Modelling technology aids development of low carbon vehicles

Written by: Laura Hopperton | Published:

An innovative modelling technology developed by Dassault Systèmes has been selected for use as part of a £29million project to develop next generation low carbon vehicles.

The West Midlands based initiative, dubbed the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project (LCVTP), is being led by WMG, alongside partners Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Zytek, Ricardo, MIRA and Coventry University.

Dassault's Dymola modelling technology is being used as the common plant modelling tool. The multi domain modelling and simulation system is designed to allow engineers to visualise a joined up, seamless understanding of vehicle architecture and dynamics and allow them to simulate everything from control system design to driveability.

According to Claytex, Dymola's UK distributor, it will enable the teams to investigate and optimise every component before physically building a vehicle, reducing time to market. "We're delighted that WMG continues to see the advantages of Dymola, and we're proud to be contributing to a new era in world leading, low carbon British manufacturing excellence," said Mike Dempsey, md, Claytex.

"This project will provide an opportunity for partners to evaluate their capability to model mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of hybrid electric vehicle systems," concluded Ross McMurran, manager of WMG's Embedded Systems Group. "It will also ensure Britain's leading role in shaping the future of passenger transport."

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