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Virtual Seminar: Developing Electrical Systems with Model-Based Design

20 April 2021, 9:00 EST / 15:00 CET / 21:00 CST

We live in a world dependent on electricity and that dependency is only growing. At the same time, there are ambitious global goals to reduce CO2 emissions for core economic sectors such as transportation, electricity generation, transmission and distribution, industrial production, and buildings. As a result, we see faster than ever adoption of new power electronics, power systems, and power management technologies, not only improving energy efficiency and storage, but also enabling the competitive use of sustainable energy sources. 

In this joint event, MathWorks, Speedgoat, and the Faculty of Engineering of Mondragon University provide electrification insights together with examples of how Model-Based Design is being used to develop electrical systems. Having identified energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric transportation as key market drivers for innovation, we focus on the following three growth areas: power systems, power electronics, and battery management systems. We will cover general technological trends and illustrate the benefits of real-time testing with specific applications and live demonstrations. 




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Virtual Seminar: Developing Electrical Systems with Model-Based Design

Seminar duration: 4 hours

  Tuesday April 20th 
15:00 CET / 9:00 EST    The Electrification Transformation 
Tony Lennon, MathWorks 
3:20pm CET Performing Power Systems Studies 
Graham Dudgeon, MathWorks 
3:40pm CET
HIL Testing of DC Microgrid Applications 
Eneko Unamuno, Mondragon University 

The presentation will include a brief context about converter-dominated dc microgrids, focusing on the challenges that have arisen in terms of low-level control and stability. A use case example will be then provided to illustrate how Speedgoat HIL devices can be employed to design and to validate dc-dc converter control strategies in close-to-real conditions. In this use case, a custom low-level control deployed into a Texas Instruments F28379D developer kit will be employed to control a four-switch Buck-Boost converter implemented in the HIL platform. The converter will be subjected to different load current profiles to ensure the validity of the designed controller dynamically. 

10 min break 
4:10pm CET
HIL Testing for Onboard Power Systems
Shang-Chuan Lee, MathWorks

Large systems such as airplanes and ships are facing big challenges in assessing, sizing, and testing the integration of electric components such as batteries, motors, and power converters. Building prototypes of an airplane, ship, or rail power grid is rarely an option, and engineers need to rely on simulations and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing. This session addresses the challenges of onboard power systems by presenting a fully electric ship micro-grid architecture both in desktop simulation and HIL testing of an embedded propulsion controller. For the live demo, we have implemented an industry reference architecture from the Electric Ship Research & Development Consortium (ESRDC): a two-zone medium voltage (MV) DC electrical architecture.

4:30pm CET Real-Time Solutions for Power Electronics 
Matthias Schiesser, Speedgoat 
4:50pm CET
HIL Platform for E-Mobility Traction Applications
Fernando Garramiola Mondragon University 

A HIL-platform to validate the control and diagnosis algorithms will be presented. The platform is based on a real-time target machine (including a IO333-410k Simulink Programmable FPGA I/O Module) and a commercial traction control unit from CAF P&A. 
The project has been carried out in collaboration with CAF P&A. The presentation will show the multiple applications of the platform, and the advantages of the HIL simulations in order to reduce the errors in the last step of control design. This platform can be used for diagnosis purposes, as validation of fault diagnosis algorithms, and for control algorithms, in order to validate the algorithms in an early phase of the design.

5:10pm CET 
Modeling and simulating power electronics with Simscape Electrical 
Sabin Carpiuc, MathWorks 

From laptops and smartphones, through hybrid and electric vehicles, to renewable energy systems and power transmission and distribution, our life has changed enormously in the last few decades. A key factor is the development of power electronics. However, with progress comes challenges that need to be addressed by the research and development community in a short period of time. The goal of this presentation is to discuss how Simscape Electrical™ can help solve these challenges through modeling and simulation of power electronics at a variety of different levels of fidelity. The talk will include relevant case studies covering device analysis, control, and real-time simulation.

10 min break 
5:40pm CET Model-Based Design for Electric Motor Control 
Pablo Romero Cumbreras, MathWorks 
6:00pm CET
HIL Testing of Electrified Powertrains
Abhi Shankar Abhinav, MathWorks

Electrified powertrain control engineers design controllers for battery packs, power electronics, and electric motors. For system integration, it is essential to combine models from different engineering teams into a single system-level simulation for closed-loop testing. In this session, learn how to build a controller that can be prototyped and validated against a hardware-in-the-loop simulation of the full vehicle. You’ll see how you can go beyond software-only simulation to find bugs in production controllers utilizing a safe virtual environment.


  • Validate different system-level vehicle architectures using Model-Based Design
  • Validate controllers using rapid control prototyping
  • Test the prototyped controllers/ECUs against a real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulation of the electrified powertrain
6:20pm CET Battery Management Systems with Simulink 
Javier Gazzarri, MathWorks 
6:40pm CET
Real-Time Testing for Electrification 
Carlos Villegas, Speedgoat 

This session provides a summary of how to develop electrical systems using Model-Based Design and how you can leverage Speedgoat real-time solutions to facilitate the development, testing and validation of your innovations with hardware prototypes: from controlling and tuning a high-voltage DC converter to verifying the operation of an actual grid-tied inverter against a virtual power grid.