Conference article

3D Schematics of Modelica Models and Gamification

Hilding Elmqvist
Dassault Systèmes, Lund, Sweden

Alexander D. Baldwin
Dassault Systèmes, Lund, Sweden / Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

Simon Dahlberg
Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

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Published in: Proceedings of the 11th International Modelica Conference, Versailles, France, September 21-23, 2015

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 118:57, s. 527-536

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Published: 2015-09-18

ISBN: 978-91-7685-955-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)

Abstract

Block diagrams have been used for a long time to express data flow in dynamic models, i.e. the input output relations between calculation blocks. SysML diagrams are also used to express other relations such as component hierarchy and inheritance. Modelica uses object diagrams, a generalization of block diagrams since acausal connections are allowed. CAD uses a 3D representation to represent the assembly of a mechanism, i.e. how bodies are coupled with joints. This paper describes a generalization of object diagrams to utilize 3D representation of the icons/shapes and unification with assembly diagrams and exploded views. The ideas have been prototyped in a program called Playmola which is inspired by computer games. The goal is to make a modeling authoring environment that is much more intuitive and fun. The hope is that such a tool would be used to promote science for students already in high-school.

Keywords

Object Diagrams; MultiBody Assembly; Exploded View; Gamification

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