Simulation solutions for ultra-clean vehicle architectures
Simulation solutions for ultra-clean vehicle architectures
exothermia suite is an exhaust aftertreatment system simulation tool of unparalleled scientific depth, combined with continuous validations vs real-world tests.
exothermia suite provides industry proven solutions including:
exothermia suite provides a wide range of capabilities including:
Stationary applications, such as gen-sets operate by nature in different modes compared to engines used in the on-road sector. On the other hand, the design priorities and exhaust system specifications are also different and sometimes stricter especially with respect to durability, maintenance and effects on operational costs.
exothermia suite works closely with this particular industry sector offering cost-efficient model-based solutions for the design and control of such systems.
The emission reduction and on-board monitoring requirements for two-wheelers is putting high pressure to this cost-sensitive industry.
exothermia suite offers tools and engineering services for catalyst design, control and diagnosis optimization using – and adapting when necessary – the experience obtained from the automotive sector.
Off road engines will require both PM and NOx emission control technologies that will fulfill the emission limits over long useful lives. The design and control optimization of a multi component EAT system is impossible without resorting to advanced CAE methods and tools accounting for long-term deterioration effects and failure mode analysis.
SCR on filter presents a most interesting case with non-obvious impacts of ash and ageing interactions on NOx conversion, NH3 slip and pressure drop. exothermia suite proposes new models and simulation environment setups to provide timely answers to complex problems.
Recent and upcoming regulations for NOx emissions in marine applications require the installation of large and expensive deNOx equipment. Due to the extremely high testing and optimization efforts and costs associated with the certification process, it will be necessary to rely on well established predictive models.
Based on the experience already acquired on the on-road sector, exothermia suite is ready to support the engine and supplier industry to deal with this challenging engineering task.
In 2020, Exothermia released a publication entitled “Model-Based Comparison of Passive SCR Aftertreatment Systems for Electrified Diesel Application”, jointly prepared with Punch Torino SpA, former GM Global Propulsion Systems Torino. This was presented in the 2020 “CO2 Reduction for Transportation Systems Conference” virtual event (July 7th-9th https://conferences.ata.it/). The article demonstrates a model based benchmarking of various powertrain topologies and exhaust aftertreatment (EAT) configurations, aiming at optimizing fuel consumption – emissions – & system cost tradeoff for a Diesel HEV. EAT system modeling has been performed using some of the advanced feature of exothermia suite, including electrically heated catalyst models and virtual sensors/controllers.
Digital Twinning of Future Battery Technologies
Exothermia has initiated a new R&D project aiming to develop an innovative simulation tool for batteries used in electrified vehicles. The new product is expected to offer a breakthrough solution assisting the battery engineers develop efficient and reliable systems reducing costs and time-to-market.
The project will be based on a multi-scale approach, spanning from battery cells to modules and packs using rigorous physics-based models. Particular attention will be paid to the assessment of battery lifetime and reliability, including the modeling of fire risk and safety measures. The project will focus not only on battery chemistries currently on the market but also those expected to reach the market in the future.
Thanks to the innovative approach to be adopted, the models will offer concrete advantages compared to current state-of-the-art and open new possibilities for improved understanding and predictive modeling of processes, indicatively: ageing modeling for lifetime assessment, hysteresis, localized (non-uniform) Li-plating; assessment of future electrode and electrolyte materials for Li-ion and Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) cells; advanced cooling system design; thermal runaway studies; advanced battery Management and state estimators; future technologies for embedded sensing and self-healing.
The software will be used to generate digital twins of battery cells, modules and packs, usable in the automotive industry CAE departments as well as to R&D departments of the suppliers involved in interdisciplinary environments. This way, the detailed electrochemical models will be easily portable to simulation platforms used in vehicle level simulators, where the battery is treated as a grey/black box.
The project is financially supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021, in the frame of the Programme “Business Innovation Greece”.
Emission Control Technologies for Zero Carbon Fueled Engines
Τhe enterprise EXOTHERMIA SA, which is headquartered in the Region of Central Macedonia, was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union for the implementation of its project under the Action “Investment Plans of Innovation“ in the Region of Central Macedonia, under the framework of the Operational Program “Central Macedonia 2014-2020.”
The Action aims to assist enterprises and research organizations in implementing research projects.
The use of carbon-free fuels in internal combustion engines is a very attractive solution in the direction of CO2 emissions reduction. In road transport, the use of hydrogen (H2) as a fuel in internal combustion engines is proposed as a clean fuel for LD/HD vehicles. At the same time, in the field of maritime transport and in line with the IMO’s proposed strategy for reducing CO2 emissions from ships, the use of ammonia (NH3) as a marine fuel will be adopted at increased rates.
