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Software cuts engineering time, prototype iterations

Posted: 22 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EDA? software? design tool?

Ansys Inc. has released the Simplorer 8.0, part of the Ansoft family of EDA products, targeted for the design of mechatronic and other multi-domain systems in the automotive, aerospace/defense and industrial automation industries. The new release introduces advanced modeling capabilities, including dynamic links to other Ansoft software; enhanced integration with third-party simulation software; and computational performance enhancements.

Simplorer software is designed to reduce engineering time and prototype iterations while improving design performance of electrical, mechatronic, power-electronic and electromechanical systems. Typical applications include hybrid-electric drive and anti-lock braking in automobiles, robotics used in industrial automation, and power electronic equipment used to control and convert electric power.

The unique advantage of Simplorer software is its ability to integrate multiple modeling technologies. Many components in nonlinear dynamic systems cannot be modeled with the required precision by using existing system modeling techniques or modeling languages.

"In today's market, engineers must address the convergence of electronics, mechanics and control engineering when designing a product, whereas in the past they could concentrate solely on a single discipline" said Marius Rosu, product manager for Ansoft electromechanical products. "The state-of-the-art user interface and electromagnetic coupling technologies introduced in Simplorer 8.0 will enable users to create a highly accurate, customized design flow for rapidly emerging applications that involve multiple engineering domains."

To accurately represent the physics of critical system components such as sensors, actuators and electrical machines, finite element analysis must be employed. Simplorer provides a direct link to Ansoft's Maxwell, Q3D Extractor, RMxprt and PExprt software. These links will be expanded to include Ansys Multiphysics in a future release.

The coupling technology and model reduction techniques of Simplorer provide users with the capability to transform detailed and full-accuracy physics-based models produced by finite element software packages to high-level system simulation.

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