Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation basedTesting to Revolutionize the Power & Energy Systems R&D Cycle

M.Steurer, K. Schoder, M. Stanovich, J. Langston
Florida State University, Florida, United States

Keywords: hardware in the loop simulation, electric power systems, systems engineeering

The Center for Advanced Power Systems at Florida State University has developed significant power and energy simulation capabilities that allows them to test real hardware inside the simulation. These hardware in the loop simulation capabilities consist of a large scale installation of specialized parallel processing computers that allow for simulating electric power systems in real time. Innovative approaches for interfacing power electronic converters at the controller level complement the setup. Megawatt scale power amplifiers facilitate the link between simulation and actual power devices under test (DUT). This facility provides the DoD with an effective cost and risk reduction method for the development of emerging electric power and energy technology. It enables the Electric Ships Office within the Naval Sea Systems Command Program Executive Office for Ships (NAVSEA PEO ships) to test and demonstrate emerging energy magazine technologies currently developed for directed energy weapons and other high power technologies up to TRL6 at minimum risk to the DUT. Because of the inherent flexibility of HIL simulation based testing the DUT can interact with different simulated surrounding test environments, which in turn provides valuable insights into system interactions otherwise only encountered at a full scale land based or even shipboard test environment.