Tech Insider: Accelerating the Model-based Development & Enabling HIL Testing for Mechatronic Systems
Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 19:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour) === === There is an increasing demand for mechatronic systems that require the effective integration of subsystems from different engineering domains (eg mechanisms, electric motors, electric circuits and controllers). Traditionally, modeling such systems has been a major challenge but emerging physical modeling tools have greatly simplified this task. Furthermore, the complexity of these systems requires that a significant amount of up-front testing is performed to ensure the correct behavior of the system before investment in the full prototype is considered. This means that the integration of these systems is typically a process of testing real subcomponents with “virtual” components, running on high-performance real-time simulators so that they behave as if they are installed in the full system. This “Hardware-in-the-Loop” (HIL) testing is rapidly becoming a critical part of the design process for mechatronic systems because it helps to identify design flaws and significantly increases the likelihood of a successful – and lower cost – prototyping stage. The seminar features experts from two of the leading engineering modeling and real-time simulation tool providers. They will present an overview of modeling and simulation of complex engineering systems using physical modeling techniques derived from symbolic model formulation techniques, and the advantages this brings for implementation in real-time simulation systems for HIL testing. To illustrate this process, applications will be presented using MapleSim for multi-domain system model development, and deployment to the range of real-time simulation platforms from National Instruments. This will feature the new real-time testing software, NI VeriStand™, a ready-to-use software environment for configuring real-time testing applications, including hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test systems.

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