The 2017 ISEC Study Report is now available:
Design Considerations for a Software Space Elevator Simulator
Here is an snippet from the Executive Summary:
As with all large, modern engineering projects, detailed computer simulations of the space elevator will be essential during its design, construction and operational phases.
Within the context of these phases, this study enumerated 14 use cases which the simulation software must address, ranging from 3D dynamics and electrodynamics calculations of space elevator motion, to the effects of payload capture and release at various points along the tether, to the effects of friction arising from the interaction of the space elevator climber with the tether. Proceeding from these use cases, requirements were imposed on the software design and an outline for its development was sketched.
A central part of the design is a general math and physics platform which can perform the many calculations required. The study team reviewed seven such platforms and chose Mathematica as the one most likely to meet the needs of the simulation. To maintain an open-source option, SageMath was chosen as an alternative math/physics platform. Applications specific to the space elevator simulation will be built on top of these platforms.
Download the entire study report here.