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ResearchAffordable High-speed Real-Time Simulation Techniques: A NEW Approach developed at CSU, Chico
A Feature ECE Department Research Activity
Based on currently funded ONR activities at CSU, Chico
As one of the most successful research projects in the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management, this project, "Real-Time Power Electronics Simulation", has been running for the past 5+ years, and has so far received over $2.4M in funding from the Office of Naval Research. It has led to national and international recognition for the college, and has been presented at numerous conferences worldwide. The research is generating collaboration with other universities, including The University of South Carolina, Virginia Tech, University of Mississippi, University of Glasgow, and Cambridge University.
The primary focus of the research has been to create simulations of power electronic systems that run in real-time with exceptionally high computation rates using commercially available components. These simulations must recalculate the state of the system, which is typically described by a couple of dozen differential equations plus switching logic, in as little as 2 microseconds. A major use of these systems is in the area of electric ship design, a major initiative being pursued by the US Navy. The approach is, however, relevant to other fields, e.g. automobile engine simulations.
These high speed simulations, which run at equal or higher rates than comparable systems anywhere in the world, are implemented using a carefully designed combination of numerical analysis techniques and digital signal processing technologies.