MapleSim

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MapleSim
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Modeling and Simulation with MapleSim
Developer(s) Maplesoft
Initial release December 15, 2008; 6 years ago (2008-12-15)[1]
Stable release 2015
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Available in English and Japanese
Type Mathematical modeling and Computer Simulation
License Proprietary commercial software
Website www.maplesoft.com/products/maplesim/index.aspx

MapleSim is a multi-domain modeling and simulation tool developed by Maplesoft. MapleSim generates model equations, runs simulations, and performs analyses using the symbolic and numeric mathematical engine of Maple. Models are created by dragging-and-dropping components from a library into a central workspace, resulting in a model that represents the physical system in a graphical form. Maplesoft began development of MapleSim partly in response to a request from Toyota to produce physical modeling tools to aid in their new model-based development process.[2][3]

The MapleSim library includes many components that can be connected together to model a system. These components are from areas of science and engineering such as electrical, mechanical, and thermal engineering fields. MapleSim also includes traditional signal flow components that can be combined with other physical components in the workspace. Thus, MapleSim is able to combine causal modeling methods with acausal techniques that do not require specification of signal flow direction between all components.[4]

The use of Maple underneath MapleSim allows all of the system equations to be generated and simplified automatically. The user can explore their system in various ways, such as viewing the equations behind their model and performing parameter optimization.[5][6] The use of the Maple mathematics engine also allows for MapleSim to incorporate such features as units management and solving of high-order DAEs that are typically encountered in complex acausal models.[7]

Release history[edit]

Name/Version Date
MapleSim 1.0 December 2008
MapleSim 2.0 April 2009
MapleSim 3.0 October 2009
MapleSim 4.0 April 2010
MapleSim 4.5 October 2010
MapleSim 5.0 June 2011
MapleSim 5.01 October 2011
MapleSim 5.02 January 2012
MapleSim 6.0 September 2012
MapleSim 6.1 April 2013
MapleSim 6.2 September 2013
MapleSim 6.3 December 2013
MapleSim 6.4 March 2014
MapleSim 2015 May 2015

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