Virtual Engine Calibration (VirCal)

Reference number 2016-05492
Coordinator Aktiebolaget Volvo Penta - Volvo Penta
Funding from Vinnova SEK 6 924 000
Project duration February 2017 - April 2019
Status Ongoing
Venture Electronics, software and communication - FFI
Call 2016-04638-en

Purpose and goal

The goal of this project is to increase the contribution of virtual testing in engine calibration activities. Implementing virtual engine calibration into engine development process will have a direct effect on the engine optimization projects by reducing time, budget and scope achievement (fuel economy and emissions target). The project will be performed with close interactions with a pilot project which is an industrial medium and heavy duty project in Volvo Penta to meet the most recent emission standards. The product of this project is a Virtual Test Cell (VIRTEC).

Expected results and effects

The VIRTEC system is a state of the art technology that provides a solution for the current issue of complex powertrain optimization. The benefit of the system should be visible in the cost and time of the calibration projects. The results of the project are: - Design and development of Virtual Test Cell(VIRTEC) - Develop compatible models for VIRTEC system - Create a working process for joint virtual-physical engine calibration based the pilot project. - A VIRTEC system for Chalmers for future R&D projects - Perform 20% of the engine calibration activities virtually in the pilot project.

Planned approach and implementation

The project consists of four Work Packages during its life time: - Integration: Design and development of the system and creating the necessary elements (models and initial V&V matrix). - Industrialization: the system is ready to be used for other engine configurations in pilot project to cover the whole range of engine optimization project - Automation: the system would be automated and part of the joint virtual-physical engine development - Extension: extension of the system to other engine development activities (research, design, certification and after-market

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