Technical Editorial Webcast Series from the editors of SAE

Powertrain Design and Validation: Technologies and Techniques for Off-Highway and Commercial Vehicle Engineers

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Noon U.S. EST

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There are many design decisions that go into the engineering of complex light- and heavy-duty engines that will exceed efficiency and reliability requirements. On their plates and on their computers, engineers must deal with such complexities as determining the right components and subsystems, material choices, aftertreatment options, combustion characteristics, regulation drivers, systems integration, NVH reduction, thermal loads, alternative fuels, and ECUs. And, the right decision is paramount. However, in terms of light- and heavy-duty powertrain engineering, the most important phase is the testing and simulation of the design long before the engine is built in prototype or placed in equipment in the field. Adding complexity to the off-highway and commercial vehicle design process is the fact that beyond such core needs as accurately simulating such important aspects as the combustion process, thermal loads, and systems/component integration, new industry trends such as vehicle electrification call for versatile testing technologies that can help streamline product development and cost-effective product validation. The webcast speakers will address these important topics and also discuss how adapting model-based development tools to specific areas, such as hardware-in-the-loop integration testing, flexible dyno testing, or even software-in-the-loop validation, can help streamline the process for product development and allow for faster, more cost-effective product validation. They also will examine using the latest capabilities to simulate fuel effects on engine performance parameters, as well as emission by-products, such as greenhouse gases, CO, and soot, as a way to foster innovation and reduce development costs. In addition, the speakers will answer questions from the audience during the webcast's live Q&A segment.

Industry Expert Participants:

Jace Allen, Lead Technical Specialist for Simulation and Test Systems, dSPACE Inc.
Jace Allen, Lead Technical Specialist for Simulation and Test Systems at dSPACE Inc., has designed and managed more than 200 hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) system implementations for various customers. In the past 20 years, he has handled many diverse modeling, controls, and simulation test applications in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and aerospace areas. His background includes model and core product development for vehicle powertrain, safety/security systems, and software development with embedded controls tools.

Boris Marovic, Product Marketing Manager, Mechanical Analysis Division, Mentor Graphics
Boris Marovic is Product Marketing Manager for Automotive & Transportation in the Mentor Graphics Mechanical Analysis Division. He is based in Frankfurt, Germany. He studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart with a major in aircraft design and aerodynamics and started with Mentor Graphics (formerly Flomerics) as Application Engineer where he was responsible for FloEFD support, training, consulting, and software demonstration. In his current role as Product Marketing Manager, he is responsible for future product enhancements and requirements for all Mechanical Analysis Division products as well as customer relations and marketing activities for the automotive and transportation industry.

Scott Drennan, Director of Applications Engineering and Services, Reaction Design
Scott Drennan is Director of Applications Engineering and Services with Reaction Design. Prior to Reaction Design, he was Product Line Leader for Turbines & Plant Optimization and Manager of Combustion and Emissions Services at EPRI. Previously, he spent seven years with COEN Inc. and conducted CFD analyses at Allison Gas Turbines. Scott earned his mechanical engineering degree from the University of California, Irvine.


Lisa Arrigo
Custom Electronics Products Editor
SAE International
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