Simulations in development process

Simulation is a key part of our product development process. With simulation tools we can model all relevant physics and chemistry in the exhaust gas aftertreatment systems early in the product development phase.

Flow trajectories in EAT system
Thermal expansion induced displacement
Surface temperature and flow trajectories
We can determine product´s material and structural durability in the concept design phase by durability and fatigue analysis. The simulations range from concept designs and pure research work to fine tuning existing system in close co-operation with engine laboratory. We can virtually test large number of design concepts, easily compare design alternatives and quickly make design changes and narrow down the number of suitable design concepts without spending time or money to experimenting.

CFD simulations

Our computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation capabilities allow us to analyze and evaluate the exhaust aftertreatment system from layout design to prototypes and all the way to final products. The system operation is simulated in the initial design stages to ensure viable layout. After this the system moves into a prototype design which is simulated and verified in the engine laboratory. The CFD simulations go hand in hand with the laboratory tests all the way to the final product design.

During the design, we study the exhaust aftertreatment system performance which includes:

  • General exhaust gas flow simulations to determine the backpressure and flow characteristics of the system
  • Multiphase simulation with droplet evaporation, chemical reactions and droplet-wall interactions to evaluate SCR performance
  • Heat transfer studies for the skin temperature and insulation efficiency
  • Thermal stress simulations to identify the high stress areas in the system geometry

We are benchmarking the simulation with the manufactured prototypes at every stage of the design to fine-tune and to improve our simulation methodologies. This way we are able to make reliable simulations and smart design choices for the benefit of our customer.

FEM simulations

The FEM simulations mainly focus on the vibration and durability analyses of the exhaust aftertreatment systems. Similarly to CFD, the system is simulated in the initial design stages to ensure its´ viability. For the simulations, we measure the accelerations from actual applications and compile a representative test curve. The test curve is then used as a boundary condition in the simulation. If the stresses in the system rise too much, changes need to be done the the mechanical design.  Additionally we can measure strain and temperatures which can be used to validate the simulations.

  • Vibration analysis are used to evaluate vibration induced stresses in exhaust aftertreatment
  • Durability analysis use the stresses from the normal vibration analysis to evaluate the product mechanical aging
  • Thermal stress analysis are used to find high thermal stresses in the structure and to calculate prestresses for the vibration analysis