Advanced and easy to use solutions for complete electric and hybrid vehicle testing in the development, validation and production phase. One-stop solutions for electric motor and inverter testing, battery and battery charge testing, combustion analysis, hydrogen engine testing and more.
eDrive, and Electric Vehicle Testing
- POWER CALCULATIONS: The system will calculate more than 100 power parameters like P, Q, S, PF, cos phi and many others. It also offers full raw data recording capabilities, oscilloscope, FFT, harmonics. All these calculations can be done online or in post-processing.
- EASY TO USE: The Dewesoft power analyzer offers plug-and-play capability with hardware and sensor autodetection and award-winning Dewesoft X software. Just select input channels and the power analyzer module will do the rest.
- ADDITIONAL INPUTS: Dewesoft power analyzer system can also measure different signals like IEPE; thermocouples, digital, counter, GPS, CAN, XCP, FlexRay, video, etc. All inputs are fully synchronized.
- 1 MS/s SAMPLING RATE: Dewesoft data acquisition hardware features high sampling rate amplifiers with 1 MS per second sampling rate.
- FULLY ISOLATED: The "worry-free" solution provides isolation on the sensors side (channel to ground), as well as, channel-to-channel and even isolated sensor excitation. Less noise, no ground loops, the best signal quality!
- 0,03 % ACCURACY: We offer high accuracy amplifiers and sensors for voltage and current measurement with accuracy down to 0,03%.
- 1600 V DC/CAT II 1000 V/CAT III 600 V: Direct input and acquisition of high voltage signals.
- CURRENT SENSORS: We offer high-accuracy current sensors like zero-flux current transducers, AC/DC current clamps, Rogowsky coils and shunts with the power supply out of the box.
- UP TO 64 ANALOG CHANNELS IN ONE INSTRUMENT: Data acquisition systems can be configured with up to 64 channels in single chassis solution. Multiple instruments can be synchronized together for the applications with higher channel count requirements.
- MOBILE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM: Various data acquisition system configurations are possible with built-in battery power, data processing computer, SSD data logging and display for maximum portability and stand-alone use.
- ADVANCED ONLINE AND OFFLINE MATH PROCESSING: Dewesoft X offers easy-to-use mathematics engine. Math can be applied in real-time during measurement or post-processing.
- RAW DATA: Raw data is always stored for the possibility of any post-processing.
- NO HIDDEN COST SOFTWARE LICENSING: Our software licensing is very flexible and has no renewal or upgrade fees. Upgrades for Dewesoft X are FREE forever. You also don't require any additional license to view/analyze the data. Once the data file is stored it can be reviewed and analyzed on unlimited computers without the need of additional software licenses.
Electric Vehicle Testing
The power analysis module allows measuring every kind of motor (1-12 phase) and inverter (DC-AC, AC-AC, switching frequencies up to some 100 kHz). Modular DAQ system allows measuring the power (AC or DC) at multiple points perfectly synchronized. This unique feature allows comprehensive analysis for all types of electric drivetrains:
- single motor,
- motor and generator,
- 2-4x in-wheel-motors
considering also other loads (heating, air-conditioning, 24V, 12V, etc.).
The high sampling rate and bandwidth of the Dewesoft power analyzer enable the measurement of wireless in-wheel motors. And thanks to the small physical size of the hardware, you can even use it to measure the efficiency of electric motorcycles and electric two-wheelers under real driving conditions.
Hybrid Vehicle Testing
Dewesoft offers a one-stop solution for hybrid engine testing. Our Combustion Analyzer module allows a detailed analysis of the combustion engine while the power analysis module allows perfect analysis of electric motor, inverter, and batteries. While there are separate solutions for combustion and power analysis on the market, Dewesoft offers a unique solution to measure and analyze both with a single instrument fully synchronized. This gives you the flexibility to test and analyze the entire vehicle with a single DAQ system.
The combustion analysis module can display and compare measurement data using several different diagrams like the pV-diagram (pressure over angle) or the CA-Scope (pressure over angle). All the specific calculations like the mean effective pressure (IMEP, PMEP), heat release, start/ end of combustion (SOC, EOC), start/end of injection (SOI, EOI), indicated power, maximum pressure (Pmax), derivate pressure (dp/da) are presented either as color diagrams or as a data tables. For more detailed analysis, statistical calculations per cylinder or over the complete engine can be performed.
