Breakout Session

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Monday 28 October   14.00 - 18.00   Part 1 Language: English

Tuesday 29 October 2019   9.30 - 13.00   Part 2 | 14.30 - 17.30   Part 3   Language: English

Automotive & Transportation Session

Monday 28 October - Part 1


Philip Crowther, Ricardo Software

Use of simulation and test tools to lead NVH development of e-motor and gearbox assemblies

This paper describes the development of the whole xEV drive system using a multibody dynamics systems modelling approach supported by vehicle and rig testing. This allows all of the subsystems such as motor, transmission and installation, and their interactions, to be considered and their contributions to the full system response to be reviewed.
Excitation sources are described and forced response levels are predicted allowing the relative importance of the electromagnetic and gear forcing to be reviewed.
Methods for improving NVH performance are shown together with assessing any impact on gear and bearing durability.
Ideas for further developments of E-Drives and the multibody modelling approach are presented.

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Jonathan Plail, Ricardo Software

Felipe Brandao, Ricardo Software
An integrated process for the prediction of the acoustic behaviour of automotive drivetrains

The ability to accurately and quickly predict the acoustic performance of a vehicle's drivetrain is rapidly gaining importance due to:
• Increased electrification of the powertrain causing the loss of the masking noise traditionally generated by the internal combustion engine. Consequently, gear whine is a significant noise source to be understood and reduced.
• Increased hybridization of the powertrain causing unexpected dynamic or resonant responses of the structure or shafts causing audible gear noise under some operating conditions.
• Requirements to reduce development time and cost is leading to a strong desire to reduce traditional testing and switch to virtual product development.
Ricardo’s integrated approach enables the complete analysis process to be completed quickly and removes the chance for errors to occur due to the automated communication between the individual stages.
This paper introduces an integrated approach to the design and analysis of a power unit and the audience is guided through the complete and integrated modelling process.

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Cristian Leucci, FCA Italy

Attilio Crivellari, FCA Italy
Giancarlo Gotta, FCA Italy
Computational Energy Efficiency evaluation of a Li-Ion storage system on a battery electric vehicle

Rising automotive electrification requires major efforts to design the most efficient storage systems whose purpose is managing larger and larger energy loads. Batteries life and reliability depend on the development of a thermal management system to prevent energy losses or damage, whatever the environment. Moreover, OEMs equip their vehicles with high power/efficient electronic components whose energy consumption is increasing day by day, in order to meet customer expectations. As a consequence, engineers have to double their workload to take care of battery pack thermal comfort and grant battery efficiency all vehicle life long. This efficiency is affected by several parameters such as chemical components applied (internal resistance), cells electrical configuration (XsYp), pack thermal conditioning system type and charging power rate.
Although pollutant emission constrained, ICEVs show several times higher energy density compared to BEVs one. For this reason BEVs are much more sensitive about power usage, a process that has to be monitored carefully since the first step of energy conversion: charging phase. During this operation heat losses are generated due to electrical/chemical phenomena occuring inside battery cells: these side effects are negligible in case of refueling conventional ICEVs.
This paper uses 1d simplified model to perform a thermal analysis of a battery pack under development, evaluating the impact on energy efficiency conversion during charging process in different working conditions, taking into account ambient temperatures and main parameters involved.

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Giulio Boccardo, Powertech Engineering

Guido Giardino, Powertech Engineering
Diego Zanella, Powertech Engineering
Engine Virtual Calibration Platform Using Physical Real Time Integrated Models

Stringent pollutant emissions regulations and the urgent need to reduce CO2 production, are pushing engine manufacturers to strongly increase the technological content of automotive powertrain.
Modern Diesel engines coordinate several actuators related to air management, injection control and aftertreatment involving dozens independent variables. This translates in a very complex control optimization problem which should consider several competing targets as performance, efficiency, emissions and NVH.
While traditional calibration procedures rely only on expensive and extremely time-consuming experimental campaigns to optimize engine operation, CAE tools may consistently contribute in reducing the experimental testing. In fact, using a relatively limited amount of experimental data, thanks to the currently widely available computational power, it is possible to develop physical predictive models with the aim of transferring part of the calibration optimization work from experimental testing to virtual platforms.
Powertech Engineering, taking advantage of its long-standing experience in powertrain modelling and simulation, developed a Real Time platform for Virtual Calibration using 0D/1D physical engine models, featuring predictive combustion and emissions models, together with a fully physical aftertreatment model. These high-fidelity sub-domain models are coupled together in a system-wide virtual engine test rig. This virtual engine may be used in Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) configuration, working with the real-world Electronic Control Unit (ECU) exploiting well established optimization and calibration procedures, or offline on a common desktop PC if coupled with a virtual controller.

