ACADEMIC EDITION | June 2012 | Issue 6

Maplesoft and Noesis Solutions Work Together in Engineering Design Optimization and Process Integration







Maplesoft™ and Noesis Solutions today announced a partnership that brings together products from both companies to help engineers create superior products while reducing development costs. The companies have developed an interface between Optimus®, from Noesis Solutions, and Maple™ and MapleSim™ from Maplesoft.

The connection, which is implemented as Direct Interface in Optimus, allows MapleSim and Maple users to easily apply design optimization technology from Optimus to find the best parameter values for their complex designs, while continuing to take advantage of the flexible design environments and tools of MapleSim and Maple. Optimus users can now add Maple and MapleSim as system simulation software tools in their design and development.

The Optimus platform automates the traditional ‘guess & correct’ simulation based design process, and with powerful optimization algorithms efficiently directs the simulation to identify the best designs. After evaluating the most promising design candidates, customers pick the most optimal and robust design option to verify in detail and take into production. Users report design time savings averaging over 30%, while simultaneously improving design performance by 10% or more.

“Balancing different design objectives is always a challenge, and it’s even more difficult when different simulation tools are used to measure different aspects of the project,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “Now MapleSim and Maple users can incorporate their designs into the Optimus framework to leverage high-powered parameter optimization techniques across their entire project.”

To read the full press release, please click here.

Maplesoft Events
16th SEFI Mathematics Working Group Seminar
June 28-30, 2012
Salamanca, Spain
11th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis (ESDA 2012)
July 2-4, 2012
Nantes, France
MapleSim Academic Summer Workshop
July 19-20
Hamilton, Canada
For further details about these events, click here.

Information Sheets
Maple 16 What's New?
New Features in Maple 16
Maple 16 Academic Datasheet
Key Features in Maple 16 for Academic Users

To access all Maplesoft Information sheets, click here.


Social Networks


Maplesoft and VI-grade combine to bring modern modeling techniques to vehicle design

Maplesoft recently announced a new product that integrates Maplesoft’s physical modeling tool MapleSim with vehicle dynamics tools from VI-grade. The MapleSim Connector for VI-CarRealTime allows engineers to incorporate high-fidelity, multidomain models created in MapleSim into the real-time vehicle simulation environment of VI-CarRealTime.

MapleSim is a Modelica-based physical modeling and simulation tool that applies modern techniques to dramatically reduce model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. VI-CarRealTime provides a fully validated real-time vehicle simulation environment that automotive engineers can use to optimize vehicle designs and control system performance. By using VI-CarRealTime, Vehicle Dynamics engineers can also perform large Design of Experiments (DOE) and multi-objective optimization studies quickly and easily.

“VI-grade customers can now leverage the intuitive physical modeling environment of MapleSim to create high-fidelity models of vehicle subsystems, in a fraction of the time it would take them in other tools,” said Juergen Fett, Managing Director, VI-grade . “Then, they get automatically generated real-time code of the subsystem that they can incorporate into VI-CarRealTime’s full vehicle model, replacing the default subsystem with their own. Not only does this avoid time-consuming and error-prone hand-coding, but MapleSim lets them create extremely detailed models while maintaining real-time simulation speeds. As a result, the simulations results are closer to reality, which ultimately leads to shorter development cycles and better products.”

To read the full press release, please click here.


3rd Annual MapleSim Academic Summer Workshop at McMaster University
Thursday, July 19th, 8:30am-5:30pm - Friday, July 20th, 8:30am-12:00pm

This workshop is a continuation of the successful second workshop held in June of 2011, also hosted by McMaster University. The goal is to constructively engage engineering professionals exploring new techniques to improve engineering education through modeling and simulation, and the MapleSim technology in particular.

For more information and to register, please click here.

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Live Webinars
ASME Webinar: Symbolic Computation Techniques for Multibody Development and Code Generation
Tuesday, August 21 at 10:00 am EDT
Estudo de Lagrangeanas com Maple 16
Friday, June 29, 2012 1:00 pm S. America ETD (Brasilia, GMT-03:00)
Clickable Calculus Series - Part #1: Differential Calculus
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:00 pm EDT
A Guide to Evaluating Maple 16
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 2:00 pm EDT
Maple 16 Training for Educators and Researchers
Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:00 am EDT
Recorded Webinars
A Guide to Coding Embedded Components
Applications mécatroniques en aéronautique: modélisation physique avancée avec MapleSim
Maple 16 Makes Engineering Math Easier
Desktop Engineering, May 30, 2012

Maple remains a great tool for engineers whose design work encompasses a moderate or large degree of symbolic or even numerical computations. It can also be creatively used in conjunction with other design tools such as CAD packages, MATLAB and modeling software to build a more complete design and simulation environment... It has the ability to reach beyond initial design efforts, into modeling and simulation through interaction with other products. Maple 16 would be a great addition to the toolkits of design professionals who spend a lot of time in exploratory design.
Maple 16 Fosters Mathematics Exploration
Design News, May 16, 2012

Maplesoft, which markets the Maple mathematical application aimed at engineering professionals, students, and researchers, has put some muscle into improving usability. Among the highlights of the latest release, Maple 16, are features that make it easier to explore math, collaborate, and share equations.
The Mathematics of Battery Efficiency
Energy Efficient and Technology, May 14, 2012

“One constant of battery research is the need to consider fundamental physical concepts when designing new batteries. To facilitate this, the industry increasingly uses math-based modeling techniques that let engineers accurately describe the behavior and the constraints on a system, in physical terms. The model equations then help in developing, testing, and refining designs quickly and without building physical prototypes.”

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