RT-LAB Professional - Real Time Digital Simulation Software

RT-LAB, fully integrated with MATLAB/Simulink, is the open real-time simulation software environment that has revolutionized the way model-based design is performed. RT-LAB's flexibility and scalability allow it to be used in virtually any simulation or control system application, and to add computing-power to simulations, where and when it is needed.

  
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The RT-LAB environment is at the core of OPAL-RT simulation technology. It is the indispensable tool for successfully performing real-time simulations such as:

  • Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) tests,
  • Power-Hardware-In-the-Loop (PHIL) tests,
  • Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP),
  • Pure simulation to increase calculation speed.

 

 

Create your own model or import it using third party software.

RT-LAB offers a complete model and design library for all applications and industries. These modules were designed to meet engineers’ need for accurate results. RT-LAB is also fully integrated with MATLAB/Simulink® and is compatible with most model-based and multi-mode design simulation software. Users can easily import existing models using Simulink, Stateflow, SimPowerSystems, PLECS, AMESim, etc. and run them in real-time via RT-LAB.

 

Execute, control and test in real-time.

RT-LAB controls synchronization, user interfaces and hardware interfaces using I/O blocks and data exchange to achieve fully transparent, simple and fast distributed operations. Edit, compile, load and execute your model with time steps in microseconds. View system behavior in real-time and save data directly to the simulator hard drive for post-processing. RT-LAB’s data-logging feature makes it easy to gather all the data to analyze into one folder. It is also possible to import and configure your model input data to customize the simulation for an infinite, and as realistic as possible, number of tests. 

 

A high performance, professional software suite.

OPAL-RT designed a complementary suite of software and specialized user interfaces, such as ARTEMiS, RT-EVENTS for power electronics, RT-LAB Orchestra for co-simulation, DINAMO for aerospace and Scopeview to view results more easily. Visit OPAL-RT's Software for Real-Time Simulation page to discover OPAL-RT’s complete software suite.

Consult the RT-LAB brochure and Quickstart Guide to learn more about RT-LAB’s features.

 

 

 

