This file contains important information about the NI Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit, including installation instructions, new features, behavior changes, recommended hardware, activating instructions, a partial list of bugs fixed for 2014, and known issues.
The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit is an add-on for both the LabVIEW platform and NI VeriStand. The toolkit provides LabVIEW VIs and sample projects to help you control and simulate an electric motor by writing your own applications. The toolkit also extends the functionality of NI VeriStand by providing a series of custom devices for you to design and implement a real-time motor simulation application. This toolkit uses field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology and integrates the finite element analysis (FEA) method to provide high-speed and high-fidelity electric motor simulation.
The toolkit provides built-in examples of JMAG RTT files for motor simulation. You can use the RTT files with the examples, sample projects, or custom devices. To configure the controller and simulator and use the built-in RTT files, refer to the National Instruments website for more information.
In addition to the system requirements for the LabVIEW Development System, the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit has the following requirements for LabVIEW support:
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for LabVIEW 2014.
For NI VeriStand support, the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit has the following requirements:
Refer to the NI VeriStand Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for NI VeriStand 2014.
Double-click the setup.exe file in the root directory of the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit installer and follow the instructions on the screen to install this product.
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For LabVIEW support, you evaluate and activate the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit the same as activating LabVIEW. Refer to the LabVIEW Help for more information about activating your software.
For NI VeriStand support, complete the following steps to activate the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit.
National Instruments recommends the following hardware for you to use with this toolkit.
|Model||Simulating on RT||Simulating on FPGA|
|ACIM Constant Parameter Model||NI PXIe-8135 RT||NI PXI-7854R|
|PMSM Constant Parameter Model||NI PXIe-8135 RT||NI PXI-7854R|
|PMSM Variable Parameter Model||NI PXIe-8135 RT||NI PXI-7854R|
|PMSM FEA Model||NI PXIe-8135 RT||NI PXIe-7966R + HKS-9609 by Keisokugiken Corporation (KGC) |
|SRM Linear Model||NI PXIe-8135 RT||NI PXI-7854R|
|SRM FEA Model||NI PXIe-8135 RT||NI PXIe-7965R/7966R + HKS-9609 by Keisokugiken Corporation (KGC)|
The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit 2014 introduces the following new features and enhancements.
You can simulate an AC induction motor (ACIM) with the constant parameter model and integrate the ACIM into your own hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) solution. ACIM is the most common motor in motion control systems. Main advantages of ACIM are simple and rugged design, low cost, and low maintenance. The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit provides VIs, examples, sample projects, and custom devices for you to simulate an ACIM.
You can use the variable parameter model to simulate a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) with medium fidelity. The variable parameter model uses the d-q axes mathematical method to simulate an electric motor. The variable parameter model can obtain real motor characteristics either from the RTT files or from an external model. The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit provides VIs, examples, sample projects, and custom devices to help you to simulate a PMSM and integrate the PMSM into your hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) solution.
You can simulate an inverter with the advanced three-phase inverter model. The advanced three-phase inverter model simulates the transient behavior of the inverter. By using the advanced three-phase inverter model, you can specify the forward voltage drops of the inverter switches and insert fault to the inverter at run time.
You can perform the temperature correction functionality for ACIM constant parameter model simulation, PMSM FEA model simulation, and PMSM variable parameter model simulation. By using the temperature correction functionality, you can simulate the changes of resistance, magnet flux, or torque in an electric motor according to temperature variations.
The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit includes the following new VIs.
On the AC Induction Motor VIs palette:
On the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor VIs palette:
On the Inverter VIs palette:
On the Transforms VIs palette:
The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit provides the following new examples.
You can use the following new examples to simulate an ACIM:
You can use the following new examples to simulate a PMSM:
You can use the following new examples to simulate a switched reluctance motor (SRM):
Select File»Create Project from LabVIEW to launch the Create Project dialog box. Select Motor Simulation from the Sample Projects category list to access the sample projects.
The toolkit provides the following new sample projects for you to simulate an ACIM with the constant parameter model.
The toolkit provides the following new sample projects for you to simulate a PMSM with the variable parameter model.
To access the Electric Motor Simulation custom devices in your NI VeriStand project, open the System Explorer window, navigate to Targets»Controller»Custom Devices, right-click Custom Devices, and select a custom device for electric motor simulation from the shortcut menu.
The toolkit provides the following new custom devices for you to design and implement real-time motor simulation applications.
The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit 2014 introduces the following behavior changes.
The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit 2014 includes the following changes to VIs.
The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit 2014 includes the following improvements on the simulation rate.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the National Instruments website for an up-to-date list of known issues in the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit.
The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues fixed in the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit. If you have a CAR ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.
|426911||EM-Sim only supports one resistance for all phases currently.|
|431695||The TDMS file created by EM-Sim VeriStand add-on produces error when opened in DIAdem.|
|433640||There is no documentation for selecting a proper base value for per-unit calculations.|
|473399||Equations for d voltage and q voltage in Constant Parameter Model topic are incorrect.|
|480428||The ideal inverter model should return 0V voltage when all gate signals are False.|
|480429||The PMSM FEA model custom device should return 0A current when the motor controller is not present.|
Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit. You can find help information about this toolkit in the Toolkits»Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit book on the Contents tab.
Refer to the NI VeriStand Help, accessible by selecting Help»Search the NI VeriStand Help from NI VeriStand, for information about the Electric Motor Simulation custom devices.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. Navigate to the Toolkits and Modules»Electric Motor Simulation folder to access the examples. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI that you create.
You also can find examples for the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit in the labview\examples\Electric Motor Simulation directory.
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