Controller hardware in the loop (HIL)
HIL SIMULATOR INTERFACES
The so-called controller hardware-in-the-loop (or C-HIL) configuration combines the real control system with a simulated power converter. This configuration is often used for control testing before the power stage (or a reduced-scale prototype) is available.
The imperix B-Box RCP is a real-time controller that is dedicated to the control of power electronic systems. Its hardware makes it tailored for rapid control implementation in laboratory environments but the unit is also perfectly suitable for industrial use as well.
By connecting the B-Box RCP to a real-time simulator, engineers can emulate the power inverter (or any other converter topology) instead of implementing a downscaled version. This can accelerate and facilitate the inverter control testing.
Hardware for third-party simulators