ECUs that cannot be accessed by means of their electrical interfaces can be tested with the highly dynamic dSPACE test benches. The turn-key solutions can be optimally adapted to your specific requirements, letting you use mechanical loads and physically stimulated ECUs for testing.
If an electronic control unit (ECU) cannot be accessed by its electric interfaces for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation, it has to be stimulated by another physical signal. This is often the case when it comes to testing complex mechatronic systems in vehicle dynamics applications, such as steering and braking. To achieve a realistic behavior of the components to be tested, HIL simulation at mechanical power level requires a test bench that uses real parts, such as an electric motor or mechanical loads that match those in the real vehicle. Mechatronic test benches stimulate the ECU sensors and actuators with physical signals.
dSPACE offers turn-key system solutions that are optimally adapted to your specific needs and allow for closed-loop tests also at a mechanical level. The mechatronic test benches allow for the evaluation of complex systems in real time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. dSPACE’s hardware offers the required scalability, real-time performance, I/O interfaces, and a powerful tool chain to control a complete test bench from Simulink®. In addition, dSPACE provides interfaces to all automotive buses, e.g., CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, K-/L-Line, and Automotive Ethernet. Automation interfaces, such as EtherCAT, PROFIBUS, CANopen, as well as proprietary interfaces and protocols, e.g., KEBA TWINsync for electric motor control, are also available.
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dSPACE offers a comprehensive portfolio for HIL simulation with mechatronic test benches for applications, such as electric power steering systems, brake boosters, and 3-D motion platforms for vehicle dynamics control systems. The following table gives an overview of possible application scenarios that use a HIL simulator together with a mechatronic test bench.
|System Type||Mechatronic Test Bench||Application|
|Steering systems||Small steering test bench||
|Steering systems||Compact steering test bench||
|Steering systems||Rotary steering test bench||
|Steering systems||Rotary steering test bench with environment simulation||
|Steering systems||No-load steering test bench||
|Steering systems||High-performance steering test bench||
|Brake systems||Braking test bench||
|Electronic stability control systems||Test bench with 3-D motion platform||
|Advanced driver assistance systems||Radar test bench||
The dSPACE portfolio for steering test benches ranges from small and compact rotary test benches to large, high-performance steering test benches using linear actuators for applications that require maximum dynamics and precision.Braking Test Benches
For testing electronic brake systems under realistic operating conditions, dSPACE offers test benches with real brake system components.Test Benches with Motion Platforms
Test benches can also include a motion platform to stimulate the ECU’s integrated sensors and actuators. These systems allow for the stimulation of acceleration sensors and yaw rate sensors that cannot be accessed otherwise.Radar Test Bench
With the radar test bench, dSPACE offers a reliable solution for realistically testing radar-based vehicle functions using synchronized closed-loop HIL simulation.Electric Test Bench
For testing electric motor controllers and power electronics, dSPACE offers ready-to-use simulation solutions for the complete range of electric vehicle drives, specifically tailored for HIL simulation at power level.