SMART TS and MicroNova: new simulation platform for the validation of fuel cell ECUs

"NovaCarts Fuel Cell featuring SMART-TS MCM" combines know-how from both companies

One year after announcing their cooperation, SMART TESTSOLUTIONS and MicroNova present the HiL system "NovaCarts Fuel Cell featuring SMART-TS MCM", a powerful real-time platform for the validation of Fuel Cell Control Units (FCCU). The platform is based on MicroNova's HiL simulator "NovaCarts Fuel Cell". The modules for simulating the individual cell voltages of a fuel cell, "MCM IntelliSim", come from SMART TESTSOLUTIONS.

A broad performance range between partial and full load, transient processes, and changing ambient conditions combine to make the control of a fuel cell system (FCS) in vehicles a complex task. The fuel cell control unit (FCCU) is critical for high reliability and efficiency as well as a long service life for fuel cell systems. Validating this control unit is therefore important.

The simulation platform "NovaCarts Fuel Cell featuring SMART-TS MCM" was developed specifically for this task. It simulates the entire fuel cell stack as well as the environment of the associated control unit in the vehicle and can be expanded via firmware update for future technologies of FCCUs. The cell voltages are simulated by the new MCM IntelliSim modules from SMART TESTSOLUTIONS. These are very compact and robust and can be easily plugged together to form a multi-cell stack in the same way as the familiar CVM G5 cell voltage monitoring modules.

The HiL system concept is adapted to specific test tasks. For example, different electrical loads can be used depending on test requirements. The modular design and the systematic networking of the individual components over realtime Ethernet make subsequent adaptations easier. I/O modules from MicroNova and SMART TESTSOLUTIONS can be used equally to provide optimum results in terms of performance and price sensitivity.

Presentation at the f-Cell Stuttgart 2021

SMART TESTSOLUTIONS and MicroNova will introduce the simulation platform "NovaCarts Fuel Cell featuring SMART-TS MCM" at the trade conference and trade fair f-cell Stuttgart 2021 at a joint stand: September 14 and 15, Haus der Wirtschaft, Stand 23 in the List-Saal.

About Smart Testsolutions

SMART TESTSOLUTIONS GmbH, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is a solution provider for testing automotive control units, electronic systems and renewable energy systems such as batteries and fuel cells. Based on a standard program of optimized system modules for data acquisition, load and sensor simulation, customer-specific system applications are realized. Numerous automotive manufacturers and suppliers use the Cell Voltage Monitoring solutions from SMART TESTSOLUTIONS.

About MicroNova

MicroNova has been a software and systems vendor since 1987 and offers products, solutions and services in three business areas: testing of automotive electronics, management of mobile radio and communication networks including solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the distribution of IT and project management solutions. 370 experts work with technological competence and passion at the headquarters in Vierkirchen near Munich and at eight other locations in Germany and the Czech Republic. Numerous customers such as Audi, BMW, Continental, Telefónica Germany, Vodafone Germany and Volkswagen rely on MicroNova's expertise.

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