Maplesoft Pilots MapleSim Modeling, Simulation Tool

Maplesoft[tm], the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics, announced the release of the pilot version of a revolutionary tool that is expected to set new standards in the modeling and simulation industry. MapleSim[tm] is a high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, which will dramatically reduce the time taken to bring products to market by using physical modeling techniques.

“In MapleSim, the world’s most advanced symbolic computing engine — Maple[tm] — comes together with traditional numeric solvers to supercharge the simulation and modeling process,” said Jim Cooper, CEO of Maplesoft. “With traditional techniques, modeling even simple systems is arduous and time consuming; with MapleSim, users can simply re-create a system diagram on a screen and the equations of the model are automatically generated. With savings of anywhere from weeks to months, MapleSim marks the beginning of a new era.”

MapleSim offers numerous advantages over traditional tools. Specifically:

  • MapleSim allows users to mix physical components with traditional signal-flow blocks
  • The model diagram looks like the real system being modeled
  • Multi-domain models are easily assembled from pre-built components
  • Units management removes potential conversion and consistency errors
  • Live design documentation captures the analysis behind the model
  • Systems of equations representing the model are automatically generated
  • Complex models are automatically simplified using sophisticated symbolic techniques

Physical modeling, or physics-based modeling, is the process of modeling the dynamic behavior of a system mathematically. Traditionally, this task required significant manual effort to derive equations and manipulate them into a form that could be used by signal-flow simulation tools that employ a block-diagram paradigm. The block diagrams are more complex, harder to produce, and do not resemble the original system representation.

With the cutting-edge physical modeling techniques in MapleSim, users can re-create a system diagram on a screen using compact and intuitive components that represent a physical model, making it easier to build and understand. MapleSim has more than 500 components from over 10 domains such as electrical, mechanical, control design, and thermal, organized into easy-to-navigate palettes.

With MapleSim, mathematical equations that represent a model are automatically generated, saving weeks, sometimes even months, on complex applications. The equations are also simplified automatically, yielding concise models and high-speed simulations of sophisticated systems.

Maple’s symbolic computation technology is at the core of MapleSim. Unlike purely numeric computation, symbolic technology can convert a physical system representation directly into mathematical equations. Models created in this way are very concise and do not rely on iterative numeric routines to solve. This provides the best simulation performance without generating errors typical of manual derivations.

MapleSim is now available in its pilot version. Pilot users test and provide feedback on product features. Users are encouraged to sign up for the pilot program. This will be a great opportunity to access MapleSim at an early stage and interact with the Maplesoft product development team to influence the next generation of modeling and simulation tools.

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things. Maplesoft has transformed the way engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use math, enabling them to work better, faster, and smarter. Organizations around the world have applied Maplesoft solutions in nearly every technical field including engineering design, operations research, scientific research, and financial analysis. Maplesoft’s commercial customer base includes Allied Signal, BMW, Boeing, DaimlerChrysler, DreamWorks, Ford, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Raytheon, Robert Bosch, Sun Microsystems, Toyota, and Tyco. Maplesoft’s products help reduce error, shorten design time, and manage data, models, and results. Maple, its flagship product, solves complex mathematical problems and creates rich technical documents. Its extensive range of tools is built on Maple’s fundamental technology platform of smart documents, powerful mathematics, and seamless connectivity to the engineering design toolchain. Maplesoft is at the forefront of enhancing the analytical productivity of engineers and scientists.