Recent regulatory requirements for continuous improvements on fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions worldwide have generated unprecedented drive for a total vehicle approach to minimise the fuel consumption incurred by each major system within a vehicle.
With the significant benefits of engine downsizing on fuel consumption and emissions, the adaptation of turbo-charged engines is becoming increasingly popular for the purpose of maintaining superior engine performance. In the meantime, smaller engines often run hotter than engines with larger displacement. The continuous pressure to reduce vehicle aerodynamic drag also generates competing demands for engine cooling systems under various vehicle speeds.
Consequently, thermal management systems need to be refined and optimised in order to provide optimum fuel economy while ensuring all heat-sensitive components are within the temperature limits for products durability and reliability. Computational methods and virtual prototyping have been proven to provide important directions during the early design cycle, and have become critical tools for mitigating product development risks under the pressure to reduce time to market.
This special issue will feature new applications and advances in the fields of thermal systems optimisation of automobile components with evolutionary approaches. It will bring together research scientists and design engineers from across the globe to explore current challenges regarding on-demand thermal systems design, multi-objective optimisation algorithms, multi-fidelity simulation processes, model-based system engineering and identification of potential enablers related to simulation-driven design.
The issue will provide a platform intended to foster emerging technologies regarding recent progress of advanced thermal management systems design and optimisation related to the vehicle development processes.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Advanced and intelligent engine cooling systems and component designs
- Innovative concepts and designs for engine exhaust heat recovery systems
- Onboard thermal energy storage and energy reuse strategies
- High-fidelity CFD simulation of underhood and underbody thermal management systems
- Multi-objective optimisation algorithms and model-based system engineering for integrated thermal management
- Sensitivity analysis and uncertainty quantification of thermal systems simulation
Submissions deadline: 31 March, 2016