Over the course of the last decades, many domain-specific simulation tools have been accepted as a standard and widely used, for e.g. MATLAB/Simulink or Dymola for multi-physics modeling, SystemC for Electronics, ASCET for automatic control engineering or Flowmaster for thermal simulations. However, in most cases these tools are often tailored, especially towards individual physical areas. Thus, they tend to be limited with respect to their supporting heterogeneous simulation environments.
VIRTUAL VEHICLE has adapted advanced coupling algorithms which are used in its “Independent Co-Simulation”-Platform (ICOS ). With these methodologies, different time constants within a system can be handled smoothly and different engineering domains can be easily integrated. Using this platform, a variety of mechatronic problems can be efficiently developed, analyzed and validated.