Jul 2014 Fuel Cell Modeling With dSPACE And OPAL-RT Real Time Platforms
Authors : ao Fei; Paire Damien; Tirnovan Radu, Authors : Breaz, Authors : Elena
Abstract : This paper presents the real time modeling of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell stack using two different real time platforms: RT-LAB and dSPACE. Simulation results are compared with a 500 W fuel cell and show very...
Jul 2014 Coupling Inductor Fault Detection and Estimation in Three-Phase Adjustable Speed Drives with Direct Power Control-based Active Front-End Rectifiers
Authors : Carlos Rojas, Authors : Gonzalo Orcajo, Authors : Joaquin Norniella, Authors : Joaquın Pedrayes, Authors : Jose Cano, Authors : Manes Cabanas, Authors : Manuel Melero
Abstract : Coupling inductors are the most commonly utilized filtering option in grid-connected direct power control-based active front-end rectifiers integrated into three-phase adjustable speed drives. Inductor faults, e.g.,...
Jul 2014 The research of control algorithm and topology for high voltage frequency converter based on modular multilevel converter
Authors : Cui Can, Authors : Zheng Zheng
Abstract : The new type of high voltage frequency converter has been gradually applied in coal mine enterprises production. This paper first describes the fundamental concepts of the high voltage frequency converter which mainly...
Jun 2014 Resonant harmonic elimination PWM based high-frequency resonance suppression of high-speed railways
Authors : Hengbin Cui, Authors : Hui Fang, Authors : Wensheng Song, Authors : Xiaoyun Feng, Authors : Xinglai Ge
Abstract : High-frequency resonances occur frequently and severely disrupt the normal high-speed railway operation in China. In this paper, the resonance mechanism, which indicates that the composited pulse voltage of the multiple...
May 2014 Online Optimal Generation Control Based on Constrained Distributed Gradient Algorithm
Authors : Frank Ferrese, Authors : Liming Liu, Authors : Wei Zhang, Authors : WenxinLiu, Authors : XinWang
Abstract : In traditional power system, economic dispatch and generation control are separately applied. Online generation adjustment is necessary to regulate generation reference for real-time control to realize economic operation...
May 2014 A Three Phase Multi Level Converter For grid Connected PV System
Authors : S. Srikanth
Abstract : Photovoltaic energy is a wide kind of green energy. A high performance on these systems is needed to make the most of energy produced by solar cells. Also, there must be a constant adaptation due to the continuous...
May 2014 Implementation and testing of a real-time mode estimation algorithm using ambient PMU data
Authors : Jan Gjerde, Authors : Luigi VANFRETTI, Authors : Maxime Baudette, Authors : Statnett SF, Authors : Stig Lovlund, Authors : Vedran Perit
Abstract : This paper presents a software implementation of a real-time power system mode estimator application which uses ambient synchrophasor data. The software is built using Statnett's Synchrophasor...
Apr 2014 Real-time control of shunt active power filter under distorted grid voltage and unbalanced load condition using self-tuning filter
Authors : Malabika Basu, Authors : Özgür C. Özerdem, Authors : Samet Biricik, Authors : Shafiuzzaman K. Khadem, Authors : Soydan Redif
Abstract : In this paper, an alternative control method is proposed to improve the harmonic suppression efficiency of the active power filter in a distorted and an unbalanced power system to compensate for the perturbations caused...
Mar 2014 Smart Transmission Grids Applications for Real-Time and Predictive Monitoring and Control of Power Systems
Authors : Luigi VANFRETTI
Abstract : In this document, real-time simulations are accessed from the console generated by OPAL-RT software RT-LAB.
Mar 2014 Solar Photovoltaic Energy Generation and Conversion
Authors : HUIYING ZHENG
Abstract : Solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is becoming an increasingly important part of the world’s renewable energy. In order for effective energy extraction from a solar PV system, this research investigates solar PV energy...
Feb 2014 PSS with Multiple FACTS Controllers Coordinated Design and Real-Time Implementation Using Advanced Adaptive PSO
Authors : P. C. Panda, Authors : Rajendraprasad Narne
Abstract : In this article, coordinated tuning of power system stabilizer (PSS) with static var compensator (SVC) and thyristor controlled series capacitor (TCSC) in multi-machine power system is proposed. The design of proposed...
Jan 2014 Design & Simulation of 11-level Cascaded H-bridge Grid-tied for the application of Solar Panels Inverter
Authors : K Rama Chakravarthy, Authors : SK Gouse Basha
Abstract : This paper presents, the design and simulation of 11-level Cascaded H-bridge DC-AC Grid-tied Inverter for the application of solar panels. A 200w solar panel connected to each inverter bridge. OPAL-RT lab was used as...
Jan 2014 Real-time Desktop Flying Qualities Evaluation Simulator
Authors : Archana Hebbar, Authors : Kamali C, Authors : S.Moulidharan, Authors : T. Vijeesh
Abstract : This paper presents the application of model based design for the development of a real-time flying quality evaluation simulator named NALSim, built around Windows platform. NALSim is a novel rapid prototyping system...
Jan 2014 Real-time Desktop Flying Qualities eEaluation Simulator
Authors : Archana Hebbar, Authors : Kamali C, Authors : S.Moulidharan, Authors : T. Vijeesh
Abstract : This paper presents the application of model based design for the development of a real-time flying quality evaluation simulator named NALSim, built around Windows platform. NALSim is a novel rapid prototyping system...
Dec 2013 Real-time Simulation on Wind Power System Dynamics Incorporating STATCOM
Authors : Liangzhong Yao, Authors : Libao Shi, Authors : Yue Zhao
Abstract : Based on an advanced distributed real-time platform named Real-Time Laboratory (RT-LAB), the impacts of the static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) on wind power system dynamics is studied in this paper. Firstly, a...
Oct 2013 Real-Time Simulation of V/F Scalar Controlled Induction Motor using RT-Lab Platform for Educational purpose
Authors : A Idir, Authors : M Kidouche
