Understand, Optimize, and Control Your Multi-Physics System with Simulation Software

Technical systems, like machines and manufacturing plants, are often very complex. They consist of a multitude of components and subsystems, usually based on diverse technical domains and increasingly fitted with sensors and controls. Their dynamic interactions have a significant impact on safety, performance, and comfort, raising questions:

  • Which is the best layout and operation/control strategy of my hybrid powertrain in terms of energy efficiency and performance?
  • Which vibrations generated by the engine and transmitted via the drive train reach the seat rail?
  • How long does it take for my air brake system from the pedal being actuated until the desired braking force is applied? What pressure is applied to the brakes? And how much air is consumed?
  • How can renewable energy sources, storage, electric mobility, and consumers best be integrated so that demand can always be met? What storage sizes are needed, and how to control them?
  • How can I ensure that my machine/plant meets the requirements for safety, reliability, and functional quality even under the influence of manufacturing tolerances, failures, wear, and aging?

System simulation is created to efficiently model, simulate, and analyze arbitrary machines and plants' behavior. It is used in a multitude of industries and applications such as vehicles, construction & industrial machinery, energy systems, aerospace, medical technology, and consumer devices, to name a few.

With SimulationX, you have one platform for modeling, simulating, and analyzing technical systems, including mechanics, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrics, and controls, as well as thermal, magnetic, and further physical behavior. Model libraries with basic elements representing physical phenomena as well as comprehensive component libraries with out-of-the-box application-oriented model elements ensure you have the right tools available for your task. Use the versatile analysis methods available to draw the correct conclusions from the simulation results.

Benefits of SimulationX

  • Understand your system – from the concept phase to controller test
  • From one single source: simulation platform, model libraries, and post-processing
  • Simulate your system transient in the time domain or steady-state in the frequency domain
  • Receive accurate results through non-linear behavior both in the time and frequency domains
  • Easily create own model elements based on Modelica® with the SimulationX TypeDesigner
  • Establish efficient development processes by easily integrating SimulationX models into development workflows based on versatile interfaces, including the functional mock-up interface 

SimulationX for Aerospace, Aeronautics, and Astronautics

SimulationX is a sophisticated platform to efficiently model, simulate, and analyze mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and combined systems. From the concept to detailed development to virtual tests, obtain reliable results on the physical behavior quickly and efficiently. The lumped element simulation method enables you to model and simulate even large and complex systems rapidly, economically, and reliably.

As a development partner in the MISSION project (Modelling and Simulation Tools for Systems Integration on Aircraft), which is part of the European program “CleanSky2”, we are working towards the goal of elaborating and establishing a model-based process throughout all phases in the development of aircraft with the help of a sophisticated development environment.

Benefits of SimulationX for Aerospace Applications

The spectrum of applications in the aerospace sector ranges from the development and virtual tests of single subsystems and entire systems to real-time simulations.

  • Develop and test control software and hardware with virtual system models

  • Develop, optimize, and control test benches for components and systems for aircraft and spacecraft

  • Assess the impact of malfunctions and failures efficiently with fault tree analyses (FTA) and failure mode and effect analyses (FMEA) based on existing model structures

  • Benefit from automated pre-processing, simulations and post-processing through comprehensive interfaces and scripting options

  • Optimize the layouts of your systems and components with automated methods: Couple the simulation model with special optimization software

Benefits of SimulationX for Aeronautic Applications

Be it flight controls, landing gear, drive systems, environmental controls, or fuel supply: Accelerate the development of aircraft systems with system simulation – from setting out requirements to test flights.

  • Mechanical or fly-by-wire: compare and optimize different flight control systems

  • Develop light, inexpensive, and reliable landing gears

  • Create next-generation aircraft drive systems with small, light-weight and powerful batteries, electric motors and generators.

  • Compare concepts for silent, efficient, and economical aircraft drive systems and optimize drivetrains in detail

  • Shorten development time and save costs during the development of complex transmissions and drive systems for helicopters and gyrodynes

  • Design energy efficient environmental control systems

  • Equip your training simulators with realistic and physically correct behavior

Benefits of SimulationX for Astronautic Applications

The extreme conditions in space, the high costs per ton, and the lack of repair options require an extremely high degree of operational safety and the lightweight of all components and systems for all sorts of satellites and spacecraft. Use our simulation solutions to shorten development cycles, reduce weight, and increase your spacecraft’s system reliability.

  • Model and simulate spacecraft systems and components and reduce weight through systematic optimization

  • Develop reliable robotic systems to ensure design and operation for the extreme conditions in space

  • Optimize drive and attitude control systems of satellites and spacecraft

  • Ensure proper functionality of life support systems

  • Identify the optimal interaction between energy supply, energy storage and consumers to dimension the individual components accordingly

  • Assess safety and reliability with fault tree analyses (FTA) and failure mode and effect analyses (FMEA) based on system models


SimulationX for Automotive

What might the drivetrain of future vehicles look like? How high are power density, energy efficiency, flexibility, vehicle dynamics, and driving comfort? How do several physical systems interact with each other, and how can mechatronic correlations be described comprehensively? How can I quickly simulate thermal loads in electric and hybrid vehicles without having to perform tedious and time-consuming series of measurements? What is the optimum capacity and performance of my battery in terms of costs, installation space, range, and service life? These and other questions can no longer be answered through measured data. Model your multiphysics systems and conduct virtual tests in SimulationX - from the modeling of drive systems, chassis and vehicle dynamics simulation to efficiency analyses of gearboxes and energy efficiency in general.

