NATICK, Mass.—MathWorks has released Powertrain Blockset, a new product that supports automotive and controls engineers in their powertrain modeling and simulation efforts. In addition to providing fully assembled reference application models of gasoline, diesel, hybrid, and electric powertrains, Powertrain Block set includes a component library for simulating engine subsystems, transmission assemblies, traction motors, battery packs, and controllers. Powertrain Blockset also includes a dynamometer model for virtual testing.

“Automotive teams that are deploying Model-Based Design often look for a starting point for building system models and applying these models to design and testing,” said Wensi Jin, automotive industry manager for MathWorks, in a press release. “Developing a system model from the ground up requires significant effort and engineers with specialized skills. With Powertrain Blockset, these engineers can take advantage of a maintained, well-documented, and open set of models that can be customized to their needs.”

Powertrain Blockset provides a standard model architecture that can be reused throughout the development process. It can be used for design tradeoff analysis and component sizing, control parameter optimization, and hardware-in-the-loop testing. Engineering teams can customize models by “parameterizing” components in a reference application with their own data or by replacing a subsystem with their own model, MathWorks said in the release.

More information about Powertrain Blockset is available at

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