Abstract : This paper presents a full digital implementation of an open loop Volt-per-Hertz (V/F) Controlled Induction Motor Drive using RT-Lab Software and Matlab/Simulink environment for educational purpose. RT-Lab platform...
Oct 2013 Novel Dynamometer Torque Control For Dynamic Emulator
Authors : František Ďurovský, Authors : Karol Kyslan, Authors : Viliam Fedák
Abstract : The paper presents a novel dynamometer torque control for dynamic emulation of mechanical loads. The main advantage of presented approach consists in a possibility of emulating high power loads on the laboratory test rig...
Sep 2013 Simulation Research of Wind Power Rotate Speed Based on Cloud Model of Fuzzy Reasoning PID Control
Authors : Wang Hongjun, Authors : Xu Yue, Authors : Yue Youjun, Authors : Zhao Hui
Abstract : When wind turbine works under rated wind speed, we often use fuzzy controller to control rotate speed and keep the best sharp blade speed to achieve the aim of capture the largest wind power. Due to the nonlinearity of...
Mar 2013 FPGA-based Switched Reluctance Motor Drive and DC-DC Converter Models for High-Bandwidth HIL Real-Time Simulator
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Sébastien Cense
Abstract : In this paper, we describe an FPGA implementation of a Switched Reluctance Motor Drive (SRM) and a DC-DC bidirectional boost converter targeted for Hardware-In-the Loop (HIL) testing of modern SRM controllers. These FPGA...
Jul 2012 Power System Simulation Algorithms for Parallel Computer Architectures
Authors : Christian Dufour; Vahid Jalili-Marandi; Jean Bélanger; Laurence Snider
Related Event: Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting
Abstract : This paper discusses high-performance computing from the hardware, software, and algorithmic perspectives. The paper emphasizes on recent advancements in parallel algorithms for both Electro-Magnetic Transients and...
Jul 2012 Real-time fuzzy control of a three-phase phase-controlled rectifier operating in discontinuous conduction mode
Authors : Kanaan Hadi Y.; Khalil Geoffrey; Geagea Kamal; Abou Rida Simon; Al-Haddad Kamal
Abstract : This paper presents a fuzzy feedback control system for DC voltage regulation of a phase-controlled three-phase rectifier. The controller operating range covers both the continuous conduction mode and the discontinuous...
Apr 2012 SmarTS Lab: A Real-Time Hardware-in-the-Loop Laboratory for Developing WAMPAC Applications
Authors : Dr. Luigi Vanfretti
Abstract : At the core of the development of “Smart Transmission Grids” is the design, implementation, and testing of synchronized phasor measurement data applications that can supplement Wide-Area Monitoring, Protection, and...
Nov 2011 A Novel and Flexible Test Stand for Medium Voltage Drives Using a Hardware-in-loop (HIL) Simulator
Authors : Ata Douzdouzani, Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Weihua Wang
Related Event: PCIM Europe
Abstract : With increasing complexity of topology and control strategies in medium voltage (MV) drives, a digital hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulator exhibits great advantage over a traditional analog test stand in terms of cost and...
Aug 2011 Control and Performance of a Modular Multilevel Converter System
Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Luc-André Gregoire, Authors : Wei Li
Related Event: 2011 CIGRE Canada Conference on Power Systems: Promoting better Power Systems
Abstract : The Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) system has many advantages over conventional voltage source converters and therefore can be used in dc power transmission, micro grid, or renewable energy applications. While MMC’s...
Jul 2011 Booklet of electric applications and simulation examples
Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Authors : Wei Li
Abstract : eMEGAsim and eDRIVEsim product information & simulation application examples
Feb 2011 Solvers for Real-Time Simulation of Bipolar Thyristor-Based HVDC and 180-cell HVDC Modular Multilevel Converter for System Interconnection and Distributed Energy Integration
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Luc-André Gregoire
Related Event: 2011 Recife Symposium - CIGRE Brasil
Abstract : Thyristors-based converters are still today the most common type of HVDC links. Modular Multilevel Converter based HVDC links are often considered for lower power rating projects like off-shore wind farms. Both...
Jan 2011 Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) to reduce the development cost of power electronic converters
Authors : Girish Nanjundaiah, Authors : Kamal Al-Haddad, Authors : Luc-André Gregoire
Related Event: IICPE 2011 - India International Conference on Power Electronics
Abstract : This paper proposes a validation methodology for implementing solutions to challenges involved with power electronic converter design. Typically, the design process consists of first simulating the converter and then...
Dec 2010 Today’s Power System Simulation Challenge: High-performance, Scalable, Upgradable,Affordable COTS-Based Real-Time Digital Simulators
Authors : Girish Nanjundaiah, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Laurence A. Snider, Authors : Luc-André Gregoire
Abstract : This paper describes today's power system simulation challenge. Simulator technology has evolved from physical/analogue simulators (HVDC simulators, TNA’s) for electromagnetic transients and protection and control...
Oct 2010 Real-Time Simulation and Control of Reluctance Motor Drives for High Speed Operation with Reduced Torque Ripple
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Minh C. Ta
Related Event: EPE PEMC
Abstract : This paper presents real-time simulation results of a switched reluctance motor (SRM) drive with a novel Torque Distribution Function (TDF) for high-speed applications, in order to reduce torque ripple. The SRM is fed by...
Oct 2010 Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing of Hybrid Vehicle Motor Drives at Ford Motor Company
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Ji Wu, Authors : Linxiang Sun
Related Event: VPPC - IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference
Abstract : This paper describes the usage of Hardware-In-the-Loop technologies at Ford Motor Company for the development of hybrid vehicle cars. At the heart of these HIL tests are models of electric motor drives. Several...
