RealTime Power Electronics Lab by OPAL-RT

RealTime Power Electronics Teaching Software by OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES is part of an educational laboratory that combines software, hardware, and lab resources to teach power electronics to university undergraduate students. Students can experiment and learn power electronics such as converters, rectifiers, and inverters, including the control logic with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and rapid control prototyping (RCP) tools commonly used in innovative power electronics industry research and development.
by OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Students experiment with converters, rectifiers, and inverters to learn fundamental power electronics conversions.
  • Students learn control logic with common HIL and RCP tools

COURSE ALIGMENT

 
Level University
Topic Power Electronics
Style Laboratory
Prerequisite Skills Knowledge of power electronics components and basic programming

INCLUDED COURSE MODULES

This lesson introduces the student to teach the basic principles of operation of dc-to-dc converters. Students will be introduced to various types of choppers and learn their different characteristics. They will also learn the impact of the value of duty cycle on the converter in continuous conduction mode. Finally, they will become familiar with its operation and diode and switching transistor operating principles.
The present course introduces the student to the basic principles of operation of the diode rectifier circuits. Students will learn single phase diode bridge rectifier and three phase diode bridge rectifier. Finally, they will become familiar with its operation and diode operating principles.
This lesson introduces the student to the basic principles of operation of DC-to-AC converters. Students will be introduced to the voltage inverter and learn its different characteristics. They will also learn the PWM modulation technique that controls the width of the pulses.
This document is intended to teach the students about the Three-Phase Three-Level Neutral-Point Clamped Converter, operating in inverter and rectifier modes, using real-time simulation exercises.

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Required Software

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  • LabVIEW Full or Professional Development System 2014 or higher 
    • LabVIEW for myRIO Toolkit 2014 or higher 
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module 2014 or higher
    • LabVIEW FPGA Module 2014 or higher
    • LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Toolkit 2014 
    • NI-RIO 14.0.1 or higher
  • Real Time Power Electronics Teaching Software (cRIO9068) by OPAL-RT
  • NI CompactRIO Waveform Library

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