These FREE webcasts produced and hosted by SAE International are practical and informative programs sponsored by thought leaders in the industry.

Upcoming Webcasts
March 31, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE
Next-Gen Infotainment and Interfaces
Consumers increasingly expect robust connectivity options when inside their vehicles. Design teams know that enhanced infotainment capabilities, in addition to a well-designed human-machine interface, can be a significant differentiator in the marketplace, while less-than-expected connectivity and a problematic HMI can become fodder for highly publicized criticism. During this one-hour webcast, industry experts will discuss the latest in next-generation infotainment systems, HMI advances that improve the user experience and enhance safety, and challenges to implementing advanced systems, as well as what capabilities can be expected in the years ahead. Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during the Q&A portion of the webcast. Sponsor: Intertek
April 9, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE:
Advanced Materials for Vehicle Lightweighting
The lightweight-materials fight taking place in the automotive industry is anything but lightweight. It's a heavyweight bout, with the steel and aluminum industries trading punches by making new technology and process announcements on a regular basis. And don't count out the other major contender: composite materials. In this one-hour webcast, representatives from steel, aluminum, and composites suppliers will discuss the latest materials advances and manufacturing technologies, expectations of adoption between now and 2025, and the challenges posed by multi-material vehicles. An audience Q&A will be included. Sponsors: Altair, ArcelorMittal, Dow Automotive, and Henkel
April 15, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE
"Shift Left" Functional Safety for Automotive System Development
Since safety is one of the most challenging problems in the automotive industry, this one-hour webcast will look at fault mode and effect analysis (FMEA) using virtual prototyping and physical modeling and simulation. These are the tools necessary to "shift left" development, test, and validation tasks and are proven methodologies for engineers to deal with complex mechatronic design. Webcast attendees will see how virtual prototyping is expanding its ability to improve development of safety critical systems and deal with the single most complex aspect of automotive systems: the embedded software. They will also learn how FMEA can be performed and automated on a virtual prototype of a system through co-simulation, incorporating mechanical, electrical, analog, and digital models including the microcontroller running the same embedded target software that will ultimately run in the car. An audience Q&A will be included. Sponsor: Synopsys
April 30, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE
NVH Reduction Technologies for the Off-Highway Industry
Off-highway equipment is designed to excel in harsh environments under severe conditions - people are not. This one-hour webcast will explore technologies that engineers throughout the industry are using to mitigate the transmission of NVH from machine to man. Topics will range from the contributions of the tiniest of electronics, to material choices in the powertrain and cabin, to overall vehicle optimization - all in the name of reduced NVH and thus increased productivity. Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during the Q&A portion of the webcast. Sponsors: Altair and Blachford
May 14, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE
Safety Strategy: Small Overlap IIHS Crashworthiness and Countermeasures
Since the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) began its small overlap frontal crash test consumer information test program in 2012, more than a dozen automakers have redesigned their vehicles to improve test performance. The strategies evident in these redesigns have included: reinforcement of the occupant compartment, use of energy-absorbing fender structures, and the addition of engagement structures to induce vehicle lateral translation. Each strategy influences vehicle kinematics, posing challenges for the restraint systems. During this 60-minute webcast, two experts will discuss how certain materials and innovative designs can be used to help vehicles pass IIHS overlap crashworthiness tests. Sponsor: Dow Automotive
Available On-Demand Webcasts
Available On-Demand until March 26, 2016
Accurate Simulation of Engine Emissions
Designing new high-efficiency, low-emissions IC engines presents technical challenges that are often dominated by the chemical kinetics that occur during combustion. Consequently, simulations of combustion for enhanced engine designs need good fuel-combustion chemistry and combustion models. This one-hour webcast will provide insights into four elements that are essential in engine combustion CFD in order to predict NOx and soot emissions accurately. They are: comprehensive fuel models, detailed kinetics, spray models, and auto ignition models. The webcast will conclude with a Q&A for the audience. Sponsor: ANSYS
Available On-Demand Until February 17, 2016
Mini Webcast Series
Designing an Engine for Multi-Use Compact Equipment
Can you design a compact engine to meet the needs of both equipment rental companies and small independent businesses? While rental companies look for equipment that provides a simple and profitable rental, small business owners are typically interested in the productivity, comfort, and fuel consumption of their equipment. This 10-minute webcast looks at why, in the design of a sub-system such as an engine, it's important to understand and address the needs of both these customers. Sponsor: Perkins
Available On-Demand Until November 20, 2015
A Collaborative Approach to Engineering with Open Standards and MathWorks Simulink
