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Information 2016, 7(3), 37;

Design of Hybrid Wired/Wireless Fieldbus Network for Turbine Power Generation System

Shanghai Key Laboratory of Power Station Automation Technology, School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072, China
School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Nantong Vocational University, Nantong 226007, China
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Academic Editor: Willy Susilo
Received: 11 April 2016 / Revised: 16 June 2016 / Accepted: 16 June 2016 / Published: 24 June 2016
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Hybrid fieldbus network integrating wireless networks with existing wired fieldbuses has become new a research direction in industrial automation systems. In comparison to wired fieldbuses, the hybrid wired/wireless fieldbus network has a different system architecture, data transmission mechanism, communication protocol, etc. This leads to different challenges that need to be addressed. This paper proposes a hybrid wired/wireless fieldbus network which consists of a wireless industrial control network (WICN), a wired PROFIBUS-DP (Process Field Bus-Decentralized Periphery) fieldbus network, and a wired MODBUS/TCP (Mod Bus/Transmission Control Protocol) fieldbus network. They are connected by a new gateway which uses a shared data model to solve data exchange in different network protocols. In this paper, we describe the architecture of the proposed hybrid wired/wireless fieldbus network and data transmission mechanisms in detail, and then evaluate the performance of hybrid fieldbus network via a set of experiments. The experiment results confirm that the proposed hybrid wired/wireless fieldbus network can satisfy the performance requirement of industrial network control systems. Furthermore, in order to further investigate feasibility of the proposed hybrid wired/wireless fieldbus network, it is deployed at a steam turbine power generation system, and the performance figures obtained further verify its feasibility and effectiveness. View Full-Text
Keywords: industrial control; gateway; hybrid wired/wireless fieldbus network industrial control; gateway; hybrid wired/wireless fieldbus network

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Xu, S.; Fei, M.; Wang, H. Design of Hybrid Wired/Wireless Fieldbus Network for Turbine Power Generation System. Information 2016, 7, 37.

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