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Clemens-August Thole, SIDACT

Dominik Borsotto, SIDACT
Lennart Jansen, SIDACT
Stefan Mertler, SIDACT
Big Data Analysis Methods for Car Crash Simulation Results

During the development of crash safety features in car developments, thousands of simulations are submitted and analysed for each new platform and its variants. Using Model Reduction methods the output generated by these simulation can be reduced by a factor of 100 without loss of essential information. Model Reduction methods can also be used to improve the robustness of the simulation design and flag new simulation results, which behave different from the results achieved so far.
This presentation will show, how these model reduction methods can be used to understand, whether physical test results are in the span of the simulation results of the same model. We use laser scan results of the crashed model, generate a simulation-like result using automatic orientation of the test results and perform a combined model reduction method on the node positions of the simulation and test results. Scatter plots of the contributions of the domination modes to each result indicate the relative position of the test results to the simulation results.

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15.40 - 16.10



Umberto Ravelli, University of Bergamo - Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Performance improvement of the DrivAer fastback car model: downforce-oriented aerodynamic development

Nowadays, drag reduction is one of the most important targets established by vehicle manufacturers, when designing D, E, and F-segment passenger cars. This explains the growing popularity of fastback automobiles. However this styling feature entails disadvantages in terms of lift, hence most of these vehicles make use of aerodynamic devices to counteract the lightening of the rear axle at high speed. In this work the aerodynamic development of a fastback car was investigated by means of the open-source software OpenFOAM®. The focus is on the DrivAer flat-bottomed model, designed at the Technische Universität München (TUM) to meet the demands of the local automotive industries. Different aero-packages suitable for aftermarket installation have been conceived and mounted on the vehicle to achieve increasingly higher levels of downforce. Particular attention was given to the balance of the vertical load between front and rear axle, while the chassis ride height remained consistent with the road-legal designated use.

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Matteo Ragni, AnteMotion

Luca Gasbarro, AnteMotion
The quest for the next generation ADAS virtual testing simulation framework

ADAS Systems are a reality of the new generation vehicles, but experts of the Industry advise that billions of kilometers must be covered by autonomous agents to achieve the super-human driving level. Covering such distance to train and to prove the functional safety of the agent may require centuries, and alternative approaches, such as virtual testing, are a necessity.
OEMs are not new to simulation and strive to integrate the different third-party software to complete Simulation System: graphical engines, traffic simulators, vehicle dynamics solvers, etc., must cooperate in a distributed computational environment.
The exhibited framework tackles the problem of shared communication and serialization, automatic configuration and content distribution, and software orchestration in a purely distributed environment where HIL systems integration (e.g. car ECUs, nVidia DRIVE AGX) is fundamental. In addition, the procedural scenario generation pipeline is discussed.

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Tommaso Gecchelin, NEXT Future Transportation

Modular Public Mobility

Modular public transportation is a new field of development and research. NEXT is pushing this mobility system into a new concept of en-route-transfer, studied now by several universities in the world.
This vehicles modularity poses new challenges to mechanical design, analysis and manufacturing.

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Wim Slagter, ANSYS

HPC-Enabled Pervasive Engineering Simulation for Automotive Applications

High-performance computing (HPC) was once the sole domain of big car OEMs like BMW, FCA, and VW. Nowadays also small and medium enterprises make use of HPC. First, hardware has become better affordable, more powerful and better accessible. This is enabled by more performant servers and clusters both on premises and in the cloud.
Secondly, the software, and more in particular the engineering simulation software has significantly improved in terms of applicability, user-friendliness, robustness and performance.
This presentation will address the advances made in the area of applicability and performance for automotive applications.

