System Simulation for Optimization of Heavy Equipment Design

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System Simulation for Optimization of Heavy Equipment Design

Discover how system simulation with Simcenter Amesim empowers your team to understand and optimize new design concepts at any point in your design cycle.

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Date(s) - June 30, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


There is a revolution coming in mining and heavy equipment, with mined materials now known to be critical for the rapidly growing battery-electric vehicle market, and at the same time, higher energy prices and stringent noise and emissions regulations are making electrification of heavy equipment itself ever more attractive. Whether you design traditional excavators powered by diesel or diesel-hybrid systems or a new line of fully electric excavators, starting with an accurate system design can speed up your development process. Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) enables the modeling of all necessary components and their interactions to predict and optimize performance for a given set of duty cycles.

This live webinar will describe the use of Siemens Simcenter Amesim for MBSE modeling of a diesel-powered hydraulic excavator.  The “power, energy, activity” tool in Amesim will be demonstrated on the excavator to pinpoint the components with the highest energy losses. Finally, the hydraulic swing motor will be replaced with an electric motor, the power system will be hybridized, and fuel consumption will be compared to the original diesel excavator. The webinar will wrap up with discussion of how MBSE modeling can be applied to all industrial and heavy equipment, for both on-road and off-road applications.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

  • Seeing the big picture: What is system modeling and why does it matter?
  • Understanding where system modeling belongs in the development cycle
  • Employing multiple levels of fidelity simultaneously
  • Integrating subsystem models to handle even very large and complex systems
  • Evaluating performance over a defined duty cycle or set of duty cycles
  • Extending 1D models in Amesim with reduced-order modeling or co-simulation with more detailed engineering models, such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in Simcenter STAR-CCM+

About the Speaker

  • Scott Kidney, P.E.

    Senior Technical Advisor, ATA Engineering, Inc.

    As a Senior Technical Advisor at ATA Engineering, Mr. Kidney provides design and analysis support on advanced aerospace projects. He has extensive experience in the design and analysis of electromechanical systems, with previous projects including electric architecture, motor, and gearhead selection, along with mechanical design for gravity offloading systems and aerospace tests. He has also provided electronics cooling design, solenoid latch design, and mechanical design and analysis of mechanisms for hospital devices and professional power tools. Mr. Kidney received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University in 1994 and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University in 2001. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California.