Additionally, we provide a dedicated knocking detection and combustion noise algorithm. The basis for all of these calculations is precise angle position data and cylinder pressure measurement. Dewesoft provides the perfect hardware for this task. The galvanically isolated SIRIUS DAQ systems charge inputs (with up to 24-bit resolution and 160 dB dynamic range) which are in perfect sync to the Dewesoft Supercounter inputs. This solution offers a perfect analysis of hybrid cars on the road or in the testbed.
For more information see the Hybrid Engine Measurement Webinar.
Hydrogen Vehicle Testing
The drivetrain of hydrogen cars differs from pure electric vehicles due to energy storage. While pure electric vehicle uses a battery as energy storage, the hydrogen-powered vehicle uses hydrogen as energy storage which is converted to electric power via a fuel cell.
The drivetrain also includes a so-called supercapacitor which stores power for short time peak loads (up to 2000A) and a battery pack.
The testing of hydrogen cars affords a couple of AC and DC power measurements (see picture). To determine the efficiency of hydrogen cars, we need additional measurements, like the voltage, current, and hydrogen flow.
The battery as the central element in the electrical powertrain strongly affects the performance and range of electric vehicles. Extensive tests are necessary, starting from the cell characteristics up to the complete powertrain. Detailed analysis requires temperature and voltage measurement at multiple points (e.g. 50x cell voltage and 50x cell temperature). The flexible and scalable Dewesoft solution allows measuring more than 1000 channels from different sensors, all perfectly synchronized.
The DEWESoft® Power Analyzer system can be used for the development of batteries (efficiency analysis, cell characterization, endurance tests, crash tests, short-circuit analysis, overheating/overloading tests, aging tests, etc.) as well as for monitoring applications (data logging, transient recording, charge-discharge analysis, etc.).
Harmonics, Interharmonics and THD
The Dewesoft solution can measure harmonics for voltage, current and additional active and reactive power up to the 3000th order. All calculations are implemented according to IEC 61000-4-7 standards.
You can define the number of sidebands and half-bands for the harmonic order calculation. The higher frequency parts can be grouped in 200 Hz bands up to 150 kHz.
The calculation of THD (overall harmonic content) for voltage and current up to 3000th order and the interharmonics complete the analysis functionalities.
These powerful harmonic calculation functions offer analysis for all types of electrical equipment and devices.
U, I, P, Q, and impedance
Individual setup of the number of harmonics including DC component (Example: 20 kHz sampling rate = 200 harmonics @ 50 Hz)
Harmonics up to 3000th order (@50 Hz)
Variable sidebands and half sidebands for Harmonics
Higher Frequencies up to 150 kHz in 200 Hz bands
Interharmonics, groups or single values
According to EN 61000-4-7
Calculation corrected to the actual real frequency
THD, THD even, THD odd
Trigger on each parameter
Background harmonics subtractable
EV Charging Analysis
Charging analysis can be done for conductive charging (AC or DC) and as well for the increasingly popular inductive charging. The inductive charging process (also called wireless power transfer) affords high switching frequencies of the inverter (up to 150 kHz) to reach the maximal efficiency of the power transfer.
The high sampling rate (1 MS/s) and the possibility to measure AC and DC currents of the Dewesoft Power Analyzer fulfill all requirements for testing both, conductive and inductive charging.
Testbed and On-road Testing
The innovative solution of DEWESoft® allows measuring the energy consumption of electric vehicles on the test bench as well as inside the vehicle under real-driving conditions with the same measurement device.
For the mobile application, the measurement device can be powered by hot-swappable battery packs so that measurements up to several hours are possible. All sensors (current transducers, GPS, Video) and further equipment like displays can be powered from the measurement device itself. Also, the zero-flux transducer which need a lot of power (up to 20 watts per unit) can be powered via the additional MCTS power slice.
The testbench applications require several interfaces (CAN, OPC, DCOM, etc.) to get data and send the data from the testbench control. The Dewesoft X NET option provides remote-control features for the Dewesoft DAQ systems. This allows controlling the whole test procedure from a single PC in the control room.