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Ophir Maor, HPC-AI Advisory Council

Yong Qin, HPC-AI Advisory Council
David Cho, HPC-AI Advisory Council
Gerardo Cisneros-Stoianowski, HPC-AI Advisory Council
Gilad Shainer, HPC-AI Advisory Council
The Effect of InfiniBand and In-Network Computing on CAE Simulations

From concept to engineering, and from design to test and manufacturing, engineers from wide ranges of industries face ever increasing needs for complex, realistic models to analyze the most challenging industrial problems; Finite Element Analysis is performed in an effort to secure quality and speed up the development process. Powerful virtual development software is developed to tackle these needs for the finite element-based Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations with superior robustness, speed, and accuracy. Those simulations are designed to carry out on large-scale computational High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems effectively.
The latest revolution in HPC is the effort around the co-design approach, a collaborative effort to reach Exascale performance by taking a holistic system-level approach to fundamental performance improvements, is In-Network Computing. The CPU-centric approach has reached the limits of its scalability in several aspects, and In-Network Computing acting as “distributed co-processor” can handle and accelerates performance of various data algorithms, such as reductions and more.
HPC-AI Advisory Council performed deep investigations on a few popular CFD software to evaluate its performance and scaling capabilities when using HDR InfiniBand interconnect. The study reveals the influence of the applications on runtime, scalability and performance of the simulations.

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Tuesday 29 October - Part 2


Nicola Cauda, FCA

Giancarlo Gotta, FCA
Davide Balestro, FCA
Luca Rosa, FCA
Luigi Marocco, FCA
1d Thermostat modeling and Bench/Vehicle validation: results comparison and optimization road map

Automotive engine cooling systems doubles as heat sources to provide passenger thermal comfort in cold environments.
In order to meet customer expectations the satisfactory and reliable, classical design introduced a simple, mechanically driven thermostatic valve to prevent engine coolant circulation inside main radiator and heat losses in the environment. More demanding clear air bills and need to improve fuel economy imposes optimization of every vehicle equipment: this paper explores current available 1d CFD simulation and testing tecniques to investigate engine coolant loop valves effects for thermal and hydraulic purposes.

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Juan Carlos Barbosa Segura, DRIVEN-CLAUT CompanyFaber

Martin Castillo-Morales, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Mario Bello, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Edgar Garcia, SISAMEX Company
Computational numerical Analysis of oil churning power losses in a vehicular rear axle differential system

Nowadays, the automotive industry has advanced in the study of the efficiency improvement in the design of power transmissions. Thus, every day the requirements of reliability and performance are more severe. Many manufacturers of differential axes and gearboxes have been increased their investment in research for the reduction of the power losses by the lubricant viscous effects, the splash lubrication system inside the enclosure, and obtaining more desirable oil distribution at lower operating temperatures.
In this research, the study of oil churning power losses of hypoid gear vehicle differential axle is presented.

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Emanuele Pellegrini, Pierburg Pump Technology Italy

Rotordynamic in a high speed pump for Automotive application

New standards for the reduction of vehicles emission have been recently applied even to vehicle when in off conditions. Main actors of this new task for the emission reduction were at first USA and China. Later on, even Europe has started to focus attention on this topic.
The standard is based on the necessity to avoid emissions even when the vehicle is parked. The topic of this article is the EVAP (Electric VApor Pump), that is an high speed centrifugal pump used to send the gasoline vapors from the gasoline tank to the intake manifold, in order to avoid the vapor escape during the oil station tank filling as the cap tank is opened.
Vapors will be burned later on during the engine combustion.
The first generation of the EVAP has been developed by Pierburg and it was a completely new product for the company. A compact design with high rotational speed.
During the development of the product, modifications were done in order to get longer the durability tests.
A new matter was introduced in the company, the Rotordynamics, as a powerful help to the development of the design and to the management of modifications.
The numerical and diagnostic tools developed during the project, will be presented in this paper.

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Fabio Valesano, Gamma Technologies

Dig Vijay, Gamma Technologies
Nils Framke, Gamma Technologies
Peter Stopp, Gamma Technologies
An holistic approach to battery aging prediction by combination of electro chemical battery modeling and vehicle thermal management simulation

Li-ion battery aging is driven by a number of factors such like battery technology, discharge and recharge cycle characteristics as well as the control strategies and the capability to thermally condition the battery pack. The large number of interconnected parameters and their dynamic nature as well as the number of cycles required to age a battery cell makes physical testing of battery systems a time consuming and costly task, especially when scaling from single cells to full battery packs. This paper proposes a method of linking electrochemical Li-ion models of battery systems and physics based aging models, with multi-domain (electrical, mechanical, thermal, and flow domains) system-level models at minor additional computational cost, allowing for virtual testing of large parameter sets under realistic boundary conditions. The use of battery models that simulate electrochemical mechanisms empowers engineers with the ability to predict the performance and aging of the cell beyond the conditions at which the battery has been tested and to extrapolate the results to full battery packs used in the electric powertrain. It allows to take critical decisions on battery technology, cooling concept or control algorithm selection faster in the design process and helps to reduce battery testing and characterization effort without compromising results accuracy.

