Winchester, UK - Battery Design LLC, a world leading provider of battery modeling software, is collaborating with CD-adapco, a provider of Engineering Simulation tools for fluid dynamics and heat transfer, to deliver a coupled Li-ion simulation tool in early 2010.
The collaboration adds an extra simulation capability to CD-adapco's flagship STAR-CCM+ simulation tool, enabling the company to claim that it provides the automotive industry with the first comprehensive tool to enable the study of interaction between a cell or battery and its automotive environment. Initial applications will focus on the critical thermal management issues that have a direct influence on both battery temperature and safety.
Battery modeling expert, Robert Spotnitz, President of Battery Design LLC, said "Extending Battery Design's models into a full 3D environment will further enhance our understanding of installation effects and the behavior of large-scale battery systems. The collaboration between CD-adapco and Battery Design will deliver an analysis tool that will accelerate product development and support vehicle programs across the globe."
Richard Johns, CD-adapco's Automotive Director, commented: "The rapid growth in the electric vehicle market and the need for a powerful analysis capability has resulted in the partnership with Battery Design and the development of a tool for fully coupled simulation from the cell to the pack and installation levels, which will be released in STAR-CCM+ in early 2010. We have also given considerable attention to developing an engineering process that will allow our customers to perform simulations based on data that is realistically available to them from Li-ion cell producers. We have had huge interest from our automotive customers and we anticipate this analysis tool will enable them to bring electric vehicles to the market faster and with more confidence."
Spotnitz will be delivering a presentation and participating in a Round Table Discussion at the STAR Global Transportation Forum in Detroit MI, December 8-9, 2009, the theme of which is "Alternative Transportation and Electric Vehicle Technology Advancements": Also participating will be development experts from Chrysler, Ford and GM.
Spotnitz and Johns will also be discussing the development of the fully coupled battery design tool in a webinar on December 3, 2009: Fully coupled battery design tool webinar.