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Development of a Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Induction Machine Emulator

P-HIL block diagram
Fig. 1. P-HIL system block diagram.
   There have been extensive efforts to emulate electric machines in order to perform close-to-reality testing on an emulated machine rather than on a real-world machine. It is desirable to develop a testbench for drive testing that keeps real-world machines out of harm’s way, but is still able to test the control algorithms faithfully. In this work, a testbench consisting of a 30 kW PowerFlex 753 drive and the EGSTON Power Electronics COMPISO System Unit (CSU) CSU200-1GAMP6 emulating an induction machine is compared with the same drive powering a Yasakawa induction machine. Fig. 1 shows the overview of the power hardware-in-the-loop (P- HIL) emulation setup. The full system consists of a real-world motor drive connecting to the CSU through an interface element, in this case a line inductor. The voltages from the drive are used as feedback to generate the setpoints in the OP4510 real-time simulator.
   Key efforts in this work focus around the modeling of the induction machine and the design and selection of the inductor that interfaces between the real-world source and the CSU. The traditional arbitrary reference frame model of the induction motor leads to current setpoints, but in this work the setpoints are also formulated to allow the CSU to emulate the back-emf of the machine in series with a resistor and inductor. By modeling the induction motor as a back- emf, the interface inductor becomes an essential part of the model.
  Fig. 2 shows the close matching between the real-world, simulated, and emulated machines with the CSU running in back-to-back mode. The CSU is made up of six four-quadrant amplifiers. In the back-to-back case, three of the amplifiers are emulating a voltage source, and another set of three is emulating the induction machine as a current sink. This validates the models and the CSU’s perfor- mance, and the next step in the research is to run with the external drive connected to the amplifier.
   P-HIL emulation of induction motors allows the drive to be tested under full power conditions before a motor has been fully developed. This allows significant improvements in the design process. Furthermore, different induction machines can be emulated on the same P-HIL hardware platform by changing only the machine model parameters. This paper details an induction machine emulator utilizing the P-HIL concept. Design details including the modeling approach, interface inductor selection, design, and fabrication, and system testing are presented in the full paper.
Inductaion machine stator current
Fig. 2. Comparison of stator current of real-world, emulated, and simulated induction machine.
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