Steve Miller, MathWorks
An aileron with an electromechanical actuator is used to show some of the modeling, simulation, and deployment capabilities of Simscape Electrical™. Electrical networks are defined within the Simulink® environment using Simscape™ physical connections. The electrical network is integrated with realistic loads modeled as 3D mechanical systems in Simscape Multibody™. Simulation tasks such as optimizing the design, tuning parameters, and hardware-in-the-loop testing are also shown.
With Simscape Electrical you can:
• Model mechatronic systems with components such as motors, semiconductors, op-amps, and sensors
• Configure component models to have the right amount of detail for your simulation task
• Create custom components with Simscape language
• Automatically tune parameters of components to meet system requirements
• Run simulations in real-time for HIL testing
Mechatronic systems include a wide range of components, including motors, op-amps, and shaft encoders. Simulating these components together with mechanical and control systems is critical to optimizing system performance. To ensure that testing is efficient, Simscape Electrical offers a number of ways to easily balance the trade off of model fidelity and simulation speed. The ability to generate C code from the model enables engineers to use Model-Based Design for the entire system (plant and controller).