Maplesoft and VI-grade partnership makes real-time vehicle modelling applications more cost and time-effective

Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), Maplesoft™ (Waterloo, Canada) and VI-grade (Marburg, Germany) announce a partnership which brings together the modelling strengths of Maplesoft and VI-grade, enabling users to increase the scope of their solutions and improve the flexibility of their design models. The partnership will see the integration of MapleSim™ models with the VI-CarRealTime framework.

MapleSim is an advanced physical modelling and simulation tool built on a foundation of symbolic computation technology. It efficiently handles all of the complex mathematics involved in the development of engineering models, including multi-domain systems, plant modelling and control design. VI-CarRealTime provides a fully validated real-time vehicle simulation environment that can be used by automotive engineers to optimise vehicle designs and control system performance. By using VI-CarRealTime, Vehicle Dynamics engineers can also perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimisation studies quickly and easily.

The VI-CarRealTime environment provides a readily available full-vehicle model that allows MapleSim users to easily implement their subsystem models without having to build the vehicle model themselves. Also, vehicle chassis parameters are transferred directly from ADAMS/Car™ into VI-CarRealTime, thus providing a way of rapidly integrating ADAMS/Car models with multi-domain system models from MapleSim. MapleSim allows VI-Grade customers to rapidly develop detailed models of their own vehicle subsystems and replace the default subsystem models in VI-CarRealTime with these models. In this way, the effect of dynamic behaviour of that subsystem on the whole vehicle can be assessed and incorporated into the completeHILapplication.

“VI-CarRealTime provides users with an open structure that allows for subsystems to be easily replaced by customised MapleSim models,” said Jim Cooper, President and CEO, Maplesoft. “The combination of the two technologies will speed up users’ real-time model development processes and provide significant savings in cost.”

“MapleSim provides an intuitive multi-domain physical modelling environment that allows VI-grade customers to rapidly develop much more detailed models than before, and automatically generate real-time capable C code of the models,” said Juergen Fett, Managing Director, VI-grade. “The only other way to do this is to hand-craft the code, which is time-consuming, error-prone and costly.”

VI-grade customers will hear more about the exciting possibilities from this partnership at the 4th VI-grade Users’ Conference in Tavagnacco (UD), Italy, on 18th and 19th October 2011.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft has over 20 years of experience developing products for technical education and research, offering a solution that applies to every aspect of academic life. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things. 

Maplesoft’s core technology is the World’s most advanced symbolic computation engine which is the foundation for all of its products, including Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment; MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modelling and simulation tool for physical systems; and Maple T.A., a web-based system for creating and assessing online tests and assignments.

 About VI-grade

VI-grade GmbH is the leading provider of best-in-class software products and services for advanced applications in the field of system level simulation. VI-grade, established in 2005, delivers innovative solutions to streamline the development process from concept to sign-off in the transportation industry, mainly automotive, aerospace, motorcycle, motorsports and railways.

The Maplesoft product range is supplied and supported by Adept Scientific in theUK,Ireland,Scandinaviaand the Nordic countries.

With offices in the UK, Germanyand throughout the Nordic region, Adept Scientific is one of the World’s leading suppliers of software and hardware products for research, scientific, engineering and technical applications on desktop computers. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

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