An Improved Hydraulic
Youve been asking for tools to help with the incorporation
of mechanical devices into electronic systems. In response to
your requests, Intusoft is now releasing the first in a series
of libraries in the area of Mechatronics. This new extension
of the ICAP/4 libraries, which includes Power Designer, RF Device,
and Vendor-Supplied IC Library, will be an invaluable asset for
anyone using both electrical and mechanical components.
The first chapter of this exciting new library offers a range
of models for the development of hydraulic systems. Servicing
the fields of agriculture, forestry, mining, machine tools, and
mobile equipment, this library is the perfect addition for the
ICAP/4 Windows user (Figure
11). Models for piston accumulators, hydraulic cylinders,
valves, and losses will all be included in this first release.
Spring-loaded and gas-loaded models are offered for accumulators
and hydraulic cylinders. Separate models are also offered for
the analysis of compressible and incompressible fluid systems.
Dual-chambered cylinders as well as standard, single-chambered
cylinders will be available, offering a wide degree of freedom
and variability. Major and minor head losses in pipe flow are
easily simulated using a variety of different models. Pressure
valves also provide added versatility for ICAP/4 users.
And, as with the rest of the Intusoft models, each of the
new mechatronics models can be custom fitted for use with your
hardware. Most standard parameters, such as size, shape, fluid,
and material properties, can be modified using the ICAP/4 Windows
interface. The ability to edit Spice code is not necessary to
customize the library to fit your needs. However, if advanced
changes or customization is needed, this feature is still available
Even if you are not experienced with hydraulics, you can simulate
systems with ease. The on-line help included with this library
was written with the electrical designer in mind. Tables including
standard values of common materials are provided so you dont
have to search for parameters for preliminary designs and calculations.
Also, the general information guide gets you up-to-speed on all
of the key differences used in mechanical simulation.
The beta version of this library is now available in the paid
support section of our web site for all ICAP/4 Windows, Professional,
Power and Test Designer owners. And, if you download the beta
version and provide us with feedback, you will receive the final
library for the cost of one years maintenance.
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