Ricardo Software announced major updates to its suite of computer aided engineering (CAE) simulation and analysis products. The latest 2019.1 release contains new features aimed at delivering greater functionality and efficiency for users for simulation and analysis tools.

The company says that the most notable enhancements are to the Ignite complete vehicle system modeling and simulation package. This product is intended to enable users to quickly and accurately model conventional to highly complex vehicle system models—including hybrid and battery electric, conventional, as well as novel powertrain vehicles. According to Ricardo software, models can be used at all phases of the development process to study a range of applications including vehicle performance, fuel economy, and emissions prediction. 

With the 2019.1 release, Ignite includes a range of new features aimed at the requirements of those developing electrified vehicles, including a new smart plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) controller. Further enhancements include new powertrain libraries to support motorcycle development, both conventional and electric, as well as for powertrain auxiliaries such as DC converters, starters, and alternators.

Improvements are also included in the 2019.1 release for Wave, the 1D engine performance and NVH tool and the Vectis 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool, both in terms of integration with other software products, improved real-time performance, and a wide range of modeling capabilities. Elsewhere, the latest version of shaft, gear, and bearing conception and design package, Sabr, includes a range of new capabilities including improved integration with Valdyn for transmission dynamic analysis.