CRF (Centro Ricerche Fiat), headquartered in Orbassano (Turin) with other branch sites in Italy, was established in 1978. As a focal point for research activities of FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), the mission of CRF is to:
- develop and transfer innovative powertrains, vehicle systems and features, materials, processes and methodologies together with innovation expertise in order to improve the competitiveness of FCA products;
- represent FCA in European collaborative research programs, joining pre-competitive projects and promoting networking actions;
- support FCA in the protection and enhancement of intellectual property.
Also through the cooperation with a pan-European network from industry and academia, CRF conducts collaborative research initiatives at the national and international levels in partnership with all the key public and private stakeholders concerned with sustainable mobility, targeting specifically the industrial exploitation of research.
CRF develops research and innovation along the three principal axes of sustainability: Environmental Sustainability, which encompasses all aspects relating to energy efficiency as well as to the reduction of the impact on the environment over the entire lifecycle of the vehicle; Social Sustainability, focusing on the safety of transportation systems through the development of active, passive, preventive and cooperative solutions while addressing the mobility of all users irrespective of their specific needs; Economically sustainable competitiveness, oriented towards viable innovation, i.e., improving the performance and functionality of new vehicles in a cost-effective manner while reducing the time-to-market of research results.
Main tasks in the project:
CRF is involved in the DOMUS project both as automotive research organization and OEM (as representative of FCA). As such, the main tasks to be carried out by CRF are the following:
- Define the specification requirements related to thermal comfort and energy targets from vehicle level up to sub-systems level;
- Support the definition of virtual and experimental methodologies for the assessment of thermal and acoustic comfort and develop virtual models of the demonstrator vehicle aligned with such methodologies;
- Define and implement the control logic for the active control system regulation and calibration;
- Integrate on the demo vehicle the innovative systems and validate experimentally the prototype in terms of performance;
- Perform the final assessment of the effective integration of the complete solution package.