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Maplesoft Develops Library for Driveline Components

Maplesoft’s “Driveline Component Library” add-on for its MapleSim physical modeling and simulation software enables engineers to combine physical models and empirical data to optimize design and improve vehicle efficiency in driveline modeling applications.

Maplesoft’s “Driveline Component Library” add-on for its MapleSim physical modeling and simulation software enables engineers to combine physical models and empirical data to optimize design and improve vehicle efficiency in driveline modeling applications. The library covers all aspects of the powertrain, from the engine and transmission to the differential, wheels, and road loads.

The add-on also includes an option that allows users to incorporate power losses—often the result of tooth-meshing, bearing friction and slip—into the model either through external calculation or empirical look-up tables. The option maximizes the efficiency of the model by introducing losses in a way that reflect how the loss data was acquired during testing.
 
The Driveline Component Library uses an acausal approach to model development, a symbolic-based approach that automatically generates equations representing physical components and their connections. Maplesoft says compared to signal-flow simulation tools, the acausal approach allows users to produce models of complex configurations faster and easier.