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Principles of Object-oriented Modeling and Simulation with Modelica 2.1 (Computer Science) [Paperback]

Peter Fritzson
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25 Feb 2004 0471471631 978-0471471639 1
Provides an introduction to modern object–oriented design principles and applications for the fast–growing area of modeling and simulation Covers the topic of multi–domain system modeling and design with applications that have components from several areas Serves as a reference for the Modelica language as well as a comprehensive overview of application model libraries for a number of application domains

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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (25 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471471631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471471639
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.9 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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A timely introduction to the latest modeling and simulation techniques Object–oriented modeling is a fast–growing area of modeling and simulation that provides a structured, computer–supported way of doing mathematical and equation–based modeling. Modelica is today’s most promising modeling language in that it effectively unifies and generalizes previous object–oriented modeling languages and provides a sound basis for the basic concepts. Principles of Object–Oriented Modeling and Simulation with Modelica 2.1 introduces the latest methods of object–oriented component–based system modeling and simulation, and provides a tutorial and reference for the latest version of Modelica complete with a comprehensive overview of application model libraries from many domains. Executable examples are included from many areas–physics, mechanics, electrical systems, thermodynamics, flow systems, computer science, concurrent and real–time processes, biology, ecology, chemistry, economy, etc. Designed for students, researchers, and engineers familiar with basic programming concepts, the text: Introduces the concepts of physical modeling, object–oriented modeling, and component–based modeling Includes both visual and textual modeling/programming Provides a complete yet informal overview of the Modelica language Demonstrates modeling examples for a wide range of applications Acts as a reference guide for the most commonly used Modelica libraries Features the current version of Modelica 2.1 including some anticipated extentions Its flexible format, comprehensive coverage of the field, and practical focus makes Principles of Object–Oriented Modeling and Simulation with Modelica 2.1 an indispensable teaching tool, a timely reference source for modeling and programming with Modelica, and a valuable hands–on guide for doing physical modeling in a broad range of application areas. Visit the book Web page www.mathcore.com/drmodelica for samples of executable models, teaching material, interactive tutorials, and recent updates of the book.

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PETER FRITZSON , PhD, is a professor and Director of the Programming Environment Laboratory (PELAB) at the Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden. He currently holds the positions of president of MathCore Engineering AB; chairman of the Scandinavian Simulation Society; secretary of the European simulation organization, EuroSim; and vice chairman of the Modelica Association, an organization he helped to establish. Professor Fritzson has published ten books and over a hundred scientific papers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage of Modelica 20 April 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the first widely available books to cover Modelica.The author Peter Fritzson has been instrumental in the development ofModelica, and the reader will benefit of his large experience and in depthknowledge of Modelica.
The author has collected and enhanced material available form othersources such as the web site of the Modelica organisation. In one volume,you will find examples, reference to the language syntax and libraries,algorithm and description of some development and simulation environment.So the first benefit of the book is to be a handy single reference.
The book goes beyond just being a collection of already publishedmaterial. There are a couple of chapters that provides material notavailable elsewhere or new light on existing ones. I particularlyappreciated the discussion of Modelica packages and how they compare withJava (topics that can be confusing and generally overlooked). I also foundthe chapter on applications very interesting, as it shows how Modelica canbe applied to other systems than the classical, electrical and mechanicalones. It would have been worthwhile to expand the examples on economicsand biology. There are also a lot of useful tips on modeling techniquesand the algorithm used beyond the scenes.
I think that anyone with an interest in Modelica should get the book, andcurrently there is no better alternative. The book would also be usefulfor readers not necessarily interested in Modelica but with a generalinterest in Modeling and Simulation, as it does provide a lot of exampleand cover the state of the art in this field.
I have removed a star, because I found at times the book confusing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive coverage of Modelica 16 April 2004
By "pierre_heuze" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the first widely available books to cover Modelica. The author Peter Fritzson has been instrumental in the development of Modelica, and the reader will benefit of his large experience and in depth knowledge of Modelica.
The author has collected and enhanced material available form other place such as the web site of the Modelica organisation. In one volume, you will find examples, reference to the language syntax and libraries, algorithm and description of some development and simulation environment. So the first benefit of the book is to be a handy single reference.
The book goes beyond just being a collection of already published material. There are a couple of chapters that provides material not available elsewhere or new light on existing ones. I particularly appreciated the discussion of Modelica packages and how they compare with Java (topics that can be confusing and generally overlooked). I also found the chapter on applications very interesting, as it shows how Modelica can be applied to other systems than the classical, electrical and mechanical ones. It would have been worthwhile to expand the examples on economics and biology. There are also a lot of useful tips on modeling techniques and the algorithm used beyond the scenes.
I think that anyone with an interest in Modelica should get the book, and currently there is no better alternative. The book would also be useful for readers not necessarily interested in Modelica but with a general interest in Modeling and Simulation, as it does cover the state of the art in this field.
I have removed a star, because I found the book confusing at times. Peter Fritzson doesn't want to overlook any aspect of Modelica, and as such even the minor or more marginal topics are covered, sometimes in some details. For example, I found too much emphasis given on MathModelica and XML representation of Modelica. I think it would have been better to leave those topics purely in Appendix and not spread them over some chapters. I also think the emphasis isn't always right. There are pages and pages that describe the flattening process to get a flat equation model from its Modelica representation. In comparison, there is actually quite little on the techniques used to solve this flat model (e.g. application of topological sort, use of biparty graph to solve dependencies between variables and equation, simplification based on the Pantalides algrorithm). It would have been worth to work a complete example through. A possible suggestion in order to keep the book small while not missing much of the material, would be to provide a CD with the Modelica library, the MathModelica examples.
Overall a very good book that provides a comprehensive coverage of Modelica and recommended to anyone working with Modelica.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Learning Modelica 4 July 2008
By Joseph S. Riel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an essential book if you are using Modelica. I have found it invaluable, with excellent examples and decent explanations. The 3.0 version of the Modelica specification was rewritten by Fritzson, excerpts of it are essentially identical to passages from this book (the 3.0 specification is a definite improvement compared to the 2.2 specification).

My only serious complaint is that page numbers in the index do not match the actual pages; they are off by 2 for pages greater than about 80. This is a minor nuisance, but because it is consistent one learns to adjust.
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