Live Space Webinar, MapleSim Tire Component Library

Newsletter for January 2010

Complex physical modeling in less than two days!

Accelerating the Design of Complex Space Systems with Advanced Physical Modeling Techniques
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:00 am ET.

registerMilitary & Aerospace

Live Webinar in cooperation with the PennWell Group, moderated by John Keller, Editor-in-Chief for the PennWell publication "Military and Aerospace Electronics Magazine."

Upcoming missions to the Moon and Mars are triggering an extensive range of new design techniques and tools to deal with the emerging complexity of the required systems. This webinar presents an overview of modeling and simulation of space systems using physical modeling techniques derived from symbolic model formulation techniques.

To illustrate these techniques, this webinar will present the details of a recent initiative launched at the University of Waterloo (UW), in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Maplesoft, and the Government of Canada. The project is to develop a full solution for the power management system of robotic rovers, which will be used for upcoming missions to the Moon and Mars.

Presented by Dr. Tom Lee, Maplesoft VP of Applications Engineering, and by Dr. Amir Khajepour, Professor and Canadian Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems, University of Waterloo.

To register for this webinar, click here.


Announcing The MapleSim Tire Component Library!MapleSim Tire Component Library


Maplesoft announces an add-on component library for its physical modeling and simulation product MapleSim™. The MapleSim Tire Component Library lets engineers extend their multi-domain MapleSim vehicle models with high-performance pneumatic tire components.

The MapleSim Tire Component Library provides MapleSim users with industry-standard tire force model components. In addition, linear and user-defined tire models are available to provide flexibility for investigation and analysis. With the easy-to-use point-and-click MapleSim graphical environment, these fully parameterized force models can be integrated into existing vehicle dynamics models by simply dragging the component into a diagram and connecting the component to the vehicle model.

With the MapleSim Tire Component Library, users receive the following key features:

* Kinematic quantities, such as slip angle, longitudinal slip, and inclination angle are derived automatically and available to the user. These quantities are used to determine the tire forces and moments.
* Engineers can control how the tire slip and rolling radius are calculated, and include tire transients through differential equations involving relaxation lengths.
* Support for the following industry-standard tire models: Fiala, Calspan, and Pacejka 2002. For custom research and development applications, user-defined tire models can be constructed easily using an intuitive interface.

Since the MapleSim Tire Component Library is a fully integrated add-on package to MapleSim, the tire model components can take full advantage of features available to MapleSim components. For more information, click here.


New product from Maplesoft extends connectivity to tools from National Instruments

Maplesoft™ announced a product upgrade that extends connectivity to key hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) products from National Instruments™ (NI). In addition to connectivity to NI LabVIEW™, which was announced recently, this updated MapleSim add-on also lets users connect to the new NI VeriStand™ product. NI VeriStand™ is a ready-to-use software environment for configuring real-time testing applications, including HIL test systems. The MapleSim Connector for LabVIEW™ and NI VeriStand™ software integrates MapleSim's rich modeling environment into the popular LabVIEW™ and NI VeriStand™ real-time platforms. Engineers using LabVIEW™ or NI VeriStand™ can quickly develop and optimize complex engineering system models in the intuitive visual modeling environment of MapleSim.

“Through this collaboration, HIL testing and simulation will become faster and more convenient for our users,” said Chris Washington, Real-Time Testing Product Manager at National Instruments. “MapleSim’s high performance, coupled with the connector product’s ability to provide real-time simulation, will provide NI customers with powerful and efficient tools to address complex engineering processes.”

For a detailed list of product features, click here.


Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.
The Diet Problem
If you were to stroll into the Application Engineering office at Maplesoft, you might be led to believe that we subsist on nothing but donuts, pizza, chocolate and coffee. Read More>>
Limits Only Serve to Limit, So Change the Game
I find it hard to believe that humans a thousand years from now will be commemorating 2084 as “The Year Computers Stopped Getting Faster”. Read More>>

Working On My Contacts: Contact Modeling in MapleSim
A few months ago, I needed to prepare for a customer on-site training session. As part of the request for topics to be covered during the training, my contact there wanted to talk about contact!
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Watching the Dawn
I’ve flown across the oceans hundreds of times, but anyone who has done it even once has experienced the beautiful view of a dawn or a sunset.  That is, if you weren’t asleep... Read More>>
Nocturnal Computation
I remember with great fondness, the look of shock and awe that would come over my engineering colleagues’ faces when I showed them how I computed symbolic matrix products or performed a cumbersome simplification in seconds. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.

Application Center Highlights
Complex physical modeling in less than two days!

Tension-Controlling Roll-to-Roll Model

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Complex physical modeling in less than two days!

Table Plot Procedure
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Controlled Bicycle
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Contact Models
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To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.

Maplesoft Webinar Series
Maple 13 Professional Training
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 2:00 pm ET.

MapleSim Training 1: A Guided Tour of MapleSim Fundamentals
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 2:00 pm ET.

MapleSim Training 2: Advanced Techniques for Complex Modeling Applications
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 2:00 pm ET.


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.

Software To the Rescue
R&D Magazine , Dec. 29, 2009

Extract: “The potential impact of a symbolically-driven simulations tool on the customer was anticipated, but what the vendor did not expect was the rapid way even larger industries would benefit from its capabilities. “In a nutshell, the way we approach it mathematically makes certain simulations feasible. Now the symbolic math is becoming fully mainstream, and there are really creative ways to apply that math,” says (Tom) Lee.
Higher Mathematics Made Easy
Cutting Edge Computing , Dec. 27, 2009

Extract: “When I’ve taught these subjects (mathematics), I’ve always stressed that they are both easier to understand, and more relevant, than people have been led to believe. I didn’t mean that as hyperbole, but rather as a firm notion that useful mathematics didn’t have to be obtuse and out of reach of all but the nerds. Maplesoft, with Maple 13 and MapleSim 3, have demonstrated that I must have been on to something.”
Accelerator Centre startups get free use of Maplesoft software
The Record , Dec. 17, 2009

Extract: “Business startups in Waterloo’s Accelerator Centre will get unlimited use of Maplesoft’s mathematical and analytical software under a partnership agreement announced today. The company said the startups will have unlimited use of its software products for as long as they stay in the centre.”

In addition to these articles, check out the Media Center for all the latest coverage on Maplesoft.

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