This file contains important information about the NI Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit, including installation instructions, new features, recommended hardware, activating instructions, a partial list of bugs fixed for 2015, and known issues.
The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit is an add-on for both the LabVIEW platform and NI VeriStand. This toolkit provides LabVIEW VIs and sample projects to help you control and simulate an electric motor by writing your own applications. This toolkit also extends the functionality of 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.
This toolkit provides built-in examples of JMAG RTT files and ANSYS motor model files for motor simulation. You can use the RTT files or the ANSYS motor model files with the examples, sample projects, or custom devices. To configure the controller and simulator and use the built-in RTT files or ANSYS motor model files, refer to the NI 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 2015.
For 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 VeriStand 2015.
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.
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 VeriStand support, complete the following steps to activate the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit:
NI 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 2015 supports ANSYS motor model files (.txt) for simulating a PMSM with the variable parameter model. The Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit 2015 adds a new instance called ANSYS File to the Create PMSM Variable Parameter Model VI. You can use the ANSYS File instance to read the ANSYS motor model file to get a LabVIEW class reference of the PMSM variable parameter model.
You can use the following components in the Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit 2015 to read the ANSYS motor model file:
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI 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.
|518078||The FPGA PMSM FEA model can output unexpected results|
|539420||The resistance input in the PMSM variable parameter model VI has no effect|
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 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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When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.x, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher.
NI Launcher helps you find and launch installed NI products. It provides you with a method of finding NI products similar to the Start menu in previous versions of Microsoft Windows. To use NI Launcher, click the NI Launcher tile in the Apps view. NI Launcher launches the desktop and opens a menu containing a list of NI products. Click any NI product to launch it.
Note NI MAX does not appear as a desktop shortcut when installed on Microsoft Windows 8.x. You can launch NI MAX either from the Apps view or from within NI Launcher.
For convenience, you can pin your most-used NI applications, such as MAX, to either the Start screen or the Taskbar on the desktop, as necessary:
|Current Application||Icon Location||Pin to Action|
|Windows 8.x Desktop||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to Taskbar|
|Windows 8.x Desktop||Start screen||Right-click application and select Pin to Start|
|Windows 8.x Start screen||Desktop Taskbar||Right-click application and select Pin to taskbar from the menu bar on the bottom of the screen|
If you want to find a particular application or related files, such as documentation files, from the Start screen, you can access all installed files from the Apps view. To get to the Apps view, right-click anywhere on the Start screen and select All apps (Windows 8.0) or click the down arrow on the bottom left of the screen (Windows 8.1).
For more information about NI support for Windows 8.x, visit ni.com/windows8.
NI Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit will drop support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 as of July 1, 2016. Versions of Electric Motor Simulation Toolkit that ship after July 1, 2016 will not install or run on Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows Server 2003. For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit ni.com/info and enter one of the following Info Codes:
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