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MTS INTRODUCES FAMILY OF CIVIL HYBRID SIMULATION SOLUTIONS
Extends Leading-edge Seismic Research Capabilities to Virtually Any Civil Engineering Lab
Eden Prairie, Minn. – February 7, 2007 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC) today introduced a family of high-performance Civil Hybrid Simulation Solutions, which integrate physical testing and computer modeling technology to provide an efficient and affordable laboratory-based means for studying the effects of seismic events on large civil structures.
“By combining the physical testing of substructures with computer models of the remainder of the structure, hybrid simulation provides insight into how earthquake events can affect large structures, such as buildings and bridges, without having to physically test the entire structure,” said Ray Sydeski, MTS application engineer. “This enables civil engineers to accurately and efficiently capture the effects that a substructure has on the overall structure, while subjecting the substructure to the same forces and motions it would experience within an actual, complete structure.”
“The development of MTS hybrid simulation technology is the result of our close collaboration with leading civil research institutions such as the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of California Berkeley and State University of New York Buffalo,” said Scott Jiran, MTS civil engineering product manager. “Our solutions will enable virtually any civil engineering lab to incorporate leading-edge hybrid simulation into their civil research activities and more effectively partner with peer research organizations anywhere in the world.”
MTS offers two versions of its new hybrid simulation solution - Quasi-static and Real-time - to fully accommodate the diverse testing needs and varying levels of resources available to civil engineering laboratories worldwide.
The quasi-static hybrid simulation solution is used to evaluate substructures or components that predominantly contribute stiffness and strength to an overall structure. The forces and motions in a quasi-static simulation are applied at an artificially slow rate to allow for a more detailed study of a structure and to accommodate the limited capacity of the actuators and pumping systems of most civil engineering laboratories. This solution is appropriate for labs seeking to leverage existing equipment and resources to emulate the simulation methods established by top-tier institutions.
The real-time hybrid simulation solution is used to evaluate substructures or components that contribute damping or inertia effects to an overall structure. A real-time hybrid simulation requires high-force, dynamic structural actuators and large hydraulic power units to evaluate all dynamic properties (mass, damping & stiffness) of the substructure. This solution is appropriate for labs willing to invest in new capacity with the ultimate goal of pioneering advanced simulation methods.
Easy-to-deploy and flexible, both MTS hybrid simulation systems feature:
• State-of-the-art MTS digital control technology
“The addition of these new hybrid simulation solutions extends the functionality of the existing MTS seismic testing offering, which includes custom six degree-of-freedom shake tables, standard uniaxial and biaxial shake tables, and a full array of physical test components,” concluded Jiran. “This provides added value and flexibility to our customers and reinforces MTS’ status as the world’s premier supplier of seismic simulation solutions.”
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors. The Company’s testing hardware, software, and service solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes, and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS’ high-performance position sensors enhance control to improve the productivity and safety of fixed and mobile industrial equipment. MTS had 1,510 employees and revenue of $397 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com