MicroNova and AVL: Cooperation for Testing ECUs

HiL Simulation Platform NovaCarts for Use with AVL CRUISE™ M


Users of the multidisciplinary simulation platform AVL CRUISE™ M can now use NovaCarts as a target system – this is the result of a cooperation agreement between MicroNova and AVL List GmbH.

MicroNova uses its years of expertise in the testing of ECUs to offer a comprehensive consulting service for the integration of CRUISE M on its NovaCarts simulation platform; this is complemented by corresponding services for the creation of models. In one of the first projects, AVL successfully modeled a fuel cell system with CRUISE M, which MicroNova subsequently integrated into the associated NovaCarts HiL simulator as a so-called plant model. The simple merging of models via the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) was equally as impressive as the performance on the real-time simulator.

CRUISE M is designed for model-based system development and enables the integration of high-quality, real-time capable subsystem models. Potential applications include machinery, battery storage, and fuel cell systems. When it comes to modeling, users have access to an extensive library of components from various domains of vehicle development.

Consistent system layouts

It does not take long to create even extensive system models. The numerical solver, designed for efficient multiphysics simulation, allows these models to be calculated on the NovaCarts real-time simulation system. Model and solver are delivered together in a Functional Mockup Unit (FMU). The consistency from system layout to final test significantly shortens development processes.

"With NovaCarts, we are adding a very powerful platform to the target hardware for CRUISE M real-time models. This is particularly interesting for our customers from the mobility environment," says Dr. Roland Wanker, Vice President AVL Advanced Simulation Technologies. "They can achieve even better quality at a lower cost, and in this way gain an additional competitive advantage."

"As development cycles become ever shorter, so the demands on HiL systems intensify. For that reason, with CRUISE M we offer users a powerful simulation system to create models more quickly. In addition to a shorter time-to-market, users benefit from the reusability of models once they have been created on the HiL," adds Dr. Klaus Eder, COO of MicroNova AG.

NovaCarts and CRUISE M at f-cell 2022 in Stuttgart

The possibilities of cooperation are also covered at f-cell 2022 in Stuttgart: At booth 2B17, MicroNova demonstrates the integration on its HiL simulator for testing fuel cell control units of a real-time model generated with CRUISE M.

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About AVL

AVL is the world's largest independent company for the development, simulation, and testing of drive systems (hybrid, combustion engine, transmission, electric drive, batteries, fuel cell, and control technology) for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, stationary engines, large engines, and their integration into the vehicle. As a pioneer in the field of innovative solutions such as diverse electrification strategies of propulsion systems, AVL is increasingly expanding its services in the field of autonomous driving, especially on the basis of subjective human perception (driveability, connectivity, ADAS, etc.). In the competition between technologies – combustion engine, battery-electric drive, and fuel cell – as well as combinations of them, AVL works intensively with equal priorities.
Web: https://www.avl.com

About MicroNova

MicroNova has been a software and systems vendor since 1987 and offers products, solutions and services in three business areas: testing of automotive electronics, management of mobile radio and communication networks including solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the distribution of IT and project management solutions. 340 experts work with technological competence and passion at the headquarters in Vierkirchen near Munich and at eight other locations in Germany and the Czech Republic. Numerous customers such as Audi, BMW, Continental, Telefónica Germany, Vodafone Germany and Volkswagen rely on MicroNova's expertise.


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