A PC-Based Telemetry System for Acquiring and Reducing Data from Multiple PCM Streams
AffiliationSolar Energy Research Institute
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AbstractThe Solar Energy Research Institute’s (SERI) Wind Research Program is using Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) telemetry data-acquisition systems to study horizontal-axis wind turbines. Many PCM systems are combined for use in test installations that require accurate measurements from a variety of different locations. SERI has found them ideal for data-acquisition from multiple wind turbines and meteorological towers in wind parks. A major problem has been in providing the capability to quickly combine and examine incoming data from multiple PCM sources in the field. To solve this problem, SERI has developed a low-cost PC-based PCM telemetry data-reduction system to facilitate quick, in-the-field multiple-channel data analysis. Called the “PC-PCM System,” it consists of two basic components. First, PC-compatible hardware boards are used to decode and combine multiple PCM data streams. Up to four hardware boards can be installed in a single PC, which provides the capability to combine data from four PCM streams directly to PC disk or memory. Each stream can have up to 62 data channels. Second, a software package written for use under DOS was developed to simplify data-acquisition control and management. The software provides a quick, easy-to-use interface between the PC and multiple PCM data streams. Called the “Quick-Look Data Management Program,” it is a comprehensive menu-driven package used to organize, acquire, process, and display information from incoming PCM data streams. This paper describes both hardware and software aspects of the SERI PC-PCM system, concentrating on features that make it useful in an experiment test environment to quickly examine and verify incoming data from multiple PCM streams. Also discussed are problems and techniques associated with PC-based telemetry data-acquisition, processing, and real-time display.
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