OPAL-RT is the world leader in the development of PC/FPGA-based real-time simulators, Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing equipment and Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) systems to design, test and optimize control and protection systems used in power grids, power electronics, motor drives, automotive, trains, aircraft and various industries, as well as R&D centers and universities.
Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation is the standard process for developing and testing the most complex control, protection and monitoring systems. When performing HIL simulation, the physical plant is replaced by a precisely equivalent computer model running in real-time on a simulator appropriately equipped with inputs and outputs (I/Os).
RAPID CONTROL PROTOTYPING (RCP)
With RCP, mathematical models are automatically imported (typically from MATLAB/Simulink™) into a real-time simulator configured with I/O interfaces, before being connected to real-world systems.
POWER HARDWARE-IN-THE-LOOP (PHIL)
PHIL simulation represents a natural extension of HIL, in which the real-time simulation environment is capable of exchanging not just low-voltage, low-current signals, but the power required by the Devices under Test (DUT).
With SIL simulation, engineers can use a PC to test and modify their source code, by directly connecting software to a digital plant model substituting for costlier systems, prototypes or test benches.
Despite significant improvements in processor technology, performing simulations remains a laborious exercise requiring hours of waiting for a scant few seconds of simulation. OPAL-RT delivers multi-processor simulation architecture and state-of-the-art solvers for the fastest performance for today’s demanding simulation tasks, including electromagnetic transient (EMT) simulation.
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