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Advanced Test Solution for New Energy Parts – Chroma Multi-Channel Battery Simulator

Chroma ATE Inc. was invited to attend the IFEEC 2017 (International Future Energy Electronics Conference) held in Kaohsiung to introduce the new product for battery simulation. The battery simulator can perform simulations on the units that are critical to the booming EV industry such as DC charging pole, on-board charger, and DC/DC Converter, etc. for product verification.

Battery Simulator Soft-panel

As more and more energy conversion products such as motor driver, OBC, DC/DC convertor, and power conversion system (PCS), etc. use battery as the power source, a battery simulator is required for product quality verification. Battery suppliers may not be able to supply batteries of various kinds such as flow battery, sodium sulfur storage battery, and lithium-ion battery with different charge/discharge characteristic curves during product development. 

The battery characteristic is nonlinear which is easily affected by temperature, charge/discharge current, aging cendition, and efficiency ,cannot replicate the same characteristic for repeat testing. As time is required to charge or discharge a battery, it makes instant output voltage change impossible for the real battery, which is quite inconvenient when testing the power converter’s upper and lower limits. Most importantly, the large capacity battery is big in size and will age after long-term use. It costs a lot for replacement, plus if the battery is damaged, overcharged or over discharged. It could easily cause safety hazards. In the lab, it is not recommended to set up large capacity batteries, but rather to use a battery simulator for testing.

What functions are required for a battery simulator?

  1. Battery internal resistance setting: The main task of a battery pack is to provide energy to the developed products. When the charged/discharged current is added to the battery pack, the voltage of the battery pack changes instantaneously in a short time due to the impact of the battery internal resistance.
  2. Battery capacity setting: The DC input voltage operating range should be clearly specified in the developed product specification, which is related to the battery pack capacity and output voltage.
  3. Battery voltage point setting: The usage of the battery pack varies with products, and the frequently seen battery management items are 6 voltage level including overcharge voltage, over discharge voltage, upper limit operating voltage, lower limit operating voltage, full charge voltage, and full discharge voltage. 

Chroma’s multi-channel battery simulator is easy to use. The multiple embedded channels can test different DUTs at the same time, and read the test results in real time. The rapid setup of common battery parameter can simulate the charge/discharge voltage and IR state of a battery cell under normal, high and low temperatures. The battery cell parameters can convert battery pack state to set the operating and protection range. Moreover, it can set the initial state of output voltage for product testing and verification without waiting for the charge and discharge time like the real battery pack. 

Battery Simulator Main Panel

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