MathWorks in­tro­duces `Pow­er­train Block­set’ for mod­el­ing, sim­u­la­tion

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The US-based Mathworks, a lead­ing de­vel­oper of math­e­mat­i­cal com­put­ing soft­ware, has in­tro­duced `Pow­er­train Block­set’ that sup­ports Au­to­mo­tive and Con­trols En­gi­neers in their pow­er­train mod­el­ing and sim­u­la­tion ef­forts. It pro­vides fully as­sem­bled ref­er­ence ap­pli­ca­tion mod­els of ga­so­line, diesel, hy­brid, and elec­tric pow­er­trains.

Pow­er­train Block­set in­cludes a com­po­nent li­brary for sim­u­lat­ing en­gine sub­sys­tems, trans­mis­sion as­sem­blies, trac­tion mo­tors, bat­tery packs, and con­trollers. It also in­cludes a dy­namome­ter model for vir­tual test­ing.

Pow­er­train Block­set pro­vides a stan­dard model ar­chi­tec­ture that can be reused through­out the devel­op­ment process. It can be used for de­sign trade-off anal­y­sis and com­po­nent siz­ing, con­trol pa­ram­e­ter op­ti­mi­sa­tion, and hard­ware-in-the-loop test­ing. En­gi­neer­ing teams can cus­tomise mod­els by pa­ram­e­ter­is­ing com­po­nents in a ref­er­ence ap­pli­ca­tion with their own data or by re­plac­ing a sub­sys­tem with their own model.

“Au­to­mo­tive teams that are de­ploy­ing model-based de­sign of­ten look for a start­ing point for build­ing sys­tem mod­els and ap­ply­ing these mod­els to de­sign and test­ing. De­vel­op­ing a sys­tem model from the ground up re­quires sig­nif­i­cant effort and en­gi­neers with spe­cialised skills. With Pow­er­train Block­set, these en­gi­neers can take ad­van­tage of a main­tained, well-doc­u­mented, and open set of mod­els that can be cus­tomised to their needs,” Wensi Jin, Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­try Man­ager, MathWorks, said.

Re­search tools

Two im­por­tant re­search and learn­ing tools of Mathworks are MATLAB and Simulink. MATLAB, the lan­guage of tech­ni­cal com­put­ing, is a pro­gram­ming en­vi­ron­ment for al­go­rithm devel­op­ment, data anal­y­sis, vi­su­al­i­sa­tion, and nu­meric com­pu­ta­tion.

Simulink is a graph­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment for sim­u­la­tion and Model-Based De­sign for mul­tido­main dynamic and em­bed­ded sys­tems. En­gi­neers and sci­en­tists world­wide rely on these prod­uct fam­i­lies to ac­cel­er­ate the pace of dis­cov­ery, in­no­va­tion, and devel­op­ment in au­to­mo­tive, aero­space, elec­tron­ics, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, biotech-phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, and other in­dus­tries.

MATLAB and Simulink are also fun­da­men­tal teach­ing and re­search tools in the world’s uni­ver­si­ties and learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks em­ploys more than 3500 peo­ple in 15 coun­tries, with head­quar­ters in Nat­ick, Mas­sachusetts, USA.

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