Facts and figures

  • Full name: Ageing and efficiency Simulation & TEsting under Real world conditions for Innovative electric vehicle Components and Systems
  • Acronym: ASTERICS
  • Start date: 1/10/2012
  • End date: 30/09/2015
  • Total budget: 4.3 M€
  • Total EU funding: 2.7 M€


  • Reduction of overall development time and testing efforts for FEV and components by 50% 
  • Enable improvement and optimisation of overall efficiency and performance of FEV by at least 20%

Project structure

WP 1 – Requirements and specifications

The main objective of WP 1 is to propose a methodology able to identify the requirements of the FEV main vehicle components and of the procedures needed for product development, testing and validation.

WP 2 – Battery Systems

Starting from information (assumed as known) regarding the behaviour (ageing, life) of a specific cell subjected to working conditions easily achievable in the laboratory (e.g. charge-discharge cycles with constant values of both depth and rate of discharge), a damage model will be developed. The model will take into account the influence of some of the main factors occurring in realistic driving cycles, that contribute to damage.

WP 3 – Inverter systems

New requirements to inverters and also to inverter testing arise. In WP3 enhanced inverter simulation models will be developed, taking these new requirements into account. There will be a particular focus on inverter ageing. The new and enhanced inverter models will be integrated into a virtual prototyping environment, which is capable of doing analyses on electric drives. The validation in simulation and on test bench relies on real-life driving situations.

WP 4 – E-motor

This work package aims at developing new methodologies for test and simulation for electric traction motors. These methodologies will allow faster testing and faster efficient modelling (better characterization). The modelling activities include the development of new electric motor 1D models associated to test methods for a more accurate integration of electric motors in powertrain/system simulation.

WP 5 –System Design, Integration and demonstration

In this work package the models, developed by the ASTERICS Partners, will be included into the PerFECTS simulation model. Based on the output of WP1, the virtual driver models will be updated, if necessary, and the driving cycles defined will be built as an input for the simulation tools. The reference vehicle will be put on the test bench and will be driven on the defined cycles.

WP 6 – Dissemination and exploitation

Main objective of this WP6 is to establish an appropriate and effective communication of the project results to relevant stakeholders and the automotive community in general.

WP 7 – Project Management

Project coordination activities are included in WP7






This project is co-funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the EC.


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