In this investment plan Exothermia SA intends to develop new simulation models and acquire know-how in the emerging area of zero-carbon engines. Specifically, the project aims to investigate the operation of H2 and NH3 fueled combustion engines with the respective de-NOx after-treatment systems using testing and modeling methods. The target is to develop a complete simulator to be used in the combined optimization of combustion and emissions after-treatment in on-road and marine applications.
Investment’s total budget is 399,430€ out of which 319,544€ is public expenditure. The Action is co-financed by Greece and the European Union – European Regional Development Fund.
The approved investment plan includes the following categories of investment:
Through its participation in the Action the company achieves:
Thermal management under the spotlight!
For decades we used to treat heat as a low-value, unwanted energy form, an indicator of inefficiencies. Diesel engine engineers, on the other hand, are struggling to use every Joule of heat available in the exhaust gases to keep the catalysts active, especially under city driving conditions.
As our name implies, we feel comfortable with heat and our everyday work is to help engineers make best use of it.
Indeed, a bunch of technologies are available to keep the exhaust system warm, all of them requiring some extra fuel, so the question is how to achieve your emission targets with the least fuel and CO2 penalty.
With the valuable support of the co-Funded project ‘Thermatech’, we are determined to develop the most comprehensive model-based approach to deal with the complexity of this trade-off problem in the early development phase. Combining our expertise in testing & modeling Diesel engines, exhaust systems and heat exchangers, we will trace every bit of energy and heat flow at component and system level over the next couple of years.
Many thanks to Greek Ministry of Development of Greece for selecting our research proposal and co-financing the project through the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and Greek national funds in the frame of the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code: Τ1EDK-01120)
New research project plugged-in!
Exothermia kicks-off a new research project in the field of powertrain electrification. The SIEVE (Simulation platform of energy processes in electric and hybrid vehicles) project will accelerate the development of innovative modeling of powertrain elements for hybrid and electric vehicles.
We are excited to intensify our research in high-fidelity component level modeling with the support of the EU/Greek co-funding schemes. Building on our standard practices, we will combine top level testing and measurement techniques with innovative modeling methods to reach the next level of predictive vehicle level simulations in electrified vehicles.
Looking forward to delivering our research findings over the coming three years. Stay tuned!
Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union and Greek national funds through the Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, under the call RESEARCH – CREATE – INNOVATE (project code: Τ1EDK-01080)
KEYWORDS: Electrification, Electric vehicles, Hybrid vehicles, Modeling, Simulation tools
Innovation Vouchers for small, micro and medium-sized enterprises of the Region of Central Macedonia
Τhe enterprise Exothermia SA with headquarters in the Region of Central Macedonia, was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union (ΕΕ) for the implementation of its project under the Action “Innovation Vouchers for small, micro and medium-sized enterprises of the Region of Central Macedonia “, under the framework of the Operational Program «Central Macedonia» 2014-2020.
The Action is aimed at empowering small, micro and medium-sized enterprises, through the purchase of innovative consulting services and transfer of know-how from recognized Innovation Institutes, in order to develop innovative products / services or operation processes and improve the quality of their products / services.
Ιnvestment’s total budget is 10,000€. (100% public expenditure). The Action is co-financed by Greece and the European Union – European Regional Development Fund.
Through participation in the Action, the company achieved:
Support Micro and Small Enterprises affected by Covid-19
Exothermia S.A., with headquarters in the Region of Central Macedonia Greece, was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union (EE) for the implementation of its project under the Action “Support micro and small enterprises affected by Covid-19 in Central Macedonia“ under the framework of the Operational Program «Central Macedonia» 2014-2020.
The Action is aimed at empowering micro and small enterprises in the Region of Central Macedonia in the form of a non-repayable grant to ensure sufficient liquidity to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Investment’s total budget is 50.000€ (100% public expenditure). The Action is co-financed by Greece and the European Union – European Regional Development Fund.
State-of-the-art electronic equipment
Exothermia with headquarters in the Region of Central Macedonia, Greece, was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union for the implementation of its project under the Action “Technology Vouchers for small and micro enterprises of the Region of Central Macedonia “.
The Action is aimed at empowering small and micro enterprises, through the purchase of innovative ICT applications, in order to strengthen the ICT implementation strand, as key support technology, toachieve improvements in productivity terms and promotional activities.
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