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Pre-crash shoulder belt tensioning is a new technology designed to reduce automotive crash injuries.Pre-crash tensioning technology increases the opportunity to secure a passenger safely before a crash. Sensors and logic, designed to anticipate a crash, activate a motorized seat belt retractor that secures a shoulder belt around an occupant before the crash. Craig Good, a partner at Collision Analysis (Calgary) Ltd. and Ph.D. graduate at the University of Calgary used Maplesoft products to create a 2-D occupant model, using experimentally measured data. Once the model was created, it gave Good the flexibility to evaluate different scenarios to optimize the system.
The Control Systems Lab researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, directed by Associate Professor Kamran Iqbal, are doing ground-breaking work in the field of biomechanics, with special focus on biomechanical modeling of human voluntary movements. Using DynaFlexPro and Maple™, they rapidly produced a bipedal model to study the sit-to-stand transfer maneuver. By selecting the joints, bodies and frames carefully, it was easy to create biomechanical models.
The aerospace industry is beginning to embrace the gains of robotic automation in their manufacturing processes. Michel Lambert, a researcher at the Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Centre (AMTC), is investigating the use of robotic technologies for automating several aerospace manufacturing tasks that involve contact with the environment. All of these tasks require precise and repeatable motion from the robotic systems, which Lambert was able to achieve using Maple and MapleSim from Maplesoft. “Using MapleSim and Maple, I can achieve in a day what would normally take a week to do manually,” he said. “Maple is extremely intuitive and has a great interface."
The design of any road vehicle is innately complex and time-consuming, but this is even more prominent when designing concept cars, as the futuristic cars are more innovative in design and unbounded by production constraints. The Mercedes-Benz F300 Life Jet is a prime example. Designing such a vehicle, from concept to modeling to prototyping, is very time-intensive.However, using the latest tools from Maplesoft, Maple 11™ together with DynaFlexPro™, this work can be reduced by four orders of magnitude. "No manufacturer, designer or engineer can afford to ignore a 1,000,000% increase in productivity… that is when 10,000 hours of work shrink into merely 45 minutes!," says Omer Yagel, the Maple user.
Imagine a time in which doctors can perform surgery on a patient without having to be in the same room, or even in the same city. Modern technology, aided by tools like Maple, is making such possibilities very real. Maplesoft is assisting Quanser Consulting to develop revolutionary haptic (feedback) technology, taking robotically assisted surgery to the next level.
The concept of a magnetically levitated (Maglev) train is not new to science, but not much progress has been made to make it a successful commercial venture or to make Maglev train technology faster, cheaper, and more marketable. The complex design of a Maglev train is a disadvantage as the design process is extremely long. The original simulation development process took several months, but Maple and BlockBuilder for Simulink® were used to reduce the design and simulation time from months to just a few weeks.
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Maple™, from Maplesoft™ is an advanced mathematics software extensively used in the research, engineering, and academic fields. With its vast functional libraries for symbolic and numeric computation, combined with an intuitive graphical interface, Maple offers finance professionals an ideal platform to develop, design, and implement solutions for various problems. These include visualization and pricing of an interest rate option with stochastic volatility or finding a particular solution to a jump-diffusion PDE. The tool has been used for many years at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International, a large investment bank headquartered in London, England.
Incessant noise and vibration in chain drive systems was a constant concern at Ford Motor Company. The Ford team took on the challenge of analytically predicting chain drive system resonance based on the assumption that existence of chain resonances can amplify the radiated chain meshing noise. To help deal with the complex calculations and analysis involved in developing advanced mathematical models, Ford used the mathematical software Maple.