GCAPS had the privilege to work with University of Alabama at Birmingham and National University Lviv Polytechnic in the development of advanced wheel sensors and modeling. We successfully conducted HIL testing using our flat belt force and moment equipment and a dSPACE Inc. controller in this project. GCAPS is committed to using our advanced test equipment and experience to further research by universities and industry for automotive technology.
TTX 2020 Expo
GCAPS will be attending the Tire Technology Expo next week in Hannover, Germany. If you would like more information about our modeling and simulation capabilities, advanced testing equipment, or our controls and algorithm development for ADS and ADAS systems, stop by our booth (7043) for a discussion.
Renault DP World F1 Team
GCAPS and Renault DP World F1 Team entered into an agreement aimed at improving the development of the team’s challenger for the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship. The move from 13” to 18” tires represents one of the most significant changes of the new rules that will revolutionize Formula One racing from 2021. Using GCAPS advanced flat belt equipment, the Renault DP World F1 Team can gain a stronger understanding of tire behaviour while developing their vehicle. GCAPS is excited to support the Renault DP World F1 Team as they mount their challenge in the Formula One World Championship.
Translink Benchmarking Project
TransLink, in conjunction with Coast Mountain Bus Company, and GCAPS completed an extensive benchmarking project last month for their bus tire contract renewal. GCAPS not only conducts the testing for such projects, but also analyzes the data and provides a comprehensive report of the findings. At GCAPS we believe combining these reports with other business factors will provide companies like TransLink all the right information to get the best product on their vehicles.
Goodyear Racing 18" Tire Testing
GCAPS and Goodyear Racing are ramping up testing for the 2021 18” tires. GCAPS is a supplier for NASCAR teams to acquire Force and Moment data. GCAPS, Goodyear Racing, and NASCAR Team engineers work together on test development and data analysis.
Simulation Tools Support
GCAPS recognizes that not all OEMs use the same simulation tools for developing their ADS technology.To support the different OEMs, GCAPS replicates recorded events into simulation environments that are compatible with CarSim, CarMaker, and Virtual Test Drive.
Thermal Control Solutions
GCAPS has developed a thermal control solution that will logically control the tire’s thermal state during testing, as this is a driving component behind accurate force and moment data and greater tire model precision. Using our thermal logic solution, external and internal sensors are used to identify dwell times in between sweeps, which allows the tire to either cool or heat to ensure the desired temperature has been met before continuing. Controlling dwell times and temperatures ensure consistent tire response and minimizes thermal variation. The image above illustrates our ability to use the thermal camera as a trigger device for thermal logic. It also highlights the importance of thermal control between sweeps to cool the tire after aggressive maneuvers. Thermal Control is one of many technologies developed by GCAPS to improve tire testing, modeling, and transportation technology.
VTTI Automated Driving Systems Study
GCAPS is collaborating with Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in a research project to study automated driving systems in dynamic scenarios. GCAPS will process the collected driving data to create 3D simulations, which would improve machine learning algorithms, industry and national standards, and educational materials for public service providers. With every project, GCAPS continues to build their influential presence in the autonomous space.
Intelligent Tire Sensor Development
GCAPS is featured in an article in the July issue of Tire Technology International magazine. The article highlights the work GCAPS is doing in the development of intelligent tires by using a vehicle ecosystem approach to develop these intelligent tires. The “full vehicle simulation blueprint” used in developing this technology focuses on using the complete “range of capabilities from physical to virtual” translation. The article also describes GCAPS as being tool agnostic, meaning they can use a variety of simulation platforms to develop and validate sensors for intelligent tires. GCAPS environment has been designed to support future innovation demands of the automotive transportation industry.