Motion Workspace Guide

Docs ID    DOC9145
Status:    Published
Published date:    09/15/2009
Updated:    07/11/2014
Reported In:   SimXpert (R3.1) - SimXpert Docs


An overview of motion simulation is given in this document.

SimXpert is based on the world's most widely used mechanical system simulation software. It enables users to produce virtual prototypes, realistically simulating the full-motion behavior of complex mechanical systems on their computers and quickly analyzing multiple design variations until an optimal design is achieved. This reduces the number of costly physical prototypes, improves design quality, and dramatically reduces product development time.

In a motion simulation, the system has specific degrees of freedom and is driven by external forces and excitations. SimXpert solves the nonlinear differential and algebraic equations of the system in order to simulate the motion of the model subject to the specified conditions.

Components involved in the simulation are known as parts, and may have unique geometry and mass properties. Parts are connected to one another by various types of connections, which connect specific degrees of freedom. Motion may be specified for connections to control how parts move with respect to each other. Forces may be applied to parts, including forces of constant magnitude and spring dampers, which produce variable force based on relative position and velocity. Once you compute a simulation, you may display the motion of each part, and chart data from the simulation.

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