THOMSON

THOMSON

Mild Hybrid cOst effective solutions for a fast Market penetration

Objective

The THOMSON (Mild Hybrid cOst effective solutions for a fast Market penetration) project is an EU-funded industry and academia collaboration which aims to demonstrate the potential of cost efficient 48V systems to increase vehicle fuel economy and to reduce pollutant emissions, thus supporting a faster penetration of electrified powertrains into the market.

The twin approach (through Diesel and CNG applications) proposed in the project will demonstrate the potential of complementary functions, e.g. e-boosting and an e-heated catalyst, thanks to the energy recovery capability with mild hybridisation.

Customer Benefit

Within THOMSON, Ricardo will deliver an integrated hybrid powertrain and vehicle simulation toolchain enabling the optimisation of energy usage plus  engine and aftertreatment calibration over a range of drive-cycles, whilst meeting noxious emissions constraints and minimising CO2 emissions.

This toolchain aims to increase the efficiency of new technical developments such as advanced technology vehicle demonstrators, with potential to deliver projects ~15% sooner and cheaper by reducing physical testing and calibration time.

The approach for this project incorporates a thermal model and a transient air path model into the Ricardo IMBD (Integrated Model Based Development) interface, allowing thermal management and engine calibration be optimised at a system level

Technology

  • The targets for the toolset development aspect of the THOMSON project are:
    • Develop an integrated vehicle model capturing electrical, thermal and mechanical energy flows
    • Develop an optimisation method to allow cost/benefit evaluation of the technologies and inform hardware selection
    • Develop an optimisation method to allow cost/benefit evaluation of the technologies and inform hardware selection
  • The functional requirements of the toolset are:
    • The integrated models must be of sufficient fidelity to enable confident hardware selection decisions
    • The optimisation of the models must be possible within project timescales
    • The models should be adaptable for re-use with other vehicle simulations and technologies

Website: www.thomson-project.eu/


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 724037