UPSCALE PROJECT ends, applied to the simulation of electric cars

The UPSCALE Project (Upscaling Product development Simulation Capabilities exploiting Artificial intelligence for Electrified vehicles) was born under the framework of horizon 2020with the objective of replace more expensive automotive simulation cases by computational methods based on data. To do this, the most difficult simulation load cases were identified and alternative methodologies based on machine learning techniques were designed and fully implemented.

The project has been developed by an integrated consortium by 11 companies and European organizations from the automotive, software, engineering and research sectors.

The consortium is led by the Spanish company Applus+ IDIADA and among the entities that are part of this consortium are Algorithmica Technologies GmbH (Germany), , Centro Ricerche Fiat SCPA (Italy), École Nationale Supérieure d’arts et métiers (France), Engys Ltd (United Kingdom), ESI Group ( France), FI Group (Spain), Kompetenzzentrum- Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria), Volkswagen AG (Germany), Volvo
Personvagnar AB (Sweden) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium).

Four years of project

Since 2018, UPSCALE has sought to reduce the time it takes to develop electric vehicles, as well as in the increase of specific benefits. Enric Aramburu, Fluid Engineering Product Manager at Applus+ IDIADA, project leader, explains that “The UPSCALE project will save 20% in the development period of electric vehicles using artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to simulation in crash tests,
aerodynamics and battery.

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And he adds that “UPSCALE has developed machine learning tools to replace finite element stacks with order models reduced for structural calculation, as well as for short cut risk calculation, and full wind tunnel simulations using aerodynamic ROMS that provide the aerodynamic forces and airflow around the vehicle in real time.”

The European Union, by financing the UPSCALE project through the Horizon 2020 program, seeks to promote the electric vehicle industry in Europe and, at the same time, promote compliance with the new laws and standards for polluting emissions in the region. “This is something that the European Union has been promoting a lot in recent years, it seeks to be a climate-neutral continent by the year 2050, so this type of project is essential to pursue that goal,” says Cristina Nappi, Senior European Consultant at FI Group.


In these four years, the UPSCALE project has demonstrated the feasibility of replacing FEM and CFD solutions with ML algorithms through a successful proof of concept and paves the way for further deployment of AI in vehicle development programs.

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