The Role of Multi-domain Dynamic Models for Functional Verification in Model-based Systems Engineering

Available On Demand until June 2, 2017

Much has been made of the power of Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE) as a formal method for capturing and managing design requirements for complex engineering systems. But what does MBSE really mean for the engineering design organization? Whenever a proponent of MBSE speaks with a mechanical or electrical design engineer on the topic, they are likely speaking different languages. Even the phrase “systems engineering” can have very different meanings!

It’s this disconnect that can make the difference between a successful outcome and a project not even getting off the ground.

This webinar seeks to demystify some of the key aspects of MBSE, and show how the methodology can bring major advantages to the engineering design process. This will be illustrated with an investigation into how a change in the specified operating conditions for an electric vehicle affects battery requirements. By combining the battery’s design requirements in SysML, with cross-disciplinary models in MapleSim for functional verification, all within the ModelCenter integration environment from Phoenix Integration, the engineering design team can readily verify a proposed system against its specification long before investing in the prototyping stage. They can validate the effects of the dynamic behaviors, spanning multiple engineering domains, that are likely to be overlooked in the early stages. Furthermore, design-space investigations - from “what-if” trade studies to rigorous parameter optimizations – can be easily performed on their design to get the best-possible performance.

In this way, the engineering design organization can significantly reduce project risks and costs by minimizing unexpected late-stage design changes.


Andy Ko, Ph.D., Manager of Engineering Services, Phoenix Integration

Andy currently serves as the Engineering Service Manager at Phoenix Integration. His duties include managing the production team, working on commercial and government projects, research project management, application engineering, proposal writing and sales support. He is also proficient in Model Based Systems Engineering practices, specifically with the use of the SysML language. Before joining Phoenix Integration, Andy was the Director of Engineering Services at AVID LLC. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech, teaching both Senior Aircraft Design courses as well as basic Aerospace Engineering course material. Andy has received numerous collegiate awards as well as Best Technical Paper at AIAA’s 2007 Modeling & Simulation Technologies Conference.

Paul Goossens, Vice President, Engineering Solutions, Maplesoft

Paul Goossens is the Vice President of Engineering Solutions at Maplesoft. A mechanical engineer with over 20 years of experience in both engineering and software business management, his previous positions include senior management positions for companies in engineering modeling solutions and high-performance real-time simulations. Paul has built a strong reputation as an expert in real-time applications, particularly in high-fidelity simulation of mechatronic systems for HIL applications, spending a good part of his career promoting model-based methodologies.

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