In today's world of complex products, systems engineers are expected to shorten development cycles while satisfying demands for improved safety and performance. Engineering organizations use advanced model-based design methodologies to meet these challenges. This technical content event will explore this topic, demonstrating how design models captured in MathWorks Simulink can be integrated into the development lifecycle through requirements management, design, and quality management. Participants will be able to learn from an experienced systems solutions architect how design management provides web-based reviewing of Simulink models and offers change and defect management as well as work item planning integrated in the Simulink design. The technical presentation will be about 45 minutes and will be followed by an extended audience Q&A. Sponsor: IBM
Available On-Demand Until November 19, 2015
Motor Trends: Additive Manufacturing Drives Production of Race-Ready Cars
Additive manufacturing (AM) is crucial in motorsports. It has long been a key design and testing tool in the race for speed and performance. Now race teams are revealing that AM parts are tough enough for use on the track. This trend toward end-use parts has been building for a long time, but teams can be secretive about what gives them a competitive edge. In this 45-minute presentation, you'll hear about three examples of motorsports teams that are willing to share how they leverage AM to improve performance: Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, and Prodrive in the U.K. Their stories crush the misconception that AM parts are just for prototyping. Sponsor: Stratasys
Available On-Demand Until November 18, 2015
Mini Webcast Series
Adhesive Bonding for Aluminum Lightweight Structures
As automakers build lighter vehicles to lower fuel consumption and emissions, they're looking for better bonding technologies that allow the use of new materials and new material combinations. During this 20-minute mini webcast, an engineering and applications expert will discuss customized solutions for bonding aluminum body structures and closures on vehicles currently in production. Participants will have the chance to gain insight into the challenges of bonding aluminum substrates, learn how different types of adhesive technologies are used in aluminum bonding, and hear about repair technologies for aluminum vehicles. They'll also see how structural adhesives have contributed to an estimated 2.65 billion gallons of gasoline savings by providing weight savings of 70-100 kg per vehicle. Sponsor: Dow
Available On-Demand Until November 12, 2015
Successful Application of Aluminum Extrusion to Lightweighting Programs
With the forthcoming launch of Ford's F-150 and Jaguar's new XE, aluminum has moved into the spotlight for vehicles that meet tomorrow's fuel economy targets, while still providing the comfort, safety, performance, and amenities that consumers demand. Yet while much of the attention has been on aluminum body sheet, there is plenty of action "below the skin" with increasing use of aluminum extrusions in chassis, body, and a host of other applications. This free, one-hour webcast will discuss key factors for the successful application of aluminum extrusions in lightweighting programs. Participants will learn about high leverage applications for extrusions, alloy selection and tailoring, best practices in part design to optimize functionality and production economics, and assembly technology and its impact on part design. Several mini case studies, with economic justification, will be included. Sponsor: Aluminum Extruders Council
Available On-Demand Until October 28, 2015
Mini Technical Presentation
Unlock the Value of Collaboration with Requirements Management: Increase Revenue and Gain a Competitive Advantage
It all starts with user needs and derived requirements. However, without formalized requirements management in place, you run the risk of creating a product that doesn't work properly. Participants of this 20-minute technical presentation will have the opportunity to learn why requirements management is a vital part of any product development lifecycle. The session will explore how you can quickly share information with other project members and customers by using a rich collaborative requirements management approach. Participants will also learn how companies have used effective requirements management to raise their automotive partnership level. A Q&A will be included. Sponsor: IBM
Available On-Demand Until October 24, 2015
Mini Webcast Series
Using MapleSim to Transform Engineering Education
Participants of this 10-minute webcast will have the opportunity to learn how Maplesoft's modeling and simulation platform, MapleSim, can bring together theory and applications in effective ways to engage students, enrich their understanding of engineering systems, and reinforce classroom concepts. Using real-world examples, the presenter will demonstrate how a symbolic modeling and simulation software with connectivity to hardware and direct access to mathematics can be successfully applied in different programs, from first-year design courses to fourth-year projects, offering even the most junior students a taste of "real" engineering. Sponsor: Maplesoft
Available On-Demand Until October 16, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE: Sensors for Safety, Efficiency, & Productivity
During this 60-minute webcast, industry experts will discuss advances in off-highway electronics that are being developed for increased safety, efficiency, and productivity in the field. Off-highway engineers are increasingly tasked with ensuring that it's as safe inside the operator environment as it's outside on the jobsite. This is being achieved through technological improvements from within as well as from outside the industry. Organic growth combined with technology transfer from other industries is allowing the off-highway industry to take full advantage of advancements in telematics, diagnostics, displays, HMI, V2X communication, and sophisticated software that contribute to exceeding global standards and regulations for safety while contributing to the bottom line. An audience Q&A will be included.
