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.
ICOS can also be used to directly connect your simulation/calculation models with real Hardware via various interface (e.g. UDP, CAN). This allows direct usage of sensor like video, sound, weight, pressure, distance and more to provide data and to be processed/manipulate by ICOS and individual models. With this functionality, it is possible to simulate Automotive Driving functionality for vehicles (including naval and aeronautic). ICOS can be used for enabling automated driving especially during testing and engineering phase.
Also outside of the vehicle realm, the software can be used for controlling, simulating, optimizing task – like industrial processes, physical experiment setups, production quality tests or even simulating chip designs.