PLECS Real-Time Embedded Workshop

Content

In the workshop, you will learn modeling techniques for real-time simulations using PLECS with microcontrollers and the PLECS RT Box. You will work hands-on with hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and rapid control prototyping (RCP) application examples. You will see that step size can be reduced to microseconds, even for large-scale models. In addition to the technical aspects, the workshop offers an opportunity to connect with the developers of PLECS. The required software, microcontrollers, and PLECS RT Box hardware will be provided for the workshop.

08:30

Registration

09:00

Introduction to PLECS

  • General use of PLECS

  • Instantaneous switching

  • Variable and fixed-step operation

Exercise: Modeling a switched-mode power supply

10:00

Break

10:30

Solver Settings

  • Definition of stiff and non-stiff systems

  • Explicit and non-explicit solvers

  • Stability domains

  • Accuracy considerations, step size control

  • Proper handling and discontinuities, zero-crossing detection

12:00

Lunch

13:00

Introduction to Thermal Modeling & Simulation

  • Switching & conduction loss descriptions

  • Combined electrical-thermal simulation

  • Approach for determining the loss values from the data sheet

Exercise: Thermal modeling of a buck converter

14:30

Break

15:00

Overview of PLECS Tools

  • Custom components

  • Steady state analysis

  • Small signal analysis

  • State machine
  • Simulation scripting (Octave and Python)
  • Parallel simulations​

16:00

Q&A with Plexim Engineers

  • Open discussions

  • Bring your questions/models

16:30

End of workshop day 1

08:30

Registration

09:00

Introduction to PLECS Coder for Embedded Targets

  • Embedded code generation motivation

  • Code generation workflow

  • Control task execution and timing

  • Multitasking

10:00

Break

10:30

Tutorial 1: Workflow

  • Blinking an LED

  • Generate PWM output signals

  • Use the external mode and parameter inlining

12:00

Lunch

13:00

Tutorial 2: Timing Configuration and Real-Time Setup

  • Control task execution and timing

  • Code generation workflow

  • Real-time example

15:00

Overview and Introduction to the PLECS RT Box

  • Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL)

  • Rapid control prototyping (RCP)

  • Demonstration of a real-time simulation

16:00

End of workshop day 2

 

Participation

The fee of CHF 600.00 (excl. VAT) covers workshop participation, documentation and lunch.

Please bring a laptop.

Language

The workshop will be held in English. The documentation will be in English.

City: 
Zurich
Country: 
Switzerland
Date: 
April 25th to 26th, 2023
Speaker: 

Plexim R&D and application engineers

Registration: 

Jan Hermann
info@plexim.com, +41 (0)44 533 51 28

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— Bartlomiej Ufnalski, Warsaw University of Technology