Romax to showcase drivetrain design capabilities at ETI Project Showcase

Romax is to exhibit at a forthcoming Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Project Showcase where it will be presented alongside ANSYS and Castrol Ltd, as part of a £2.5m lower drivetrain project to improve the efficiency of Heavy Duty Vehicles (HDV).

Taking place on Tuesday 8th October at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, the showcase is to feature up to 30 exhibitors that have all been involved in ETI projects and will be demonstrated to an expected audience of 200 plus attendees.

The project, commissioned and funded by the ETI, is led by Romax and is aimed at improving efficiency of HDVs by cutting the amount of parasitic losses in the lower drivetrain system by 50 per cent.

Parasitic losses are caused by the churning of the lubricating oil and component friction, which in HDVs and off-road vehicle drivetrains can account for more than 10 per cent of overall vehicle energy losses. This project will look to improve the overall system design, with a synergistic focus on gears, bearings, surface treatments, lubricant flow and lubricant composition.

Romax will be responsible for the lower drivetrain design and analysis, with Castrol Ltd working on oil development and ANSYS modelling the lubrication system with its engineering simulation technology.

Andy Poon, Chief Executive Officer, from Romax commented: “We have over 20 years experience of drivetrain design and see this as the ideal opportunity to showcase our capabilities to a highly targeted audience.

“The ETI has set an ambitious target for parasitic loss reduction in this project but we are confident it is achievable as it matches our thinking in this area. Romax is committed to the development of low carbon technologies and is taking on this challenge. It will make a big difference to future HDV drivetrain design technology and with our consortium partners Castrol Ltd and ANSYS we are keen to begin development.”

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