications

In this video, we will focus on the fundamentals of Batteries. To be specific, the following concepts are covered

● How does a Battery work?

● Choosing Materials for Cathode and Anode

● Key Performance Criteria

● Temperature Sensitivity

● Source of Heat Generation in a Battery

● Approach to design a cooling system


5Heat Transfer Modelling for Batteries

In this video, we will focus on pen and paper calculations to estimate the temperature distribution inside a battery.

● Analytical Measurement of Temperature Distribution

● Energy Balance on a Control Volume

● Deriving a governing equation

● Analytical Solution

● GSheets Calculator

● Drawbacks of Analytical Method

● Solution to overcome the drawbacks


6Simulating a BTMS

In this video, we will explain how a basic Battery Thermal Management System can be simulated using ANSYS Fluent. You will be learning the following

How to setup a case using ANSYS Fluent

BTMS problem definition

Boundary Conditions

Initial Conditions

Setting up Material Properties

Activating Key Physical Models

Case Setup Walkthrough

Results and Discussion

7EV Motor Sizing and Motor Drive Analysis - Introduction

  • Motor power estimation for on-road Electric Vehicle,
  • Forces acting on vehicle – Rolling resistance & aerodynamic drag
  • Acceleration and hill climbing
  • Quick calculations in Excel
  • Driving cycle
  • Classification of electric motors
  • Factors affecting the choice of an EV motor

8Motor Power Estimation, Motor Sizing

  • Fundamentals of Brushed DC and BLDC motor operation and construction
  • Fundamental equations for PMSM sizing
  • Basics of power converter operation
  • Analytical design of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine (PMSM) with Ansys RMxprt and Maxwell (2D)

9External Aerodynamics

In this module, we discuss the basics of external Aerodynamics. We will touch upon the key concepts of fluid mechanics and then teach you the 2 most fundamental forces in Aerodynamics. We also delve into how to perform external flow simulation using Ansys Fluent.

10DC-DC Converter

  • An overview of EV power system
  • Propulsion system and auxiliary system of an EV
  • Basics of EV battery system and choice of system voltage
  • Types of DC-DC converter for an EV application
  • Ansys tools at various stages of design
  • Template-based design of full bridge converter using Ansys PExprt
  • Circuit simulation of power converter using Ansys Twin builder
  • Magnetic analysis of high frequency transformer with Ansys PEmag
  • Electrothermal analysis of PCB with Ansys SIwave
  • Thermal considerations of PCB using Ansys Icepak

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Who is this Course For?

  • Students pursuing a B.E or B.Tech in Mechanical, Automotive, Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Freshers looking to learn about the Fundamentals of Electric Vehicle (EV) Simulations


Ansys Fluent

Ansys Fluent is a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software program

Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a spreadsheet program that is available for free. We will use Google Sheets for building quick calculators.

Ansys RMxprt

RMxprt is a template-based design tool for Electrical Machine Design

Ansys Maxwell

Ansys Maxwell is a an Electromagnetic field simulation software that is widely used to simulate Electrical-mechanical systems

Ansys PExprt

Ansys PExprt is a tool that lets you come up with the right winding strategy for your power converters


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  • Course completion certificates will be provided to all students
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