What is Simulation: Definition and 885 Discussions

A simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time. Simulations require the use of models; the model represents the key characteristics or behaviors of the selected system or process, whereas the simulation represents the evolution of the model over time. Often, computers are used to execute the simulation.
Simulation is used in many contexts, such as simulation of technology for performance tuning or optimizing, safety engineering, testing, training, education, and video games. Simulation is also used with scientific modelling of natural systems or human systems to gain insight into their functioning, as in economics. Simulation can be used to show the eventual real effects of alternative conditions and courses of action. Simulation is also used when the real system cannot be engaged, because it may not be accessible, or it may be dangerous or unacceptable to engage, or it is being designed but not yet built, or it may simply not exist.Key issues in modeling and simulation include the acquisition of valid sources of information about the relevant selection of key characteristics and behaviors used to build the model, the use of simplifying approximations and assumptions within the model, and fidelity and validity of the simulation outcomes. Procedures and protocols for model verification and validation are an ongoing field of academic study, refinement, research and development in simulations technology or practice, particularly in the work of computer simulation.

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  1. andrenepomuceno

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  2. G

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  3. R

    MCNP Burnup Calculation

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  4. Haia

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    Hi everyone!:) I'm Having a rough time with Rsoft BeamProp simulation software, I am simulating an multi-core fiber with my own specific design and am trying to divide the fiber into regions (in z axis) - the software would only let me divide a specific core (and more specifically the middle...
  5. fahadismath

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    does anyone know the derivation of the general solution of the nonhomogeneous equation shown in the image (book name: Devendra K. Chaturvedi - Modeling and Simulation of Systems Using MATLAB and Simulink -CRC Press (2010))
  6. A

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  7. steph_ws23

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  8. F

    Simulation of load-unload test in Abaqus

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  9. frhnsaif

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  10. M

    Simulation of Cyclic Loading in Tensile Test

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  11. Aidoush

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  12. Marina123456

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  14. K

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  15. Y

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  16. Kahraman

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  17. S

    B How long is the start up time for a simulation of the solar system's formation?

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  18. G

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    I am using Multisim software and I am comparing my calculated voltage gain with the one, done by Multisim. Why is calculated Av ( -478.8 mV) much different from the one in simulation ( -990 mV) ? I see the calculated is approx. half size of simulated. I tried using virtual transistor instead...
  19. SacCno

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  20. Phys pilot

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    Hello, I need to carry some simulations for my master's project and my tutor doesn't know much about simulations. I can't tell much since it is related with a private company but basically I'll have to simulate and measure the radiation emitted by some enriched uranium particles or uranium...
  21. gibatom

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  23. L

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  24. gxa

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  25. L

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  26. L

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  27. PhysicsTest

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  28. gxa

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    Hi guys, I'm new to this forum. I'd like to know how I could perform a simulation to find the induced EMF in a coil placed closer to a current-carrying conductor. I'm not sure how I should model the coil. I tried modelling it as a solenoid but the solenoid exceeds my required length when I enter...
  30. S

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  31. F

    Monte Carlo Simulation vs ML Models

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  32. N

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    I am a new user of MCNP and I am trying to generate photons in ZnS:Ag through electrons as my source particle. My simulation as it is now creates photons however they are not right. For example ZnS:Ag should create a lot of photons with energy of around 3.1eV. However I see a spike around 4.8eV...
  34. Amsalja

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    What Can You Learn About Engineering on PhysicsForums?

    Hello I'm Mike. I'm a Mech Simulation Engineer. I am grateful with the help from this forum which directly solve my problem. Hope I can gain more engineering knowledge and experience, and also can help others. Best regards!
  36. Chimaera987

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  37. S

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  38. Engineer_Kosyakova

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  39. E

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  40. Astronuc

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    Modeling and simulation, or computational physics/chemistry, is a large and important part of engineering. In nuclear energy, there are applications of finite element methods (and occasionally finite different or finite volume depending on the problem) applied to nuclear plants, nuclear...
  41. physicsclaus

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  42. Jessie24789

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  43. R

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  44. FEAnalyst

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  45. S

    Automotive Amplitude based frequency response simulation in Abaqus

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  46. shivajikobardan

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  47. TheJP78

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  48. T

    I Why Does J*T Show Band-Like Behavior with Particle Spacing?

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  49. tysonman166

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  50. Hasan2022

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