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Success Story: Honda R&D streamlined control development and testing with Typhoon HIL

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Story Summary:

 

  • HIL streamlined Honda R&D control development and testing.
  • Complexity of embedded systems requires more development effort and time. 
  • With an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, first-time HIL users can start simulating immediately.
  • Fast model compilation with HIL resulted in significantly reduced verification time.

At the Honda R&D power electronics development department, improving productivity, streamlining development, and shortening delivery time are essential. These are also the key reasons why Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) and model-based development (MBD) is attracting attention in control development. Why did Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a long-time user and advocate of HIL technology, choose Typhoon HIL?

We asked the person in charge at the development department.

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Success Story: Induction Motor Drive for Mining Automation with Indrivetec AG

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The case study featured here is a 3 MW doubly fed induction motor (DFIM) drive used for mining applications. The DFIM drive controls were designed, built, and tested by Indrivetec AG, at the request of CSE-Uniserve. Indrivetec AG is a Zurich-based power electronics, drives, and energy storage company and is an early adopter of Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) technology with a research lab primarily based on HIL for control design and testing.

The stator of this motor is connected to the medium voltage grid, and the rotor is connected to a liquid resistor of the system integrator CSE-Uniserve and an Indrivetec Insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) converter. Here, the resistor is used for starting and running at a constant speed, while the converter is used for variable speed operation.

 

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6 Reasons for Rapid Adoption of HIL Testing for Variable Frequency Drives

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  • Software is becoming a key value generator for Variable Frequency Drives
  • New control algorithm development is driven by new motor designs, new semiconductor switches, and more powerful processors
  • System level interoperability requirements are constantly expanding
  • Modular power converter design has become a standard
  • Grid code compliance is becoming a requirement
  • Software lifecycle maintenance complexity is exploding
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4th Generation HIL: Built for the most advanced motor drive applications

  • Ultra-high fidelity redefined.
  • 200ns simulation time step.
  • 3.5 ns digital input sampling.
  • The most accurate 100kHz Dual-active bridge (DAB) model.
  • JMAG-RT FEM machine model import.
  • HIL connectivity exploded: USB3.0, Ethernet, GB/s serial link, JTAG, General Purpose IO (GPIO)

While automotive and aerospace industries have already adopted model based HIL testing, power electronics industry is only playing a catch up. The good news is that the 4th generation HIL is delivering the unprecedented model fidelity needed for the most advanced motor drives and automotive power electronics applications.

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Industry Spotlight Q&A: Schneider Electric Solar Business


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Industry Spotlight Q&A: Schneider Electric's AccuSine

 

For this next spotlight, we got a chance to travel on-site and meet the brilliant team behind Schneider Electric’s active harmonic filters division in the quiet town of Salem, Oregon. This division develops solutions for active harmonic filtering in industrial installations. 

Nicolas LaRue, global offer manager for Schneider Electric’s AccuSine products, talks about how Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) technology gives his customers peace of mind.

For the uninitiated, HIL is a model-based design and testing tool that simulates power electronics and power systems in real-time at ultra-high fidelity. It tests the actual controller which is directly interfaced with the model-based simulation. 

We also got to speak with Nanda Marwali, engineering manager, and John Batch, firmware engineer, on how Schneider used HIL to push the limits of their controller throughout the entire product lifecycle.

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