To run simulations with SPACAR Light, the following components all need to be installed:
Both Windows and macOS are supported.
Note that version older than indicated might work, but they are not supported. After installation, a default user work folder is created automatically. Typically it is
on Windows: C:\Users/[user]\Documents\MATLAB on macOS: /Users/[user]/Documents/MATLAB
You can find the path by running
userpath in the command window.
The Blackboard project page contains a link to a zip-file with SPACAR (full) 2017. It is recommended that you extract this into a new folder
spacar, located in the default user work folder of MATLAB. The
spacar folder will contain some files and a
private folder. The folder structure would then look like:
[userpath]\spacar\spacar.mexw64 [userpath]\spacar\spacar.mexmaci64 [userpath]\spacar\spavisual.m [userpath]\spacar\stressbeam.m ... etc ... [userpath]\spacar\private\
Development is active and happens on GitHub. The latest version can be found there. In case of bug fixes and new features, that page will reflect the changes.
Download the 'Source code (zip)'-file of the most recent version. Extract this in the same
spacar folder as in the previous step. The following files should now also be present:
README.md file and
.gitignore file can be ignored.)
To test the installation, the
example.m file is provided (and located in the
[userpath]\spacar folder, as per step 3). Open this file in MATLAB and hit Run. If this produces a new Spavisual window, without errors in the MATLAB command window, it is likely that SPACAR Light is installed correctly.
To keep all files of the SPACAR software bundle together, the
spacar folder was created within the
userpath in a previous step. It is recommended to keep user scripts for a particular model out of this folder, and store those at
[userpath]\myscript.m (or within a separate folder
When doing so and running
myscript.m, MATLAB is likely unable to find SPACAR Light without configuring the search path appropriately. This can be accomplished by simply adding the line
to the top of
myscript.m (when it is indeed located at
[userpath]\myscript.m; otherwise see
doc addpath in the MATLAB command window.)