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Reduced energy consumption and environmental impact from road vehicles through the development and implementation of simulation tools

Objective



Objectives

The objective is to develop and validate a standardised Vehicle Mission Simulation (VMS) tool for advancing and optimising efficient road based transport systems.

The simulation tool will have a wide application:
Assist from System Design and Integration to Policy Decision Support. Suitable for a wide range of users.
Model energy usage and environmental impact of current and future vehicles.
Includes Internal Combustion, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles.

Technical Approach

The project includes a number of key phases:
Systems Identification
- system boundaries, parameters, interactions and data formats Data Acquisition
- collection of data on routes, vehicles and systems
Systems Modelling
- definition of algorithms and optimisation routines
Implementation
- object oriented software analysis, design and implementation Simulation and Optimisation
- validation and use of the VMS tool to optimise vehicle/route combinations.

Expected Achievements and Exploitation

The use of object oriented software technology to produce a simulation tool which is easy to reconfigure or extend.
The key features of the software tool include:
- intuitive graphical user interface.
- can be used by a wide variety of users with different levels of expertise.
- simulate a comprehensive range of systems and components. - accept data in many different formats.
- include calculation of multiple scenarios and optimisation routines. - robust and comprehensive relational database.
- on-line help system.
- executable windows program.
A database will be constructed including data on routes, vehicles and individual systems and components.
The VMS tool will be validated against a matrix of different vehicle types and routes. The tool will be used to define ways of optimising a number of existing vehicle/route combinations to reduce energy consumption and environmental impact.
The VMS tool will be able to assess a wide variety of control strategies and algorithms.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

MIRA LIMITED
Address
Watling Street
CV10 0TU Nuneaton
United Kingdom

Participants (20)

CENTRE OF LOGISTICS AND EXPERT SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
Address
55-57,Karl-scharfenberg-strasse 55-57
38229 Salzgitter
CEST PROGRAMMES LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Berners Road 5, Islington
N1 0PW London
CITELEC
Belgium
Address
2,Pleinlaan 2
1050 Bruxelles
E.ON UK PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Ratcliffe-on-soar
NG11 0EE Nottingham
Firstbus Transit Developments
United Kingdom
Address
Manvers Street
BA1 1JJ Bath
GKN Technology
United Kingdom
Address
Birmingham New Road
WV4 6BW Wolverhampton
Impetus Consultants Ltd.
Greece
Address
9,Syngrou Avenue
11748 Athens
Institute for Applied Automotive Research
Spain
Address
L'albornar
43710 Santa Oliva
KRAFTVERKEHRSGESELLSCHAFT MBH BRAUNSCHWEIG
Germany
Address
1,In Den Blumentriften 1
38226 Salzgitter
LE MOTEUR MODERNE SA
France
Address
9,Rue Benoit Frachon 9
91127 Palaiseau
Oldham France SA
France
Address
Rue Alexandre Fleming
62033 Arras
Shell International Petroleum Co Ltd
United Kingdom
Address

SE1 7NA London
Société des Transports Collectifs Rochelais
France
Address
Rue Du Moulin De Vendôme
17140 Lacord
T&B Technology and Business Srl
Italy
Address
Via Ceccardi 1/17
16121 Genova
TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL RESEARCH LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Bore Street 16
WS13 6LL Lichfield
Transports de Barcelona SA
Spain
Address
21-23,Calle 60
08040 Barcelona
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
Address
Plassey Technological Park
61 Limerick
University of Central England in Birmingham
United Kingdom
Address
Perry Barr
B42 2SU Birmingham
Wavedriver Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Beech House Cambridge Road Melbourn
SG8 6TA Royston
École d'Ingenieurs en Genie des Systemes Industriels
France
Address
26R Rue De Vaux De Foletier
17011 La Rochelle