Three Phase AC Impedance Tester
CPES has developed a three-phase impedance tester for the purposes of characterizing these three-phase load and source dynamics by measuring the load and source subsystem impedances. This tester is capable of measuring impedance in the d-q frame identified by its reaction to a set of injected three-phase currents perturbing the system. The system utilizes a PC running Matlab for supervisory control and data acquisition, providing commands to the CPES Universal Controller which controls power injection hardware. The system is comprised of technology ranging from an embedded FPGA based control platforms, digital signal processors with communication support for USB and GPIB, and windows applications implementing data storage and computation. The system presents the results to the user via a customized graphical user interface to abstract from its user the mathematical process used to obtain the impedance from a series of acquired system responses, allowing the user to focus on the end results and their application instead of the mechanics of the procedure.
The CPES Three Phase AC Impedance Tester is a useful utility for three-phase power electronics equipment developers and system integrators to characterize their equipment in order to further understand issues associated with their system's integration capabilities and dynamic performance. Target integration platforms include aircraft electrical systems, shipboard power systems, hospitals, data centers, and other small to medium three-phase power electronics systems at the sub-Megawatt level.