Ricardo, Inc.

Partrick C. Niven
Commercial Manager, WAVE
7850 Grant Street
Burr Ridge, Illinois
Phone: 630.468.8764
Fax: 630.789.0127


Ricardo is a world leader in the field of engine and vehicle engineering. A history of more than 80 years of research and development coupled with continuous investment in people and facilities mean that Ricardo stays at the cutting edge of technology. A significant amount of turnover each year is invested in research focused on customer needs, and with the aim of maintaining their software products as state-of-the-art.

WAVE is the market-leading engine performance and 1-D gas dynamics simulation software used worldwide in all industry sectors including motor sport, automotive, motorcycle, truck, agricultural, locomotive, marine and power generation. WAVE enables performance simulations to be carried out based on virtually any intake, combustion and exhaust system design.

The link between ANSYS FLUENT and WAVE gives ANSYS FLUENT users the ability to execute simultaneously with WAVE through the Ricardo API. There are occasions when it is not possible to model the entire flow domain in an engine using 3D CFD due to the excessively large mesh and subsequent run-time. In these instances it is extremely advantageous to be able to model the majority of the engine using the simpler 1D approach and only the critical parts where real important 3-D flow phenomena are expected. In addition, the 2-way coupling allows feedback between the simulations allowing for more accurate results.

Ricardo believes that CAE analysis programs with the ability to communicate during the simulation are the most effective tools to design fully integrated systems. An Application Program Interface (API) has been developed to enable WAVE to be linked to other industry-standard commercial programs including Matlab/Simulink, EASY5, Matrixx/Systembuild and VECTIS and ANSYS FLUENT.