Rival car manufacturers and component suppliers have joined together in an effort to meet escalating emission standards.
A software package that will let car makers design complex exhaust silencers or inlet manifolds in hours rather than days, while meeting increasingly stringent noise emission standards, is to be marketed by its international consortium of developers.
Known as Kados (Knowledge-based automated design of intake and exhaust systems), the software has been developed by a partnership comprising General Motors, Hyundai Motor Corporation, Kia Motors, Volvo, BMW, Ricardo, Eberspacher and Unipart.
Kados is an interface which simplifies the use of the industry-standard flow analysis package, Wave, developed some years ago by Ricardo, the engineering consultancy.
With this tool, manufacturers can design inlet and exhaust systems to make engines quieter, while improving their performance.
Using the ICAD system from Concentra, Kados allows the rapid assembly of Wave input files, with less detailed knowledge of the package than was previously the case.
As much of the input process is automated, the chance of inputting incorrect data is reduced.
With stricter noise standards world-wide, the developers expect considerable demand for Kados from car-makers and component manufacturers.