Chad Jackson

Modelon’s Fit in Systems Simulation

July 16, 2019

One-dimensional (1D) simulations of systems offer a means to digitally troubleshoot behaviors long be building an expensive high-stakes prototype. But how do you model the system without the right components? That’s where Modelon comes in. Chad Jackson provides an overview of this solution in our latest video.

Modelon’s Fit in Systems Simulation

What does Modelon do and why is it important for system engineering?

In order to answer what Modelon does as a company, we need a bit more context first. We begin with a system 1D simulation. You can create a diagram of your system and imagine in each block of the diagram that you have formulas and equations that represent the behavior and the functionality of that subsystem or that component. It is akin to a transmission. You can model up equations, give it an input and get an output. If you build up a substantial number of blocks representing all the different subsystems or components of your system, you can run a simulation, passing inputs and outputs to these different areas. As a result, the behavior of the system will emerge. Typically, you wouldn’t even get such results until a prototype is produced, which would be too late in the development cycle. There will be significant delays in cost if this route was taken. There are many tools out there that will let you develop these 1D simulations of your system.  Next, you need to consider where you get your block components and whether are they accurate or not?


One of the tools used to develop your 1D system simulations would be a library. If you created your own, you’d be delaying the development of your 1D system simulations. Instead, Modelon creates that library for you, thus accelerating the development of your 1D simulation. Modelon also handles the accuracy of your block components. They’ve validated a number of their components to be accurate and representative of subsystems and physical components.

This is a big enabler for systems simulation that doesn’t get talked about often. Many organizations are digesting this concept of a 1D simulation and how it can be abstract and still represent the system.  Modeldon provides the next crucial step in having tools readily available and a wide array of accurate models in their system.

Take care and talk soon.

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