How to start MILS

Software requirements

MILS requires the Altair® Compose® environment to be executed. As a consequence, the user must install both Altair® Flux® and Altair® Compose® on his computer to perform an LS model identification with this tool.
Note: We recommend running MILS with the latest version of Altair Compose. Additional information and resources on Altair Compose are available online at this link.

Launching MILS without starting a Flux session

With both Flux and Compose installed, the user may run MILS as follows:
  • Open Altair Flux Supervisor.
  • Click on the Material Identification button located at the bottom of the Supervisor window. The aspect of this button is shown below:

  • This last action launches the general Material identification tool for Flux. To launch MILS from this environment, proceed by clicking on the button Loss Surface Model (MILS).
At this point, MILS should be loaded and its first Static Identification panel should be displayed and ready to use, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. MILS static identification panel after a successful startup.

Launching MILS from the Flux environment

Alternatively, MILS may be launched from within Flux during the creation (or edition) of a magnetic material as follows:
  • In a project containing no results, go to the Physics menu, choose Material and then New.
  • In the New Material window, activate the option Magnetic property available in its B(H) tab and then select Sheet iron described by LS model from the drop-down list of material models.
  • In the Definition box, select User defined material from the drop-down list.
  • Click on the button Identify Material to launch MILS in Altair® Compose® environment.
    Note: This alternative approach to launch MILS is only available in Transient Magnetic applications, either in Flux2D, FluxSkew and Flux3D.

Further reading

LS model identification with MILS

How to use MILS to generate a LS model

Panel 1: Static identification

Panel 2: Dynamic Identification

Panel 3: Overall verification

Panel 4: Model generation for Flux

MILS's input and output files formats

Bibliographical references on the LS model

Isotropic soft material : Iron sheets described by LS model