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Transient drive cycle simulations that fit your product development schedule.

Drive Cycle Extension enables you to simulate dynamic, transient drive cycles for 3D vehicle models. This extension fits into your product development cycle (solving complex high-resolution simulations in less than a week) and delivers accurate results on which you can base your design decisions. 

How Drive Cycle Extension Works

Drive Cycle Extension is a separately licensed feature that works within our CoTherm software. By specifying drive cycle data along with initial thermal and CFD models, you can create and automate transient drive cycle simulations. The software enables efficient simulation of these complex cycles by eliminating high-frequency input data (which will not affect results) and by characterizing the fluid dynamics with a small set of representative cases. Drive Cycle Extension helps you manage the process and reduce the amount of required computation by guiding you through the steps of simplifying the input data and determining what CFD cases to run. Drive Cycle Extension then delivers an accurate analysis to optimize powertrain components, test for emissions compliance, or create an efficient workflow for design exploration.

Get Started with Drive Cycle Simulations

Replicating real-world drive cycle simulations is complex. Our method will help you create a workflow that requires less computational resources and reduces the number of needed inputs – but it is still a new process to learn. To help you manage the complexity, we offer hands-on training and personal support. Because of the flexible framework of CoTherm and Drive Cycle Extension, we work with you to help you customize the simulation process to your exact starting point and scenarios of interest. In short, we will be with you every step of the way as you seek to create an intelligent, ROI-generating process.

Extending the Capabilites of Simulation

Adopting a transient simulation process will position your organization for future developments in thermal simulation. As research continues to evolve simulation techniques for product development, we look forward to extending the capabilities of drive cycle simulation. Areas of research include topics such as assessing the durability of components, using multi-dimensional samples spaces for steady cases, and combining multiple coupling techniques. These enhancements will create a process where more decisions and collaboration can be completed earlier in product development.