Model-Based Design Fuels Challenge X Competition
"University of Waterloo (Canada) Alternative Fuels Team beat 16 other talented teams to place first after the initial year's competition. From a technical perspective, much of their success can be attributed to innovative model-based design approaches. The problems all the teams face are exactly parallel with those faced by professional engineers who need to develop a complex engineering system such as a hybrid electric vehicle."
In the end, Waterloo Alternative Fuels Team chose The Mathworks' Simulink as their simulation tool and DynaFlexPro for Maple as a mechatronic system modeling tool to create the vehicle dynamics model. The efficient code generated by Maple and DynaFlexPro made real-time simulation possible to test the prototype controller against a simulation of the plant. By developing the system as described, the team was able to collapse the design time from what would have normally taken several months to just a few weeks—and at fraction of the typical cost.
Excerpt taken from, “Model-Based Design fuels Challenge X Competition”, Automotive Design Line, August 2005
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