Leuven, Belgium – August 31, 2006 – LMS, the engineering innovation company, today announced that Toshiba has deployed the LMS Virtual.Lab Motion multibody simulation software to support the development of advanced power transmission equipment in its Power Systems Division. Design and engineering teams at Toshiba extensively use Virtual.Lab Motion to engineer the dynamic motion of key components in large and complex circuit breakers for power generation and transmission installations. Toshiba is a longstanding user of LMS multibody simulation solutions and selected LMS Virtual.Lab Motion for its efficient and user friendly modeling capabilities, and for its tight integration of the complete simulation chain from model creation to results assessment.
To respond to the stringent design and engineering requirements for power transmission equipment, Toshiba has built up an extensive expertise to simulate the dynamic performance of mission-critical components using virtual prototype models. One of the core product lines of Toshiba’s Power Systems Division consists of advanced power circuit breakers that play a critical role in guaranteeing optimal safety in power transmission installations. Because of the extremely high voltage electric power involved, these circuit breakers contain complex, high-speed mechanisms that blow insulating gas into the breaker to instantly and completely shut down power transmission.
“Creating detailed multibody simulation models of our circuit breakers in LMS Virtual.Lab Motion allows us to carefully analyze the functioning of these mechanisms under high-speed conditions and to optimize the critical interaction between key components,” commented Mr. Ohda, Power and Industrial System R&D Center, Toshiba. “With Virtual.Lab, we are able to virtually test new designs on all possible worse-case scenario’s, and to make sure that in any case the electric power is completely shut down inside the power circuit breaker.”
With the deployment of LMS Virtual.Lab Motion, Toshiba also expects to record extensive efficiency gains compared to their current simulation process. “The advanced and user friendly modeling capabilities in Virtual.Lab Motion allows us to accelerate the creation of simulation models, and to easily add more details to our models as to investigate the dynamic motion behavior of new designs with more accuracy,” added Mr. Ohda, Power and Industrial System R&D Center, Toshiba. “Not only do we expect Virtual.Lab Motion to deliver a 50% gain in model creation time, we also expect dramatic time gains in modifying existing designs and analyzing multiple design alternatives.”
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