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ANSYS enables virtual systems prototyping

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ANSYS and Modelon have entered an agreement to enhance product development by reducing late-stage integration failures, decreasing product development costs and speeding time to market.

ANSYS is represented locally by Leap Australia.

Combining Modelon's systems behavioural modelling tools and solutions with ANSYS' system simulation platform and experience in 3-D multiphysics and embedded software enables users to explore product designs from the complete system down through detailed designs. 

Modelon's systems behavioural modelling tools and solutions are based upon the open standard Modelica modelling language

This multidisciplinary, integrated approach will help companies arrive at better designs earlier, reduce their reliance on costly physical prototyping and virtually eliminate system integration failures.

Model-based design has traditionally focused on a single systems modelling language. But now ANSYS has expanded that definition to include electronics, mechanical and embedded software engineering. 

ANSYS will incorporate Modelica, a broadly accepted and open standard for the behavioural modelling of mechanical, thermal and thermofluid systems, with ANSYS' existing IEEE-backed VHDL-AMS modelling technology for electrical systems and its SCADE technology for embedded software.

"This agreement with Modelon breaks down the remaining barriers to full virtual system prototyping," said Walid Abu-Hadba, chief product officer at ANSYS.

"ANSYS users will be able to fully explore how their product will behave – not at the component level, but as a complete system. This quantum leap forward will pay amazing dividends for customers in the future by enabling them to create more innovative products faster than ever."

Enabling this engineering breakthrough is an agreement with Modelon, giving ANSYS customers access to Modelon's Modelica compiler and its best-in-class Modelica solutions within the ANSYS Simplorer product line. 

The Modelica language and Modelica-based libraries are used across a range of industries for designing and optimising the performance of multi-domain systems for such applications as active safety, engine control, thermal management, power transfer and environment control. 

Additionally, ANSYS customers will gain access to Modelon's leading Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) technology. FMI is used by a range of industrial companies to exchange simulation models among their suppliers and assemble them into virtual system prototypes that can be tested before physical prototypes are available.

In addition to offering a multi-language system simulation environment, ANSYS Simplorer can also replace behavioural models often used during concept design with detailed 3-D multiphysics results to provide a macro view of system performance.

Engineering teams can virtually verify and optimise their product designs at all stages of systems engineering – from conceptual and system design to detailed engineering and complete system verification.

"The engineering world is standardising on Modelica for system modelling and analysis in automotive, aerospace and energy applications," said Hubertus Tummescheit, CEO of Modelon.

"This partnership gives Simplorer users access to application-specific model libraries, toolkits that enable FMI in several third-party products and expertise in a variety of industrial applications.

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