Synchronised Mesurement of Several Vehicle Parameters
The modular hardware design of the Dewesoft Power Analyzer offers a wide range of input amplifiers. In combination with the flexible software makes it possible to acquire a lot of additional parameters: e.g. torque, speed, temperature, pressure, flow rate, video, GPS data (position, acceleration, speed), vehicle bus data (e.g. CAN, OBDII, XCP, FlexRay), and many more.
All these additional data sources are synchronized to the power analysis signals, even when they use different sampling rates. This unique combination of time-, angle- and frequency-domain data acquisition in one system makes it possible to run multiple analysis functions concurrently: e.g. order tracking, torsional vibration, power, combustion analysis, and many others.
Standardised driving cycles (NEFZ, WMTC, etc.) are not suitable to measure the energy consumption of electric vehicles. They don’t consider all aspects which influence the energy consumption of vehicles and are always done on roller test benches. The future of electric vehicle testing is analyzing them under real-life conditions. The innovative solution of Dewesoft allows doing all analysis already during the measurement. The sophisticated math functions can calculate different parameters like efficiency, recuperation, etc. and the user-friendly and customizable software interface allows real-time visualization of all these parameters. The chart shows the exemplary energy flow of an electric vehicle.
Some inverters of electric vehicles (e.g. bus) are working at different switching frequencies to increase the efficiency in different driving situations (city/overland drive). With the Dewesoft math library, it is possible to filter out the currently used switching frequency and automatically do the analysis for different switching frequencies (using logical conditions).
Analyzing Different Driving Situations
There are a lot of parameters which can influence the energy consumption of electric vehicles. These parameters can be ambient parameters like temperature, weather, quality of the road or different driving situations (uphill, downhill, city, overland or combined drives) or also different drivers. The Dewesoft Power Analyzer makes it possible to do energy analysis considering all of these parameters already during the test drives.
The first chart shows an example of the acceleration behavior of different test drivers on the same test-track (left) and the analysis in different driving situations. The acceleration behavior can influence the energy consumption of up to 10 %.
The second chart shows the acceleration of the scooter at different driving situations. The green chart is the acceleration with full-charged battery, the blue one when the battery was nearly empty, the red one for uphill and the magenta one for downhill driving.
Charging Profile, Time and Efficiency
The data logging capability of the Dewesoft Power Analyzer allows recording the complete charging process.
Example photo on the right show analyzing charging profile (red = charging power, orange = energy, violet = power factor):
- Charging part 1: continuous charging with high power. Within 4 hours 80% of the battery is charged.
- Charging part 2: reaching of the charging end voltage and short interruption, 86% charged.
- Charging part 3: the last charging part with low power. Within 14 hours battery is fully charged.
Dewesoft supports EMC conformity tests of charging devices according to IEC 61000-3-2 and IEC 61851 standards. The Power Quality module automatically calculates all necessary parameters.
Instruments like the Harmonic FFT, the Harmonic table, Harmonic reference curve, and the scope function ensure fast and reliable analysis.
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Additional Automotive Testing Possibilities
Using the Dewesoft data acquisition systems opens you a whole lot of other automotive testing possibilities. Here are some of the applications that you can combine with your power analysis:
- ADAS and Autonomous Driving
- Vehicle dynamics
- Ride and handling tests
- Brake testing
- Pass-by Noise
- Combustion analysis
- Torsional and rotational vibration
- Order tracking
- Road Load Data
- Performance testing
- Component testing
- Modal analysis
- Structural testing
- Crash tests
- Climate and Air-Conditioning testing
- Harsh environment testing
Additional E-mobility Training Resources
- Voltage and High Voltage Measurement Online PRO Training Course
- Current Measurement Online PRO Training Course
- Power Analysis Online PRO Training Course
- Power Quality Online PRO Training Course
- Hybrid Engine Testing and Measurement Webinar
- Electric Vehicle Testing Video
- Power Analysis Dewesoft X Module Webinar
- What is Power Analysis and Electrical Power Measurement With Power Analyzer?
- Current measurement in data acquisition applications
- Voltage measurement in data acquisition applications