The second of Ricardo Software’s quarterly product releases for 2020 adds new capabilities in the area of EV powertrains. Both the Ricardo VECTIS CFD package and IGNITE complex systems modeling product now provide solutions for optimizing battery systems. These include modeling of the detailed heat exchange and cell degradation that occurs through use and storage.
IGNITE also includes new models related to gearshift control which, combined with duty cycle customization and improvements related to modeling of driveline efficiency, enable engineers to optimize drivelines for both conventional and hybrid vehicles.
Ricardo says the 2020.2 release includes several improvements in the accuracy and usability of combustion modeling in VECTIS that will assist in the drive to reduce emissions across all ICE sectors. This includes improved accuracy of spark ignition modeling for large engines, faster simulations and new detailed kinetics tools.
The company asserts that improvements have been made to the WAVE 1D gas dynamics and performance simulation tool as well as its real-time equivalent WAVE-RT to enable advanced virtual calibration, including its use in software-in-the-loop (SiL) and hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) environments. These include real-time NOx emissions prediction, a new knock detection model and improved sensing of the lambda response.
“I am pleased that we have been able to deliver the new 2020.2 release to Ricardo Software customers,” commented Ricardo MD Kimberly Matenchuk. “This new release brings fresh innovations in battery and hybrid vehicle powertrain optimization, together with significant improvements to our fluid simulation products.”