ACADEMIC EDITION | September 2012 | Issue 9

MapleSim 6 is Now Available!


MapleSim 6 offers tighter Modelica integration, as well as more simulation, analysis, and connectivity capabilities, providing even more ways for engineers to meet and exceed their system-level requirements. New features include:

Expanded Modelica Support:
MapleSim is based on the open standard Modelica modeling language for describing physical models and components. In MapleSim 6, support for Modelica is enhanced in many ways, including a new view that instantly shows the corresponding Modelica code for any subsystem or component. 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 the ability to use the FMI MapleSim Connector to export MapleSim models in the Modelica Association standard format.

Efficient Testing and Experimentation:
MapleSim 6 offers several features that reduce development time by speeding up the testing and experimentation process. It supports the ability to access external code directly from within simulations. 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 optimizations in parallel, taking advantage of multiple CPUs to complete the computations significantly faster.

New MapleSim Connectors:
We've expanded the entire MapleSim product suite by releasing several additional connector products. The MapleSim Connector for B&R Automation Studio enables the transfer of physical models into the integrated development environment of B&R Automation Studio. 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. Using the new MapleSim Connector for FMI, MapleSim models can be exported in a standard format established with the support of the Modelica Association.

Check out the blog post written by Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Maplesoft's Executive Vice-President & Chief Scientist.

To learn more about all the new features in MapleSim 6, click here.

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Maplesoft Events
MSO-Tools 2012
September 24-26
Berlin, Germany
Séminaire Maplesoft: Solutions Maplesoft pour l'éducation et la recherche
October 10
Université Lille 1, France
Séminaire Maplesoft: Solutions Maplesoft pour l'éducation et la recherche
October 18
Université Paris Sud 11, France
For further details about these events, click here.

Information Sheets
MapleSim 6 Academic Education Datasheet
Key Features in MapleSim 6 for Academic Education
MapleSim 6 Academic Research Datasheet
Key Features in MapleSim 6 for Academic Research


To access all Maplesoft Information sheets, click here.


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Symbolic Computation Techniques for Advanced Mathematical Modeling

TU Delft University in Netherlands is taking leadership in transforming learning through the use of technology. Its ambition is to eventually offer fully digitalized degree programs and it believes that digital testing and assessment can play an important role within this process. It turned to Maplesoft’s online testing and assessment suite, Maple T.A. to be a partner in this journey of transformation.

TU Delft selected Maple T.A. as the centrally supported package for digital assessment, after careful consideration.“Though Maple T.A. is specialized in mathematics, evaluating calculations and formulas, it also supports more common question types like multiple choice, multiple selection, fill-in-the-blanks and hot spot,” said Ir. Meta Keijzer- de Ruijter, project manager digital testing TU Delft. “Extensive ways to randomise questions and build in test analysis were key features that appealed to us. In other similar software randomisation options are limited, the use of (mathematical) formulas is restricted to question design and an extensive test analysis module is lacking.”

“Given the current economic climate, we can no longer justify the length of time that students take to complete their studies,” said Drs. Paul Rullmann, Vice President, Education, Executive Board, TU Delft. “For this reason, we recently launched a project aimed at using technology to achieve drastic improvements in the pass rates in our programs. For example, providing timely feedback to students regarding their learning progress is one area of focus. We believe that assessment is at the heart of the educational process and digital testing, through systems like Maple T.A., can play an important role.”

For more information, click here to read the full user case study.

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Live Webinar: See What's New in MapleSim 6 for Engineering Educators
Tuesday, September 18th at 10:00 am EDT

MapleSim 6 is a major new release of MapleSim, Maplesoft’s advanced system-level modeling software. With MapleSim 6, Maplesoft offers tighter Modelica integration, allowing users to access a new view that instantly shows the corresponding Modelica code for any subsystem or component, immediately open and use Modelica files in MapleSim and more. In addition to our expanded Modelica support, MapleSim 6 also offers several features that reduce development time by speeding up the testing and experimentation process. We've also expanded the entire MapleSim product suite by releasing several additional connector products including the MapleSim Connector for B&R Automation Studio, the MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime and the MapleSim Connector for FMI.

