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Newsletter for July 2009

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NSERC-Toyota-Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair in Mathematics-Based Modeling and Design announced

Maplesoft recently announced a partnership with Toyota Corporation and the Universty of Waterloo, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), that will produce new methods for modeling physical systems. The Industrial Research Chair is being granted to Dr. John McPhee, from the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and Executive Director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR). Dr. John McPhee and his team will collaborate with experts at Maplesoft and Toyota to develop math-based models and computer simulations, with a focus on automotive applications.

To read the full article, click here.

3-D Hall Sensor Algorithm Developed in Maple Produces a More Efficient Washing Machine Design

Dr. Frank Allmendinger leads a research and development project team at Marquardt GmbH, a German company that develops and manufactures switches and switching systems. Over the last three years, his team designed an innovative three-dimensional load and imbalance sensor, which is used in a new washing machine model from a well-known company in the "white goods" sector.

The Marquardt group used Maple™ in this project. Dr. Allmendinger found Maple to be an invaluable tool, allowing him to work on complex problems such as modeling the magnetic fields, estimating the allowed tolerances for the magnet, and determining whether the tilt of the 3-D-Hall-Sensor module was within a very small tolerance of approximately two degrees.

To read the full article, click here.


MapleSim 2 and Maple 13 Language Editions Announced

Maplesoft™ announced that the recently released products MapleSim™ 2 and Maple™ 13 are now available in several languages. These products are based on Maplesoft’s core technologies, which include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques.

For Japanese customers, Maplesoft has released Japanese editions of both MapleSim and Maple. In addition, Maple 13 language packs are now available in French, Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Korean.

“In today’s challenging times, tools that provide speed and efficiency are extremely critical,” said Jim Cooper, president and CEO of Maplesoft. “Couple MapleSim and Maple’s technology superiority with the advantage of localized language editions, and the advantages of these products become multi-fold. Engineers, researchers, and teachers in various countries have easy access to the power of these cutting-edge tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.”

“Maplesoft has always responded to the needs of local markets with language editions and we see it as one of their key attributes,” said Yoichi Mizoguchi, board member and general manager at Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd., Maplesoft’s partner in Japan. “Maplesoft users in different countries use these products to solve difficult problems, gain better insights, and achieve better performance.”

For pricing information, contact your regional reseller.


Enthusiastic and Positive Global Adoption of MapleSim Beats Expectations

Maplesoft's recently released modeling and simulation software, MapleSim, has received tremendous response from around the world. Close to 500 licenses have been sold in the six months since its release in December 2008. After a successful pilot testing period, MapleSim adoption has been swift and far-reaching.

“MapleSim saved me many hours of work because the model maps onto the topology of the physical system and the dynamic equations do not have to be developed by hand,” said Dr. Richard Gran, president and CEO of The Mathematical Analysis Company, and an early user of MapleSim. “MapleSim converts a painstaking and laborious process into one that is simple and enjoyable.” Dr. Gran used MapleSim to rapidly develop a model of an eight-room house to investigate a new home heating system controller.

MapleSim has received several accolades from engineers, researchers, instructors, and the media. In a review of the product for IEEE Spectrum magazine, software reviewer Ken Foster writes, “MapleSim has a lot in common with MathWorks®’ Simulink®, but, interestingly, it works by finding the differential equations for a system, which Maple simplifies analytically before solving. This process is potentially faster and more accurate than Simulink®’s purely numerical approach.”

To read the full article, 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.

My Son’s First Calculator
I was fully expecting to write Part 2 of my postcard from China when a life-changing event interrupted my creative processes. Read More>>

Sky Rockets in Flight, Afternoon Delight
It wasn’t that long ago that people were thinking that personal rocket jetpacks would be a reasonable means of transportation. Unfortunately, we’re still a bit of a ways off on that dream. That being said, we can still do a lot of cool things with rockets. Read More>>

The Changing Face of Technology
Ever since I filled out my university application papers, I’ve been faced with the cocktail party question, “So, why did you decide to study engineering?" Read More>>

Postcard From the Road: Keeping Austin Weird...
“Keep Austin weird” is probably the best civic slogan I have ever encountered. Austin, Texas is one of the most charming cities in the US Read More>>
Notes from Stuttgart
Last week was rather crazy…Monday afternoon, I’m sitting in a canoe on a beautiful lake in the wilds of Ontario…Tuesday morning, I’m in Stuttgart for the Vehicle Dynamics Expo to introduce MapleSim 2....Read More>>
The Calculus of Teaching
A few weeks ago I made a short trip down to Lincroft, New Jersey, to deliver a Maple training course to a group of math professors at Brookdale Community College. I’d been to Manhattan before, but never New Jersey, and didn’t really know what to expect. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.

Tips & Techniques
Maple Tips and Techniques: Point-and-Click Tools for Control Systems Design
Author: Maplesoft
MapleSim Tips and Techniques: Cooling a Solid with a Cold Air Stream with MapleSim and Maple
Author: Maplesoft

Visit Tips & Techniques on the Maplesoft website for more applications.


Application Center Highlights
Calculation of B6 Bridge Losses of a power stage driven by space vector modulation scheme
Author: Andreas Schramm
Windshield Wiper Mechanism
Author: Maplesoft
To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Advanced Analysis of MapleSim Templates
Thursday, July 23, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


In this introductory webinar, users will learn how to use some of MapleSim’s templates to further investigate their models. The templates to be reviewed are Equation Generation, Analysis, Code Generation, Optimization, and Custom Components.

Optimization using Maple
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


Many scientific and engineering applications have to obey tight performance tolerances. Initial designs are often sub-optimal, and to arrive at better operating conditions, manual iterative processes using, for example, calculators or spreadsheets, are applied. This can take many hours, or even days. Often the solution obtained through such processes is still far from adequate. Over the last few decades, software tools boasting advanced nonlinear systems modeling and optimization algorithms have become significantly simpler to use, and no longer require specialized knowledge; this has accelerated the productivity of technical professionals across all domains. With Maple, you can take the result of over twenty-five years of continual investment in basic research and design to better model and optimize scientific and engineering designs in less time.

This webinar will demonstrate, through several applications, how Maple provides an easy-to-use environment for advanced modeling and optimization. Within Maple, you can take advantage of some of the most advanced optimization techniques in the world. In addition, Maple provides thousands of functions for integral transforms, ODE, PDE, and DAE solving, linear algebra, statistics, signal processing, and much more. Maple’s computational engine can tackle your most complex mathematical problems.

You will also see how the Global Optimization Toolbox (GOT) can be used with Maple. Through the use of advanced optimization algorithms, the Global Optimization Toolbox finds the best solution for models that have many possible (local and “true” global) solutions. Maple and the GOT support a consistent modeling and optimization framework that not only delivers a solution in seconds or minutes, but is also based on rigorous mathematical techniques that ensure a global search based numerical approximation of the best possible solution.

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.

Maplesoft: Winner of the 2009 Omond Solandt Award
CORS-SCRO Bulletin, June 27, 2009

Maplesoft was presented with this award for "exceptional contribution to operational research and development of innovative and revolutionary mathematical software systems."


15 Ways to cut cost
IVT International, June 12, 2009

Extract: The latest products from Maplesoft have dual goals of saving time and costs involved in the model creation environment. For the second release of the multidomain modelling and simulation tool MapleSim (MapleSim 2), time has been saved from the creation process of mathematical models.”


Math, Modeling and Simulation – MapleSim
Design Product News, June 12, 2009

This magazine showcases the best of MapleSim’s 3D visualization and animation feature through a combination of videos.

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

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