Mid Term Review Meeting
Brussels, Belgium - 5 June 2019
The official Mid Term Review Meeting took place at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium on 5 June 2019. A successful and constructive meeting addressed the achievements of HIFI-ELEMENTS.
The development of vehicles and vehicle sub-systems is a complex task and requires the pooling of expertise from many different domains of science and technology and tight collaborations between different entities, part of a wide and tiered supply chain. Market forces require a constant reduction of time-to-market. Consumers and legislators require a continuous reduction of cost and energy consumption, coupled with improvements in safety and comfort. These forces require a more efficient development process, and an increased virtualisation is providing a number of tools: modelling and simulation are two of these tools. Today, simulation (“Virtual testing”) has earned its place in the automotive development process as a valuable complement to performing physical tests. Physical tests are time-consuming, costly and often of limited use in the early stages of product development when hardware representative of design intent is not available. Developments in the past 10 years have made simulation a usable methodology.
Currently, within the automotive product development cycle virtual and heterogeneous testing is becoming increasingly established through component, module and vehicle-level simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop test-beds, enabled by ever increasing computing power and communications bandwidth available.
Though a number of standards in this field have been established (FMI, ASAM XiL API), models are still mostly created in a fragmented manner: using domain-specific tools to create, manage and execute simulations without standardisation of the content of the functional interfaces (FMI does standardise the format) and limited scalability. This fragmentation leads to a lot of redundant effort as models of the same component or system are re-created several times.
The HIFI-ELEMENTS project, funded by the Horizon 2020, is addressing this fragmentation through two main mechanisms that include:
a) The development, validatation and publication of a recommendation for standardisation of model interfaces for common e-drive components (e-machine, inverter, battery, DC/DC converter, thermal management system) and implementation of compliant versions of existing models.
b) The implementation of a seamless workflow linking extended versions of existing tools — a model/data management tool and a co-simulation tool for MiL and HiL environments — augmented with effort-saving automated methods for model parameterisation and test case generation.
HIFI-ELEMENTS is proposing solutions that can overcome the current remaining limitations and by the end of the project it will showcase how fragmentation can be reduced and existing tools can be used more efficiently to improve scalability, modularity and real-time use of simulations for system characterisation, optimisation and validation and thus, enable faster introduction of novel e-drive technologies to the market.
As the Project Officer on behalf of the European Commission for the HIFI-ELEMENTS project, it is my great pleasure to say that this project is progressing very well, with high quality results and deliverables, and all expectations are met with great success thanks to the great collaboration of this strong consortium.
Dr Marina Kousoulidou
EC Project Officer
HIFI-ELEMENTS Project Newsletter
4 June 2019
Our third newsletter has been released. After 18 months, half of the total project time has passed and the first project objectives have been accomplished. This newsletter provides a description of the research and development activities towards a standardisation of model interfaces for common e-drive components. Read more...
Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom - 18-19 October 2018
The General Assembly took place at Ricardo in Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom. Important topics such as component development, simulation management, objectives and requirements were discussed during this meeting. Participating partners presented the progress of their dedicated Working Packages and future actions were planned.
HIFI-ELEMENTS Project Newsletter
18 October 2018
Our first newsletter has been released. It features various information about achievements within HIFI-ELEMENTS along with upcoming events, presentations and research activities. Read more...
HIFI-ELEMENTS Project Flyer
21 August 2018
Our new project flyer has been released. It features various information on HIFI-ELEMENTS and partners involved, including the most important facts regarding project objectives. Read more...
Horizon 2020 Cross-Project Synchronisation Meeting
Paris, France - 26 April 2018
The Horizon 2020 Cross-Project Synchronisation Meeting and Dissemination Event took place in Paris, France at Siemens Industry Software SAS in April 2018. An extensive communication between Horizon 2020 partners HIFI-ELEMENTS and OBELICS has been enabled throughout this meeting, presenting both approaches and recent results of the participants.
Steering Committee Meeting
Paderborn, Germany - 15 March 2018
The Steering Committee met at dSPACE in Paderborn, Germany. An extensive dialogue regarding key topics such as objectives, requirements and vehicle topologies was enabled during this meeting. Participating partners presented the progress of their dedicated Working Packages - focusing on development, dissemination, administration as well as model, data and simulation management.
WP3 - Toolchain Workshop
Trappes, France - March 2018
The WP3 Toolchain Workshop was held in Trappes, France at FEV France in March 2018. FEV presented a Co-simulation program tool to execute and simulate models. dSPACE presented a program tool to organise and to manage tests, models and parameters. After both presentations the interaction and implementation of WP3 toolchain were discussed.
WP3 Kick-off Meeting
Paderborn, Germany - January 2018
The Kick-off Meeting for WP3 took place in Paderborn, Germany at dSPACE in January 2018. Each WP3 partner presented the intentions and procedure of their working part. After each presentation was a discussion to match the particular intentions to the global target of WP3. Furthermore, interface standards, data types and usable program tools were discussed. At the end the further procedure was planned for the whole year. To this, meetings and workshops were determined.
WP1 Partner Meeting
Turin, Italy - December 2017
The first WP1 Partner Meeting was held in Turin, Italy at IVECO in December 2017. The meeting was intended to establish a common understanding of simulation models and agree on an architecture of these models. The architecture will be the base for the promotion of a standardised architecture and an interface standard for simulation models of electric vehicles as well as all system simulations as a part of the HIFI-ELEMENTS project.
General Kick-off Meeting
Aachen, Germany - October 2017
The Kick-off Meeting for HIFI-ELEMENTS successfully took place in Aachen, Germany at FEV Europe GmbH in October 2017. All Work Packages were presented in detail by the partners in charge. The background of HIFI-ELEMENTS, along with technical requirements and processes were addressed. The overall structure and contractual items within the project received special attention.