VP Engineering, Power Systems Division at RCT Systems
Troy Beechner is an expert in the fields of Power Electronics and Power Systems. After finishing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Florida, he jumped right into his first industry experience but soon decided that he also wanted to complete a PhD program in Electric Power Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During and after the program he continued to work in various engineering roles. Since 2019 he works as the VP of Engineering, Power Systems Division at RCT Systems and oversees the development of advanced military power converter systems with a focus on WBG converter design, energy magazines, and future MV converter architectures. In this role, he became one of the first adopters of the revolutionary simulation engine DSIM.
“RCT Systems is developing a MW-scale Solid State Transformer (SST) that is comprised of 24 individual power electronic converters, utilizing both non-isolated and isolated topologies, which requires more than 240 individual switching elements. Additionally, the distributed control architecture is complex, requiring precise timing across operating converters. This type of converter system poses difficulties for standard power electronic converter simulation packages, given the sheer quantity of required switching elements. The resulting simulation times are simply much too long for an efficient design process.
DSIM offers significant advantages when simulating complex power converter topologies and controls in terms of reduced simulation times. What would typically take hours with a standard simulation package can be simulated in minutes with DSIM. This allows RCT design engineers to be much more efficient with individual converter design changes and allows for a much wider range of design space exploration that would otherwise be much too time-consuming.
DSIM has also allowed for reduced NRE costs associated with the complex system design tasks and gives RCT an advantage when developing new complex systems.”