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Title: Multi-objective torque control of switched reluctance machine
Authors: Dankadai, Najib Kabir
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: Newcastle University
Abstract: The recent growing interest in Switched Reluctance Drives (SRD) is due to the electrification of many products in industries including electric/hybrid electric vehicles, more-electric aircrafts, white-goods, and healthcare, in which the Switched Reluctance Machine (SRM) has potential prospects in satisfying the respective requirements of these applications. Its main merits are robust structure, suitability for harsh environments, fault-tolerance, low cost, and ability to operate over a wide speed range. Nevertheless, the SRM has limitations such as large torque ripple, high acoustic noise, and low torque density. This research focuses on the torque control of the SRD with the objectives of achieving zero torque error, minimal torque ripple, high reliability and robustness, and lower size, weight, and cost of implementation. Direct Torque Control and Direct Instantaneous Torque Control are the most common methods used to obtain desired torque characteristics including optimal torque density and minimized torque ripple in SRD. However, these torque control methods, compared to conventional hysteresis current control, require the use of power devices with a higher rating of about 150% to achieve the desired superior performance. These requirements add extra cost, conduction loss, and stress on the drive’s semiconductors and machine winding. To overcome these drawbacks, a simple and intuitive torque control method based on a novel adaptive quasi sliding mode control is developed in this study. The proposed torque control approach is designed considering the findings of an investigation performed in this thesis of the existing widely used control techniques for SRD based on information flow complexity. A test rig comprising a magnet assisted SRM driven by an asymmetric converter is constructed to validate the proposed torque control method and to compare its performance with that of direct instantaneous torque control, and current hysteresis control methods. The simulation and experimental results show that the proposed torque control reduces the torque ripple over a wide speed range without demanding a high current and/or a high switching frequency. In addition, It has been shown that the proposed method is superior to current hysteresis control method in the sensorless operation of the machine. Furthermore, the sensorless performance of the proposed method is investigated with the lower component count R-Dump converter. The simulation results have also demonstrated the excellent controller response using the standard R-Dump converter and also with its novel version developed in this thesis that needs only one current sensor.
Description: PhD Thesis
Appears in Collections:School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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