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10.50 - 11.20



Davide Terletti, Senior Consultant

Conventional engineering vs natural engineering

The purpose of this work is to carry out a comparative analysis of two different approaches related to engineering: a more conventional one, based on computation, against a natural one. The idea is to look at them taking advantage of several point of views and application fields and along the design chain (design & optimization, manufacturing processes, quality assessment, use of light materials), in order to achieve a super engineering model in the end.

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Emiliano Di Tullio, FCA Italy

Single layer engine coolant module for small hybrid, bev or gasoline vehicle

Nowadays small hybrid, BEV or simply gasoline vehicle are becoming demanding in terms of efficiency, modularity, weight, costs and appeal. We are asked to trade-off all these performances in the best manner to meet customer expectation. Optimization of engine coolant module in terms of efficiency , weight, fuel saving is a key factor to achieve competitiveness.

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Juan Pablo Leiva, Vanderplaats Research & Development, Inc.

Brian C. Watson, Vanderplaats Research & Development
Phani Adduri, Vanderplaats Research & Development
Om Joshi, Vanderplaats Research & Development
Multi-Model Optimization to Design Common Parts across Multiple Vehicle Platforms

Structural component commonality occurs when one component is common to more than one structure. Component commonality is desirable for mass production. In particular, it is highly desired in car body designs due to cost saving. A common design require less tooling, less replacing inventory and provides simplicity. Conversely, having the ability to do component commonality opens the door for more economic customizations, especially when customization is used for smaller parts and larger parts are kept common. In this paper, we discuss the use of multi-model optimization (MMO) to achieve optimal component commonality. MMO allows multiple optimization models to run simultaneously via a master optimization process. The individual sub-models may share some or all of their design variables with other sub-models. Each sub-model may include its own private constraints and objectives. Using multi-model optimization, large-scale optimization problems may be solved on HPC clusters, with each sub model analysis solver running on a separate compute node. The primary benefits of multi-model optimization are: a) the ability to optimize large-scale models where designable regions are common to several model assemblies, but remaining parts of the models differ. For example, optimization of components common to several configurations of a vehicle, such as sedan and convertible versions and b) Reducing the wall clock time of large scale problems by splitting the solution of different boundary conditions onto separate compute nodes. To demonstrate the use of MMO a body-in-white automotive model with multiple load cases is considered for the analysis. In one model, the automotive body is considered with the full roof structure and in the second model, the same automotive body is considered with a sunroof. The top of each car is designed independently but the floor of both cars is design for commonality. The main example is solved using topology optimization, however, other types of optimization are possible. The problem is solved using the GENESIS structural optimization software.

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Evangelos Karatsis, BETA CAE Systems

Petros Michailidis, BETA CAE Systems
Ilias Mezitis, BETA CAE Systems
Discovering the anatomy of a shock absorber with the aid of computed tomography and beyond

Real objects need to be introduced into the CAE world for quality control, design evaluation, FE simulations and other. Computed Tomography (CT) provides a powerful method for achieving this in a nondestructive way even for complex assemblies. In this work, a CT scan of a shock absorber is virtually disassembled with the aid of RETOMO in order to see its anatomy. Innovative machine learning algorithms introduced in RETOMO greatly reduce required user time while improving segmentation quality. The complete process from CT data to CAE model is demonstrated through a realistic reverse engineering scenario. Eventually the seamless interaction of the BETA suite is exemplified through the creation of a CAE model for a durability load case.

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Tuesday 29 October - Part 3


Leonardo Simone Pilo', ArgoTractors

CFD study for cooling performance optimization of a narrow specialty tractor

The design of a specialty tractor is nowadays far more complicated than in the past: more restrictive and conflicting needs from end-users, marketing and homologations should all be packed in a sleek compact design, deteriorating in particular heat management performance.
With this in mind, CFD simulation become an important tool in design process to foresee and optimize cooling performance before prototype production and testing.
Object of the present study is a new project of a specialty narrow tractor, available in four combination: in vineyard or orchard configuration, both with Landini or McCormick brand. The goal of the analysis is to evaluate the flow rate distribution in the hood openings, the flow over cooling packs and their heat dissipation and the underhood flow in general, in order to enhance overall cooling performance as well as operator comfort and safety.

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Riccardo Testi, Piaggio & C.

