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Thermal Management and Aerodynamics

The component development tasks for the engine and vehicle are distributed over a number of departments. Using consistent simulation models delivers a virtual overall system simulation environment that is consistently detailed during the design process. This enables the sharing of relevant data across the various disciplines required for the study of vehicle thermal management systems (VTMS).

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Why Thermal Management

A well designed engine cooling system enables fast engine warm-up

  • to reduce friction losses
  • to allow minimum time to afterteatment system light-off
  • to quickly clear the windshield of ice and condensation
  • to ensure adequate cooling of all engine components under all operating and weather conditions
  • to allow comfortable cooling or warming of the passenger compartment

Simulation Enables Performance

To assist the optimization of VTMS systems, AVL has established a comprehensive methodology for advanced vehicle simulation, including the simulation of: engine performance; exhaust gas aftertreatment; cooling and oil circuits; engine compartment flow; and heat transfer between fluids and structure.

Superior Tools for Superior Solutions

AVL offers an integrated set of tools consisting of: AVL BOOST, for calculating 1D gas dynamics, performance, cooling and oil circuits and exhaust aftertreatment; AVL CRUISE, the industry standard for integrated vehicle simulations; and AVL FIRE®, 3D CFD for IC engine and vehicle development. These tools facilitate seamless development and optimization of vehicle thermal management systems and control strategies.