Before you start reading this blog, think about all the different environments you’ve driven your car in. For example, in the five years I’ve owned my car, I’ve driven it through scorching deserts, up snowy mountains, on crowded freeways, and much more.
All these conditions have certainly affected the energy distribution through my car. But it would be impossible for the engineers who worked on my car to have been able to test every severe condition and how it will affect vehicle energy management, right?
One VEM bench to rule them all
At the Simcenter Engineering Services vehicle energy management facility in Lyon, France, there is a climate-controlled room with a spindle drive chassis dyno. The purpose of this test bench is to bring vehicles to the most severe conditions at drive with a simplified effort, all within a single facility. One bench to rule them all.
This bench enables vehicle energy management (VEM) analysis at the full vehicle level rather than simply at the individual component level, enabling much more accurate results. It also combines test and simulation to capture VEM behavior with the highest accuracy possible.
This bench enables vehicles to be driven on a large panel of test cases. A driving robot replicates standardized driving cycles such as WLTP or EPA regulations.
Additionally, the bench has been recently upgraded with an EV supercharger. This supercharger allows us to perform VEM analysis with the most demanding conditions by providing fast charging.
The Simcenter VEM facility is home not only to this test bench and driving robot, but also to a dedicated team of experts and other equipment that supports companies at every step of their VEM journey.
Join our virtual vehicle energy management facility tour to get up-close access to:
- VEM test-cell, our climate-controlled room with a spindle drive chassis dyno. This allows engineers to observe VEM at the full vehicle level, enabling much more accurate results.
- Instrumentation design office, where engineers create optimized VEM instrumentations by designing and computing customized parts and sensors.
- Transducers office, where engineers calibrate, review, and prepare sensors before entering the instrumentation phase
- Instrumentation lab, where technicians install sensors at key vehicle locations
- Simulation room, where our software experts retrieve raw test data from in-house rigs, post-process and verify the results, develop the models, and transfer the models to the customer
- Project management, where our experts with decades of combined experience oversee each customer project and ensure its success
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