Available On-Demand Until October 14, 2015
Symbolic Techniques for Model Code Optimization: FMI Applications
The FMI standard is becoming the primary method for model transfer and co-simulation, providing an error-free technique for design engineers to deliver their work without manual integration. Meanwhile, advanced symbolic technologies have emerged that provide extremely fast auto-generated code for the implementation of dynamic system models, as well as enabling advanced analysis applications. This 60-minute webcast will provide insight into the symbolic techniques employed under the hood for dynamic system model formulation and optimized code generation, illustrated with applications where the FMI standard has been used. An audience Q&A will be included. Sponsor: Maplesoft
Available On-Demand Until October 9, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE: Vehicle Lightweighting
To meet ultra-stringent U.S. and European fuel-efficiency regulations, automakers are focusing on vehicle weight reduction via product redesign and the extensive use of advanced lightweight materials including high-strength steels, aluminum, and composites. Design engineers and other stakeholders are working diligently not only to maximize the benefits of lightweighting opportunities but also to overcome some of the not-so-insignificant challenges posed by these new materials and designs. Participants of this 60-minute webcast will hear a top product development leader from GM's engineering team discuss GM's lightweighting strategy, an expert from BASF talk about how composite materials are advancing, and an adhesives and sealants expert from Bayer MaterialScience share the latest in adhesives technology. An audience Q&A will be included. Sponsors: Al-Fe Heat Treating, Celanese, Henkel AG, and Siemens
Available On-Demand Until October 8, 2015
Mini Technical Presentation
Transform Projects with Next-Generation Requirements Review
We've all been there: undertaking the requirements review late in the project lifecycle often as a final check. But underestimating the importance of the requirements review in the early stages of a project can be a big mistake that directly impacts cost and revenue. Have you heard about collaborative requirements review? This 20-minute technical presentation discusses how reviewing requirements can be made easier and how a collaborative environment can make reviews informal and iterative, as well as formal and final, to suit project needs. A Q&A will be included. Sponsor: IBM
Available On-Demand Until September 30, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE: Simulation for Safety
Modeling and simulation have become important tools in the race to get sophisticated aircraft to market quickly while meeting safety requirements and other regulations. In this free SAE webcast from the editors of Aerospace Engineering, industry experts will discuss the latest technological breakthroughs in design tools and the challenges facing engineers tasked with ensuring that systems, software, and mechanical elements work together seamlessly. Also included will be insight from an expert on how automotive solutions can be applied to the aerospace industry. An audience Q&A is included in the 60-minute program. Sponsor: dSPACE
Available On-Demand Until September 23, 2015
Mini Webcast Series
How Cross Industry Trends are Improving Product Development in Aerospace and Defense
This 20-minute webcast examines a best-in-class solution for product development in aerospace and defense applications. Aerospace and defense companies are under tremendous time and cost pressure and cannot afford to support multiple CAD systems and disruptive upgrades. Emerging standards enable companies to consolidate on a single design standard, reducing cost and maximizing their resources. This technical program will review the characteristics of this best-in-class solution. A Q&A will be included. Sponsor: Siemens PLM Software
Available On-Demand Until September 18, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE: Engine Design and Efficiency
Engineers are finding new ways to squeeze more efficiency and performance from the internal-combustion engine to meet global air-quality and fuel-consumption regulations. They're pushing beyond the boundaries of thermal efficiency with a flurry of new combustion regimes including reactivity-controlled compression ignition (RCCI), partially premixed combustion (PPI), and gasoline compression ignition (GCI), as well as advanced diesel concepts that employ low compression ratio and high EGR rates, all aiming for low engine-out NOx and particulate levels. In this free 60-minute webcast, participants will hear from a top engineer from Achates Power, which is developing an advanced, low-emission diesel engine for light-duty automotive and other industry sectors. Complementing his discussion will be an expert from dSPACE, who will bring new insights into the latest toolsets for mechatronic systems simulation, and a senior product development engineer from Schaeffler Automotive, who will discuss state-of-the-art engine friction-reduction solutions. An audience Q&A will be included. Sponsors: Al-Fe Heat Treating, dSPACE, and Henkel
Available On-Demand Until September 17, 2015
Mini Technical Presentation
From Concept to Component: The Value of the V-model in 21st Century Engineering
Whether you're building a car or a battleship, you start with a high-level concept that needs to undergo countless levels of design, test, and implementation. This 20-minute technical presentation looks at how adopting a V-model allows you to tackle this type of complexity by addressing development in a systematic way and leveraging the continuous engineering process. Participants will have the opportunity to see how to apply the V-model and capture the benefits of effectively validating and verifying requirements across the different levels of development. A Q&A will be included. Sponsor: IBM Rational
