ACADEMIC EDITION | October 2011 | Issue 10

ASEE Webinar: Advanced Physical Modeling Tackles the Complexity of Modern Engineering
Wednesday, December 7th at 10:00 am ET

In a an economy driven by the need for innovative, reliable, cost-effective solutions, there is enormous pressure being placed on engineering educators and researchers to produce efficient designs, and efficient students. Engineering researchers must not only develop models quickly, but also require in-depth analytical tools to help them investigate the intricacies of their models at a fundamental level. Engineering modeling software needs to offer increased capabilities for researchers, and also needs to be easy and intuitive enough to be used by undergrads so they can gain greater insight into the nature of physical systems. Fortunately, advanced physical modeling solutions are available for model development and analysis, while also increasing student comprehension.

This webinar illustrates how engineering researchers are making significant stridesin their work with the help of advanced physical modeling technology. It highlights the work of three researchers, and discusses such diverse projects as space rovers, hockey sticks, parallel manipulators, and electric and hybrid-electric vehicle batteries. In this panel discussion lead by Dr. Derek Wright of Maplesoft, learn firsthand how advanced physical modeling and simulation technology can enrich your classroom and accelerate your research.

Maplesoft Events
Mathematics and Modeling with Maple and MapleSim
October 26th (9:00am-12:00pm)
Garching bei München
37th AMATYC Annual Conference
November 10th - 13th
Austin, Texas
SPS/IPC/Drives 2011
November 22nd - 24th
Nuremburg, Germany
For further details about these events, click here.

Information Sheets
MapleSim Driveline Component Library Datasheet
Key Features of the MapleSim Driveline Component Library

Maple Training Materials Datasheet
Maple training materials that accommodate different needs and learning styles

To access all Maplesoft Information sheets, click here.

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Maplesoft and VI-Grade partnership makes real-time modeling applications more cost and time effective

Maplesoft™ and VI-grade announced a partnership that brings together the modeling strengths of both companies, enabling users to increase the scope of their solutions and improve the flexibility of their design models. The partnership will see the integration of MapleSim™ models with the VI-CarRealTime framework.

VI-CarRealTime provides a fully validated real-time vehicle simulation environment that can be used by automotive engineers to optimize vehicle designs and control system performance. By using VI-CarRealTime, Vehicle Dynamics engineers can also perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimization studies quickly and easily

The VI-CarRealTime environment provides a readily available full-vehicle model that allows MapleSim users to easily implement their subsystem models without having to build the vehicle model themselves. Also, vehicle chassis parameters are transferred directly from ADAMS/Car™ into VI-CarRealTime, thus providing a way of rapidly integrating ADAMS/Car models with multi-domain system models from MapleSim. MapleSim allows VI-Grade costumers to rapidly develop detailed models of their own vehicle subsystems and replace the default subsystem models in VI-CarRealTime with these models. In this way, the effect of dynamic behavior of that subsystem on the whole vehicle can be assessed and incorporated into the complete HIL application.

For more information, please click here.


Webinar on Process Integration and Design Optimization with MapleSim and Optimus
Thursday, November 3rd at 10:00 am ET

No matter how brilliant or experienced, engineering students and researchers face problems when dealing with multi-disciplinary projects.  With the introduction of myriads of simulation tools in research and education, they tend to manually implement design modifications in software and evaluate their impact through simulation. They repeatedly run different types of simulations to improve and balance conflicting objectives as good as they possibly can. 

The Optimus platform, from Noesis Solutions, has been developed to address the need for more effective ways to gain deeper engineering insight.  The software connects any commercial or in-house modeling and simulation tools, including Maple & MapleSim.  With Optimus, university teams can collaborate to create automated multi-disciplinary workflows. This approach yields greater insight for students and academics, and sharpens their skills to apply theoretical knowledge in real-life projects.

This webinar will illustrate the use of Optimus with Maplesoft’s products, highlighting the benefits of process optimization through the ability to incorporate other tools that complement the use of Maple and MapleSim.


SAE Webinar: Physical Models of Automotive Batteries for EV and HEV Applications

Tuesday, November 29th at 10:00 am ET

The automotive 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 which stresses detailed modeling and simulation steps prior to committing to metal and plastic. With new generation vehicles the need for advanced physical modeling solutions is considerably greater due to increasing system complexity, and the battery is becoming one of the most critical components in alternative powerplant development.

This webinar covers new approaches to modeling and simulation for hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and fully electric vehicle (EV) applications with particular emphasis on the development of high fidelity physical models of automotive batteries. 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. Conventional lead-acid, but also NiMH and Lithium battery models will be presented.

Additionally, Dr. McPhee and Dr. Sam Dao will discuss the use of software solutions that deploy symbolic techniques for high-fidelity physical modeling. They have found the symbolic approach to physical modeling to be an effective way to develop simulation models that have very high fidelity, compared to conventional modeling tools, and fast real-time speeds for HIL testing.

New Video
Solving Inverse Kinematic Problems
  In this video, MapleSim is used to solve the inverse kinematics problem of keeping an aircraft’s radar gimbal pointed at a stationary target as the aircraft moves. 
On the Shoulders of a Giant
  Today we've lost computing pioneer Dennis Ritchie. Dr. Ritchie was the co-inventor of the Unix operating system and the C programming language, both of which are an integral part of Maple's history.
Classroom Tips and Techniques:
Directional Derivatives in Maple

Author: Dr. Robert Lopez
  Examines the functionality that exists in the Physics:-Vectors package, and in the DifferentialGeometry package. This article examines how to obtain (A . (VectorCalculus[Nabla]))B in Maple.
Live Webinars
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Recorded Webinars
Transmission Modeling and the MapleSim Driveline Component Library
Mechatronic and Robotic Applications of MapleSim
MapleSim Drives Higher Fuel Efficiency in Cars
CNBC, September 15, 2011
“Maplesoft today announced the MapleSim Driveline Component Library, a collection of components for driveline modeling applications. Built with the involvement of several transmission manufacturers, this MapleSim add-on covers all stages in the powertrain, from the engine to the differential, wheels, and road loads, as well as vehicle dynamics.”
Simulating Silence
Scientific Computing World, August 29, 2011
"Not only could he enter the equations as if writing by hand, ‘the fact that I can do symbolic calculations allows me to do optimizations that are virtually impossible with other software."
Efficient development through physical modeling
Control Engineering, August 29, 2011
“Being able to design an adequate machine or system model plays an important role in simulation-based development. At the same time, mapping out all the dynamic characteristics of a machine can take a lot of time. "Tools for physical modeling such as MapleSim from Maplesoft provide optimal support and reduce the amount of time and work considerably," said Philipp Wallner, global technology manager at B+R.”

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