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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1802; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10111802

Using an Integrated Script Control Unit (ISCU) to Assist the Power Electronics Education

School of Automation, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
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Received: 11 October 2017 / Revised: 29 October 2017 / Accepted: 1 November 2017 / Published: 8 November 2017
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Abstract

An integrated script control unit (ISCU) is invented to work as the digital controller in power electronics educations. The ISCU mainly consists of two parts, a control board and computer software. The computer software enables college students to write specific scripts, which can be compiled and saved on the control board, to design the control flow and algorithms. The processor on the board will realize the algorithms that are designed by the user. All of the variables can be monitored by the computer software, which is helpful to find the bugs in the algorithms. ISCU can help the under-graduate students to design converters even if they are unfamiliar with the programming languages and developing environment. Users can write and validate algorithms for converters quickly without writing any tedious codes (such as initialization, dealing with the interrupts) for specific processors with ISCU. The college students who lack the necessary skills to program the processor, can benefit when they are studying the power electronic techniques. Importantly, the ISCU is considered to be free for everyone. The details and the principles of ISCU are introduced, and a bi-directional DC-DC converter is built based on ISCU to validate the proposed characteristics. View Full-Text
Keywords: education; integrated script control unit; digital control; converters; pulse width modulation (PWM); open source; real time monitoring education; integrated script control unit; digital control; converters; pulse width modulation (PWM); open source; real time monitoring
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