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Aug-19 Mechanical Simulation Extends User Programming for CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2019.1
Aug-19 Mechanical Simulation Extends Driver Control for Autonomous Vehicle Development in CarSim and TruckSim 2019.1
Jul-19 Mechanical Simulation Connects with New Ground for CarSim and TruckSim 2019.1
Jul-19 Mechanical Simulation Adds Electric Powertrains for CarSim and TruckSim 2019.1
Jan-19 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, BikeSim, and SuspensionSim 2019.0
Jun-18 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2018.1
Feb-18 Mechanical Simulation Introduces Modular Design for CarSim and TruckSim
Dec-17 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2018
Mar-17 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 2017
Dec-16 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2017.0
Dec-16 Mechanical Simulation Upgrades NIOSH's QuadDS Driving Simulator
Feb-16 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim 2016
Dec-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim, TruckSim, and BikeSim 2016
Oct-15 Mechanical Simulation Delivers Engineering Driving Simulator to Canadian Tire
May-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 9.0
May-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases BikeSim 9.0
Apr-15 Mechanical Simulation Corporation Joins University of Michigan's MTC Affiliates Program
Feb-15 Mechanical Simulation Releases TruckSim 9.0
Nov-14 Meritor and Meritor-WABCO Purchase QuadDS Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Oct-14 Mechanical Simulation Releases CarSim 9.0
Mar-14 Terence J. Rhoades, President of Mechanical Simulation Corporation, Honored with SAE International Medal of Honor
Feb-14 Mechanical Simulation Releases SuspensionSim 8.2
Dec-13 Mechanical Simulation Delivers Human-Hardware-in-the-Loop Driving Simulator to Geely Automobile
Aug-13 Mechanical Simulation Releases TruckSim 8.2
Jul-13 National Transportation Safety Board Takes Delivery of a 3 DOF Driving Simulator from Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Mar-13 Mechanical Simulation Announces New Representation Agreement in India with Xitadel
Feb-13 Mechanical Simulation Purchases SuspensionSim
Jan-13 BikeSim 3.2 is Released
Jan-13 CarSim 8.2 is Released
Dec-12 BikeSim Identifies Vibration Modes in Racing Motorcycles
Dec-12 RPUG Award Presented to Mike Sayers
Nov-12 Mechanical Simulation Earns 2012 Award for Exceptional Engineering Support
Apr-12 Partnership with Altair Engineering
Jan-12 TruckSim 8.1 Released

Archived press releases

Mechanical Simulation Adds Electric Powertrains for CarSim and TruckSim 2019.1

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 25, 2019 – Mechanical Simulation Corporation has released the 2019.1 versions of the vehicle dynamics simulation tools CarSim and TruckSim, which are well known for providing high-fidelity math models that reproduce physical test results, yet run fast enough on the computer to support real-time simulation with hardware in the loop. 

CarSim and TruckSim support many options for extending the vehicle models, and those options have been used in the automotive industry to interface VehicleSim products with external powertrain models, in addition to the built-in model with an internal combustion engine with traditional transmissions, differentials, and clutches. As electric and hybrid powertrains have become more popular, Mechanical Simulation has been adding support for electric and hybrid powertrains as part of the built-in model options.

According to Dr. Yukio Watanabe, Senior Development and Consulting Engineer, “Given the use of electric and hybrid powertrains, there is a need for vehicle simulations to represent newer powertrains without requiring additional software.” The more recent releases of CarSim and TruckSim have provided increasing support for electric powertrains. Version 2018.1 included a validated Simulink model for a hybrid powertrain that made use of an improved interface between the native vehicle model and external models made in Simulink. In version 2019.0, the same hybrid math model was included as a built-in module for the vehicle model. In the new 2019.1 release, the built-in module was extended to simulate electric-only powertrain.

CarSim and TruckSim users can now choose between three different built-in powertrain system modules: conventional internal-combustion engine, pure electric motor, or a hybrid of those. Watanabe notes that “the new capabilities enable CarSim/TruckSimusers to predict detailed battery usages with re-generative brakes under fuel economy tests such as EPA driving cycles.” The model specifies motor torque characteristics, the number of battery packs, battery open-circuit voltage, etc. with moderate power management controller. 

About Mechanical Simulation Corporation: Mechanical Simulation Corporation is a technology leader in the development and distribution of advanced software used to simulate vehicle performance under a wide variety of conditions. The company was established in 1996, and from its Ann Arbor, Mich., headquarters provides car, truck and motorcycle simulation packages, training and ongoing support to more than 90 OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, and over 160 universities and government research groups worldwide. For more information, please visit www.carsim.com.

CarSim and TruckSim now have built-in modules for electric and hybrid powertrains.

 

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