Using a hybrid FPGA-CPU platform for a user-friendly environment in control systems design: A possible application to nuclear plants

Mauro Cappelli, Stefano Di Gennaro, Fabrizio Memmi, Massimo Sepielli

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Abstract

In this work, in-depth considerations about FPGA-CPU architectures design methods are presented together with some possible plant applications. FPGAs are used because of their potentials in guaranteeing parallelism, synchronism and high reliability tasks; on the other hand CPUs are crucial to higher precision computations and to reproduce data and results on a graphical interface, thus resulting in an improvement in the human-machine-interface (HMI). Design choices are here reported to justify the benefits from the use of both CPU-FPGA approaches. Taking advantage of these features, the LabVIEW environment and its digital platform is expanded in order to develop a novel tool able to support designers during the fundamental phases of a supervision and control tool realization: from the model development to the digital hardware implementation and testing. LabVIEW is able to communicate with several languages like Matlab or Scilab for a theoretical model study and simulation, and VHDL for a digital implementation, taking the advantages from both development environments. Main results have been reported concerning studies of control systems in nuclear plant facilities, showing how a fulldigital platform can be very useful in developing monitoring and control instrumentation. This new tool is thought to improve the so-called hardware in the loop (HIL) simulations and to accelerate the process of prototypes implementation and testing, using a more accurate and reliable environment in terms of performance and safety. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE 2013 - , China
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Conference

Conference2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE 2013
CountryChina
Period1/1/13 → …

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  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering

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Cappelli, M., Di Gennaro, S., Memmi, F., & Sepielli, M. (2013). Using a hybrid FPGA-CPU platform for a user-friendly environment in control systems design: A possible application to nuclear plants. Paper presented at 2013 21st International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE 2013, China. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE21-16378