Oct 2010 Real-Time Simulation: Applications to More Electric Aircrafts
Authors : Christian Dufour
Abstract : -About More Electric Aircraft -Real-Time Simulator Technology update -Onboard Ship Power System example -Tools for Electric System Simulation -Power Electronic Simulation on RT-LAB -Test Automation and Sequencer
Oct 2010 The What, Where and Why of Real-Time Simulation
Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Authors : Philippe Venne
Related Event: PES IEEE, general meeting
Abstract : Simulation tools have been widely used for the design and improvement of electrical systems since the midtwentieth century. The evolution of simulation tools has progressed in step with the evolution of computing...
May 2010 Real-time Laboratory Implementation Results of an Active Filter
Authors : Alireza Javadi, Authors : Andre Youmssi, Authors : Frederic Sirois, Authors : Guy Olivier
Abstract : - Proliferation of power electronics converters and electronic equipments has dramatically increased electric pollution in electrical distribution power systems. Active filters (capable of injecting distorted currents...
Mar 2010 Real-Time Simulation of Large-Scale Power Systems using EMTP-RV and Simulink/SimPowerSystems
Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Jean-Nicolas Paquin
Related Event: ECCE 2009 - IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition
Abstract : This paper presents a modern PC-based real-time simulator using the latest INTEL quad-core processors to simulate a relatively large power system. The performance of the simulator is evaluated by comparing the results of...
Mar 2010 Real-Time Simulation Technologies in Education: a Link to Modern Engineering Methods and Practices
Authors : Cacilda Andrade, Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger
Abstract : This paper discusses industrial applications of real time simulation technologies and opportunities that exist to include them in modern engineering education curricula. Real-time simulators are used extensively in...
Dec 2009 The Use of Real-Time Simulation Technologies: Applications to electric Drive, Power Electronic and Grid Systems
Authors : Christian Dufour
Abstract : Considerations About Real-Time Simulation. Real-Time Simulators and Model-Based Design. Hardware Components of a Real Time Simulator. Solver Components of a Real Time Simulator. Test Automation and Sequencer. Using...
Nov 2009 Permeance Network Based Real-Time Induction Machine Model
Authors : Babak Asghari, Authors : Venkata Dinavahi
Abstract : In this paper a real-time permeance network based distributed model for induction machines is proposed which can accommodate the local phenomena such as slotting and space harmonics inside a machine. A linear permeance...
Nov 2009 Real Time Simulation of an LC Output Filter Grid-Connected Gas Turbine under Voltage Sag Operation
Authors : Fouad Salha, Authors : Frederic Colas, Authors : Xavier Guillaud
Related Event: Real Time 2009 - 2nd Annual Opal-RT International User Conference
Abstract : The aim of this work is to analyze the dynamic behavior of a distributed generator based on gas micro turbine GMT using a grid-connected inverter with an output LC filter. In this paper, we focus, on what happen in case...
Jul 2009 A 3-Level Neutral-Clamped Inverter Model with Natural Switching Mode Support for the Real-Time Simulation of Variable Speed Drives
Authors : Cédric Bordas, Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Olivier Rudloff
Related Event: ELECTROMOTION 2009 - EPE Chapter "Electric Drives"
Abstract : This paper presents a simulation model of a 3-level Neutral-Point Clamped IGBT inverter bridge suitable for real-time simulation testing of Variable Speed drives. The model is based on the switching-function approach,...
Oct 2007 Modern Hardware-In-the-Loop Simulation Technology for Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida, Authors : Tetsuhiro Ishikawa
Abstract : This paper presents technologies designed for Hardware-In-the-Loop testing of modern motor drive systems commonly found in electric vehicles. Deliverable with the RT-LAB simulator comes various motor drive models with...
Oct 2007 A PC-Cluster Based Real-Time Simulator for All-Electric Ship Integrated Power Systems Analysis and Optimization
Authors : Gayathri Seenumani, Authors : Jing Sun, Authors : Yanhui Xie, Authors : Yifei Liu, Authors : Zhen Li
Abstract : This paper presents the development of a PC-cluster based real-time simulator for All Electric Ship (AES) Integrated Power System (IPS) analysis and optimization. The system is established at the University of Michigan...
Jun 2007 FPGA-Based Real-Time Simulation of Finite-Element Analysis Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Drives
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida, Authors : Vincent Lapointe
Abstract : This paper presents a real-time simulator of a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) drive based on a finite-element analysis (FEA) method and implemented on an FPGA card for HIL testing of motor drive controllers....
Jun 2007 PC-Cluster-Based Real-Time Simulation of an 8-synchronous machine network with HVDC link using RT-LAB and TestDrive
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Jean-Nicolas Paquin, Authors : Loic Schoen, Authors : Vincent Lapointe
Abstract : In this paper, we detail the real-time simulation results of a medium-sized network composed of 8 synchronous machines and an HVDC link. The model is composed of two Kundur-like 4 machines networks connected together...
May 2006 Design and Real-Time Implementation of Robust FACTS Controller for Damping Inter-Area Oscillation
Authors : Bikash C. Pal, Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Petr Korba, Authors : Rajat Majumder
Abstract : An application of a normalized H-infinity loop-shaping technique for design and simplification of damping controllers in the LMI framework is illustrated in this paper. The solution is sought numerically using LMIs with...
May 2006 InfiniBand-Based Real-Time Simulation of HVDC, STATCOM and SVC Devices with Custom-Of-The-Shelf PCs and FPGAs
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents a real-time simulator for large power network based on Custom-Of-The-Shelf technologies, all embedded in the RT-LAB real-time simulation platform. This platform uses Pentium, Xeon, Opteron-based PCs (...
