It was announced at a reception hosted yesterday evening by the UK Noise Abatement Society at the Palace of Westminster, London, that Ricardo has been recognised with a commendation for its market leading engine performance and gas dynamics simulation software.
Known affectionately as the ‘Noise Oscars’, the John Connell Awards are given by the Noise Abatement Society in memory of its founder, John Connell OBE, in recognition of Local Authorities and other organisations, manufacturers and individuals, judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to both reduce the impact of noise nuisance and who have sought to pioneer practical and innovative solutions to noise pollution.
Ricardo’s WAVE software was commended in the technology category which recognises crucial role that industry plays in the reduction of noise pollution and the positive impacts that result. Developed by Ricardo over many years, the highly innovative WAVE software product allows engineers to optimise exhaust and intake system geometry in such a manner as to maximise engine efficiency – including performance, emissions, fuel consumption and CO2 – while minimising radiated noise and improving auditory quality. The increasing use of WAVE by the automotive industry and related sectors including marine, power generation, construction and rail, has enabled significant improvements to be made in the noise output of new products before any commitment is made to prototype hardware. The availability of this simulation software thus enables engineers to be more thorough in their efforts to optimise new products, with clear long-term advantages to manufacturers, end users and the public at large. Ricardo estimates that the consequent exhaust noise reduction arising from the use of WAVE is up to 12dB, while complying with the legislative requirements of both the existing and forthcoming methods for evaluating vehicle pass-by noise.
Commenting on the award, Ricardo UK Ltd engineering director Jason March said: “Ricardo shares the vision of the Noise Abatement Society in striving to reduce noise pollution and hence improve public health, productivity and quality of life. Over many years of on-going research and development our software engineers have striven to create CAE tools to enable both the improvement of sound quality and the minimisation of unwanted radiated noise from new products. We are particularly proud that our WAVE product has been recognised with a commendation by the Noise Abatement Society.”
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