ADAM Release: The Story Behind ADAM and Our Vision for the Future of Mobility Research
MAR. 1, 2020
“Given the importance of work being done by the research community to clean the air in our cities, I found it surprising that research tools don’t get better over time.”
Nearly a decade ago, while working on the development of advanced engine technologies, our research team used various high-end laboratory tools to perform the research. In the case of engine engineering, these tools always included in-cylinder pressure data analyzers.
To use these analyzers, we had to install expensive lab-grade encoders on our engine and pay tens of thousands of dollars in hardware and licensing fees. But even more inconvenient was the fact that these analyzers would often come in the form of black boxes. We had no way of changing the embedded algorithms running on these boxes. Furthermore, these boxes lacked the proper I/O interfaces for sending analysis results, in real time, to another controller. To work around these issues, we would often spend tens of thousands of dollars on custom programmable controllers and FPGAs. But these systems often created new problems, such as slow code compilation times and strict license dongles. Back then, we were so focused on the research itself that we would turn a blind eye on these inconveniences.
Fast forward to 2020, Electrical vehicle (EV) adoption in US is accelerating and, according to some estimates, EVs now account for more than 2% of all vehicles sold in the US. With the heavy investments made by car makers into EV development, there is a reason to believe that the future is green.
However, the switch from traditional engines to EVs takes time. Ultra-fast charging technologies need to be developed, more super-charger stations need to be built, the cost of batteries needs to drop, battery recycling technology needs to evolve, and, most importantly, the world’s governments will need to find an environmentally friendly way of extracting the expensive metals used in today’s batteries.
Car makers are very aware of these problems and many researchers today are working on hybrid vehicles, on gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines, on alternative fuels, on fuel cells, and on advanced engine control systems. As always, such research requires the ability to visualize in-cylinder pressure and control it, in closed-loop, using specialized hardware.
Few months ago, I met with Dr. William de Ojeda, to discuss his work at WM International Engineering LLC. William told me that his automotive and aerospace clients are currently involved in combustion research and are facing the same problems we faced a decade ago. They are paying tens of thousands of dollars for hardware which comes with unfriendly software licenses, black-box unmodifiable software algorithms, and no real-time I/O interfaces for connecting the analyzers to engine controllers.
Given the importance of work being done by the research community to clean the air in our cities, I found it surprising that research tools don’t get better over time. This was the point at which we decided to create the Angular Domain Analysis Module, or ADAM. William and I sat down and started with a clean sheet of paper to define what a great analysis tool would look like. We wrote down the requirements:
Best-in-class data acquisition quality: high-speed sampling, wide voltage range, and precise ADC.
Open, documented, and fully customizable analysis algorithm with ultra-fast code compilation for rapid prototyping.
CAN 2.0 and Ethernet TCP interfaces for sending analysis results, in real-time, to connected engine controllers so that these results can be used for cycle-to-cycle closed-loop injection timing & quantity control.
Ability to operate on any engine and vehicle, without the need for expensive lab-grade encoders or trigger signals.
Easy to use, highly responsive, and very intuitive graphical user interface.
No outrageous software licenses costing tens of thousands of dollars.
We decided to price ADAM low enough to make it useful not only for research facilities but also for mechanics, technicians, dealerships, and automotive enthusiasts working on custom engine modifications. In the next few months, we hope to see more companies come out with open, customizable, and affordable research tools.
We are currently in discussions with our clients on how they can use ADAM for electrical-vehicle research. Whenever possible, we will work with our clients to make the algorithms available for the rest of the public. Together, we can help accelerate the research of clean energy solutions.
In the meantime, we are excited to see our clients using ADAM in their research to evaluate advanced combustion modes and build cleaner engines. We are excited to see how you will use ADAM in your next research project. We will be here to support you along the way. Reach out to us with questions, comments, and feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ilya Sagalovich - Founder and CEO
Havenshine Technologies Inc