Honda opens simulation and modeling center at Ohio State
Honda is celebrating the grand opening of the Ohio State University’s Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center (SIMCenter).
Created with the help of a $5 million gift from Honda R&D Americas, the educational center is tasked with researching and developing new computational engineering tools that could potentially serve the automotive industry.
Students and industry partners will collaborate using computer-aided engineering to improve the accuracy of virtual testing for new designs and materials. Automakers already take advantage of computer modeling and analysis to help design cars and predict crash-test results, and the SIMCenter will attempt to predict such outcomes with an even higher level of precision.
“With ten faculty members actively participating in the center, and an aggressive effort to hire research staff underway, we are now ready to reach out to potential industry partners to help them with their research and development needs,” said SIMCenter director Rob Lee.
Honda and Ohio State’s Smith Laboratory have invited other potential industry partners to join in the collaborative effort.
“Every company has a different vision for the future of mobility, however, we all have a common need to develop ideas into new solutions as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible,” said Honda R&D Americas president Frank Paluch.