Collaborative simulation method with spatiotemporal synchronization process control

Zou, Yisheng, Ding, Guofu, Zhang, Weihua, Zhang, Jian, Qin, Sheng-feng and Tan, John Kian (2016) Collaborative simulation method with spatiotemporal synchronization process control. Chinese Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 29 (6). pp. 1074-1082. ISSN 1000-9345

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When designing a complex mechatronics system, such as high speed trains, it is relatively difficult to effectively simulate the entire system’s dynamic behaviors because it involves multi-disciplinary subsystems. Currently, a most practical approach for multi-disciplinary simulation is interface based coupling simulation method, but it faces a twofold challenge: spatial and time unsynchronizations among multi-directional coupling simulation of subsystems. A new collaborative simulation method with spatiotemporal synchronization process control is proposed for coupling simulating a given complex mechatronics system across multiple subsystems on different platforms. The method consists of 1) a coupler-based coupling mechanisms to define the interfacing and interaction mechanisms among subsystems, and 2) a simulation process control algorithm to realize the coupling simulation in a spatiotemporal synchronized manner. The test results from a case study show that the proposed method 1) can certainly be used to simulate the sub-systems interactions under different simulation conditions in an engineering system, and 2) effectively supports multi-directional coupling simulation among multi-disciplinary subsystems. This method has been successfully applied in China high speed train design and development processes, demonstrating that it can be applied in a wide range of engineering systems design and simulation with improved efficiency and effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: design automation, collaborative simulation, space and time synchronization, process control, coupling algorithms, mechatronic system design
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2016 10:15
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:33

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