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Microprocessor Based Control Of Electric Drives Pdf Free [2021]

Vector control, also called field-oriented control (FOC), is a variable-frequency drive (VFD) control method in which the stator currents of a three-phase AC or brushless DC electric motor are identified as two orthogonal components that can be visualized with a vector. One component defines the magnetic flux of the motor, the other the torque. The control system of the drive calculates the corresponding current component references from the flux and torque references given by the drive's speed control. Typically proportional-integral (PI) controllers are used to keep the measured current components at their reference values. The pulse-width modulation of the variable-frequency drive defines the transistor switching according to the stator voltage references that are the output of the PI current controllers.[1]

Microprocessor Based Control Of Electric Drives Pdf Free

FOC is used to control AC synchronous and induction motors.[2] It was originally developed for high-performance motor applications that are required to operate smoothly over the full speed range, generate full torque at zero speed, and have high dynamic performance including fast acceleration and deceleration. However, it is becoming increasingly attractive for lower performance applications as well due to FOC's motor size, cost and power consumption reduction superiority.[3][4] It is expected that with increasing computational power of the microprocessors it will eventually nearly universally displace single-variable scalar volts-per-Hertz (V/f) control.[5][6]

Technische Universität Darmstadt's K. Hasse and Siemens' F. Blaschke pioneered vector control of AC motors starting in 1968 and in the early 1970s. Hasse in terms of proposing indirect vector control, Blaschke in terms of proposing direct vector control.[7][8] Technical University Braunschweig's Werner Leonhard further developed FOC techniques and was instrumental in opening up opportunities for AC drives to be a competitive alternative to DC drives.[9][10]

Yet it was not until after the commercialization of microprocessors, that is in the early 1980s, that general purpose AC drives became available.[11][12] Barriers to use FOC for AC drive applications included higher cost and complexity and lower maintainability compared to DC drives, FOC having until then required many electronic components in terms of sensors, amplifiers andso on.[13]

Whereas magnetic field and torque components in DC motors can be operated relatively simply by separately controlling the respective field and armature currents, economical control of AC motors in variable speed application has required development of microprocessor-based controls[24] with all AC drives now using powerful DSP (digital signal processing) technology.[25]

There are two vector control methods, direct or feedback vector control (DFOC) and indirect or feedforward vector control (IFOC), IFOC being more commonly used because in closed-loop mode such drives more easily operate throughout the speed range from zero speed to high-speed field-weakening.[26] In DFOC, flux magnitude and angle feedback signals are directly calculated using so-called voltage or current models. In IFOC, flux space angle feedforward and flux magnitude signals first measure stator currents and rotor speed for then deriving flux space angle proper by summing the rotor angle corresponding to the rotor speed and the calculated reference value of slip angle corresponding to the slip frequency.[27][28]

Sensorless control (see Sensorless FOC Block Diagram) of AC drives is attractive for cost and reliability considerations. Sensorless control requires derivation of rotor speed information from measured stator voltage and currents in combination with open-loop estimators or closed-loop observers.[16][20]

The brushless DC motor is a synchronous electric motor that, from a modelling perspective, looks exactly like a DC motor, having a linear relationship between current and torque, voltage and rpm. It is an electronically controlled commutation system, instead of having a mechanical commutation, which is typical of brushed motors. Additionally, the electromagnets do not move, the permanent magnets rotate and the armature remains static. This gets around the problem of how to transfer current to a moving armature. In order to do this, the brush-system/commutator assembly is replaced by an intelligent electronic controller, which performs the same power distribution as a brushed DC motor [3]. BLDC motors have many advantages over brushed DC motors and induction motors, such as a better speed versus torque characteristics, high dynamic response, high efficiency and reliability, long operating life (no brush erosion), noiseless operation, higher speed ranges, and reduction of electromagnetic interference (EMI). In addition, the ratio of delivered torque to the size of the motor is higher, making it useful in applications where space and weight are critical factors, especially in aerospace applications.

