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Fluid optimisation Workflows for Highly Effective Automotive Development Processes

Objective

The automotive industry has recently seen a paradigmatic shift from design processes based on physical prototypes to a computationally aided product development process (PDP) based on virtual prototypes. To maintain the competitiveness of European car manufacturers, a significant reduction of lead development time is required. The main potential for improvement lies in further exploitation of virtual development and especially in further automation of these virtual processes through optimal design techniques. Optimal design techniques are mature and are being used in structural mechanics in the automotive industry, as well as in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in the aeronautical industry. However, this potential has not yet been realised for CFD in the automotive industry. To integrate these methods into workflows within the routine PDP, the project will make advances with adjoint sensitivity methods, mesh-based and CAD-based shape optimisation, high-Reynolds number topology optimisation. Complete CFD optimisation workflows, i.e. chains of optimisation techniques adapted to the automotive processes for the early as well as later stages of development will be integrated into the PDP. Aspects of process stability, data management, storage, numerical efficiency will be addressed in conjunction with an analysis of current PDP practices. The current practices of organising the PDP will be analysed, the areas of potential for optimisation workflows identified and where necessary alterations of the PDP will be made. Key use cases within the design process defined by the two car manufacturers in the project will be demonstrated and the resulting reduction in lead time will be validated. European SMEs play a leading role in developing the software tools for the PDP and in supporting the car manufacturers in implementing these tools in their PDPs. Three SMEs with a track record of working with the automotive industry are partners in the project.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid dynamics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/computational fluid dynamics

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 839 688
Administrative Contact
Jens-Dominik Müller (Dr.)

Participants (10)

CD-adapco France
France
EU contribution
€ 183 043
Address
Rue Delizy 38
93698 Pantin Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Soraya Boulegroun (Ms.)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 332 767
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helle Vibeke Laegring (Ms.)
ESI GROUP
France
EU contribution
€ 253 482
Address
100-102 Avenue De Suffren
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yazid Hammoumraoui (Mr.)
FE-DESIGN GmbH zur Herstellung von Analysesoftware mbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 557 302
Address
Haid-und-neu-str. 7
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Sauter (Dr.)
ICON TECHNOLOGY & PROCESS CONSULTING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 242
Address
Harben House, Harben Parade, Finchley Road
NW3 6LH London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Weston (Mr.)
RENAULT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 182 307
Address
Quai Le Gallo 13
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Mckay (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 331 017
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Ronchetti (Ms.)
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 49 072
Address
Kliment Ohridsky Bd 8
1000 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Georgi Todorov (Dr.)
VOLKSWAGEN AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 122 255
Address
Berliner Ring 2
38440 Wolfsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Schuh (Dr.)
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 158 502
Address
Plac Politechniki 1
00 661 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dorota Bak (Ms.)