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Newsletter for September 2010

High Fidelity Physical Models of Automotive Batteries

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2:00pm Eastern Time

IEEE Spectrum OnlineThe auto industry is in transformation. New generation vehicles deploying hybrid (HEV), fully electric (EV), and fuel cell powerplants are presenting significant challenges to automotive engineers. The complexity of the automobile has increased exponentially in the past decades with higher performance components and digital control. This has triggered a design revolution in the industry called Model Based Design (MBD) which stresses detailed modeling and simulation steps prior to committing to metal and plastic. With new generation vehicles the need for MBD is considerably greater due to increasing complexity. The battery is becoming one of the most critical components in alternative powerplant development. This webinar presents some leading work in the development of high fidelity physical models of automotive batteries, including conventional lead-acid, but also NiMH and Lithium. Developed as part of the research program for the NSERC/Toyota/Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair for Mathematics-based Modeling and Design, these models will plug into comprehensive system models for HEV and EV applications.

Additionally, Dr. McPhee and Dr. Thanh-Son Dao will discuss new software tools that deploy symbolic techniques for physical modeling. In particular they will present the application of MapleSim and Maple for efficiently managing the mathematics of models and quickly developing complete system models. They have found the symbolic approach to be an effective way to develop simulation models that have very high fidelity, compared to conventional modeling tools, and fast realtime speeds for HIL testing.

To register for this webinar, click here.


Visit the MapleSim Demo Gallery

The MapleSim Demo Gallery contains a number of real-world application examples created using MapleSim. See for yourself the breadth and depth of MapleSim applications. All the MapleSim applications in the demo gallery feature downloadable MapleSim models.Not a MapleSim user? To request a MapleSim evaluation copy, click here.

Battery Startup

This model simulates the startup of an internal combustion engine. The model is primarily divided into three parts: battery, alternator, and engine.


This application is an example of a rollercoaster ride, and the effects that a passenger would undergo. The MapleSim model simulates a cart on an arbitrary track definition and consists of a drive train including three-phase AC motor, gearing, braking and speed controller, as well as tangential forces on the car and rider.

Wind Turbine

This application illustrates of the use of MapleSim for developing a mechanical model of a wind turbine with blade angle control.



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Application Center Highlights
Rimless Wheel
Author: Maplesoft

The rimless wheel is essentially a wheel without the rim. As the wheel turns, it pivots from one spoke to the next. For this example, contact models are used for the each of the six legs as the wheel rolls down an incline.

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Maplesoft Webinar Series
La génération automatique des équations au cœur du projet
Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:00 am ET. (14:00 CEST)

MapleSim Training 2: Advanced techniques for complex modeling applications
Thursday, September 23, 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.

MapleSim Used to Rapidly Develop a High Fidelity Multi-Domain Model of a Robotic Space Rover
Yahoo! , August 10, 2010

Extract: “Unmanned planetary exploration is a focus for many space research agencies worldwide today. To do this successfully, advanced autonomous robotic rovers are needed. ”
Physical Modeling and Simulation
SAE International, August 9, 2010

Extract:Introducing a new 3-D construction feature that saves engineers time when developing multibody models, this release of MapleSim provides instant, realistic feedback by dynamically rendering the model as it is built.
Introducing MapleSim 4.0
Design World , August 5, 2010

Extract:MapleSim is a drag-and-drop physical modeling tool that applies advanced symbolic computation techniques to produce high-performance simulation models of multi-domain systems.

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