Maplesoft expands scope of automotive models with tire components

Maplesoft™ today announced an add-on component library for its physical modeling and simulation product MapleSim™. The MapleSim Tire Component Library lets engineers extend their multi-domain MapleSim vehicle models with high-performance pneumatic tire components.

Maplesoft expands scope of automotive models with tire components
The MapleSim Tire Component Library provides MapleSim users with industry-standard tire force model components. In addition, linear and user-defined tire models are available to provide flexibility for investigation and analysis. With the easy-to-use point-and-click MapleSim graphical environment, these fully parameterized force models can be integrated into existing vehicle dynamics models by simply dragging the component into a diagram and connecting the component to the vehicle model.

With the MapleSim Tire Component Library, users receive the following key features:
-Kinematic quantities, such as slip angle, longitudinal slip, and inclination angle are derived automatically and available to the user. These quantities are used to determine the tire forces and moments.
-Engineers can control how the tire slip and rolling radius are calculated, and include tire transients through differential equations involving relaxation lengths.
-Support for the following industry-standard tire models: Fiala, Calspan, and Pacejka 2002. For custom research and development applications, user-defined tire models can be constructed easily using an intuitive interface.

“This announcement should come as exciting news to the automotive industry,” said Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice President, Research and Development, Maplesoft. “The additional components pave the way for engineers in the automotive industry to produce more accurate and complex real-time models of vehicle systems. Research and analysis in the areas of vehicle dynamics and stability control can also be expanded with this new tool.”

More information about this product can be found at http://www.maplesoft.com/products/toolboxes/tire_component/

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