An Introduction to Simulation Models and the Modelling Process

  • David J. Murray-Smith
Part of the Simulation Foundations, Methods and Applications book series (SFMA)


This chapter provides an introductory review of the objectives of modelling and computer simulation within application areas in engineering and science. Issues of model quality are introduced and the importance of properly tested dynamic models and computer simulations is emphasised, along with the need for careful definition of model requirements. The concepts of model re-use, the development of model libraries and generic models are discussed and different classes of model are considered. These include models involving continuous variables, discrete-event and hybrid system descriptions and inverse simulation models. Consideration is also given to possible interactions between these types of simulation model and also to interactions with other software tools. The need for good software management and documentation is emphasised. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of the organisation of the book, including an outline of the contents of each of the later chapters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Murray-Smith
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  1. 1.School of EngineeringUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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