RT-LAB is the software platform of OPAL-RT’s simulation systems eMEGASIM,eFPGASIM and ePHASORSIM. Fully integrated with MATLAB/Simulink®, RT-LAB offers the ability to bring the most complex model-based design and have them interact in a real-world environment.
ARTEMiS: Specifically designed for microgrid, distribution systems and complex drive, ARTEMiS/SSN provides enhanced solvers and algorithms to ensure the reliable, accurate and fast fixed step-length computations, essential for high fidelity, high-performance real-time simulations.
RT-EVENTS: A Simulink toolbox for fixed-step simulations of hybrid systems involving dynamic and discrete events that are asynchronous with respect to the simulation clock. It allows the simulation of high frequency modulation signals of firing pulse units and power electronic controls.
FPGA Electric Machine: Provides a rich library of electrical motors models such as: Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine (PMSM), Induction Machine (IM, DFIG, DFIM and Squirrel Cage rotor), Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM), Brushless DC motor (BLDC) and DC motor.
eHS: Provides a convenient user interface that enables users to bring into real-time models created in the simulation tool of their choice: SimScape Power System Simulink toolbox, PSIM, PLECS Blockset, or Multisim.
OPAL-RT’s Schematic Editor: Available currently on RT-LAB only with an eHS license, OPAL-RT’s new, streamlined modeling interface provides an elegant and highly usable alternative to proprietary modeling systems for those who may require one.
FPGA MMC: Simulates the MMC of various submodule topologies with very high fidelity and unbeatable efficiency.
RT-XSG: Offers ready to use Simulink function blocks for FPGA Hardware-in-the-Loop and Rapid Control Prototyping simulation. It also manages the configuration of the FPGA, as well as the transfer of high-bandwidth data between RT-LAB simulation models and the user-defined custom system running on the FPGA.
ePHASORSIM: It allows ePHASORSIM to be connected as part of a larger Simulink model, enabling researchers to benefit from a complete grid ecosystem, as well as having access to all OPAL-RT hardware modules and I/O and communication protocols such as DNP3, OPC-UA, C37.118 and interconnect the real time simulation with physical devices under test.
Additional RT-LAB Features
RT-LAB Orchestra: Enables engineers to conduct Real-Time co-simulation of virtual vehicles earlier in the design process.
ScopeView: In both real-time and offline modes, ScopeView displays, analyzes and compares waveforms acquired from various environments, data acquisition systems and field equipment.
Maintain common configuration elements when switching between bitstream configurations (FPGA)
Version - 2022.1
Full support for IEC 61850 MMS Server protocol
PSCAD and PSS®E Import License is now available to all users
Facilitated workflow to automatically generate parameter values for Z-based transformers through addition of a new Transformer Data tab
Enhanced the I/O Interface Configuration:
Revamped entire layout and workflow for IEC 61850 Protocols (MMS, GOOSE and SV)
Improved performance when handling large amounts of data
Added filter columns and improved the Add function in the UI Interface
Improved the simulation start-up time for large models
Improved the Simulation Settings window with a cleaner interface and additional advanced options, including Target OS
Added New Library models:
Target I/O Interface to help visualize and simplify the management of I/O connections directly in the schematic
Five new Protection Relay Models: 27 (1-ph), 50 (1-ph), 50BF, 59 (1-ph), 79
New Example Models in Renewables and I/O Interfaces:
The Islanded Operation of an Inverter-based Microgrid Using Droop Control Technique
How to connect multiple FPGA-based expansion chassis with OP5033 to expand I/O capability
Demo of the IEC 61850 protocols (MMS, GOOSE, and SV) with Time Stamping using the Oregano card
Added more detail to error messages to better assist with troubleshooting
Users can simultaneously run multiple instances of HYPERSIM on the host PC
Version - 2021.3
Improved PV Panel modeling with expanded temperature ranges
Enhanced our battery models with customizable charge parameters and 4 new Li-ion chemistries
Added new library models in Control Protection and Signal Routing:
Thermal Overload Protection according to ANSI 49 standards
Radiolink Bundles to send bundled radio signals across circuits
Improved the PSS®E Import, supporting:
Substation grouping with automatic component rotation