This webinar, presented by Tim Vrablik, Academic Product Manager of MapleSim, will explore some of the new features in MapleSim 6.



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Live Webinar: Mathematics-Based Modeling of a Series-Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Thursday, September 27th at 10:00 am EDT

This webcast covers new approaches to modeling and simulation for HEV and EV vehicle applications with emphasis on the development of high-fidelity physical models of automotive batteries. To speed up the design and prototyping processes of HEVs, a method that automatically generates mathematics equations governing the vehicle system response in an optimized symbolic form is desirable. To achieve this goal, the physical modeling tool MapleSim was employed to develop the multidomain model of a series-HEV, using the symbolic computing algorithms of the Maple software package to generate an optimized set of governing equations. The HEV model consists of a mean value internal-combustion engine, a Li-ion battery pack, and a multibody vehicle model. Simulations are then used to demonstrate the performance of the HEV system. Simulation results show that the model is viable and the number of governing equations is reduced significantly, resulting in a computationally efficient system. Webcast attendees will be invited to interact with the speakers during the program's live Q&A segment.

 
VIDEOS
Video: MapleSim as a “White-box” Modeling Environment
  Dr. Derek Wright discusses the MapleSim “white-box” modeling environment, and the advantages this kind of open environment gives to engineers for modeling and analysis.
BLOGS
MapleSim 6: Advances in System-Level Modeling
  MapleSim has seen a rapid evolution since its inception in 2008 as a multi-domain system-level modeling and simulation environment. The latest release, MapleSim 6, delivers major enhancements along all three pillars of innovation...
FEATURED APPLICATION
Classroom Tips and Techniques: Tractrix Questions - A Homework Problem from MaplePrimes
Author: Dr. Robert Lopez
  I answered an interesting question about the tractrix defined parametrically on May 14 in a worksheet that forms the basis for this month's article.
 
MAPLESOFT WEBINAR SERIES
Live Webinars
SAE Webinar: Mathematics-Based Modeling of a Series-Hybrid Electric Vehicle
Thursday, September 27 at 10:00 am EDT
Maple 16 Training for Educators and Researchers
Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 am EDT
Challenges and solutions for STEM programs
Tuesday, September 25 at 2:00 pm EDT
Hollywood Math
Wednesday, September 26 at 2:00 pm EDT
Recorded Webinars
Modellazione fisica e simulazione con MapleSim: sessione formative
Aplicações e Potencialidades do MapleSim na Engenharia Automotiva I
MAPLESOFT IN THE PRESS
How to Engineer a Planetary Rover
Automotive Designa nd Production, August 22, 2012

“Listen to Dr. Amir Khajepour, Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems and professor of Engineering at the University of Waterloo: “MapleSim was found to be the ideal environment for this application due to its multidomain abilities, use of symbolic simplification for higher computational efficiency and ease of connectivity to LabVIEW.”
The Driving Force in Automotive
Scientific Computing World, August 22, 2012

“Maplesoft’s Paul Goossens attributes this trend (modeling and simulation tools) to the fact that not only are prototype tests expensive, they are not very repeatable. For example, if a combination of inputs lead to a problem during a test drive, attempting to replicate them would be incredibly difficult. It can, however, be done effectively by hardware testing on real-time platforms and he states that while this is certainly not a new trend, there is an increasing adoption of these systems as engineers want to implement high fidelity models in a real-time simulator.”
MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime
Scientific Computing World, July 2, 2012

“The MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime enables engineers to incorporate high-fidelity, multi-domain models created in MapleSim into the real-time vehicle simulation environment of VI-CarRealTime. Furthermore, vehicle dynamics engineers can perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimisation studies.”
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