Key industry CAE experts to address Ricardo Software Conference

Key industry CAE experts to address Ricardo Software Conference
31 May 2009

Ricardo Software has announced the agenda of its North American User Conference (NAUC) to be held on 9 June 2009 at the Inn at St. John’s Conference Center, Plymouth, Michigan, USA

The Ricardo Software NAUC has since its first presentation in 1995, become a highly successful conference series serving as a platform for computer aided engineering (CAE) professionals, Ricardo Software users and software developers to give presentations and exchange news and views about the development and application of advanced CAE software. Keynote presentations for this year’s NAUC will be provided by Dr. David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) and non-executive director of Ricardo Inc, and Dr. Michael Wahl, VP of engine systems analysis at Achates Power Inc.

Detailed technical presentations will also be provided by Ricardo Software customers including Ford Motor Company and MAHLE Industries. Topics covered will include the latest thinking in aspects of powertrain CAE such as cam profile optimization, improving piston scuffing resistance, valvetrain simulation, acoustic analysis of turbocharged engines, and development of an advanced analytical process for engine sound quality optimization. In addition to the technical paper presentations, product demonstrations and a software workshop will provide delegates with the opportunity to view and discuss with members of the development team some of the latest research and innovations in powertrain CAE.

The 2009 Ricardo Software North American Users Conference, sponsored by Microsoft, is a free event open to both existing licensees of Ricardo Software products as well as potential customers. Places are limited however and early delegate registration is advised. Further information may be obtained at

Ricardo Software: The CAE software business of Ricardo plc, Ricardo Software markets a wide range of design and analysis software products developed specifically for application during the powertrain development and vehicle integration process. These software products are developed and supported by dedicated teams at the Ricardo technical centres across Europe, North America and Asia. Each software product provides its own range of state-of-the-art features and capabilities, and through its on-going programme of product development Ricardo Software continues to provide its customers with the very latest in simulation technology. Licensees include many of the leading global automakers, the tier 1 supplier base and many leading academic institutions. Increasingly Ricardo Software products are also being applied in the development of clean energy products and technologies. For more information visit or contact your local Ricardo Software representative (details on the web site).

Ricardo plc: With technical centres and offices in the UK, USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, India and Korea, Ricardo is a leading independent technology provider and strategic consultant to the world’s transportation sector industries. The company’s engineering expertise ranges from vehicle systems integration, controls, electronics and software development, to the latest driveline and transmission systems and gasoline, diesel, hybrid and fuel cell powertrain technologies. Its customers include the world’s major vehicle, engine and transmission manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and leading motorsport teams. Ricardo is committed to excellence and industry leadership in people, technology and knowledge; approximately 70 per cent of its employees are highly qualified multi-disciplined professional engineers and technicians. A public company, Ricardo plc posted sales of £197.7 million in financial year 2008 and is a constituent of the FTSE techMark 100 index – a group of innovative technology companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit