The Incubator Case Study for Digital Twin Engineering

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To demystify the Digital Twin concept, we built a simple yet representative thermal incubator system. The incubator is an insulated box fitted with a heatbed, and complete with a software system for communication, a controller, and simulation models. We developed two simulation models to predict the temperature inside the incubator, one with two free parameters and one with four free parameters. Our experiments showed that the latter model was better at predicting the thermal inertia of the heatbed itself, which makes it more appropriate for further development of the digital twin. The hardware and software used in this case study are available open source, providing an accessible platform for those who want to develop and verify their own techniques for digital twins.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

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