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Modeling and Simulation with MapleSim
Developer(s) Maplesoft
Initial release December 15, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-12-15)[1]
Stable release
Operating system
Available in English and Japanese
Type Mathematical modeling and Computer Simulation
License Proprietary commercial software

MapleSim is a Modelica-based, 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,[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8]

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 7 December 2014
MapleSim 2015 May 2015
MapleSim 2016 April 2016
MapleSim 2016.2 January 2017
MapleSim 2017.0 May 2017
MapleSim 2017.1 June 2017
MapleSim 2017.2 August 2017
MapleSim 2017.3 September 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ The Simulation Landscape: Products and New Releases in Simulation Software, ProE Community, Sep 15, 2008
  3. ^ A first look at MapleSim
  4. ^ Mahmud, Khizir; Town, Graham E. (June 2016). "A review of computer tools for modeling electric vehicle energy requirements and their impact on power distribution networks". Applied Energy. 172: 337–359. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.03.100. 
  5. ^ European Models Promote Fidelity, Scientific Computing World, August 2008
  6. ^ Modelica Aims for Effective Model-based Simulation, Desktop Engineering Online, Sep 1, 2008
  7. ^ Editor's Pick: MapleSim Handles Multidomain Modeling & Simulation, Desktop Engineering Online, Jan 21, 2009,
  8. ^ Mechatronics: Next generation tool for modeling and simulation, Control Engineering, July 28, 2008

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