May 2006 Hardware-In-the-Loop Simulation of Finite-Element Based Motor Drives with RT-LAB and JMAG
Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida, Authors : Takashi Yamada, Authors : Tomoyuki Arasawa
Abstract : This paper presents a new development in the field of design process and testing of motor drives, for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) applications. It consists of implementing the Finite Element (FE) Method applied to...
May 2006 A Distributed Real-Time Framework for Dynamic Management of Heterogeneous Co-simulations
Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Jean-Francois Cécile, Authors : Loic Schoen, Authors : Vincent Lapointe
Abstract : Simulation of complex systems usually requires that heterogeneous models be integrated into a single simulation environment. Because these models are often developed by different teams, or depend on various commercial...
Feb 2006 FPGA-Based Real-Time Simulation of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Drive for Vehicular Applications
Authors : Christian Dufour
Abstract : Nowadays, it is a common engineering practice to test a motor controller against a simulated motor model running in real-time before using the controller in real-life conditions. This has several advantages. For example...
Dec 2005 Hardware-In-the-Loop Simulation of Power Drives with RT-LAB
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents the RT-LAB Electrical Drive Simulator technology along with practical applications. The RT-LAB simulation software enables the parallel simulation of power drives and electric circuits on clusters of...
Dec 2005 RT-LAB Real Time Simulation of Electric Drives and Systems
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Girish Nanjundaiah, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents the RT-LAB Electrical Drive Simulator technology along with practical applications. The RT-LAB simulation software enables the parallel simulation of an electrical circuit on clusters of PC running...
Nov 2005 Real-Time Simulation of PEM-Based Fuel-Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Tuhin K. Das
Abstract : This paper presents results on real-time simulation of a PEM-based fuel-cell hybrid electric vehicle. The hybrid electric vehicle is composed of a battery, a fuel cell, a DC-DC converter and a choice of PMSM or induction...
Nov 2005 Real-Time Digital Simulation and Control Laboratory for Distributed Power Electronic Generation and Distribution
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : Complex power generation and distribution systems are needed on board spacecrafts, all electric warships, hybrid electric vehicles, distributed energy systems and other applications requiring compact, flexible autonomous...
Sep 2005 Real-Time Simulation of Matrix Converter Drives
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Lixiang Wei, Authors : Thomas A. Lipo
Abstract : This paper describes a real time simulator of matrix converter system. The simulated plant is a classical matrix converter with source, input filter and load. The simulator is based on the RT-LAB real time simulation...
Aug 2005 Electronic Platforms and On-Board Systems on Smart Vehicles: Dealing with Information in "Real-Time"
Authors : Jean Bélanger
Abstract : This presentation describes Opal-RT's next generation hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) tools to be used for the next generation vehicles. An in depth look at the challenges and solutions of developing testing strategies...
Aug 2005 Real-time Simulation of Onboard Generation and Distribution Power Systems
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents the RT-LAB Electrical Drive Simulator technology along with practical applications. The RT-LAB simulation software enables the parallel simulation of an electrical circuit on clusters of PC running...
Jun 2005 CarSim-RT-LAB Hardware-in-the-Loop Demonstration
Abstract : This video is a demonstration on how RT-LAB and Mechanical Simulation Corporation's CarSim can be used to simulate a vehicle with a brake system that has hardware-in-the-loop to run in real-time.
Jun 2005 CarSim-RT-LAB Hardware-in-the-Loop Demonstration
Authors : Steve Hann
Abstract : This video is a demonstration on how RT-LAB and Mechanical Simulation Corporation's CarSim can be used to simulate a vehicle with a brake system that has hardware-in-the-loop to run in real-time.
Jun 2005 Hardware-in-the-Loop Design Optimization with CarSim-RT and iSight
Authors : Damon Becker, Authors : Paul Goossens
Abstract : Using CarSim-RT with iSight, engineers were able to demonstrate the optimization of a braking system with an ABS ECU connected to the design model. In this example, demonstrated at the iSight User Conference in Detroit,...
May 2005 Real-time Simulation of a 48-Pulse GTO STATCOM Compensated Power System on a Dual-Xeon PC using RT-LAB
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger
Abstract : This paper reports on the real-time simulation of a 48-pulse GTO STATCOM static compensator with RT-LAB Electrical System Simulator using Linux PC-based, multi-processor technology. The power system has 3 buses and 3...
Apr 2005 Real-Time and Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation of Electric Drives and Power Electronics: Process, Problems and Solutions
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper discusses Real-Time and Hardware-In-The Loop simulation used for the design and testing of electric drives and power electronic systems. A thorough overview of the design process involving the approach of real...
Mar 2005 Advances in Real-Time Simulation of Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Kousuke Uemura, Authors : Tetsuhiro Ishikawa
Abstract : This paper describes the RT-LAB real-time simulator implementation of the Hardware-In-the-Loop simulation of a fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle system with several 10 kHz converters. The paper demonstrates the necessity...
Feb 2005 Real-Time Simulation of a Complete PMSM Drive a 10 µs Time-Step
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Hisanori Yamasaki, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Masaya Harakawa, Authors : Simon Abourida, Authors : Tetsuaki Nagano
