What’s new in Simcenter system simulation solutions 2020.1?

By ClaireMaha Mathieu

Accelerate innovation with application specific workflows

With the 2020.1 release of Simcenter™ system simulation solutions, Siemens Digital Industries Software continues to keep pace with the industry ’s rapid technological evolution. With this update the Simcenter simulation solutions become even more easy to use and customizable. With environmentally sustainable design and performance expectations, the race for electrification, new mobility, stringent regulations and quality and safety requirements, Simcenter system simulation solutions enhance productivity across the enterprise. Extended interoperability and synergies boost collaboration and efficiency, and new solutions, including with dedicated user experiences, help to accelerate innovation in this fast-evolving environment. 

Three main benefit areas are powered by this new release:

  • Accelerated innovation by rapidly meeting changing customer preferences with application-specific workflows
  • Heightened collaboration and efficiency with new solutions and targeted user experiences
  • Enhanced productivity across the enterprise by leveraging interoperability, synergies and a continuous digital thread 

Simcenter Amesim 2020.1

  • Aerospace: gas turbine performance tool
  • Electrical systems: fuel cell vehicle in hybrid optimization tool (HOT) and equivalent consumption minimization strategy (ECMS)
  • Automotive: three-way catalyst (TWC)
  • Fluid systems: two-phase flow mixture
  • Platform: computer-aided design (CAD) Import Data Exchange

The new 2020.1 version of Simcenter Amesim™ software brings more accuracy and speed for setup, measurements and simulation results. For example, in the aerospace industry, an improved gas turbine performance tool eases parametrization and performance assessment, thereby helping reduce time to set up the model by a factor of 100.

For electrification, Simcenter Amesim 2020.1, can be used to quickly evaluate architecture design options and performance of a fuel cell hybrid electrical vehicle using the improved hybrid optimization tool and equivalent consumption minimization strategy.  For the automotive industry specifically, a major update of the three-way catalyst (TWC) calibration workflows supports test data and hydrocarbon (HC) species, reducing time spent and enhancing the accuracy of TWC calibration.

Hybrid optimization tool
Hybrid optimization tool in Simcenter Amesim

It is also now possible to define the composition of a two-phase flow fluid mixture and calculate its thermodynamic properties to optimize constituents’ proportion of a refrigerant mixture and assess cycle performance.

In addition, with Simcenter Amesim you can import native CAD format with software used in your company to retrieve the exact measurement no matter which native software was used to build the CAD.

Simcenter Flomaster 2020.1

  • New pipe models for polymer pipes and non-Newtonian fluids
  • FMI import to extend simulation capabilities
  • Side-by-side install of different software versions
  • Live sensors to easily visualize any results

For Simcenter Flomaster™ software 2020.1, a new pipe model enables the simulation of visco-elastic and non-Newtonian behavior. The first capability allows the user to accurately model the nonlinear response of polymer pipes to a pressure surge event while the second responds to the need of industry to model the non-Newtonian behavior of a variety of fluids like slurries, blood and apple sauce, just to cite a few. Look at the following blog posts to discover more about non-Newtonian behavior or visco-elastic pipes.

To boost collaboration and efficiency, Simcenter Flomaster 2020.1 offers an enhanced user experience.  Simcenter Flomaster 2020.1  includes Functional Mock-Up Interface (FMI) import for model exchange and co-simulation, further extending its interoperability solutions. Additionally, the new side-by-side install allows users to run different Simcenter Flomaster versions on the same client. Users can now start new projects taking advantage of the new capabilities of the latest version, while maintaining approved versions for old projects. Furthermore, this new version extends the work done on visual physics by introducing live sensors. With live sensors it is possible to display any result at discrete points of the network using numeric results, linear meters or gauges. This allows users to understand the system behavior at a glance.

Simcenter Flomaster Live sensors
Result vizualisation with the new live sensors in Simcenter Flomaster

Simcenter System Analyst 2020.1

  • Taskpad variability
  • High-performance computing (HPC)

The Simcenter System Analyst  software 2020.1 version allows automation of model configuration. In a few clicks, you can configure and parameterize a model in the taskpad. Both the simulation and postprocessing phases of projects with multiple configurations and parameter sets has become even more automated. In addition, you can now export, run and locally postprocess your taskpads on your high-performance computing (HPC) server and retrieve results to perform massive batch of taskpad computation, benefiting from your HPC capabilities.

Simcenter System Analyst taskpad
Simcenter System Analyst – Taskpad

Simcenter System Architect 2020.1

  • Extension of Attributes on Simulation Templates and Instrumented Models
  • Multi-level Simulation Architecture enhancements

The Simcenter System Architect software 2020.1 streamlines the user experience. By implementing the model identity card (MIC) attributes, you ensure that model attributes are seamlessly defined and identically shared among simulation architects, domain experts and project engineers. Further, you can select multiple simulation templates and group them to simplify navigation of complex simulation architectures.

Simcenter System Architect
Simcenter System Architect

Simcenter Sysdm 2020.1

  • Simcenter system analyst integration

The highlight of the new version of Simcenter Sysdm is that it is integrated with Simcenter System Analyst. This provides traceability and consistency of resources that are shared among simulation architect, domain experts and project engineers.

Simcenter Webapp Server 2020.1

  • Functional Mock-up Interface
  • Results layout
  • Run model via Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software

Simcenter Webapp Server supports Functional Mock-up Units (FMU) along with native Simcenter Amesim models. The model owner can generate standalone FMU 2.0 for co-simulation within his authoring tool and upload it onto Simcenter Webapp Server. A dedicated web user interface is then available to select the parameters and variables of interest within the FMU. All other functionalities of Simcenter Webapp Server (results layout, sharing mechanism, etc.) are fully compatible with FMUs.

After uploading a model to Simcenter Webapp Server, the model owner can define a results layout that allows you to customize the view of the results for the model consumer. Several plot types are available: temporal plots, XY plots, spider charts, bar charts and polar plots. This capability is fully compatible with the postprocessing variables defined in Simcenter Amesim. The results layout allows the model consumer to directly view results tailored to his or her needs.

Finally, the Simcenter Webapp Server 2020.1 version now combines the versatility of Microsoft Excel with the centralized model deployment of Simcenter Webapp Server. You can manipulate models and parameters, run simulations and analyze results directly with Microsoft Excel using Visual Basic for the application programming interface (API).

Want to know more?

Those are only a few of the major capabilities introduced to Simcenter system simulation solutions 2020.1.

– Don’t miss our blog posts and how-to articles
– Contact your local Siemens Digital Industries Software office


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