May 23, 2019
Maplesoft has announced a new release of MapleSim, a system-level modeling tool. From digital twins for virtual commissioning to system-level models for complex engineering design projects, MapleSim is designed to help organizations reduce development risk, lower costs and enable innovation. The latest release provides improved performance, increased modeling scope and more ways to connect to an existing toolchain, according to the company.
Maplesoft says simulation is faster for all customers in MapleSim 2019 due to more efficient handling of constraints when preparing the model, resulting in more compact, faster simulation code without any loss of fidelity. In addition, models developed in MapleSim and then exported for use in other tools also run faster in the target applications.
New built-in and add-on components and expanded support for external libraries mean that engineers can create more models, faster, in MapleSim 2019, says Maplesoft. The new release expands the scope of models that can be created using pre-existing components, with additions to hydraulics, electrical, multibody, and more. The MapleSim Engine Dynamics Library from Modelon is a new add-on library that provides specialized tools for modeling, simulating and analyzing the performance of combustion engines. This component library is useful for representing transient engine responses, and can be used for analyzing engine performance, performing emission studies, controls development, hardware-in-the-loop verification of vehicle electronic control units, and more.
MapleSim 2019 also offers advances in toolchain integration. Improvements include additional options for FMI connectivity, including support for variable-step solvers, as well as fixed-step, for running imported models in MapleSim and exporting models to other tools. In addition, the new B&R MapleSim Connector add-on gives automation projects the ability to test and visualize control strategies from within B&R Automation Studio, and to export simulation data for motor, servo, and gearbox sizing within SERVOsoft.
“System level modeling has proven to be an invaluable tool for companies embarking on challenging engineering design projects, especially in the areas of automation and the creation of digital twins. Models can be used to both verify a design, as well as act as a virtual test bench for the machine’s control software—all before prototypes are built,” said Chad Schmitke, senior director, Product Development, Maplesoft. “Whether an organization wishes to develop their own models or work in partnership with the Maplesoft Engineering Solutions team, the improvements in performance, scope and connectivity in MapleSim 2019 offer benefits to everyone.”
MapleSim is available in English, Japanese, and French.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.