Abstract : This paper presents a description and results of the fastest-ever-reported, PC-based real-time (RT) simulator of an AC drive. The RT simulator is used to simulate a complete PMSM drive circuit in a Hardware-In-The-Loop (...
Sep 2004 Real-Time Simulation of Doubly Fed Induction Generator for Wind Turbine Applications
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger
Abstract : This paper describes a real-time simulator of wind turbine generator system suitable for controller design and tests. The simulated generator is a grid-connected doubly fed induction machine with back-to-back PWM voltage...
Mar 2004 Real-Time Simulation Technologies for the Simulation of Electric Drives and Large Systems
Authors : Jean Bélanger
Abstract : This presentation presents the challenges of simulating electric drives and Opal-RT's vision for the next decade, it shows the real-time simulators' evolution, requirements and technology trends. Then,...
Mar 2004 Shrinking the V Real-Time Testing for Real-Time Systems
Authors : David Rausen, Authors : Wensi Jin
Abstract : HIL systems have evolved rapidly in recent years, the result is an increased use of HIL in automotive engineering. However, HIL is not used to its fullest potential because of a lack in high fidelity plant models, tools...
Mar 2004 Vehicle Modeling and Simulation
Authors : Scott Broom
Abstract : RAPTOR provides a virtual engine, vehicle, and test environment. MATLAB®/SIMULINK® is then used to develop the control algorithms for the virtual engine and vehicle. Once the controls prototyping is accomplished, Opal RT...
Dec 2003 A PC-Cluster Based Fully Digital Real-Time Simulation of a Field Oriented Speed Controller for an Induction Motor
Authors : A.M. Trzynadlowski, Authors : J.S. Thongam, Authors : Mathieu Dube-Dallaire, Authors : Mohand Ouhrouche, Authors : R. Beguenane
Abstract : In this paper, the authors present a fully digital real-time simulation of a high performance indirect field-oriented controller for an induction motor using RT-LAB running on a simple off-the-shell PC. This real-time...
Oct 2003 Accelerating Model Development for Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing Using Physical Models
Authors : Benoit Honel, Authors : Wensi Jin, Authors : William E. Debs
Abstract : This presentation is a review of General Motors Powertrain’s experience with Opal-RT and IMAGINE Software.
Sep 2003 Real-Time Simulation of Switched Reluctance Motor Drives
Authors : Mark Ehsani, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This presentation includes an introduction on why real-time simulation of motor drive should be used. It then shows, the configuration of the SRM inverter, the basic equations of the drive, the inductance based model of...
Sep 2003 Real-time Simulation of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Traction Drives
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents a real-time electric vehicle traction drive simulator along with two applications. The first application is a double IGBT bridge inverter connected to an induction motor through an inter phase...
Aug 2003 An Automated Design Synthesis System Involving Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation
Authors : Steve Hann, Authors : Wensi Jin
Abstract : This presentation explains a hardware in-the-loop (HIL) experiment: the automated design synthesis with a development ECU. It also gives details about the underlying technologies used: RT-LAB (Opal-RT) as the HIL...
Jul 2003 Preliminary Model Matching of the Embraer 170 Jet
Authors : Marco Papini, Authors : Sergio Cavalcanti
Abstract : The development of the EMBRAER 170 Jet has benefited from an expanded modeling and simulation capability at EMBRAER. The aerodynamics model and its accuracy became an important part of the design development phase. This...
May 2003 Robust and Adaptive Tracking Control of Surface Vessel for Synchronization with an ROV: Pratical Implementation on Cybership II
Authors : Dag Abel Sveen
Abstract : During the semester of thesis work, many experiments with the offshore vessel model Cybership II, have been successfully completed at the Marine Cybernetics Laboratory (MCLab), at Tyholt,Trondheim. This includes...
Mar 2003 Control of a Multilevel Converter Using Resultant Theory
Authors : John Chiasson, Authors : Keith J. McKensie, Authors : Leon Tolbert, Authors : Zhong Du
Abstract : This paper describes the method given to compute the switching angles in a multi-level converter to produce the required fundamental voltage while at the same time cancel specified higher order harmonics.
Mar 2003 RT-LAB in Action: Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal - 8-Degrees-of-Freedom Robot Arm Control Development Platform
Authors : Alexis Guigue, Authors : Paul Goossens, Authors : Vladimir Polotski
Abstract : This presentation displays how RT-LAB was used at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal to help test and build their 8-degree-of-freedom robot arm. The RT-LAB Engineering Simulator was chosen as the real-time platform because...
Dec 2002 Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation Chassis System Applications
Authors : Wei-Yi Loh
Abstract : This presentation illustrates how rapid engineering development with the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) approach reduces product development costs by reducing product development time, minimizing the number of prototypes and...
Dec 2002 Real-time Simulation of Electrical Vehicle Motor Drives on a PC Cluster
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents a real-time motor drive simulator capable to accurately simulate a double IGBT bridge inverter connected to an induction motor through an inter phase transformer. The simulator also includes a DC link...
Dec 2002 Real-Time Simulation of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Traction Drives
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents a real-time electric vehicle traction drive simulator along with two publications. The first application is a double IGBT bridge inverter connected to an induction motor through an inter phase...
Dec 2002 Real-time Simulation of Induction Motor IGBT Drive on a PC-Cluster
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents a real-time motor drive simulator capable to accurately simulate a double IGBT bridge inverter connected to an induction motor through an inter phase transformer. The simulator also includes a DC link...
