IAAPS’ expertise in digital tooling and NVH research featured in key engineering title

IAAPS has taken a prominent spot in the latest edition of Engine & Powertrain Technology International, the key b2b title for automotive engineers, having been covered in the prestigious supplier interview as well a spotlight feature on Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) testing.  

In the first article, “Driving innovation”, Gavin Edwards, Operations & IT Director, and Professor Rob Oliver, Engineering Director, provide an overview of the collaborative ethos of IAAPS and outline how it will bring together OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, academia and SMEs to drive forward research and innovation of future propulsion systems. Commenting on the exciting opportunity the transition to net zero represents and the vast technological advancements in propulsion systems, Rob Oliver told the magazine:

“I think this is the most interesting time to be involved in driveline development in the last 80 to 100 years. For the last 80 years, the technologies have been based around ICE, whether it’s spark ignition or diesel. And effectively, incremental improvements in either efficiency or emissions have been made. Now the technology and the market are very open. We have battery-electric vehicles, the integration of hybrid systems and alternative fuels and synthetic fuels are available and will be needed in different sectors.”

Furthermore, Gavin Edwards added details around IAAPS’ capabilities in digital tooling, which will allow the institute to conduct different types of virtual testing at the new state-of-the-art facility, for example, whereby a driveline at IAAPS could be linked to a battery that is running at a battery centre and an engine that is running at a manufacturer. “We are looking at how we can actually shift the vehicle development cycle so that we can do more in the virtual space as opposed to physical, and / or connect the two” he outlined. 

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Meanwhile, Engineering Director Rob Oliver also shared his expertise on Noise Vibration and Harshness in electric vehicles in a second article in the same issue of the influential trade title. Oliver explained that with electric machines comes a different kind of noise, and it is one that humans aren’t attuned to. Explaining the challenges this provides for automotive engineers, Oliver said: “With an electrified driveline, you can’t use masking noise. Vehicle occupants expect drivelines to be near silent and don’t like to hear single-frequency type noises generated by gears or electric motors.”

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