Project Chrono

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Project Chrono
Developer(s)Alessandro Tasora, Radu Serban, Dan Negrut et al.[1][2]
Initial release1998; 21 years ago (1998)
Stable release
3.0.0[3] / July 8, 2017; 21 months ago (2017-07-08)[3]
Written inC, C++
Operating systemLinux, Microsoft Windows, OS X
TypePhysics engine
LicenseBSD License

Project Chrono is a physics engine developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Parma and members of its open source community. It supports simulating rigid and soft body dynamics, collision detection, and vehicle dynamics, among other physical systems.


Project Chrono was initially developed for use as a multibody simulation tool for robotics and biomechanics applications by Alessandro Tasora while a student at the Polytechnic University of Milan.[4]

The project was released under a BSD License in 2013.[4]

In 2014 the United States Army committed to investing US$1,800,000 to fund the library's development over a two year period.[5]


  1. ^ "GitHub: Project Chrono".
  2. ^ "Project Chrono Website".
  3. ^ a b "GitHub: Project Chrono Releases".
  4. ^ a b "About Project Chrono".
  5. ^ "Open-source tools will benefit military and Wisconsin vehicle makers".

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