Available On-Demand Until September 11, 2015
Systematic Deployment of Simulation at an R&D Center: Evolution of Automotive Sub-System Simulation at Valeo
The Valeo India R&D Center is Valeo's only global offshore engineering center dedicated to the mechanical engineering needs of all of the company's business groups. Engineering simulation is a central part of the R&D Center, which develops transmission systems, electrical systems, driver assistance systems, wiper systems, and thermal systems. In this free 60-minute webcast, the center's director and engineering manager will present the best practices that were developed to systematically deploy and leverage simulation across different product groups and different physics as well as for advanced uses such as design optimization. The webcast will explore these best practices, illustrated by numerous examples of automotive sub-system simulation. An audience Q&A will be included. Sponsor: ANSYS
Available On-Demand Until September 4, 2015
The Exciting Road Ahead for Intelligent Vehicles
How can automotive design keep up with the fevered pace of technology in today's intelligent vehicles? The landscape has changed forever and tomorrow's automotive landscape will have its share of peaks and valleys. The industry leaders in this 60-minute panel discussion will offer advice on how to reach more peaks by embracing innovation in product and systems development. They will discuss applying a continuous approach to system engineering best practices and share their own insights and examples. Speakers are: Timothy R. Nixon, CTO, Global Connected Consumer, General Motors; Tejas Desai, Head of Interior Electronics Solutions, Continental, North America; and Matt Jones, Head of Future Infotainment, Jaguar Land Rover. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsors: IBM, Intertek, National Instruments
Available On-Demand Until September 4, 2015
Aerospace Experts on Cyber Attacks and Security
In this 60-minute panel discussion, experts from the aerospace industry will share the unique challenges and solutions surrounding cyber security. They will examine how a fundamentally different approach is needed to assure security. It's an approach that identifies vulnerabilities, detects threats and fraud, addresses compliance issues, predicts risks, and consolidates data. They will also talk about the importance of innovative security intelligence that goes beyond traditional patch-monitor-remediate processes and employs both continuous monitoring and layers of defense capable of working in concert with one another to identify, analyze, and respond to targeted threats. Speakers are: Deneen DeFiore, Chief Information Officer, Military Systems, Legal & IT Risk, GE Aviation; Derek Schatz, CISSP, Senior Cyber Security Architect, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and Krishna Sampigethaya, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Masters in Telecommunications, University of Maryland. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsor: IBM
Available On-Demand Until September 4, 2015
Simplifying Interoperability Across Systems and Software Lifecycle With OSLC
OSLC is the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration initiative that is aimed at simplifying collaboration across the software and product delivery lifecycle. In this 60-minute panel discussion, industry experts will provide insight into the main challenges faced by industry, especially in large and complex electrical, electronics, and software intensive product development processes. Examples of how OSLC can be used to integrate information across engineering domains and environments will be presented. The value offered by OSLC and Linked Lifecycle Data to address integration challenges will also be discussed. Speakers are: Len Wozniak, Electrical, Controls and Software Process and Tool Systems Architect, General Motors; Dr. Axel Reichwein, Consultant, Koneksys; and Amit Fisher, Program Director, Systems Technical Client Relationship Manager, IBM Software Group, Rational. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsor: IBM
Available On-Demand Until August 21, 2015
Accelerating Electric-Vehicle Battery Development with Advanced Simulation
Adoption of hybrid and all-electric vehicles will increase as lithium-ion batteries become more affordable, energy-dense, durable, and abuse-tolerant. Thermal management of the battery pack is a key challenge impacting all these attributes, for which a new suite of multi-scale, multi-disciplinary simulation software has begun to accelerate innovation. Over the last three years, major strides have been made under a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy named CAEBAT to improve engineering software in order to shorten design cycles and optimize batteries. New tools that simulate battery electrochemical, thermal, fluid, structural, and control-system effects are already helping General Motors engineers drive the development of energy-efficient vehicles and vehicle electrifications. This free 60-minute webcast will summarize the technical challenges and showcase the recent progress and benefits from this exciting new technology. An audience Q&A will be included. Sponsor: ANSYS
Available On-Demand Until August 12, 2015
Mini Webcast Series
Lightweighting: How Adhesive Tapes Contribute to Weight Reduction in Automotive Production Processes
This 10-minute webcast on lightweighting provides a technical update on how adhesive tapes can contribute to weight reduction without jeopardizing quality and performance when they replace traditional components or work in tandem with them. Participants of this free webcast will see specific examples of how adhesive tapes are used throughout the automotive production process, learn about the benefits of using adhesive tape within specific applications, and discover the potential weight savings per vehicle. Sponsor: tesa tape inc.
