Santa's Sleigh Ride, Plant Modeling Consortium

 
Newsletter for December 2009

Complex physical modeling in less than two days!

Founded by Toyota and Maplesoft, the Plant Modeling Consortium (PMC) promotes the development of new design techniques for the automotive and related industries. Contributors to the consortium include most automotive OEMs as well as leading technology and solution providers.

The fourth meeting of the PMC will take place on December 10, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. This meeting will expand on previous discussions as well as introduce a number of advanced engineering modeling techniques now in practice. The presentations from the meeting will be recorded and posted to www.pmconsortium.org following the event.

Over the past 15 years, the automotive industry has succeeded in addressing the need for fast and effective design, simulation, and development of control systems through “off-the-shelf” software tools.  Companies such as Toyota have led the adoption of such tools and the concept of Model-Based Design.  However, today, automotive industry leaders  recognize the need for a new set of software tools and methods to address the parallel problem of plant modeling (or physical modeling). To learn more about the PMC, or to become a member, click here.

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Recorded Webinar: Accelerating the Design of Embedded Control Systems for Vehicle Applications

Complex physical modeling in less than two days!If you missed last months webinar presented by Maplesoft and the SAE, the recorded version is now available!

Tomorrow’s cars must be greener, safer, just as fast or even faster, and cheaper than today’s cars. The consequent demands that these seemingly conflicting requirements put on the modern control system are enormous. The plant models now demand a level of fidelity that would literally suck months from an engineering team, and in many cases, resulting models may not have the speed necessary to support HIL simulations.

This seminar is about accelerating these tasks through the emerging generation of engineering modeling tools. Deploying advanced techniques such as physical modeling, symbolic computation, optimized code generation, and loss-less model simplification, engineering teams are beginning to see time savings of an order of magnitude in both the plant model development process and real-time execution. The webinar will present both the conceptual framework as well as practical application demonstrations of these techniques using the modeling system MapleSim.

To view a recording of this webinar, click here.

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Santa's Sleigh Ride, featuring MapleSim 3

Complex physical modeling in less than two days!With the holiday’s right around the corner, there is a festive vibe going around the Maplesoft office. Decorations have been hung, lights have been strewn, and we’ve just had our first snow fall of the season. Our application engineering group has also gotten into the holiday spirit. Using MapleSim 3, the leading physical modeling tool, they’ve created a simple flight path for Santa and have modeled the effects his body would experience as he is flying through the night sky on Christmas Eve. Granted this doesn’t have all the features, like the weight of his toy bag, or the aerodynamic effects 8 reindeer would have on his flight, but it’s a good starting point.

To download the MapleSim model, or to view the video of Santa's flight, click here.

MapleSim 3 is the ideal software package for developing models for multi-domain engineering systems, including sophisticated plant models for control systems development. MapleSim’s intuitive physical modeling environment offers a powerful and flexible set of tools, which dramatically extends your modeling capacity. In addition to supporting rapid model development, MapleSim produces highly optimized equation-based models to provide the best possible real-time performance for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) applications.

To request an evaluation of MapleSim 3, click here.

More holiday fun: Talkin' Turkey, The Physics of Santa Claus, and Snowflake Fractals.

 

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Maplesoft Webinar Series
Accelerating Control Systems Design with MapleSim with Applications in Hardware in the Loop (HIL) testing
Tuesday, December 15, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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For further details or to enroll in a Webinar please click here.

Missed a Webinar? Check out our recorded Webinar section where you can browse and view recordings of past Webinars.



Maplesoft In The Press

Here are some highlights of this past month press coverage.

Mathematics and Modeling Made Easy
Scientific Computing World , Nov. 20, 2009

Extract: “Just when you firmly believe it could not be made much simpler to use, the developers have done it yet again. Maple 13 has many new interesting features, but the most overwhelming is in the area of usability. Having been away from the program for a short while, it was relatively easy to glide right in and begin calculations without any pain and suffering.”
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Maplesoft Extends MapleSim for Complex Physical Modeling
Design News , Nov. 19, 2009

Extract: “Just when you firmly believe it could not be made much simpler to use, the developers have done it yet again. Maple 13 has many new interesting features, but the most overwhelming is in the area of usability. Having been away from the program for a short while, it was relatively easy to glide right in and begin calculations without any pain and suffering.”
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