Volvo and Ford choose Sharc

Volvo and Ford have both selected Sharc’s Harpoon software for thermal simulation in car design.

Harpoon will be used to create complex meshes of complete vehicles, to model heat flows in areas such as the engine compartment. The software can create the very complex geometries necessary for vehicle design, and was also chosen for its easy-to-use graphical user interface.

‘The software enables us to undertake more complex meshes in a much faster time, and has proved very easy to learn,’ said Anders Jönson, senior CFD engineer at the Volvo Car Corporation. ‘Harpoon will certainly help us to reduce our overall product development times.’

The decisions followed a detailed trial period by Volvo in Sweden, in which it worked closely with Sharc for a better understanding of the challenges of a CAE environment. ‘Sharc offers a personal approach which makes it a very easy company to work with,’ said Jönson.

Ford too tested the software against a number of alternatives. It already uses Harpoon for other parts of the design process, so this decision further strengthened their relationship.

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