Ricardo Suite 2017.1
Ricardo, a leading provider of technology, product innovation, engineering solutions and strategic consulting to the world's automotive, transport and energy industries, announced the release Ricardo Software version 2017.1, which supports a wide range of design and analysis software products developed specifically for application during the powertrain development and vehicle integration processes.
Ricardo Software 2017.1 Release:
We are releasing brand new post-processing software, RPOST, with standard and customizable templates, results versioning, and several features to help users create simple and complex analyses based on their simulation results. Initially, RPOST is available for IGNITE and in ASCII file format only. RPOST functionality will be available for our other Software tools during 2018. There are several usability enhancements in R-Desk, including improvements regarding the model’s input data with graphical visualization of tables and better control on the reset of individual values to default settings, and multiple model canvas improvements, such as orthogonal routing, connection snapping and model annotations. With the increase of the number of Hybrid and Electrical vehicles being designed and produced, new analyses challenges have arisen. Ricardo Software is constantly updating its toolset to cope with the addition of new technologies. For example, a series of improvements have been made including the addition of continuous zero-velocity sections enabling start-stop simulation and co-simulation, and updates to the systems level parallel hybrid controller to cope with different HEV architectures (P1, P2 and P3).
WAVE has moved to a modern graphical environment allowing the user to design virtual vehicle models with a user friendly GUI. Now, both of our fluids tools WAVE and VECTIS are working within a common interface which enables easier integration between our 1D and 3D toolsets, as is already the case with our systems tool, IGNITE. In addition WAVE has moved to R-Desk and we have developed a GT Power importer to enable full integration with our class-leading acoustics WAVE toolbox. There has been significative improvement in the usability of our real-time technology, WAVE-RT, with more accurate physics with crank-angle resolution, predictive combustion models and F1 technology. We have made our leading in-cylinder simulations using VECTIS even faster, more accurate with a stronger process chain through development of CAD repair and improved modelling in spray and combustion regimes. For under-hood simulation, our fastest and most predictable convergence rates have been achieved by improvements to meshing and solver solution control.
Significant improvements in our system modeling tool, IGNITE, are now available. A brand new Modelica Editor App with code completion, syntax and semantic error checking, correction suggestions, among other features are now available. The diverse range of modelling libraries has been increased with the adoption of seven Modelon libraries enabling users to extend the use of IGNITE to a wide variety of different industrial sectors and applications. Numerous model building enhancements have also been added or improved, including the ability to easy import and export Modelica user libraries or FMU, and co-simulation with Simulink.
There are many new features and improvements in our mechanical toolset that enable our customers to carry out complex analyses with better usability, such as state-of-the-art ovate spring models to predict durability, an oil aeration model to understand the impact on lubricated surfaces and improvements in accuracy on engine bearing analysis with the dynamic rod model. Further improvements in our NVH analysis capabilities have been added with the combination of vibratory loading from various sources.
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