Issue No. 06 - November/December (2008 vol. 14)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TVCG.2008.145
Kresimir Matkovic , VRVis Research Center, Vienna
Denis Gracanin , Virginia Tech
Mario Jelovic , AVL AST, Zagreb
Helwig Hauser , University of Bergen
Interactive steering with visualization has been a common goal of the visualization research community for twenty years, but it is rarely ever realized in practice. In this paper we describe a successful realization of a tightly coupled steering loop, integrating new simulation technology and interactive visual analysis in a prototyping environment for automotive industry system design. Due to increasing pressure on car manufacturers to meet new emission regulations, to improve efficiency, and to reduce noise, both simulation and visualization are pushed to their limits. Automotive system components, such as the powertrain system or the injection system have an increasing number of parameters, and new design approaches are required. It is no longer possible to optimize such a system solely based on experience or forward optimization. By coupling interactive visualization with the simulation back-end (computational steering), it is now possible to quickly prototype a new system, starting from a non-optimized initial prototype and the corresponding simulation model. The prototyping continues through the refinement of the simulation model, of the simulation parameters and through trial-and-error attempts to an optimized solution. The ability to early see the first results from a multidimensional simulation space — thousands of simulations are run for a multidimensional variety of input parameters — and to quickly go back into the simulation and request more runs in particular parameter regions of interest significantly improves the prototyping process and provides a deeper understanding of the system behavior. The excellent results which we achieved for the common rail injection system strongly suggest that our approach has a great potential of being generalized to other, similar scenarios.
Index Terms—interactive computational steering, interactive visual analysis, simulation, common rail injection system
H. Hauser, D. Gracanin, M. Jelovic and K. Matkovic, "Interactive Visual Steering - Rapid Visual Prototyping of a Common Rail Injection System," in IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol. 14, no. , pp. 1699-1706, 2008.