System Dynamic Models and Real-time Simulation of Complex Material Flow Systems

  • S. Hoher
  • P. Schindler
  • S. Göttlich
  • V. Schleper
  • S. Röck
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In this paper a multi-scale simulation approach based on system dynamics is investigated that is divided into a microscopic and a macroscopic model scale. On the microscopic model scale small amounts of parts are simulated, whereby the motion of each single discrete element is explicitly realized by means of a physically-based simulation. On the macroscopic model scale, based on a two-dimensional hyperbolic partial differential equation (PDE), a simulation of the material flow with a large amount of parts is realized. We explicitly examine the requirements on the virtual commissioning, which are a strongly time-deterministic computation in the range of one millisecond, robust and efficient computing algorithms and system-dynamic features. Both simulation models are validated against a real conveyor belt.


Material flow system Real-time simulation System dynamic models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Hoher
    • 1
  • P. Schindler
    • 2
  • S. Göttlich
    • 2
  • V. Schleper
    • 3
  • S. Röck
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW), University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.School of Business Informatics and Mathematics, University of MannheimMannheimGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Applied Analysis and Numerical Simulation, University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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