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Assessment of Methods for the Real-Time Simulation of Electronic and Thermal Circuits

Laboratorio de Ingeniería Mecánica, University of A Coruña, 15001 Ferrol, Spain
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Energies 2020, 13(6), 1354; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13061354
Received: 12 February 2020 / Revised: 6 March 2020 / Accepted: 10 March 2020 / Published: 14 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section A: Electrical Engineering)
Time–domain simulation of electronic and thermal circuits is required by a large array of applications, such as the design and optimization of electric vehicle powertrain components. While efficient execution is always a desirable feature of simulation codes, in certain cases like System-in-the-Loop setups, real-time performance is demanded. Whether real-time code execution can be achieved or not in a particular case depends on a series of factors, which include the mathematical formulation of the equations that govern the system dynamics, the techniques used in code implementation, and the capabilities of the hardware architecture on which the simulation is run. In this work, we present an evaluation framework of numerical methods for the simulation of electronic and thermal circuits from the point of view of their ability to deliver real-time performance. The methods were compared using a set of nontrivial benchmark problems and relevant error metrics. The computational efficiency of the simulation codes was measured under different software and hardware environments, to determine the feasibility of using them in industrial applications with reduced computational power. View Full-Text
Keywords: time–domain circuit simulation; electronic circuits; thermal circuits; real-time simulation; benchmark problems; ARM processors time–domain circuit simulation; electronic circuits; thermal circuits; real-time simulation; benchmark problems; ARM processors
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Rodríguez, B.; González, F.; Naya, M.Á.; Cuadrado, J. Assessment of Methods for the Real-Time Simulation of Electronic and Thermal Circuits. Energies 2020, 13, 1354. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13061354

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Rodríguez B, González F, Naya MÁ, Cuadrado J. Assessment of Methods for the Real-Time Simulation of Electronic and Thermal Circuits. Energies. 2020; 13(6):1354. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13061354

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Rodríguez, Borja, Francisco González, Miguel Á. Naya, and Javier Cuadrado. 2020. "Assessment of Methods for the Real-Time Simulation of Electronic and Thermal Circuits" Energies 13, no. 6: 1354. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13061354

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