Simplified evaluation of multiple battery management systems
The FLEX BMS™ Validation System is a quick-connecting, highly flexible test system for rapid evaluation of centralized, single-board and distributed battery management systems. Utilizing Bloomy’s industry-leading battery cell simulators, COTS instrumentation, industry-standard connectors, and models that run in real-time, the FLEX BMS™ Validation System can easily be reconfigured to test a wide variety of BMSs. The FLEX BMS™ Validation System is used by national and regional safety and standards labs for certifying the BMS for a wide array of e-mobility products and applications.
- Up to 48 cells of simulation
- Voltage- or resistance-based thermistor simulation
- Simulate real pack current charging and discharging up to 600A through the BMS
- Simulate and monitor all BMS IO signals & communications
- Easily reconfigurable with standard DSub connectors and breakout boards
- Intuitive UI with model-based or direct IO control of simulated signals
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Battery Pack Simulator
The FLEX BMSTM Validation System allows electrification companies and test labs to rapidly and eoconomically evaluate the safety and performance of multiple battery management system designs for a wide array of products, ranging from electric vehicles to consumer electronics. Features include:
- Simulates battery voltage, current, and temperature signals, vehicle/system electronic signals and communications
- Ergonomic Signal Interface Panel provides quick and convenient access to simulation and monitoring signals
- Simple connectivity to the BMS under test through common, industry-standard connectors and breakout boards without the need for specialty tools
- Real-time, deterministic execution of models and controls using embedded Linux Real-Time controller
- Supports standard as well as customer-proprietary models developed using The Mathworks Simulink®, C/C++ and LabVIEW
- Automated test case development and execution, with templates for common BMS test scenarios
- User-friendly graphical BMS interface provides interactive control of model execution and direct manual control and monitoring of all signals
- Uses NI VeriStand and NI TestStand commercial, off-the-shelf real-time engine and test executive, with support for Python scripting
- Rapid prototyping and product development - quickly "breadboard" test multiple different variants or "spins" of the BMS hardware, software and/or firmware.
- Application testing - evaluate the configuration, performance and safety of several sample or prototype BMSs, from the same or different third-party suppliers, under the same conditions in a simulated application.
- Regression testing - run comprehensive test scripts for the evaluation of short- and long-term performance and reliability of different BMS hardware, software and firmware updates.
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The FLEX BMS™ Validation System is the ideal platform to use for rapid evaluation of centralized, single-board and distributed battery management systems. Benefits include:
- Easily connect a BMS to simulation signals without the need for specialty tools and cable harnesses
- Intuitively interact with the BMS through a user-configurable GUI
- Test multiple BMS designs and software revisions using a safe and repeatable test stimulus
- Readily self-maintained using best-in-class commercial, off-the-shelf hardware and software
- Focus valuable engineering resources on developing and testing the BMS, not designing the test equipment
- Reduce time-to-market of new BMS designs and configurations
- Ergonomic, flexible and easy-to-use
The following specifications are standard. Systems can be customized to accommodate your requirements.
|Cell Simulation||12-48||Simulation of individual cells|
0-5VDC, Sink/Source 500mA
±3mV accuracy, 0.1mV resolution
|Temperature Simulation||4-32||Simulation of cell/pack temperatures|
Analog Voltage (±10V)
|Pack Current Simulation||1-2||Simulation of full pack current (eg 400A)|
1-4 Analog Voltage (±10V) (isolated or non-isolated)
1x Programmable PS (30A, 60A, 150A, 600A options) with polarity reversing relays for charge/discharge
|Vehicle Discretes||2-8||Controlling ignition, interlock, enable, CAN power||Fixed power supply with 5, 12, or 24V digital output control|
|Insulation Resistance Sim||1-2||Simulating HV resistance to test BMS monitor circuits||Fixed resistors with high voltage switching|
|Comms||1-4||BMS-Vehicle, Module, etc.||CAN, LIN, Serial, IsoSPI|
|Contactors||2-4||Simulation of contactors to verify BMS control||Real contactors w/faulting or HV DCDC with modeling|
|Misc. BMS IO||4-12||Misc. analog/digital inputs and outputs to/from BMS||Analog/digital inputs & outputs for simulation/monitoring|
|Vehicle/CAN Power||1||5, 12V or 24V main power||Available as fixed or Programmable Power Supply|
The FLEX BMS™ Validation System is controlled by Bloomy's BMS HIL Software Architecture, a customizable, integrated set of test extensions for NI VeriStand and TestStand which reduce development time and increase BMS HIL test functionality. The architecture enables a wide range of BMS test methodologies, from manual diagnostic control and monitoring, to automated sequencing for hardware and firmware validation, as well as full model-based validation of control algorithms. Operators can run multiple different BMS test sequences and can quickly switch between the various testing methodologies on-the-fly. Major application features:
- Real-Time Closed-Loop Control: Control and monitor all signals, execute models, and communicate with the BMS at real-time deterministic update rates of 100Hz - 2kHz update rates (depending on channel count and processor power)
- BMS Communication Integration: integrate CAN, Serial, SPI, or custom communication protocols to monitor BMS status, Diagnostic Trouble Codes, SOC, SOH, cell & pack voltages, currents, and temperatures
- Model Integration: incorporate cell chemistry and other plant models in Simulink, LabVIEW, or C/C++ to make the system behave like a true battery surrogate. Provide your own, or use Bloomy's LabVIEW model template.
- Software-selectable Output Control: switch between direct IO control and model-based control with the flip of a UI switch
- Graphical User interface: customizable GUIs provide access to directly control and monitor the system's signals and communiations; includes screens for instrument control, BMS interfacing, and model controls
- Automated Test: fully automated test environment, with customizeable templates for system and BMS interface, Safe Operating Area (SOA) functional tests, and model-based testing
- Drive Cycle Testing: implement engineered drive cycles or play back pre-recorded data though direct IO control or model-based control
- Reporting: create test reports for automated tests, or log high-speed real-time data to TDMS format for post-processing.
- System Configuration: store all necessary hardware configuration information, software variables, IP address, report folders, model location, test stimulus profiles, and other critical station information.