IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. May2010, Vol. 57 Issue 5, p1806-1813. 8p. 2 Black and White Photographs.
RAPID prototyping, FLEXIBLE manufacturing systems, MANUFACTURING processes, GRAPHICAL user interfaces, PETRI nets, and EMBEDDED computer systems
This paper describes a tool framework allowing the rapid prototyping of an animated synoptic application associated with an embedded system controller. The motto for developing this tool framework is to be able to automatically generate controllers with associated graphical user interface (GUI) without writing a line of execution code; instead, the tool framework will provide specific aids allowing the designer to define the controller behavior and associated GUI (including static parts and intended dynamics). The behavior of the controller is described through a low-level Petri-net model, and the tool framework supports the definition of characteristics for the intended GUI and the association of the characteristics of the Petri-net behavioral model with specific characteristics of the GUI through a set of dedicated rules. Two main tools are described. The first one, named as "Animator," allows an interactive definition of the graphical characteristics of the synoptic and automatic code generation. The second one, named as "Synoptic," is responsible for the embedded control-execution part, integrating real-time updating of the GUI. The application of the tool framework to a simple automation system, namely, to the controller of a manufacturing system composed of a four-cell first-in-first-out system, is presented. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Evans, Paul L., Castellazzi, Alberto, and Johnson, C. Mark
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. Mar2016, Vol. 31 Issue 3, p2443-2455. 13p.
PROTOTYPES, SIMULATION methods & models, VIRTUAL prototypes, POWER electronics, ITERATIVE methods (Mathematics), and TIME-domain analysis
The need for multidisciplinary virtual prototyping in power electronics has been well established, however, design tools capable of facilitating a rapid iterative virtual design process do not exist. A key challenge in developing such tools is identifying and developing modeling techniques which can account for 3-D geometrical design choices without unduly affecting simulation speed. This challenge has been addressed in this paper using model order reduction techniques and a prototype power electronic design tool incorporating these techniques is presented. A relevant electrothermal power module design example is then used to demonstrate the performance of the software and model order reduction techniques. Five design iterations can be evaluated, using 3-D inductive and thermal models, under typical operating and start-up conditions on a desktop PC in less than 15 min. The results are validated experimentally for both thermal and electrical domains. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]