Dec 2002 Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation of Physically Based Automotive Models with Dymola
Authors : Martin Otter
Abstract : This report discusses how Dymola solves certain difficult problems for hardware-in-the-loop simulation (HIL) of automotive systems. Two types of benchmark models have been chosen to demonstrate the capabilities of Dymola...
Oct 2002 Distributed Dynamics of Systems with Closed Kinematic Chains
Authors : Waseem A. Khan
Abstract : This thesis shows how RT-LAB was used to distribute the model execution on four PCs while meeting strict deterministic performance and synchronization requirements for this specific application.
Sep 2002 Towards Docking Emulation Using Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation with Parallel Platforms
Authors : Christian Lange, Authors : Eric Martin, Authors : Jean-Claude Piedboeuf, Authors : Josef Kovecses
Abstract : In this paper, a research project of the Canadian Space Agency in the field of satellite servicing is described. In particular, the hardware-in-the-loop simulation of a rendezvous-docking operation of a chaser and target...
Jul 2002 RT-LAB Based Real-Time Simulation of a Direct Field-Oriented Controller for an Induction Motor
Authors : Mohand Ouhrouche, Authors : Nicolas Léchevin, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : In this paper, the authors present a real-time PC-based simulation of a direct field-oriented controller (DFOC) for an induction motor using RT-LAB software package. The use of a real-time simulator to achieve Hardware-...
Jul 2002 Real-Time Computer Control of a Multilevel Converter Using the Mathematical Theory of Resultants
Authors : John Chiasson, Authors : Keith J. McKensie, Authors : Leon Tolbert, Authors : Zhong Du
Abstract : This paper explains the mathematical theory of resultants used to compute the switching angles in a multilevel converter so that it produces the required fundamental voltage while at the same time cancels out unwanted...
Jul 2002 Solutions to Typical Motor Load Emulation Control Problems
Authors : Abdellfattah Ba-razzouk, Authors : Hassania Baibanou, Authors : Pierre Sicard
Abstract : This paper presents a comprehensive formulation of dynamic emulation problems of mechanical loads. The dynamometer and the electrical drive under test can be coupled with flexible or rigid coupling. Control solutions to...
Jun 2002 Accurate Simulation of a 6-Pulse Inverter with Real-Time Event Compensation in ARTEMIS
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents new simulation software that allows the efficient and accurate fixed-time-step simulation of complex event-based electrical systems. The software, named ARTEMIS (Advanced Real-Time Electro-Mechanical...
Mar 2002 Real-Time PC-Based Simulator of Electric Systems and Drives
Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This application note covers the following benchmarks: AC-DC 6-Pulse Thyristor Converter, a 6-pulse PWM Inverter and a 6-pulse IGBT STATCOM.
Feb 2002 Real-Time PC-Based Simulator of Electric Systems and Drives
Authors : Biao Yu, Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Guillaume Murere, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Nicolas Léchevin, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents a novel computer-based tool for real-time simulation and rapid control prototyping of power electronic systems and drives. The tool consists of innovative algorithmic software (ARTEMIS) for the fixed-...
Feb 2002 Hardware Emulation Strategies for Concurrent Microsatellite Hardware and Software Development
Authors : Christopher J. Dmaren, Authors : G. James Weels, Authors : Robert E. Zee
Abstract : This paper illustrates how the use of the real-time development system RT-Lab™, which combines both software-based emulation and customized hardware interfaces, provides a flexible environment to develop embedded...
Dec 2001 A Library of Simulink Blocks for Real-time Control of HEV Traction Drives
Authors : John Chiasson, Authors : Leon Tolbert
Abstract : This paper describes the development of advanced control and modeling algorithms for the various types of motor drives considered for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). The algorithms are given in the high-level language...
Dec 2001 Induction Motor Control for HEVs
Authors : Keith J. McKensie, Authors : Zhong Du
Abstract : This presentation is an example given from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The University of Tennessee about the three phase inverter for electric drives, voltage and current sensor boards, three phase PWM generator,...
Dec 2001 Robust Flight Control: A Real-Time Simulation Investigation
Authors : Dave Harman, Authors : Hugh H.T. Liu
Abstract : This paper presents the research work of real-time implementation and simulation for a distributed aircraft model with one robust flight controller. Further, a comparative analysis between online and real-time simulation...
Sep 2001 Accurate Real-Time Simulation of AC Inverter with Switching Event Compensation in ARTEMIS
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents simulation software that allows the efficient and accurate fixed-time-step simulation of complex switched electrical systems. The software, named ARTEMIS (Advanced Real-Time Electro-Mechanical...
Sep 2001 Accurate Real-Time Simulation of Static-Var Compensator with Switching Events Compensation using ARTEMIS
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents simulation software that allows the efficient and accurate fixed-time-step simulation of complex event-based electrical systems. The software, named ARTEMIS (Advanced Real-Time Electro-Mechanical...
Sep 2001 Real-Time Closed-Loop Control of a 6-Pulse Rectifier with Switching-Event Compensation in Artemis
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This short paper presents the results of testing ARTEMIS™ Advanced Real-Time Electro-Mechanical Transient Simulator on the simulation of a 6-pulse thyristor converter. The tests highlight the ARTEMIS Discrete-Time...
Sep 2001 Accurate Simulation of Thyristor Controlled Reactor with Switching Event Compensation in ARTEMIS
Authors : Christian Dufour, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Simon Abourida
