Co-Simulation Software for Rapid Prototyping of Vehicle Cooling Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-09-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number: A072-214-3020
Amount: $729,831.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-214
Solicitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
2317-A Market Place, Huntsvillle, AL, 35801
DUNS: 363342069
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steve Vosen
 Staff Scientist
 (256) 694-3056
Business Contact
 Tatiana Shvetsova
Title: Business Officer
Phone: (256) 694-3057
Research Institution
Use of virtual, simulation-base prototyping is starting to routinely be used to streamline and optimize the design of vehicle cooling systems. A new generation of integrated simulation tools is however needed to effectively deal with the evolving complexities of the new cooling system designs. This proposal addresses this need. In Phase I we have developed and demonstrated a novel software capability for performing system analysis based on co-simulation concepts, and a unique approach enabling automatic, on-line optimization of cooling system operation. We have used a general engine model to delineate thermal response of the cooling system to different loads and engine speeds. In Phase II the developed prototype tools will be refined, and additional features will be added to enable designers to graphically prototype a system, optimize its functionality and distribute the analysis data from a single GUI. Using appropriate scaling a universal engine model will be developed allowing thermal analysis of a wide class of diesel powerplants. The tools will be validated and demonstrated on selected vehicle configurations selected in consultation and collaboration with the Army.

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