A New Co-Simulation Approach for Tolerance Analysis on Vehicle Propulsion Subsystem

How to use a new co-simulation method to create a propulsion subsystem.


An increasing demand for reducing cost and time effort of the design process via improved CAE (ComputerAided Engineer) tools and methods has characterized the automotive industry over the past two decades. One of the main challenges involves the effective simulation of a vehicle’s propulsion system dealing with different physical domains: several examples have been proposed in the literature mainly based on co-simulation approach which involves a specific tool for each propulsion system part modeling. Nevertheless, these solutions are not fully suitable and effective to perform statistical analysis including all physical parameters. In this respect, this paper presents the definition and implementation of a new simulation methodology applied to a propulsion subsystem.

The reported approach is based on the usage of Synopsys SABER as dominant tool for co-simulation: models of electronic circuitry, electro-mechanical components and control algorithm are implemented in SABER to perform tolerance analysis; in addition, a dynamic link with engine plant model developed in GT-SUITE environment has been established via a dedicated procedure. Moreover, a HPC Grid (High Performance Computing Grid) is used with the aim to execute simulations of long engine maneuvers as well as to parallelize jobs while applying Monte-Carlo methods. The overall approach is tested on the active thermal management subsystem of a General Motors internal combustion engine in order to evaluate the robustness of control algorithm against electromechanical part variation and software calibration settings.

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  • Claudio Mancuso, Domenico Cavaiuolo, and Giuseppe Corbo GM Global Propulsion Systems
  • Iakovos Papadimitriou Gamma Technologies LLC
  • Nicolas Brown Synopsys Inc

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