Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Enrico Santi

Abstract

Power-Hardware-In-the-Loop (PHIL) simulations are increasingly useful for the design and validation of new products as well as for system interaction studies. In a PHIL simulation portions of a system are modeled in software and naturally coupled with actual hardware components with real power virtually exchanged at the interface. This allows for highly realistic simulations to be performed without the need for physical prototypes of the entire system, reducing the cost, risk, and time associated with each design cycle.

In this work the main components necessary to perform PHIL simulations are listed and described. For each portion applications in industry and/or academia are provided with implementation options and considerations for each. The main challenges of performing PHIL experiments effectively are discussed. A PHIL simulation platform is developed in this work and each portion's implementation and performance is described. Several PHIL experiments are performed and conclusions and recommendations are provided.

Share

COinS