Available On-Demand Until May 12, 2015
Modeling of the Fuel Supply Module and its Components
This free 60-minute webcast will provide insight into the simulation of the complete fuel system, including detailed component models, used in passenger vehicles. The module includes a fuel pump, electrical engine, pump controlling unit with electronics, fuel level sensor, transfer pumps, valves, and connecting elements. In designing the fuel supply module, there are a number of challenges that necessitate the use of simulation. Continental's Powertrain engineering team creates a wide variety of simulation models for such purposes, including CFD pump models, structural models to simulate pump stage deformation, electronics cooling, acoustics modeling, eigen frequencies analysis and harmonic response, random vibration, gerotor pump kinematics, and simplified crash models. Detailed component modeling is performed by analyzing the overall system using system modeling tools in order to understand the system dynamics that occur in real-world operation. As a benefit, the overall system model is used to predict the energy consumption of the whole fuel supply module or its components as well as to calculate CO2 emissions. An audience Q&A will be included. Sponsor: ANSYS
Available On-Demand Until May 6, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE: Lightweighting with Multi-Material Vehicles
Vehicle weight reduction is a major goal for the world's automakers as they work to meet new, ultra-stringent U.S. and European fuel-efficiency regulations. In this free 60-minute webcast, James deVries, a Ford materials expert, discusses his company's mixed-materials strategy, which includes the aluminum-intensive F-Series program, and the cost-benefit equation for moving to lighter-weight, higher-cost materials. Steel technology is not standing still, and Craig Parsons, President of Automotive, NanoSteel, examines new developments in advanced high-strength steels and their role in future multi-material vehicles. Selamawit Belli of Dow Automotive Systems shares the latest in adhesives technology, including those for composites-intensive vehicles such as the BMW i3, as well as the challenges involved with bonding dissimilar materials. Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during a Q&A segment. Sponsors: Al-Fe Heat Treating, Celanese, Dow Automotive Systems, and Henkel
Available On-Demand Until April 29, 2015
Meeting New Integration Challenges in Cars
Automotive design teams are racing to keep up with the rapid pace of innovation in consumer electronics. Development cycles are shrinking. Electronics systems are becoming more integrated. And staying ahead of the competition is no easy matter. This free 60-minute webcast will examine the changing automotive landscape and how the latest advances in analog technology are solving new integration challenges in infotainment, safety, and access. Experts will discuss new ways of looking at advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), USB charging, and keyless entry technology, among other topics. Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the experts during a Q&A segment. Sponsor: Maxim Integrated
Available On-Demand Until April 24, 2015
Technical Webcast Series from the editors of SAE: Efficient Model-Based Development
Model-based development is an efficient iterative process that allows engineers to improve quality and deliver on the demanding needs of product variants in the current competitive environment. However, the MBD process leads to the generation of large volumes of data artifacts and work products. To maintain efficiency while continuously improving the quality of products in the MBD paradigm, it is necessary to be able to manage this data in an effective manner that is supportive of the development process. This free 60-minute webcast examines the requirements for a model-based verification and validation environment and presents data-management solutions that increase process efficiency. Speakers are Jace Allen, dSPACE; Talus Park, AVL Powertrain Engineering; and Gavin Walker, MathWorks. Sponsors: dSPACE and Siemens
Available On-Demand Until April 23, 2015
CAE Based Strategies to Improve Reliability of Variable Oil Pumps
As industry attempts to reduce tailpipe emissions from internal-combustion engines, vehicle OEM and components suppliers are adopting a variety of strategies to address the challenge. The need for higher performance and lower fuel consumption of a new age powertrain is leading to demand for development of hydraulic systems including pumps that absorb less power. Join us for this webcast that will present a complete loop of calculation, with detailed focus on component reliability, to show the benefits of virtual prototyping in developing and optimizing the robustness of a generic variable oil pump. Benefits of this simulation include reducing the number of prototypes, exploring the effects of extreme working conditions, and reducing time to market of a new pump. Pierburg Pump Technology will show how it uses CAE-based strategies, from systems level to fluids to mechanical analysis, to design and develop variable oil pumps. The company will present structural verification of the components and lifetime prediction of the same, offering case studies that show how the problems were successfully solved. An audience Q&A is included. Sponsor: ANSYS