Model-Based Design for Off-Highway Machine Systems Development 2007-01-4248
The increased adoption of electronic controls in off-highway machines increases the complexity of typical machine systems and stresses the traditional process used to develop these machines. To address this issue design engineers are turning from the traditional design methods to Model-Based Design. By using models in the early design stages, engineers can create executable specifications that enable them to immediately validate and verify specifications against the requirements. These models also allow the machine designer to evaluate the complex interactions between mechanics, hydraulics, electronics and other physical phenomena and thereby detect design errors earlier when the cost to fix them is less. This paper presents a model-based approach for developing off-highway equipment machine systems. A dynamic model of the machine and the electro-hydraulic implement and propulsion system is developed and used to verify the overall machine behavior. The models are linked to the machine requirements and instrumented to check the simulation results to achieve verification of machine behavior against requirements in a formal way.