“FEV Virtual Engine 25.1”: Dynamic simulation with extended functionality
FEV software allows high-precision two-sided elasto-hydrodynamics, wear prediction and extended timing drive chain friction analysis
Aachen-based engineering service provider FEV has launched a new release of its "FEV Virtual Engine” 3D powertrain dynamics simulation software. Version 25.1 offers significant enhancements for elastohydrodynamic (EHD) journal bearing and piston-liner simulation as well as an advanced friction analysis for chain drives.
“With the new release, we have added important functionality to FEV Virtual Engine that allows significant test cell development work to be replaced by simulation”, explained Professor Stefan Pischinger, president and CEO of the FEV Group. “Virtual Engine enables rapid and reliable predictions of drivetrain dynamics, resulting in dramatic reductions in the required development time.”
Since its introduction in 2008, the innovative, template-based FEV Virtual Engine software has combined the advantages of easy-to-use, special-purpose software with the performance of a universal, extensible dynamic simulation software tool.
"Virtual Engine’s extensive modeling options enable not only the analysis of every component in conventional powertrain drive systems, but it also includes simulation of new and innovative alternative designs such as start / stop systems, hybrid drives, transmissions and drivelines", said Mustafa Duyar, Product Business Manager for FEV Virtual Engine.
EHD analysis with even enhanced performance
Additionally to the proven one-sided elasto-hydrodynamic approach, the analysis now includes a two-sided elasto-hydrodynamics, so that the local deformations of both, the journal and bearing surfaces are calculated. This is particularly important for journal designs with lower stiffness such as hollow journals or piston pins.
The advanced two-sided EHD analysis is also applicable to piston and liner during the piston secondary dynamics simulation. With the advanced wear analysis, the wear of both, the bearing and journal surface can be evaluated. Additionally, the advanced wear analysis is capable to eliminate material from the bearing and journal surfaces during the dynamic analysis which allows to mimic the effect of real wear. The shape modification resulting from material removal can help to rate the durability of the journal bearing.
Extended Timing Drive Chain Friction Analysis
The friction model of chain drive elements has been extended with a viscous friction model. Chain Friction Analysis now covers the combination of internal and external chain friction results to assess the total timing chain drive friction. Total friction can be calculated over a user-defined simulation time interval.
Automatic Optimization of Valve Lift
Automatic optimization of the valve lift curve to maximize the gas exchange is now available for roller finger follower and rocker type valvetrains. Further optimization options will follow with the next release.
The FEV Group, with headquarters in Aachen, Germany, is an internationally recognized vehicle development services provider. FEV’s expertise ranges from consulting to the development and testing of innovative vehicle concepts through readiness for serial production. In addition to traditional engine and transmission development, vehicle integration, calibration, and the homologation of state-of-the-art gasoline and diesel engines, increasing importance is being placed on the development of hybrid and electric powertrains as well as alternative fuels. FEV experts focus on the advancement of electronic control systems, as well as connected vehicles and automation.
The “FEV Software and Testing Solutions” product portfolio complements these services with cutting-edge test fields, measuring equipment and software solutions that help make the development process more efficient and transfer significant process steps from the road to the test rig – or even to computer simulation.
FEV offers these services to its transport industry customers around the world. The FEV Group employs over 5600 highly-qualified specialists in high-tech development centers near its customers at 40 locations on four continents.