SimulationX 3.9 Allows Simulation of Synchronous Circuits and Mechanical Models
Phillip Keane posted on December 21, 2017 |

ESI has announced the release of the latest version of its multiphysics system simulation platform, SimulationX.

Gear train simulation in SimulationX. (Image courtesy of SimulationX.)
Gear train simulation in SimulationX. (Image courtesy of ESI Group.)

SimulationX 3.9 features an array of new updates, including six new libraries, over 100 new model elements and functions, enhanced handling, real-time synchronization, and new interfaces for integrating with third-party programs.

One of the most significant new features focuses on the software’s ability to simulate synchronous circuits with the models of physical machines that they are designed to control. What does that mean? Simply put, synchronous circuits are digital circuits that are governed by a clock (like a CPU) allowing the functions in that circuit to be synchronized. This is extremely useful when it comes to control systems/mechatronics engineering. Previously, the circuitry and models of mechanical machines would have been simulated in separate software environments. But now, with SimulationX, digital control structures can be efficiently designed and tested in the same environment and in interaction with a model of the physical machine.

“Linking the digital models of a belt conveyor's mechanical and electrical components in SimulationX produces a digital twin, which allows for design optimizations and virtual commissioning of the belt conveyor. Parameters for converters and motors as well as complex controllers can be tested and chosen in advance to validate the technical performance and to minimize time and tests on site for a faster and safer commissioning process—something from which we benefit as much as our customers,” said Torsten Hellmuth, product manager bulk material handling, Siemens AG, Process Industries and Drives Division.

The video below shows the simulation of the aforementioned conveyor belt system being demonstrated in SimulationX 3.9.

In summary, the latest incarnation of SimulationX enhances productivity by improving calculation methods and results visualization, optimizing the workflow and boosting modeling, calculation, and analysis capability.

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