Sequence data for transformers, lines, and switched shunts
Expanded the Python API by adding commands for managing subcircuits and other layout attributes
Compatibility with EXata CPS 1.1, introducing the GUI-based Cyberattack Editor and improved overall user experience. This version is only supported on the XG Series Real-Time simulators
Intuitive configuration GUI to communicate with EXata CPS 1.1
Visualize signal values when monitoring simulations with LEDs
Improved the HYPERSIM Ribbon UI for a cleaner, more user-friendly experience
Improved the view for C37.118 and OPAL-RT Board I/O Interfaces
We have added new functionalities in FPGA-based simulation toolbox:
Support for eHS Gen5 enabling faster simulation and PWM frequency resolution up to 250 kHz
Support for up to 8 Time-Stamped Bridges
Support for Roff in Half-Bridge parser to improve stability
Improved FPGA and machine drivers to enhance simulation stability
Version - 2021.1
We have added exciter library models REXSYS and governor library model WESGOV
We have added several example models:
Static Synchronous Series Compensator (SSSC)
Unified Power Flow Control (UPFC)
Kundur 4-Machine Power System
IEC 61850 Substation Automation System (SAS)
We have added support for Python version 3.7 and also several new API commands for managing subcircuits and other layout attributes
We have made several improvements to the I/O assignment and sensor management workflow
We have improved network configuration of I/O interfaces through harmonization of parameters across relevant interfaces (C37.118, DNP3, IEC 60870-5-104, Modbus) and implementation of automatic IP aliasing generation
We have made several workflow improvements to facilitate interfacing with EXata CPS (communication network toolbox for cyber-physical simulations) and external devices for HIL
We have added new functionalities in DNP3:
Support for double bit binary input
Support for integrity polling (new read mode)
Support to run the driver on Windows
We have added new functionalities in FPGA-based simulation toolbox:
Support for user-defined time step configuration
Support of OP4510 Kintex-7 410T based firmware
Support for QE on RS422
Support for configuring more than 32 AO channels
Version - 2020.3
Go from EMTP-based offline simulation to real time with HYPERSIM more easily than ever
Quickly create Python test sequences automatically from manual actions with our new Sequence Manager
We have added several exciter library models: IEEET2, IEEET3, IEEEVC, EXDC2, EXST1, EXST3, EXPIC1, SCRX
We have added a governor library model: WEHGOV
We have added a stabilizer library model: PSS2A
We have added several example Models:
Emergency Diesel-Generator, Asynchronous Motor and 25 Synchronism-Check
Directional Overcurrent Protection
Type 4 Wind Farm model
EMTP Compatibility Introduction
EMTP IEEE 39Bus Benchmark
We have added a data name filter in the sensor view to help accelerate I/O assignment
We have added support for MATLAB R2020a and R2020b
The OPAL-RT Power Electronics Add-On (eHS) for NI VeriStand is a powerful FPGA-based simulation tool for Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing of controllers for power electronics and electric transportation applications. It combines the performance of several leading floating-point FPGA solvers developed by OPAL-RT with an intuitive workflow integrated directly within the NI VeriStand software suite to create a scalable and flexible HIL test bench. Please refer to the most recent Release Notes for more information.
The OPAL-RT Power Electronics Add-On (eHS) for VeriStand, a powerful floating-point solver that enables users to simulate electric circuits on FPGA simply and without having to write any code or mathematical equations
High fidelity FPGA models of machines and sensors including integration of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tables
Sub-microsecond simulation time-steps
Create and automate scenario test cases with on-the-fly changes to the FPGA model
Simple and intuitive user interfaces (UIs) for connecting the electrical model inputs and outputs to high speed Input/Output (IO) to create an interface between the simulated model and a real Device Under Test (DUT)
Signal generation engines (sinewave, pwm, sinewave PWM) built directly into the FPGA design to generate control signals for open and/or closed loop testing
Compatibility with the NI VeriStand ecosystem which includes support for automotive communication protocols (CAN, XNET, FlexRay), data acquisition hardware (DAQ), simulation models, procedures, signal conditioning via SLSC, and more.