Open source framework for (automotive) system modelling and simulation SIMarchitect released

08 May 2019

HAN University of Applied Sciences and TNO are happy to announce the official release of SIMarchitect as a result of their cooperation. SIMarchitect, an open source framework for system modelling and simulation for powertrains as well as other (automotive) engineering applications, has been released today.

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Martijn Stamm (TNO, left) and Jan Benders (HAN Automotive Research) confirm the cooperation during a meeting of the COMBINE project

Both parties believe that this framework can be of significant added value for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as well as larger organisations, research and educational institutes as SIMarchitect allows system modelling to become more structured and efficient allowing faster development, demonstration and deployment of applications and results.

Framework benefits

The framework supports systems engineers to develop, validate and maintain system models as well as system control algorithms in a Matlab/Simulink® environment. The power of SIMarchitect is its internal data bus structure, unifying interfaces and graphical user interfaces, hence in its combination easing and stimulating re-usability of models and algorithms. Visualisation  of simulation results is done via a few mouse clicks. To help users getting started, SIMarchitect will be accompanied by a library of (hybrid) vehicle powertrain component models and default examples.

SIMarchitect top level model

Open source

The release of the SIMarchitect framework marks the realisation of a primary deliverable of the COMBINE project. In this project, HAN Automotive Research is collaborating with over 30 – mainly Dutch SME - partners on efficient, low-threshold solutions for system modelling and simulation. By delivering this solution to the open-source community, TNO and HAN hope to stimulate companies and institutes to use and enrich the solution, while empowering their own and each other’s performances by pre-competitive collaboration.

TNO research on PowerTrain technology

Modern means of transport, from passenger cars to heavy-duty road and waterborne transport have to meet increasingly strict emission regulations and greenhouse gas targets. These future challenges will be met with a range of increasingly complex powertrain technologies to enable the transition towards clean mobility. An integrated development approach is necessary to maximize the overall system efficiency. In order to reduce the system development effort TNO has developed an unique methodology based on a combination of state-of-the-art testing facilities and virtual development. What is unique is that all of our models are physics-based and validated in our own facilities. They are fully predictive and scalable, control oriented and can be implemented in real-time. TNO PowerTrains’ virtual testing environment allows time- and cost-efficient verification of control functionality performance and robustness. Before and when going on the road, TNO provides system validation performed in and around our state-of-the-art experimental facilities in Helmond. TNO Powertrains has a strong international track record for different applications from passenger cars to heavy-duty road and waterborne transport. This makes us an ideal applied knowledge partner in innovative solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.


TNO research on powertrains

Modern means of transport, from passenger cars to heavy-duty road and waterborne transport have to meet increasingly strict emission regulations and greenhouse gas targets. Read more

Ir. Erik van den Tillaart

  • PowerTrains

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