CAE simulation of a driving mechanism for a two-wheeler

A CAE simulation was performed to assess the dynamic behavior and the structural performance of a driving mechanism of a two-wheeler. MBS, FEM and durability tools were used.

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Michele Ghisalberti, Industrie Saleri Italo

Performance prediction of centrifugal water pumps for automotive industry

The aim of this study is to analyse the performances of centrifugal water pumps comparing the results obtained with different CFD codes (both commercial and opensource) with experimental data.
The simulations have been performed employing both steady and transient solvers after carrying out a grid independence study.
The results obtained by this work highlight the cons and pros of the different methods and allow to forecast with more accuracy the behavior of centrifugal pumps by CFD simulations.

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Gerhard Spindelberger, Engineering Center Steyr

Harald Ziegelwanger, Engineering Center Steyr
Vibrational fatigue calculation of solder joints with FEMFAT spectral

A simulation process for the calculation of vibrational solder joint fatigue in FEMFAT spectral is presented. The process consists of three core technologies: semi-automatic generation of substitute FE-models for electronics components, automatic placement of these FE-models on FE-models of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and automatic generation of solder joint submodels, for which the geometry is calculated based on pin dimensions of the electronics component, the pad dimensions on the PCB, solder volume, surface tension and gravitation. With a single frequency response analysis (FRA) applied on an FE-model of an electronic device equipped with our substitute FE-models, and static analyses of all solder joint submodels, the vibrational solder joint fatigue can be efficiently calculated in FEMFAT spectral, where the section forces in the pins of the electronics components are mapped onto the submodels and scaled by a power spectral density to calculate the damage in all solder joints.

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15.50 - 16.20



Elia Agnani, Protesa

Corrado Ficuciello, CFKAD
Roberto Saponelli, SACMI S.C.
Virtual design process with CFD numerical evaluation of a motorbike

The manufacturing industry market has been recently invested by a huge technological development. New technologies have been introduced, starting from the design till the final creation of the object, making the whole process more fast and simple. In this framework, being competitive requires to be fast in leading clear and reliable solutions to the clients.
In this study, modern CAE tools are used to perform the virtual restyling of a motorbike. The whole design process consists in multiple steps, namely the acquisition of the existent geometry by means of 3D scanning, the definition of the mathematical model and finally the CFD simulation, validated with experimental data from wind tunnel. This approach allows to quickly verify the influence of geometrical modifications on global performance of the motorbike.
The geometries and CFD results are then combined in an interactive VR environment. This is a unique and innovative way of presenting, that allows the client to virtually visualize the final product in its real dimensions, and to interactively check the performance derived from geometrical variations.

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Saverio Giulio Barbieri, Astra Research

Matteo Giacopini, Astra Research
Roberto Rosi, Astra Research
A Finite Element numerical methodology for the mechanical analysis of cylinder liners of a high performance internal combustion engine

In this paper a numerical Finite Element methodology is proposed, which aims at evaluating the cylinder liner bore distortion in an eight-cylinder V-type four stroke turbocharged engine. In particular, preliminary Finite Element models are developed and properly tuned in order to obtain the same cylinder liner distortion registered by experimental measurements, where a single engine bank is coupled with a simplified test engine head. Further Finite Element analyses, both thermal and thermo-mechanical, are then performed to evaluate the cylinder liner distortion considering the actual engine head. In order to speed up the analyses, the engine head, the gasket, and the bolt tightening are substituted by pressure distributions mimicking the actual contact interactions. The methodology reveals itself to be well correlated with the experimental evidences and with the complete Finite Element model of the engine bank thus consisting in a useful tool for the virtual component approval.

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Marco Mulas, Vento CFD

Rossano Zucca, Vento CFD
Computational Fluid Dynamics 2.0. A major step forward

We would like to present a technology that we started developing about 15 years ago, and that radically changes the perspective and the expectations of CFD users about what can be simulated and in how much time it can be done. We believe it is a paradigm shift and that is the reason why we call it CFD 2.0.
In order to let the audience understand what we mean by paradigm shift, we will show applications to a few 3D models chosen for their extreme geometrical complexity. The models, of interest in the Automotive industry, include very many detailed representations of countless objects whose scales start from few millimeters.
The technical recipe of our CFD 2.0 is made of our latest version of the Immersed Boundary technique and an automatic Cartesian Grid Generator. This technology allows to decrease the user time needed in the preprocessing phase from hours and days to less than 10 minutes, no matter the complexity of the 3D models, with no need to clean the subgrid objects, reaching amazing and unbelievable levels of robustness and accuracy.

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