Web-Based Vehicle Performance Simulations Using Microsoft Excel 2001-01-0335
Although computer models for vehicle and sub-system performance simulations have been developed and used extensively in the past several decades, there is currently a need to enhance the overall availability of these types of tools. Increasing demands on vehicle performance targets have intensified the need to obtain rapid feedback on the effects of vehicle modifications throughout the entire development cycle.
At the same time, evolution of the PC and development of Web-based applications have contributed to the availability, accessibility, and user-friendliness of sophisticated computer analysis.
Web engineering is an ideal approach in supporting globalization and is a cost-effective design-analysis integration business strategy. There is little doubt that this new approach will have positive impacts on product cost, quality, and development cycle time.
This paper will show how Microsoft Excel and the Web can be powerful and effective tools in the development process. To demonstrate the technique, a vehicle wide-open-throttle acceleration performance simulation example will be presented.
Basic equations and assumptions will be reviewed, followed by a discussion on the consideration of several special conditions. Applicable programming techniques will be presented. An example of Web-based execution is provided.