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Experiences with the new FMI Standard Selected Applications at Dresden University

Christian Schubert
Dresden University of Technology, Chair of Construction Machines and Conveying Technology, Germany

Thomas Neidhold
ITI GmbH, Germany

Günter Kunze
Dresden University of Technology, Chair of Construction Machines and Conveying Technology, Germany

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Published in: Proceedings of the 8th International Modelica Conference; March 20th-22nd; Technical Univeristy; Dresden; Germany

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 63:38, p. 344-352

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Published: 2011-06-30

ISBN: 978-91-7393-096-3

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


This paper describes how the new FMI standard is used at Dresden University to provide a universal model exchange. By employing the new standard exchange format a single simulation model can be used for different purposes in different software tools. Specific applications and their advantages will be presented as well as the development effort for their realisation. Special attention is paid to how FMI enables SimulationX models to be run in an interactive simulation on a motion platform. Finally; the benefits and drawbacks of the FMI interface are discussed from a user’s perspective.


FMI; Modelisar; Virtual Reality; SimulationX; Motion Platform; SARTURIS


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