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A Contribution for Virtual Prototyping of Mechatronic Systems Based on Real-Time Distributed High Level Architecture

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H. J. Hadj-Amor, T. Soriano

 LISMMA—Supmeca Toulon, Maison des Technologies, Place Georges, Pompidou, 83000 Toulon, Francehassen.hadj-amor@supmeca.fr

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 12(1), 014502 (Dec 22, 2011) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3647868 History: Received June 19, 2010; Accepted October 18, 2011; Published December 22, 2011; Online December 22, 2011

Mechatronics is the integration of different sciences and techniques of mechanical engineering, automatic control, electronics, and informatics. The rapid evolution of the market competitors requires the reduction of development time of a product while increasing the quality and performance. It is, therefore, necessary to increase the efficiency of the design process. To meet this need, simulation and, especially, virtual prototyping have become a key technology. It is difficult to find simulation tools are able to analyze multidependent systems of different areas. However, an environment that allows a simulation integrating multidisciplinary mechatronic systems is necessary. This paper describes a method of design and simulation of mechatronic systems. First, we identify the behavior model and its associated 3D geometric model. The behavior model is seen as a dynamic hybrid system of two coupled hybrid automata (operative part and control part). Then, we present OpenMASK and OpenModelica simulators, the IEEE1516 standard HLA and work related to this distributed architecture for simulation. In a top-down approach, we present our method and experiments to integrate HLA functionalities in these simulators and to distribute the modeling elements of mechatronic systems. Also, we propose extensions to integrate real-time for interactive simulations. Finally, we apply our approach on a representative example of a mechatronic system.

Copyright © 2012 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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A HLA federation

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OpenModelica wrapper

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Figure 5

A generic sequence diagram for every simulation

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Figure 6

Algorithm for RealTime Modelica module

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Drive guide system

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Hybrid automaton of the drive guide system

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Time difference between wallclock time and simulation time inside OpenModelica

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A print screen of the global simulation



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