IMPERIUM

IMPERIUM

IMplementation of Powertrain Control for Economic and Clean Real driving emission and fuel ConsUMption

Objective

CAE and simulation techniques are widely deployed throughout the automotive and trucking industry to reduce cost and improve time to market when developing new technological solutions. Ricardo’s work on the IMPERIUM program tackles the topic of how to assess the impact and benefit of connected and predictive control technologies, such as ‘Connected eHorizon’, in real-world scenarios within the context of a virtual engineering environment.

Customer Benefit

The IMPERIUM (IMplementation of Powertrain control for Economic, low Real driving emIssions and fuel consUMption) project launched in September 2016 with the aim of demonstrating real world fuel savings on heavy-duty long haul trucks through the application of advanced control and connected technologies. Funded through the European Commission’s H2020 Programme, Ricardo is working with many partners, including Continental, DAF, Volvo and Iveco to demonstrate a 20% reduction in real-world CO2 emissions relative to a 2014 baseline.

Technology

Ricardo will use a state of the art simulation environment, developed in-house, coupled with advanced control strategies to assess the virtual vehicle performance under real world driving conditions. This leads to a deep understanding of impact of these technologies on the CO2 emissions, and consequently the running cost, of the vehicle. In turn this allows rapid selection of the optimum connected-vehicle technology configuration without relying on extensive fleet testing, giving savings to both development time and cost.

Ricardo have developed a cohesive simulation environment, integrating

  • High fidelity virtual vehicle and powertrain models using Ricardo’s software solutions
  • Advanced agent-based traffic modelling environment using Ricardo’s Agent Drive software
  •  Simulation of Beyond state-of-the-art Connected eHorizon
  • Advanced predictive control strategies for a wide range of vehicle sub-system

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 713783 and from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract no.16.0063 for the Swiss consortium members.

Website: http://www.imperium-project.eu/


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 713783 and from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract no.16.0063 for the Swiss consortium members.