High-precision power consumption and efficiency evaluations of motors and inverters used in EVs and robots are required. In an evaluation, it is important to observe the transient instantaneous power and voltage and current waveforms during acceleration and deceleration as well as during steady state.
Simultaneous measurement of motor torque, rotational speed, other sensor signals, and control data is also required for verification within a wide operating range.
Yokogawa’s power meters / WT series of power analyzers, to which current and voltage can be directly input, include the WT5000 Precision Power Analyzer with high bandwidth (up to 1 MHz), high accuracy (maximum accuracy of ± 0.03%), and up to 7 inputs, and the PX8000 Precision Power Scope, which offers both “High-precision power measurement" and "Waveform measurement with improved time resolution“, providing more accurate power and efficiency testing.
Evaluation of up to 4 motors (WT5000)
In EV development, it is necessary to evaluate multiple motors at the same time. Simultaneous evaluation of 4 motors is required especially in the development of four-wheel drive vehicles.
With the /MTR1 and /MTR2 options, a single WT5000 provides simultaneous evaluation of 4 motors. These options can also be used to measure rotational speed, direction and electrical angles from the input of A, B and Z phase signals of two motors.
Waveform data streaming at up to 2 MS/s, synchronous measurement of highly precise power values and waveforms (WT5000)
Synchronized with normal power parameter measurements, the voltage/current waveforms and torque/rotational speed data of the same measurement period , on which the power calculations are based, can be continuously streamed to a PC at up to 2 MS/s without any gaps (/DS option).
By analyzing both numerical values and waveforms at the same time, it is possible to analyze in more detail how changes in noise on the waveform or changes in the control state affect the power values and each parameter through the changes in the waveform.
In an efficiency map creation where a combination of rotational speed and torque is tested, not only the efficiency data, but also the waveform data synchronized with power value calculation results can be saved. Additionally, you can always back up the original data of voltage/current waveforms, which may be required in evaluation reports.
Waveform data streaming (up to 2 MS/s)
Basic characteristics test of voltage, current, torque and rotational speed
Testing of I-V, S-T, and I-T characteristics
The X-Y display and mathematical functions of the PX8000 Precision Power Scope can be used to convert the rotational speed and torque data to time-series data for each cycle to evaluate the I-V characteristics (current-voltage phase characteristics), S-T characteristics (rotational speed-torque), I-T characteristics (current-torque), and other motor characteristics.
Transient power measurement of motors and inverters
The PX8000 Precision Power Scope has 100 MS/s, 20 MHz bandwidth, and 12-bit resolution to accurately capture high-speed inverter waveforms and perform instantaneous transient power calculations.
In addition, torque and rotational speed can be input together with voltage/current electrical signals, enabling evaluation of inverter efficiency, motor efficiency and overall efficiency of an inverter-driven motor.
IEC/JIS standard test
With the Precision Power Analyzer WT5000 (with /G7 option) and IS8011/IS8012 Harmonic/Flicker Analysis Software, you can complete tasks from IEC/JIS Harmonic/Flicker standard compliance assessment up to test report output without any specialized knowledge.
Harmonics standard test
You can import the harmonic data measured by the WT5000 with /G7 option to a PC and perform harmonics tests according to IEC/JIS standards by using the IS8011/IS8012 Harmonic/Flicker Analysis Software. With the CT200 current sensor, you can test large equipment over 16 A/phase (IEC61000-3-12).
Voltage fluctuation and flicker standard test
The WT5000 with the /G7 option can measure voltage fluctuation and can conduct a flicker test, according to IEC61000-3-3 standard. This option shows a trend of parameters such as dc, dmax and Pinst (instantaneous flicker sensation). To capture test results, this option generates a comprehensive test report.
The combination of Precision Power Analyzer WT5000, ScopeCorder DL950, and Integrated Software Platform IS8000 enables simultaneous recording and display of highly reliable power measurements calibrated to national standards and high speed, high precision voltage/current and motor torque waveforms. Motors and inverters can be evaluated accurately and efficiently.
You can use the power calculation function of the Oscilloscope or ScopeCorder, if you only need rough power measurements, rather than the high-precision power measurements using a power analyzer.
DLM5000 /G03 Power supply analysis option
It can measure power parameters automatically for up to four pairs of voltage and current waveforms, such as active power, apparent power, reactive power and power factor.
DL950 /G05 Power math function option
The DL950 calculates the conversion efficiency from the input and output power of an inverter and analyzes the effects of harmonics caused by external disturbances while capturing mechanical variations in motor speed and torque.
Also, the DL950 can trigger on the trend waveforms of power parameters.