Analysis & Simulation

Simulation and analysis of complex systems and components is a crucial part of the Ricardo design and development process, helping to ensure optimal performance while achieving key product aspirations for weight, package size and lifecycle cost. Ricardo has pioneered the development and application of state-of-the-art analysis processes in design, enabling the implementation of highly innovative solutions to aggressively tight timescales.

A world-leader in mechanical and thermo-fluid CAE simulation technology: 

  • Computer aided engineering methods integrated closely with design and development processes for maximum effectiveness
  • A full capability from concept development to manufacturing implementation and including forensic analysis, investigation and resolution of known problems with in-service products
  • Extensive library of CAE models, data, benchmark databases and design guidelines covering a wide range of applications
  • Access to the advanced suite of Ricardo Software CAE products for powertrain simulation as well as access to leading third party commercial analysis tools
  • Sophisticated tools for analysis and optimization of engine reciprocating components, crankshaft and valvetrain systems including belt, chain and gear drives
  • Engine and driveline optimization including performance, emissions and NVH
  • Vehicle structural design, dynamics development and crashworthiness analysis
  • Powertrain and vehicle thermal management optimization, including underhood flow simulation and HVAC system development
  • Transmission design including 3D tooth contact analysis across torque and misalignment ranges and rolling element bearing contact analysis including effects of lubricant viscosity, temperature and flow rate
  • Electrical and advanced powertrain design support
  • Clean energy product design and development support

Key benefits of the Ricardo service:

  • Access to a world-leading team of experts in mechanical and thermo-fluid analysis with cross-industry experience
  • Delivery of fast, robust analysis to support key design decisions reducing testing requirement and problem resolution
  • Validated workflow over many years of analysis experience, including quality and process reviews and audits
  • Unrivalled experience across many applications within the automotive and clean energy sectors