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A $5 million gift from Honda R&D Americas, Inc. to The Ohio State University, which was matched by the College of Engineering, launched the Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center (SIMCenter) in 2013.
SIMCenter researches and applies methods for virtual product development and virtual manufacturing, while spurring the creation of innovative engineering solutions using primarily physics-based modeling. Our forward-thinking, multidisciplinary teams of Ohio State students, faculty, and staff work closely with industry and agency partners to create innovative products and develop efficient processes. Research is focused broadly on mobility, energy and consumer products in topics that include:
- solid and structural mechanics
- computational fluid dynamics
- optimization and CAE automation
- digital manufacturing
- multi-physics simulations
- systems modeling, integration and control
Projects span diverse applications such as software validation of autonomous vehicles, joining of lightweight materials in vehicle bodies, noise reduction in dishwashers and drones, and improving energy capture from wind turbines. SIMCenter also supports a range of educational initiatives aimed at students and working professionals to better prepare them for using simulation tools in their careers.
Given its partnerships with the College of Engineering and centers like the Aerospace Research Center, the Center for Automotive Research, and the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, SIMCenter offers researchers and students the opportunity to collaborate across all phases of product and manufacturing development.