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The design and technological implementation of smart adaptive materials is a challenge. Fundamental concepts has to be proven before any real system can br developed. Due to the strong coupling of sensing, reactive control, and information processing a multi-domain and multi-scale simulation has to be performed.
Combining physical world with MAS simulation is a challenge. Such a multi-domain simulation enables the direct derivation of sensor data from a physical model (sensing part) provision to a computational system, and the investigation of the action of this computational system on the physical system (actuating part). The goal of this multi-domain simulation is to investigate the behaviour of MAS on dynamic (or semi-static) changes of mechanical structures and vice versa.
The physical world consists of the mechanical structure given by a physical model (FEM or mass-spring multi-body), sensors, and external loading having impact on the static and dynamic reaction of the structure, including gravity. For the sake of simplicity, the mechanical structure under test is modelled with a mass-spring multi-body system. The multi-body physics simulation is well known from computer games and animations. It can be easily and efficiently integrated in computational systems like MAS simulators.