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Years of experience with advanced powertrain system development at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) allow engineers to analyze and evaluate many advanced production systems and components.

All phases of the vehicle powertrain design process can be addressed as a system or as a system of systems, depending on client needs. Projects are conducted related to the following topics:

Initial Requirement Analysis

  • Software project planning
  • High-level requirement specifications
  • Project organization

Hardware and Software Algorithms and Specifications

  • Software design plan
  • Hardware parameters
  • Hardware boundary conditions
  • Functionality planning
  • Functionality design

Hardware and Software Implementation

  • Software coding
  • Software execution
  • Software debugging
  • Hardware construction
  • Hardware control
  • Hardware interface
  • Hardware testing
  • Issuance of engineering change orders to correct design errors found during implementation

Laboratory and Vehicle Validation

  • Product testing against design requirements with client oversight
  • Design of tests for both laboratory and vehicle-mounted conditions

Related Terminology

vehicle CO2 and emissions simulation  •  vehicle carbon dioxide and emissions simulations  •  base electric vehicle simulation  •  bev simulation  •  plug-in electric vehicle simulation  •  phev simulation  •  range extending electric vehicle simulation  •  reev simulation  •  mico  •  mild  •  heavy-duty hybrid vehicle research  •  hardware specifications  •  software algorithms  •  hardware implementation  •  software implementation  •  laboratory validation  •  vehicle validation  •  initial requirement analysis  •  performance analysis  •  vehicle fuel economy  •  performance metrics  •  component durability  •  system capabilities  •  powertrain testing  •  dynamometer test stand  •  vehicle performance  •  vehicle emissions  •  environmental performance  •  design durability  •  test track performance  •  hybrid vehicle testing  •  emissions analysis  •  braking performance evaluation

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.