The control of BLDC motors can be done in sensor or sensorless mode, but to reduce overall cost of actuating devices, sensorless control techniques are normally used. The advantage of sensorless BLDC motor control is that the sensing part can be omitted, and thus overall costs can be considerably reduced. The disadvantages of sensorless control are higher requirements for control algorithms and more complicated electronics [3]. All of the electrical motors that do not require an electrical connection (made with brushes) between stationary and rotating parts can be considered as brushless permanent magnet (PM) machines [4], which can be categorised based on the PMs mounting and the back-EMF shape. The PMs can be surface mounted on the rotor (SMPM) or installed inside of the rotor (IPM) [5], and the back-EMF shape can either be sinusoidal or trapezoidal. According to the back-EMF shape, PM AC synchronous motors (PMAC or PMSM) have sinusoidal back-EMF and Brushless DC motors (BLDC or BPM) have trapezoidal back-EMF. A PMAC motor is typically excited by a three-phase sinusoidal current, and a BLDC motor is usually powered by a set of currents having a quasi-square waveform [6,7].

Because of their high power density, reliability, efficiency, maintenance free nature and silent operation, permanent magnet (PM) motors have been widely used in a variety of applications in industrial automation, computers, aerospace, military (gun turrets drives for combat vehicles) [3], automotive (hybrid vehicles) [8] and household products. However, the PM BLDC motors are inherently electronically controlled and require rotor position information for proper commutation of currents in its stator windings. It is not desirable to use the position sensors for applications where reliability is of utmost importance because a sensor failure may cause instability in the control system. These limitations of using position sensors combined with the availability of powerful and economical microprocessors have spurred the development of sensorless control technology. Solving this problem effectively will open the way for full penetration of this motor drive into all low cost, high reliability, and large volume applications.

The advantages of the VR sensor can be summarized as follows: low cost, robust proven speed and position sensing technology (it can operate at temperatures in excess of 300 C), self-generating electrical signal which requires no external power supply, fewer wiring connections which contribute to excellent reliability, and a wide range of output, resistance, and inductance requirements so that the device can be tailored to meet specific control requirements [12].

The BLDC motor provides an attractive candidate for sensorless operation because the nature of its excitation inherently offers a low-cost way to extract rotor position information from motor-terminal voltages. In the excitation of a three-phase BLDC motor, except for the phase-commutation periods, only two of the three phase windings are conducting at a time and the no conducting phase carries the back-EMF. There are many categories of sensorless control strategies [6]; however, the most popular category is based on back electromotive forces or back-EMFs [17]. Sensing back-EMF of unused phase is the most cost efficient method to obtain the commutation sequence in star wound motors. Since back-EMF is zero at standstill and proportional to speed, the measured terminal voltage that has large signal-to-noise ratio cannot detect zero crossing at low speeds. That is the reason why in all back-EMF-based sensorless methods the low-speed performance is limited, and an open-loop starting strategy is required [18].

At low speeds or at standstill, the back-EMF detection method can not be applied well because the back-EMF is proportional to the motor speed. In spite of this problem, a starting procedure can be used to start the motor from standstill [20]. In critical applications, such as the intelligent Electro-Mechanical (EMA) and Electro-Hydraulic (EHA) actuators of aviation systems, it is necessary to ensure correct start-up of the DC motor. Electrical commutation in the first running stage is normally realized by classical PWM signal that drives a transistor power stage (see Figure 7), which is open-loop control without any position feedback [3].

An appropriate processing of the third harmonic signal allows the estimation of the rotor flux position and a proper inverter current control. In contrast with indirect sensing methods based on the back-EMF signal, the third harmonic requires only a small amount of filtering. As a result, this method is not sensitive to filtering delays, achieving a high performance for a wide speed range. A superior motor starting performance is also achieved because the third harmonic can be detected at low speeds [41].

Adopting this perspective, a control design problem can be split into two phases. The first phase is design of the control law assuming that the state vector is available, which may be based on optimization or other design techniques, and typically results in a control law without dynamics. The second phase is the design of a system that produces an approximation to the state vector. This system, called observer in a deterministic setting, has as its inputs the inputs and available outputs of the system whose state is to be approximated and has a state vector that is linearly related to the desired approximation [56]. Besides the simplicity of its design, the biggest advantage of using observers is that all of the states in the system model can be estimated including states that are hard to obtain by measurements [25]. In addition to their practical utility, observers offer an associated theory, which is intimately related to the fundamental linear system concepts of controllability, observability, dynamic response, and stability, and provides a simple setting in which all of these concepts interact.


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