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What is WAVE?

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WAVE is the market-leading ISO approved, 1D engine & gas dynamics simulation software package from Ricardo Software. It is used worldwide in industry sectors including passenger car, motorcycle, truck, locomotive, motor sport, marine and power generation. WAVE enables performance simulations to be carried out based on virtually any intake, combustion and exhaust system configuration, and includes a drivetrain model to allow complete vehicle simulation.


  • Engine Performance – Prediction and optimisation of the complete engine from intake to tailpipe
  • Acoustics and Noise – Design of intake and exhaust systems for improved noise reduction and sound quality
  • Combustion and Emissions – Advanced combustion models for all types of combustion systems and in-cylinder emissions prediction capabilities
  • Thermal Analysis – Prediction of combustion chamber and exhaust system component temperatures
  • Dynamic System Control – Coupled engine control and driveline simulation
  • WAVE-RT – Real time simulation for control algorithm development in the SiL and HiL environments
  • 1D/3D CFD Co-Simulation – Coupled 1D/3D analysis of intake and exhaust geometry

Key Features

  • Advanced diesel and SI combustion models
  • State of the art compressor and turbine physics
  • Comprehensive 1D and 3D aftertreatment library including TWC, DPF, LNT, DOC and SCR models
  • Advanced acoustic features including the WNOISE post processor, absorptive materials and porous ducts
  • Rapid, consistent model construction using the drag-and-drop element library, user-defined templates and self contained components
  • Fast, accurate creation of high quality models directly from 3D geometry using WaveMesher and WaveBuild3D
  • Extensive results presentation and reports generation capability using the WavePost post processor
  • Graphical plotting on the fly and interactive input control using the WAVELive interface
  • Distributed running over unlimited CPUs

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