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Verifying Multi-discipline Motors, Drives, and Controls Systems



Domain specific design and test of integrated systems involving motors, electronics and control software is no longer feasible. Effective design of complex integrated systems requires a modeling and simulation environment that integrates multiple domain-specific development tools, because waiting until a physical prototype is available to verify overall performance puts the whole program at unnecessary risk. Finding problems late in the development process not only has cost and schedule impact, but debugging these complex designs with limited “system-level-only” visibility is extremely difficult.

Fortunately, virtual – as opposed to physical – prototypes can be used to help make critical design decisions, size and integrate components from various disciplines, and verify system performance prior to building anything. Supporting the notion of a virtual prototype, SystemVision offers a development environment that supports progressive refinement of system models, from abstract to high-fidelity.

The SystemVision environment can be used to design and virtually integrate BLDC and/or Induction machines, digital, analog and power electronics, and plant mechanical dynamics, and can be extended to include running embedded control software (modeled in Simulink or C-code), as well as verifying the system with a system test program (modeled in LabVIEW. SystemVision also includes integrations with FEA-based design software, which analyzes a machine’s physical geometry and material properties, and automatically generates an accurate behavioral model that can be simulated in the system context within SystemVision. This highly accurate motor model can help identify adverse interactions with the power electronics or sensor signal conditioning circuits.

This session speaks to motor control design specialists looking for a more effective way to develop and test their integrated systems who could leverage a multi-discipline virtual prototyping environment alongside a progressive refinement approach, to gain confidence in their design before committing to a specific implementation, thus reducing overall program risk. This session is intended for any engineer or manager involved in the development, integration or testing of complex, integrated motor control systems looking for a more effective way to develop and test their integrated systems.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand benefits of virtual prototyping prior to physical prototyping
  • Learn about solutions for multi-discipline design, virtual integration and test
  • Examine a progressive refinement approach for design and verification, to gain confidence in the design before committing to a specific implementation, thus reducing overall program risk

About the Presenter

Presenter Image Mike Donnelly

A ten-plus year veteran with Mentor Graphics, Mike Donnelly currently works as a principal engineer with the SystemVision development team. Donnelly is engaged in modeling and simulation of analog, mixed-signal, and multi-discipline systems, covering a broad range of applications, including power, controls, and mechatronics. He has 30 years’ experience in Aerospace and Automotive Engineering, focusing on simulation-based design exploration and analysis, from concept through detailed implementation levels. Prior to joining Mentor, Donnelly worked for Analogy Inc., Boeing Aerospace and Electronics Co., and Hughes Aircraft Company (Space and Communications Group). He holds an MSEE in Systems and Control from the University of Southern California and a BSEE from the University of Cincinnati.

Who Should Attend

  • System engineers for motor control systems
  • Electrical engineers focusing on drive electronics
  • Motor control software engineers • Integration and test engineers for multi-discipline motor control systems
  • Project managers for motor control systems
  • Engineering managers for motor control systems

Products Covered

Technical Requirements

What do I need to watch and hear this web seminar?

Mentor Graphics’ web seminars are delivered using Adobe Connect. You will be able to login to the seminar room 15 minutes prior to the start time on the day of the presentation. You can hear the audio using your computer’s speakers via VoIP (Voice over IP) and background music will play prior to the beginning of the presentation.

Detailed system requirements

Microsoft® Windows

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.3 or later
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor and 512MB of RAM

Mac OS X

  • Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3
  • 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor and 512MB of RAM


  • Ubuntu 10.04, 11.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 11.3
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3


  • Apple supported devices: iPad, iPad2, iPad3; iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPod touch (3rd generation minimum recommended)
  • Apple supported OS versions summary: iOS 4.3.x, 5.x, or 6.x (5.x or higher recommended)
  • Android supported devices: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1), ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab (7”) , Motorola Xoom, Motorola Xoom 2, Nexus 7
  • Android supported OS versions summary: 2.2 and higher
  • Android AIR Runtime required: 3.2 or higher

Additional requirements

  • Bandwidth: 512Kbps for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications. Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.
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