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Energies 2016, 9(3), 135; doi:10.3390/en9030135

Improved Sensorless Control of Interior Permanent Magnet Sensorless Motors Using an Active Damping Control Strategy

Department of Electrical Engineering, Konkuk University, Seoul 05029, Korea
Academic Editor: K. T. Chau
Received: 11 January 2016 / Revised: 3 February 2016 / Accepted: 4 February 2016 / Published: 26 February 2016
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Abstract

This paper proposes the active damping control strategy for position sensorless operation of an interior permanent magnet (IPM) motor. The proposed method is applied to both the current controller and the position estimator to control damping characteristics of the IPM drive system. By actively increasing the damping characteristics of the system with the proposed method, the current control and the position estimation loops become immune to parameter variation of the stator resistance which may degrade the accuracy of the position estimator. To analyze the accuracy of the position estimator with and without the proposed method, a small-signal analysis is carried out for low speed operation where the effect of the parameter variation is relatively large due to a low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Additionally, an open-loop voltage to angular velocity transfer function including the electrical and the mechanical parameters is investigated. Since no hardware modifications are necessary, the proposed method can be easily implemented just in software routines. Both the simulations and the experimental validations in which the proposed active damping control strategy is incorporated with the existing extended electromotive force (EMF)- based sensorless algorithm are provided to support the effectiveness of the proposed method. View Full-Text
Keywords: active damping; interior permanent magnet motor; sensorless drive; extended electromotive force; position estimator; parameter variation active damping; interior permanent magnet motor; sensorless drive; extended electromotive force; position estimator; parameter variation
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Cho, Y. Improved Sensorless Control of Interior Permanent Magnet Sensorless Motors Using an Active Damping Control Strategy. Energies 2016, 9, 135.

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