by Mechanical Simulation Corporation
Integration of TruckSim into a vehicle development program can help engineers at all levels make better decisions regarding potential vehicle changes ranging from the sprung mass CG location to a tire design change, to the effectiveness of a new electronic stability controller.
TruckSim math models cover the complete vehicle system and its inputs from the driver, ground, and aerodynamics. Engineers can test trucks on one of the many test roads included with the software. For those organizations with a need to test a specific road design and/or road roughness profile, TruckSim allows the flexibility to design your own road. Effects due to aerodynamics/wind, driver inputs to throttle, brakes, shifting, and steering can all be set by the user within TruckSim to represent either a general test such as a constant speed/straight line run, or a complicated test such as a city drive cycle consisting of multiple acceleration and braking applications on a road with changes in road elevation and direction.
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About Mechanical Simulation
Mechanical Simulation provides CarSim, TruckSim and BikeSim software to accurately simulate the dynamic behavior of cars, light and heavy trucks, and motorcycles. 58 OEM's and many Tier 1 suppliers have validated our simulation results to real proving ground test data. Their products include example vehicles, roads and test procedures for immediate use. Real-time versions work on the most common HIL systems used worldwide. Models can be easily extended with Simulink, in-house models (tires, brakes, etc.) and any other CAE or optimization tools. Encrypted datasets are exchanged with OEM's and their partners for faster product development. Over 220 engineering driving simulators use CarSim or TruckSim for accurate testing of future chassis systems or new ADAS products in realistic traffic scenarios.
Key Features & Benefits
Ease of use
With TruckSim’s modern graphical user interface, you can run a simulated test, see an animation, or view engineering plots of results with just one mouse click. With the TruckSim Quick Start Guide you will be making new runs and analyzing the results in about 2 hours. The TruckSim math models are parametric, involving measurable properties that are commonly used by OEM’s and supplies. TruckSim comes with many example vehicles representing various types of on-road tractors, trailers, small and medium utility trucks, buses, and military vehicles. Lead units can have 2 to 5 axles, dual tires on all axles, and every axle can be driven. The TruckSim Graphical User Interface (GUI) supports up to 2 trailers, but custom models have been built with more. Many example roads and test procedures are also included.
Accuracy of results
There are many example test procedures and vehicle shape files for high quality animations. TruckSim simulations are very accurate, OEM and Tier 1 suppliers consistently find close agreement between TruckSim results and actual vehicle test results.
Extension of models
The models are extensible using built-in VehicleSim commands, MATLAB/Simulink, LabVIEW, or custom programs written in Visual Basic, C, MATLAB, and other languages. Engineers can use these tools in conjunction with TruckSim to design and test advanced electronic controllers or replace entire vehicle subsystems such as tires, brakes, or the powertrain.
OEM’s, suppliers, universities, and research and development organizations use TruckSim for research, testing, and evaluation of experimental and existing products. Applications can include: chassis system design comparisons; acceleration, braking, and handling tests; electronic controls development (i.e. ABS, ESC, active suspensions); tire model evaluations; government regulations, including Performance Based Standards; highway road design; and other what-if scenarios.
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