Labs for Quanser QNET Energy Conversion Add-on Board

The Quanser QNET Energy Conversion Board interacts with the powerful NI ELVIS platform to provide students with an interactive way to learn about energy conversion.
The QNET Energy Conversion board provides an experimental platform to introduce fundamental concepts of power electronics and energy conversion. Students can explore electronic and electromechanical components on the board, and learn how to use them in order to convert and condition power for various applications. The board is designed exclusively for NI ELVIS platform, taking the full advantage of accurate timing and control of FPGA-based reconfigurable I/O, brought by the new ELVIS RIO Control Module.
by Quanser Inc.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 
  • Students learn the basics of energy conversion methods and how they apply to real-world scenarios
  • Students learn how to use electronic components to convert and condition power for various applications
  • Students will verify the functionality of different energy subsystems using LabVIEW
 

COURSE ALIGNMENT

 
Level University
Topic Mechatronics
Style Lab Workbook
Prerequisite Skills Basic Energy Fundamentals, Basic LabVIEW familiarity

INCLUDED COURSE MODULES

Students learn fundamental knowledge about generator physics, 3-phase power generation, and transformers. Integration with LabVIEW allows students to modify AC power signals and gain instantaneous feedback to gain insight into how generators and transformers work.
Students learn fundamental knowledge about rectification of an AC signal. Integration with LabVIEW allows students to modify rectifier characteristics to understand how each component contributes to the smooth transformation from AC to DC.
This lab provides knowledge about different circuit configurations to invert a direct current signal as well as their respective outputs. Students explore how different methods of controlling the inversion affect the signal. Students use the knowledge gained to design the controlling of an inverter.
This lab teaches students about using switched mode power supplies to control the flow of current. Students learn about different configurations of SMPS and experiment with buck converters and boost converters.
This lab allows students to experiment with controlling boost and buck converters in a closed-loop. Students learn about PWM generation and PID control systems as it relates to controlling SMPS.
This lab teaches students about different power system designs, calling upon the power conversion methods discussed in the previous labs. Students learn real-world applications of energy conversion and about efficient power transfer.

NI ELVIS

The NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) is a versatile laboratory platform that enables educators to teach over 20 different courses across science and engineering departments. The NI ELVIS integrates 12 common lab instruments including an oscilloscope, function...

NI ELVIS RIO Control Module

The NI ELVIS RIO Control Module connects to the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) to give students access to the accurate timing and control of FPGA-based, reconfigurable I/O. Students can build mechatronic and power electronic systems while troubleshooting and...

LabVIEW

An integrated development environment designed specifically for engineers and scientists.

Quanser QNET Energy Conversion Board

The QNET Energy Conversion board teaches a system and algorithm based power course beginning with AC signals and ending with closed-loop control of multiple power converters. The QNET Energy Conversion board takes a large, expensive lab setup and compresses it down to a manageable platform....

Required Software

Download Academic Software, Learn About Software Licensing
  • NI ELVIS RIO Control Bundle (2016 or later) - Download 
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • NI ELVIS RIO Control Toolkit
  • NI ELVISmx 14.0 or later- Download

Required Hardware

Purchase Engineering Education Products
  • NI ELVIS II – View Specifications
  • Quanser QNET Energy Conversion Add-on Board – User manual is included in the main download above
  • NI ELVIS RIO Control Module – View Specifications

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