MATHEMATICS, SIMULATION AND MODELLING

MapleSim updates

11 November 2009

Maplesoft

Maplesoft has released several new products designed to help engineers better manage the complexity of engineering modelling and simulation problems. MapleSim, an advanced solution for physical modelling, together with a collection of new toolboxes, enables fast model development, advanced analysis, and the creation of complex multi-domain models.

The new Maplesoft solution suite includes MapleSim 3, an enhanced version of the modelling platform. Modelling capabilities have been extended with component libraries for hydraulics and electrical machines and refined solvers that handle even greater model complexity. In addition, new user interface features lead to faster development time and smoother workflow. MapleSim's core symbolic technology produces highly optimised equation-based models, which provide the best possible real-time performance in key application areas such as hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation.

Also included is the MapleSim Control Design Toolbox, which provides a set of essential control design tools that extend MapleSim's plant modelling capabilities to support control design. This toolbox takes advantage of the symbolic approach for designing, analysing, and testing control systems, which results in greater flexibility and accuracy. By developing plants and controllers together in the MapleSim environment, the development process is accelerated, and tool-switching cost is reduced. MapleSim also increases the reusability of controller designs through built-in technical documentation tools.

Finally, MapleSim LabView Connector is included. This toolbox integrates MapleSim's modelling environment into the popular LabView real-time platform from National Instruments (NI). Engineers using LabView can quickly develop and optimise complex engineering system models in MapleSim. This toolbox joins the MapleSim Simulink Connector (formerly known as the MapleSim Connectivity Toolbox), which provides enhanced connectivity with Simulink and Real-Time Workshop. When combined, these products ensure that MapleSim now connects to all popular real-time platforms.

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