Complex matters become clear
It has become a commonplace: Within classic engineering studies the shortage of skilled labor is growing constantly. However, there are further key issues for European politics, economy and institutions of higher education like “the introduction of the bachelor and master degree and the increasing globalization of education market, the internationalization of education and research as well as the introduction of new innovative study courses” (Professor Dr. Klaus Wucherer, president of VDE, Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies). A driving force behind this is the technical change that is characterized by a growing penetration of all areas and industries with information technology, software, microelectronics and nanotechnology.
This penetration in the areas of technical and industrial development leads to a variety of cross-sectional and interdisciplinary fields of study. Medical engineering is one example for the increasing integration of formerly separated fields – it could not be imagined nowadays without information technology and microelectronics. That is why engineers have to know not only specific applications but also need to have a comprehensive system knowledge that includes the command of software.
To combine these complex and cross-section matters in class graphically, SimulationX has been in use at universities with great results. The simulation software helps to combine different contents and illustrates various possibilities for applications. Dr. Volker Wittstock from the Chemnitz University of Technology, for example, demonstrates with SimulationX how natural oscillations of a feed axis can be reduced by using redundant piezo-based auxiliary drives. New simulation methods can be compared with long known calculation formula and utilized to find new development potentials. Thus, the use of SimulationX sharpens the students’ awareness for simulation systems and the value of their results.
More information about the use of SimulationX in education can be found in the article “Experience with SimulationX for University Education in the Field of Mechatronics of Machine Tools” by Volker Wittstock, Markus Richter and Welf-Guntram Drossel, published in 2011 in the conference proceedings of the 14th ITI Symposium. If you are interested in the article please contact:
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