Benefits of SimulationX for Vehicle Development

With the multiphysics simulation software SimulationX, you are in full control of a vehicle’s electronics and mechatronics interactions.

  • Physical 1D to 3D simulation of drive and chassis systems on a single platform
  • Scalable concepts of engines, drives, controller layouts, and chassis
  • Model-based development of different functionalities for vehicle dynamics analyses
  • Numerical calculation with validated and customizable model components (e.g., simulation of engine, clutch, gearbox, chassis, and controls)
  • Preliminary design and evaluation of conventional, hybrid and electric drive systems including thermal management and operating strategies
  • Prediction and understanding of 1D to 3D vibrational phenomena (NVH: noise vibration harshness)
  • Virtual component and system tests based on physical models throughout all development phases (HiL, MiL, SiL)
  • Simulation-based design and execution of experiments



SimulationX for Energy Technology

The high energy density in power plants, transmission paths, and storages must be constantly available while remaining safe for man and the environment. From various projects, we know the complex requirements with respect to energy efficiency, the integration of renewable energies, and safety. Our simulation solutions offer you a solid foundation for simulating and analyzing fluid power, thermodynamic, mechanical, and electrical systems in order to meet all of these requirements – fast, safely, and efficiently.

Benefits of SimulationX for Energy Technology

SimulationX can be used for a wide range of applications in the development of advanced energy technologies:

  • Optimizing energetic interactions between power generators, energy storage, and consumers

  • Design energetically optimized buildings e.g., by considering buildings within their surroundings with the aim of a reasonable integration as energy sink, energy source or energy storage into the local grid

  • Simulation of power plant technology and processes – from drive technology and mechanical transmission of power to load scenarios and safety studies

  • Simulate renewable energies, from geothermal to solar, and optimize integration into existing grids

  • Ensure energy efficiency of your industrial plants

  • Simulate and validate energy storage scenarios

  • Optimize heat and cooling networks

  • Optimize HVAC technology in vehicles, machinery, and buildings

Benefits of SimulationX for Subea, Oil, and Gas Technology

Together with the international offshore/subsea engineering consultancy Agito, we accompany you throughout the development of subsea and offshore technology. This close collaboration has yielded tailor-made model libraries and highly precise, ready-to-use component models specially designed to meet the requirements of the oil and gas industry in general and deep water (subsea) applications in particular. When combined with extensive system knowledge, the simulation software SimulationX can be used to conduct a system trend analysis on an operational ‘Brown Field’ development identifying system performance degradation and consequently reducing the risk of production loss and unacceptable levels of risk to people and the environment.

  • Multidisciplinary modeling of heave compensators and 'launch and recovery systems' (LARS)

  • Model-based development of innovative high-tech plants and system solutions for the exploitation and production of energy resources in an environmentally friendly way

  • Analysis and evaluation of the dynamic behavior of components and systems used for the production and distribution of oil and gas

  • Real-time virtual test of systems for oil & gas production, covering systems for; drilling (top-side and subsea), production (top-side and subsea) and subsea construction and process equipment

  • Perform reliability analyses and establish Fault Tree FTA of an oil & gas system to identify the weakest link and bottlenecks in the system

SimulationX for Mobile Machinery

With such a vast amount of requirements, accurate analyses of transient, nonlinear processes are becoming increasingly vital. For such considerations, it is usually not enough to only look at stress analyses, flow calculations, or cinematic simulations. Mobile machines like excavators, wheel loaders, agricultural and forestry machinery, road construction equipment, concrete mixers, concrete pump systems, cranes and hoisting gear, compression, and tunnel boring machinery are mechatronic systems. Besides mechanical parts, they consist of hydraulic actuator systems and the corresponding control units. Many undesirable effects during operations have their cause in a weak interaction of the sub-systems from various physical domains. Especially the high number of nonlinear processes in mobile machinery is hardly manageable through measurements alone any longer.

Benefits of SimulationX for Mobile Machinery

  • Efficient multiphysics simulation in the development of complex machinery

  • Modeling and simulation of individual components and entire drivelines

  • Analyzing and comparing conventional (with combustion engine), electric and hybrid drive systems

  • Optimization of hydrostatic drive and steering systems for mobile machinery

  • Development and optimization of controller components with respect to functional and energetic aspects early in the design phase

  • Calculation of forces and moments acting on winches and pulleys of hoist and suspension ropes with respect to rope properties (e.g. length, mass, tensile strength) and load profiles

  • Compliance with certification related safety requirements (e.g. stability)

  • Identification of optimization potential in line with EN 13000 and EN 13001 for designing cranes

  • Utilization of training simulators with physically correct model behavior of the machine

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