The QNET Energy Conversion board provides an experimental platform to introduce fundamental concepts of power electronics and energy conversion. Students can explore electronic and electromechanical components on the board, and learn how to use them in order to convert and condition power for various applications. The board is designed exclusively for NI ELVIS platform, taking the full advantage of accurate timing and control of FPGA-based reconfigurable I/O, brought by the new ELVIS RIO Control Module.
The QNET Energy Conversion board is the only lab-bench sized power systems trainer operating at safe voltages for AC and DC power applications. The highly configurable board can be used to represent power systems ranging from wind power generation to consumer DC power supplies without any changes to wiring.
The QNET Energy Conversion board consists of a variable DC supply representing power source, a DC motor mechanically coupled to a three phase AC generator, which is connected to a reconfigurable single phase or three-phase rectifier. A switch mode power supply can be configured to a buck or boost topography that outputs to a variable current load. Alternatively the DC output from the rectifier can be used to drive a single phase AC inverter, which powers a resistive load via a single phase transformer.
Integrated, high speed instrumentation allows students to observe power signals at key points in the system without the need for manual probing. Students can control the switch mode power supply and inverter using either the microprocessor or FPGA components of the ELVIS RIO Control Module, allowing students to compare the benefits and drawbacks of different control systems.
The QNET Mechatronic Actuators Board comes with comprehensive digital resources developed by Quanser to enhance teaching controls, saving professors’ time while helping students quickly grasp the capabilities of the board, relate the studied control concepts to applications in real world and understand the exercises performed in lab. The resources include:
Topics covered in the Quanser-developed courseware:
To set up your QNET Energy Conversion Board, you need NI ELVIS and Elvis RIO Control Module.