Full Vehicle Cooling System Model Development

Full Vehicle Cooling System Model Development

Isuzu is continuously moving more and more towards virtual calibration and model based development. As part of this process, having a predictive cooling system model of a vehicle is fundamental. A predictive model of the cooling system will not only enable us to understand how it behaves under real operating conditions, but will also improve the boundary conditions we use to model other aspects of the powertrain and vehicle.

The student team will develop and complete 1D and 3D vehicle cooling system models for Isuzu’s Model Based Engine Development. Once validated, the model will be used for analytic sizing of coolant pumps and radiators, predicting heat rejection for the engine cylinder and thermal analysis of the full vehicle cooling system.


The predictive cooling system model will be an indispensable component of Isuzu full vehicle model based system. The full vehicle system will be used for Isuzu engine virtual calibration and full vehicle model based development.

More Information: 2017-Isuzu

Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2017:

Student IP Agreement for this Project Team
Student Non-Disclosure Agreement for this Project Team
How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7
  • Likely Majors AERO, ChE, ISD-AUTO, ISD-GAME, MATH, ME, MICDE, PHYSICS, STATS
  • Course Substitutions ME 490, AUTO 503, GAME 503, Honors, ME 590, MICDE
  • IP & NDA Required? Yes
  • Summer Opportunity Interview Guaranteed
  • Advanced Heat Transfer / Fluid Dynamics Modeling (3 Students)

    Develop 1D, 2D and 3D models incorporating both heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Some experience with computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

    • Likely Majors: ME, ISD-AUTO, ChE, AERO, MICDE, PHYS
  • Internal Combustion Engines (2 Students)

    Bring a detailed understanding of internal combustion engines to support the team model development. Recommended co-enrollment in ME 438 combustion engines.

    • Likely Majors: ME, ISD-AUTO, ISD-GAME
  • Model & Simulation Development (2 Students)

    Build and validate 1d, 2d and 3d models of cooling system

    • Likely Majors: STATS, MATH, MICDE

Faculty Mentor: Kazu Saitou isuzu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Computer modeling and optimal synthesis of mechanical (and non-mechanical) products and systems. Computational design for manufacture/assembly/environment. Simultaneous design of products/manufacturing systems/supply chains. Computer modeling and synthesis of MEMS/NEMS. Chemo/bio-informatics. Structure-based virtual screening for drug discovery and design.

UntitledSponsor Mentor: Rohil Daya
Model Based Development Engineer
I am a Model Based Development Engineer at Isuzu Technical Center of America, focusing on 1-D Diesel Aftertreatment Modeling. I am a Master’s graduate (graduated December 2015) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. My graduate research and coursework concentration was in thermal and fluid sciences, with an application in automotive engineering. My career and research interests include vehicle and engine thermal management, aftertreatment systems and emissions control, and combustion processes in internal combustion engines. I am a proponent of clean transportation and power for a cleaner environment!

yongSponsor Mentor: Yong Sun
Model Based Development Engineer
I am a Model Based Development Engineer II at Isuzu Technical Center of America, focusing on CFD simulation. I am a Master’s graduate (graduated December 2012) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. My graduate research was in numerical methods, combustion and turbulence. I have worked at Oak Ridge National Lab and Ricardo, Inc. for CFD simulation, 1D simulation, design release engineering.

fukaiSponsor Mentor: Yasuo Fukai
Chief Engineer
I am a Chief Engineer at Isuzu Technical Center of America (ITCA), leading Managers and Engineers. I received my Bachelor’s Degree (graduated March 1986) in Mechanical Engineering from the Yokohama National University in Japan. My graduate research was in grinding process. I`ve been working for the ISUZU organization since 1986. At ITCA in Michigan, I have worked on assignment from 2002-2009 and more recently from 2014-present.

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