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New SAE International Webcast Explores Simulation of Fuel System in Passenger Vehicles

WARRENDALE, Pa., April 15, 2014 -

SAE International offers a new, free-of-charge webcast titled “Modeling of the Fuel Supply Module and Its Components” on Monday, May 12, at 10 a.m. EDT.

This 60-minute webcast will provide insight into the simulation of the complete fuel system including detailed component models. A fuel supply module (FSM) is used in passenger vehicles to deliver fuel to the engine. The module includes a fuel pump, electrical engine, pump controlling unit with electronics, fuel level sensor, transfer pumps, valves, and connecting elements.

In designing the FSM, there are a number of technical challenges that necessitate the use of simulation. Continental’s Powertrain engineering team creates a wide variety of simulation models for such purposes, including CFD pump models, structural models to simulate pump stage deformation, electronics cooling, acoustics modeling, eigen frequencies analysis and harmonic response, random vibration, gerotor pump kinematics, and simplified crash models. In many cases, the application includes several interconnected physics; for example, calculating the pump stage deformation includes the pressure distribution, which must be imported from a CFD simulation. Or it can require high-complexity models – the gasoline pump model includes cavitation effects, and the gerotor model uses immersed solid formulation, etc. Detailed component modeling is performed by analyzing the overall system using system modeling tools in order to understand the system dynamics that occur in real-world operation.

As a benefit, the overall system model is used to predict the energy consumption of the whole FSM unit or its components as well as to calculate CO2 emissions. Based on the results of the system model, engineers choose the best FSM design to reach CO2 emission reduction targets. The speaker panel will not only discuss modeling the FSM and its components but will also answer questions from the audience during a question-and-answer segment.

Webcast speakers will include:

- Dr. Oleksiy Kurenkov, Continental, Powertrain Division, Fuel Supply Business Unit

- Henning Eickenbusch, Lead Technical Services Engineer, ANSYS Inc.

The webcast is sponsored by ANSYS and hosted by SAE International.

Moderator will be Lisa Arrigo, Custom Electronic Products Editor, SAE International.

To find the start time in a different time zone, click here.


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