By collaborating with Argonne and software developer Convergent Science, Inc., heavy equipment manufacturing giant Cummins gained access to cutting-edge computer modeling and analysis tools and expertise that allowed it to achieve major advances in fuel economy and reduce development costs and time-to-market for engines.
Argonne, through its Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), has developed engine models and software for large-scale computer simulations that provide – in virtual space, before costly physical production ever begins – a better understanding of how internal combustion engine parameters interact.
As part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Cummins, Argonne, and Convergent Science, Inc., conducted simulations on Cummins engine products, focusing specifically on the fluid dynamics of fuel injectors. Argonne’s fuel spray modeling capabilities and advanced load-balancing algorithm technologies: allow for more reliable analytical calculations; lower dependence on experimental engines and prototypes, and accelerate new engine concepts and design to market.
VERIFI’s products have won a prestigious Federal Lab Consortium (FLC) Award as well as an HPC (High-Performance Computing) Innovation Excellence Award.
Argonne’s fuel spray modeling capabilities and advanced load-balancing algorithm technologies have given Cummins access to more reliable analytical calculations; the work has lowered Cummins' dependence on experimental engines and prototypes and has accelerated new engine concepts and design to market.