Abstract : This paper presents new simulation software that allows the efficient and accurate fixed-time-step simulation of complex switched electrical systems. The software, named ARTEMIS accurately simulates time-segment linear...
Sep 2001 Modeling and Simulation of Coupled Hydraulic and Multi-Body Subsystems
Authors : M. Stüwing, Authors : S. Dronka, Authors : S. Helduser, Authors : S. Liebig
Abstract : This presentation explains the connection between SIMPACK, MATLAB, SIMULINK, RT-LAB and DSH Plus for the modeling and simulation of coupled hydraulic and multi-body subsystems.
May 2001 The Artemis Plug-in Improves the Accuracy of the Power System Under PSB/ARTEMIS/RT-LAB
Authors : Guillaume Murere, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Nicolas Léchevin
Abstract : This application note reports how the TUSTIN method in PSB and the ART5 method in the ARTEMIS Add-On compare in terms of precision, particularly for long-term simulation. The ARTEMIS Add-On uses the ART5 method and the ‘...
Dec 2000 Essential Real-Time and Modeling Tools for Robot Rapid Prototyping
Authors : Jason Michel Lambert, Authors : Mojtaba Ahmadi
Abstract : This paper proposes a set of three requirements in order to have a flexible real-time systems design environment to be used for rapid prototyping. SYMOFROS, a symbolic modeling and simulation software developed by...
Dec 2000 Integrated Path-Planning Module for Robot Rapid Prototyping in a Real-Time Systems Design Environment
Authors : Iraj Mantegh, Authors : Jason Michel Lambert, Authors : Nicolas Léchevin
Abstract : This paper presents a methodology in dealing with the path planning of robotic systems and its implementation. It includes a description of the software integration in an offline and real-time system. The resulting...
Dec 2000 Comparison of Two Alternate Methods for Distributed Forward Dynamic Simulation of a Four-Bar Linkage
Authors : Venkat Krovi, Authors : Waseem A. Khan
Abstract : In this paper, we examine the modular development of two alternate methods for distributed computation of the forward dynamics simulations of constrained mechanical systems such as four-bar linkages. Both models of the...
Nov 2000 Real-Time Simulation of Averaged Models of Power Converters Part 2
Authors : Guillaume Murere, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Nicolas Léchevin
Abstract : This application note (Part 2) reports the results of a study conducted to see whether averaged models can be used to study electromagnetic transients, either caused by a large disturbance in the control system, or by...
Nov 2000 Real-Time Simulation of Averaged Models of Power Converters Part 3
Authors : Guillaume Murere, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Nicolas Léchevin
Abstract : This application note (Part 3) explains the design and optimization of fast PWM energy conversion control systems is time-consuming when the power electronics converters (PEC) are simulated in detail. Variable-step...
Nov 2000 Effective Real-time Simulations of Event-Based Systems
Authors : Alain Rabbath, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Moussa Abdoune
Abstract : This paper presents a set of novel tools that allow the efficient simulation, at fixed time steps, of event-based dynamic systems. The so-called RT-EVENTS library is an innovative toolbox that can be used with the...
Oct 2000 Real-Time Simulation of Averaged Models of Power Converters, Part. 1
Authors : Guillaume Murere, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Nicolas Léchevin
Abstract : This application note (Part 1) explains that in rapid control prototyping of power converter systems, real-time simulation of power-converter and controller models is highly desirable.
Sep 2000 Simulation of Kundur’s Four-Machine, Two-Area Power System Under PSB/ARTEMIS/RT-LAB
Authors : Guillaume Murere, Authors : Jean Bélanger, Authors : Nicolas Léchevin
Abstract : This application note explains a two areas, four machines power system is considered in this note in order to demonstrate numerical advantages of ARTEMIS’ fixed-step-size integration method versus Tustin method currently...
Sep 2000 Ford V6 Engine Simulation Acceleration
Authors : Wensi Jin
Abstract : In a rapid prototyping environment, internal combustion engine control systems are difficult to model and to simulate, especially within both fast and real-time simulation settings. A solution to the problems of long...
Dec 1999 On a Comparative Study of Digital Redesign Methods
Authors : Alain Rabbath, Authors : N. Hori
Abstract : This paper compares the performances achieved with the conventional digital redesign techniques with those obtained with the modern global digital redesign methods such as the plant input mapping methods and the optimal...
Dec 1999 Simulink Model Implementation on Multi-Processors Under Windows-NT
Authors : Herve Desira, Authors : John Ozard
Abstract : This paper describes the application of a partially automated approach for distributing Simulink software across multiple CPUs for more rapid execution. The work described applies directly to the Windows operating...
Dec 1999 Effective Modeling & Simulation of Internal Combustion Engine Control Systems
Authors : Alain Rabbath, Authors : Herve Desira, Authors : K Butts
Abstract : This paper proposes a novel modeling and simulation method as well as an integrated software/hardware solution to effectively model, from a time-domain point of view, and simulate internal combustion engine control...
Dec 1999 Enabling PC-Based HIL Simulation for Automotive Applications
Authors : Guillaume Murere, Authors : Paul Baracos, Authors : Wensi Jin
Abstract : This paper describes new technologies that enable the use of the affordable PC hardware as the computing platform for high-performance electromechanical simulation. Challenging applications such as real-time hardware-in-...
Dec 1999 A Methodology for the Potential Improvement of Gas-Turbine Engine Digital Control Systems
Authors : Alain Rabbath, Authors : N. Hori
Abstract : This paper describes technology for high-performance simulation. Challenging applications such as real-time hardware-in-the-loop and mega-simulation are made possible using parallel architectures based on COTS PC...

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