Thanks, mrdon. I appreciate your comment and the real-world perspective on this. Not being an engineer myself, I depend on the perspective of readers like you for some of the more technical aspects of the technology I write about.
I agree that modeling hydraulic systems can be tricky because of fluid mechanics involve. Also, both static and dynamic conditions have to be considered when designing with hydraulics because of their steady state and transient motion behaviors related to the system application their being used in. Very nice article!
I realized that I failed to mention in this story that this is the first direct integration with an external library that Maplesoft has added to this tool. This speaks to the importance of facilitating the development of hydraulics as part of an overall system architecture and not separately from the rest of the components. I think it is a useful addition to the development environment.
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