Maplesoft and VI-grade combine to bring modern modelling techniques to vehicle design

 

MapleSim models integrate easily with VI-CarRealTime

The latest release from MapleSoft (Waterloo, Canada) of MapleSim™ integrates Maplesoft’s physical modelling tool with vehicle dynamics tools from VI-grade. The MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime allows engineers to incorporate high-fidelity, multidomain models created in MapleSim into the real-time vehicle simulation environment of VI-CarRealTime.

MapleSim, available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts), is a Modelica-based physical modelling and simulation tool that applies modern techniques to dramatically reduce model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. VI-CarRealTime provides a fully validated real-time vehicle simulation environment that automotive engineers can use 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.

“VI-grade customers can now leverage the intuitive physical modelling environment of MapleSim to create high-fidelity models of vehicle subsystems in a fraction of the time it would take them in other tools,” said Juergen Fett, Managing Director, VI-grade. “Then, they get automatically generated real-time code of the subsystem that they can incorporate into VI-CarRealTime’s full vehicle model, replacing the default subsystem with their own. Not only does this avoid time-consuming and error-prone hand-coding, but MapleSim lets them create extremely detailed models while maintaining real-time simulation speeds. As a result, the simulations’ results are closer to reality which ultimately leads to shorter development cycles and better products.”

“The combination of MapleSim, VI-CarRealTime and the Connector allows for the fast, accurate modelling of automotive subsystems, such as powertrains and drivelines,” said Paul Goossens, Vice President of Applications Engineering at Maplesoft. “Automotive engineers can easily do innovative work, exploring their designs in new and deeper ways, detecting problems earlier in the design cycle, and developing high-quality, practical solutions to their design challenges.”

The MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime is the latest in a growing collection of connector tools and products for MapleSim, which include connectors for Simulink™, LabVIEW™, dSPACE® Systems, C code generation and more.

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

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.

About Adept Scientific plc

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 and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

Tighter Modelica integration in latest release of MapleSim provides unmatched system-level modelling

 

Enhancements include tools to speed up testing and experimentation process

The latest release of MapleSim™, the Modelica®-based physical modelling and simulation platform, has been announced by Maplesoft™ (Waterloo, Canada). With tighter Modelica integration, as well as more simulation, analysis and connectivity capabilities, MapleSim 6 is available from Adept Scientific (Letchworth, Herts) and offers even more ways for engineers to meet and exceed their system-level requirements.

MapleSim is based on the open standard Modelica modelling language for describing physical models and components. In MapleSim 6 support for Modelica is enhanced in many ways making it even easier for engineers to take control of their modelling and analysis. MapleSim 6 includes a view that instantly shows the corresponding Modelica code for any subsystem or component. By looking at the code engineers can tell precisely what their model is doing and more easily correct or improve its behaviour. Other Modelica features include the ability to open and immediately use Modelica files inside MapleSim; the ability to easily save any MapleSim model as a Modelica file; and, through the new MapleSim Connector for FMI, the ability to export MapleSim models in a standard format that was established with the help of the Modelica Association which is easily understood by other FMI-compliant tools.

“The combination of Modelica, an open, object-oriented, system-level modelling language, with the symbolic computation power of MapleSim enables a level of understanding, power and extensibility that is not possible with “black-box” tools,” says Dr Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “With the new features in MapleSim 6 it’s even easier for our customers to gain deeper insight into their designs, rapidly completing their most innovative projects and then passing their results down the toolchain.”

Maplesoft has expanded the entire MapleSim product suite by releasing several additional add-on products, many created in partnership with industry leaders. The MapleSim Connector for FMI lets users export models to other FMI-compliant tools; the MapleSim Connector for B&R Automation Studio enables the transfer of physical models into the integrated development environment of B&R Automation Studio; and the MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime™ allows engineers to incorporate high-fidelity, multidomain models created in MapleSim into the real-time vehicle simulation environment of VI-CarRealTime.

MapleSim 6 also offers several features that reduce development time by speeding up the testing and experimentation process. MapleSim 6 supports the ability to access external code directly from within their simulations. For example, customers can simplify their testing by calling external controller code directly from within MapleSim instead of exporting the MapleSim model to another tool. MapleSim 6 also includes a new “snapshots” feature that speeds up experimentation by allowing customers to start experiments from any time-step and initial condition without having to rerun the model every time. This release also provides the ability to run batch simulations and optimisations in parallel, taking advantage of multiple CPUs to complete the computations significantly faster.

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

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co Ltd in Japan, 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 Adept Scientific plc

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 and has offices in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordic region. Full details and contact information for all Adept Scientific international offices are available at www.adeptscience.com; or telephone +44 (0) 203 695 7810.

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