Automotive Electrical Power Distribution System

This automotive electrical power distribution system example includes multiple vehicle sub-systems and components. It supports sizing analysis for wires and fuses, under both static and transient loading conditions. This includes multi-discipline (i.e. electro-thermal-mechanical) dynamic operations such as incandescent lamp in-rush current and motor start-up conditions. The example also demonstrates the special characteristics and design considerations needed for constant power loads, such as switching converters used in LED Driver circuits.
This system also uses a special “direction sensitive” current monitor model that can help identify sneak circuits (i.e. unintended current paths), such as the one found in the “door-ajar”, ignition switch, chime and dome lamp interconnect circuit. Challenge: See if you can find it before running the simulation!

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Mike Donnelly

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