1D CAE / Mechatronic System Simulation

One-dimensional computer-aided engineering (1D CAE), also referred to as mechatronic system simulation, is multi-domain systems simulation in combination with controls. It is an approach to modeling and analyzing multi-domain systems, and thus predicting their multi-disciplinary performance, by connecting validated analytical modeling blocks of electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical subsystems into a comprehensive and schematic full-system model. 1D CAE helps you create a concept design of complex mechatronic systems, analyze their transient and steady-state behavior, and front-load design decisions when integrating intelligent systems into your product.

1D CAE software uses validated libraries containing predefined components for different physical domains. These standard representations allow you to investigate different concepts at the very early stages of the design, even before any CAD (computer-aided design) geometry is available. Parameters can be refined and details can be added as they become available, making 1D CAE a perfect complement to detailed 3D CAE throughout the entire design cycle.

1D CAE calculations are very efficient. The components are analytically defined, and have input and output ports. Causality is created by connecting the inputs of a component to the output of another one (and vice-versa). The resulting mathematical system has a very limited number of degrees of freedom compared to 3D CAE. This solution speed, the openness of 1D CAE software to different types of software codes and the real-time capabilities allow you to streamline the system development process. 1D CAE offers you an open development approach, starting from functional requirements to physical modeling and simulation, enabling concurrent engineering of mechatronic systems in a collaborative design environment.

Benefits of 1D CAE

The benefits of 1D CAE include efficient modeling of complex mechatronic systems throughout the entire design cycle. You can:

  • Optimize complex multi-domain mechatronic systems from the concept phase, even before detailed CAD is available
  • Study their transient and steady state behavior
  • Balance product performance and regulation constraints according to brand-critical attributes
  • Achieve optimized design architectures, well before committing to expensive and time-consuming prototype testing
  • Quickly analyze a multitude of design options
  • Achieve the optimal designs while reducing the number of physical prototypes

1D CAE Software

Here are examples of 1D CAE software applications:

LMS Imagine.Lab helps you drive virtual, intelligent system design all along the design cycle. It offers all the necessary tools to create, manage and use models and data, answering various model-based systems engineering needs. It effectively deals with the specific challenges associated with mechatronic system simulation.

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