Control of Electronically Commutated Motors

Course description

Principle of operation and modeling of the brushless permanent magnet motor. Principle of operation and modeling of the switched reluctance motor. Principle of operation of the unipolar, bipolar and bifilar wound stepper motor. Bridge, half-bridge and asymmetric switched-mode power converter topologies with different number of switches for power supply of brushless motor. 120° el. and 180° el. angle switch-on control mode of brushless motor. Optimization of brushless motor control algorithm by magnetic flux weakening method and the modification of the switch-on angle. Optimization of torque-speed characteristic. Methods for cogging torque reduction. Sensors for position and speed detection of the rotor. Sensorless control of brushless motors. Phase current control. Design and implementation of rotor speed and motor torque controllers.

Course is carried out on study programme

Objectives and competences

The objective of the course is to equip students with knowledge of modern control principles of brushless permanent magnet and switched reluctance motors. Special attention will be given to current, speed and torque control algorithms of brushless motors in order to achieve optimal parameters of the electric motor drive. Students will be able to design a control algorithm and to select an appropriate type of switch-mode power converter for a brushless motor drive.

Learning and teaching methods


Intended learning outcomes

Student will be able to design advanced electrical drives based on electronically commutated electric machines and high efficient power electronic converters.

Reference nosilca

[1] Flisar U, Vončina D, Zajec P (2012) Voltage sag independent operation of induction motor based on Z-source inverter. Compel,  vol 31, no 6: 1931-1944

[2] Petkovšek M, Leban A, Nemec, M., Vončina D, Zajec P (2013) Series active power filter for high-voltage synchronous generators. Informacije MIDEM, vol. 43, no. 4: 228-234

[3] Kosmatin P, Miljavec D, Vončina D (2012) A novel control strategy for the switched reluctance generator. Przeglęad Elektrotechniczny, 2012, rok 88, no. 7a:  49-53

[4] Modrijan G, Petkovšek M, Zajec P, Vončina D (2008) Precision B-H analyser with low THD secondary induced voltage. IEEE trans. ind. electron, vol. 55, no. 1: 364-370

[5] Bajec P, Pevec B, Vončina D, Miljavec D, Nastran (2005) Extending the low-speed operation range of PM generator in automotive applications using novel AC-DC converter control. IEEE trans. ind. electron  vol. 52, no. 2: 436-443

Study materials

[1] Bose B K (2002) Modern Power Electronics and AC Drives. Prentice Hall

[2] Krishnan R (2001) Switched Reluctance Motor Drives. CRC Press

[3] Krause PC, Wasynczuk O, Sudhoff SD (2002) Analysis of Electric Machinery and Drive Systems. John Wiley & Sons

[4] Luo FL, Ye H (2004) Advanced DC/DC converters. CRC Press

[5] Ibrahim D (2006) Microcontroller Based Appliied Digital Control. John Wiley & Sons

[6] Miller JM (2004) Propulsion Systems for Hybrid Vehicles. The institution of Electrical Engineers IEE. London

[7] Doncker R, Pulle D, Veltman A (2011) Advanced in Electrical Drives. Springer

[8] Wach P (2011) Dynamics and Control of Electrical Drives. Springer

[9] Sozanski K (2013) Digital Signal Processing in Power Electronics Control Circuits. Springer

Bodi na tekočem

Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

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