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Advanced Power Emulators enable P-HIL Testing of Integrated Power Systems

Author : Dave Eddy

​RT Spotlight San Francisco - System-level analysis capability, centered on modeling and simulation, has been identified as a key enabling technology for solving integrated power system challenges and high-performance power emulation pushes the boundaries of what can be tested prior to full system integration. For example, DC power systems are being applied in an increasing number of applications ranging from EV / HEV automobiles to More Electric Aircraft (MEA) to data centers and micro grids. The stability of these DC power systems is of critical importance to their operation. The presence of constant power loads and bidirectional power flow of many of the loads along with the parasitic inductance and distributed capacitance makes accurate calculation and simulation of stability margins challenging at best.

A bi-directional power source with a controllable bandwidth that can exceed the bandwidth of the fastest load can provide a means of determining system margin. The design and capabilities of the Direct Current Emulator (DCE) from D&V Electronics will be presented as well as using this capability to design and test DC power systems. The DCE can be controlled by a high-speed fiber optic interface with sub-microsecond latency for real time simulation Power Hardware In the Loop (P-HIL) to verify small signal stability analysis. Full DC power systems and power system components can be tested using the DCE as either a bi-directional load to load the power system or as a source to test components intended to connect to the DC power system. When the DCE is emulating the DC power system to test components it can be configured as a controllable source impedance and can generate transients and controlled noise and ripple. In combination with D&V’s electric motor emulator, also capable of real time simulation P-HIL, full vehicle system integration and component compatibility testing can be achieved.