WSU and AVL Expand Partnership, Adds Advanced Mobility Simulation Software

Wayne State University in Detroit announced AVL, one of the world’s largest automotive development, simulation, and testing company headquartered in Plymouth Township, is expanding its University Partnership Program for the next generation of engineers.
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AVL and Wayne State University are expanding their partnership, part of which includes AVL providing the university cutting-edge simulation software. // Courtesy of WSU

Wayne State University in Detroit announced AVL, one of the world’s largest automotive development, simulation, and testing company headquartered in Plymouth Township, is expanding its University Partnership Program for the next generation of engineers.

As part of the programs expansion, AVL will provide multiple departments in the WSU College of Engineering with access to its full portfolio of cutting-edge simulation software tools, including the AVL Cruise M, AVL Excite, AVL Fire, AVL VSM, and Model.CONNECT.

“As part of our strategy to close the skills gap, we want our students to have access to the latest technologies that industry leaders are using to foster innovation and grow their businesses,” says Farshad Fotouhi, dean of the College of Engineering and professor of computer science. “This partnership with AVL allows us to integrate these technologies into our curriculum and provide even greater learning experiences with real‐world applications.”

Gene Liao, professor of engineering technology and director of the electric-drive vehicle engineering graduate program, says that his students will use these tools in course homework assignments, term projects, and directed study for modeling and simulation.

AVL Cruise is a flexible vehicle driveline simulations solution that allows user to predict the energy management of a vehicle concept accurately and reliably, find the best balance between efficiency, emissions, performance, and drive quality. Generate realistic component load history for durability analysis and component testing. And use it to support your transmission design process and optimize your shifting strategy.

AVL Excite software solution for powertrain analysis. This powertrain development tool calculates the dynamics, durability, vibration, and acoustics of combustion engines, transmissions, and entire ICE-based or electrified powertrains.

AVL Fire is a solution for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation for the ICE. And in the era of new drive technologies, it is a powerful tool in the development of major components in the electrified powertrain.

AVL Vehicle Simulation (VSM) is a tool that offers users virtual prototypes that can speed up the vehicle attribute development process, reduce time-to-market and development loops, and promote a ‘right-first-time’ methodology.

Model.CONNECT improves development efficiency by interlinking simulation models into a consistent virtual prototype. As part of our integrated and open development platform, it achieves this regardless of the tools they were created with. As hardware becomes available, simulated and model-based testing is gradually replaced with hardware testing. This saves time and cuts costs

“We are excited to help the next-generation of engineers gain experience with the tools and technologies used across the mobility industry today,” says Waldemar Linares, manager of advanced simulation technologies at AVL.

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