Implement brushless DC motor drive using Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) with trapezoidal back electromotive force (BEMF)
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The Brushless DC Motor Drive (AC7) block represents a standard current-controlled drive for brushless DC (BLDC) motors. The BLDC motors are also known as permanent magnet synchronous motors with trapezoidal back EMF. This drive features closed-loop speed control through stator current control, using Hall sensors. The speed control loop outputs the reference electromagnetic torque of the machine. The reference stator phase currents corresponding to the commanded torque are derived based on the machine torque constant and the Hall sensor signals. The reference phase currents are then used to obtain the required gate signals for the inverter through a hysteresis-band current controller.
The main advantage of this drive compared to voltage-controlled, PWM inverter BLDC drives, is its smooth dynamic response. This drive provides inherent current/torque-limiting capability during motor startup and acceleration. However, to operate properly, the drive requires a close-loop torque control based on machine currents signals.
Electrical™ Specialized Power Systems software, the Brushless DC Motor Drive block is commonly called the
AC7 motor drive.
The Brushless DC Motor Drive block uses these blocks from the Electric Drives / Fundamental Drive Blocks library:
Speed Controller (AC)
Current Controller (Brushless DC)
The model is discrete. Good simulation results have been obtained with a 2 µs time step. To simulate a digital controller device, the control system has two different sampling times:
Speed controller sampling time
Current controller sampling time
The speed controller sampling time has to be a multiple of the current controller sampling time. The latter sampling time has to be a multiple of the simulation time step. The average-value inverter allows the use of bigger simulation time steps since it does not generate small time constants (due to the RC snubbers) inherent to the detailed converter. For a current controller sampling time of 40 µs, good simulation results have been obtained for a simulation time step of 40 µs. The simulation time step cannot be higher than the current controller time step.
Select how the output variables are organized. If you select
Multiple output buses (default), the block has three separate output buses for motor, converter, and controller variables. If you select
Single output bus, all variables output on a single bus.
Select between the detailed and the average-value inverter. Default is
Select between the load torque, the motor speed and the mechanical rotational port as mechanical input. Default is
If you select and apply a load torque, the output is the motor speed according to the following differential equation that describes the mechanical system dynamics:
This mechanical system is included in the motor model.
If you select the motor speed as mechanical input, then you get the electromagnetic torque as output, allowing you to represent externally the mechanical system dynamics. The internal mechanical system is not used with this mechanical input selection and the inertia and viscous friction parameters are not displayed.
For the mechanical rotational port, the connection port S counts for the mechanical input and output. It allows a direct connection to the Simscape environment. The mechanical system of the motor is also included in the drive and is based on the same differential equation.
When you select this check box, the
Ctrl measurement outputs use the signal names to identify the bus labels. Select this option for applications that require bus signal labels to have only alphanumeric characters.
When this check box is cleared (default), the measurement output uses the signal definition to identify the bus labels. The labels contain nonalphanumeric characters that are incompatible with some Simulink® applications.
When you select this check box, the motor speed and position are estimated from terminal voltages and currents using a back-emf observer. The commutations signals (equivalent to hall effect signals) are generated from the rotor position every 60 electrical degrees. The Sensorless tab contains the observer gains parameters.
When this check box is cleared, the motor speed is measured by an internal speed sensor, and the Sensorless tab is not displayed on the mask of the block.
The Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine tab displays the parameters of the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine block of the Fundamental Blocks (powerlib) library.
The Rectifier section of the Converters and DC Bus tab displays the parameters of the Universal Bridge block of the Fundamental Blocks (powerlib) library. For more information on the Universal Bridge parameters, refer to the Universal Bridge reference page.
The DC bus capacitance (F). Default is
The braking chopper resistance used to avoid bus over-voltage during motor deceleration or when the load torque tends to accelerate the motor (ohms). Default is
The braking chopper frequency (Hz). Default is
The dynamic braking is activated when the bus voltage reaches the upper limit of the hysteresis band. The following figure illustrates the braking chopper hysteresis logic. Default is
The dynamic braking is shut down when the bus voltage reaches the lower limit of the hysteresis band. Default is
310. The chopper hysteresis logic is shown in the following figure.
The Inverter section of the Converters and DC Bus tab displays the parameters of the Universal Bridge block of the Fundamental Blocks (powerlib) library. For more information on the Universal Bridge parameters, refer to the Universal Bridge reference page.
The average-value inverter uses the following parameter.
The on-state resistance of the inverter switches (ohms). Default is
This pop-up menu allows you to choose between speed and torque regulation. Default is
When you click this button, a diagram illustrating the speed and current controllers schematics appears.
The maximum change of speed allowed during motor acceleration (rpm/s). An excessively large positive value can cause DC bus under-voltage. This parameter is used in speed regulation mode only. Default is
The maximum change of speed allowed during motor deceleration (rpm/s). An excessively large negative value can cause DC bus overvoltage. This parameter is used in speed regulation mode only. Default is
The speed measurement first-order low-pass filter cutoff frequency (Hz). This parameter is used in speed regulation mode only. Default is
The speed controller sampling time (s). The sampling time must be a multiple of the simulation time step. Default is
The speed controller proportional gain. This parameter is used in speed regulation mode only. Default is
The speed controller integral gain. This parameter is used in speed regulation mode only. Default is
The maximum negative demanded torque applied to the motor by the current controller (N.m). Default is
The maximum positive demanded torque applied to the motor by the current controller (N.m). Default is
The current controller sampling time (s). The sampling time must be a multiple of the simulation time step. Default is
The current hysteresis bandwidth. This value is the total bandwidth distributed symmetrically around the current set point (A). The following figure illustrates a case where the current set point is Is* and the current hysteresis bandwidth is set to dx. Default is
This parameter is not used when using the average-value inverter.
This bandwidth can be exceeded because a fixed-step simulation is used. A rate transition block is required to transfer data between different sampling rates. This block causes a delay in the gates signals, so the current may exceed the hysteresis band.
The maximum inverter switching frequency (Hz). This parameter is not used when using the average-value inverter. Default is
Click to show or hide the parameters of the Autotuning Control tool.
Specify the damping factor used for the calculation of the Kp and Ki gains of the Speed Controller (AC) block. The damping factor is defined as
The natural frequency is determined by the following empirical equations:
If ζ < 0.69
If ζ ≥ 0.69
In the equation, Trd corresponds to the Desired response time @ 5% parameter. Default is
Specify the desired settling time of the Speed Controller (AC) block. This is time required for the controller response to reach and stay within a 5 percent range of the target value. Default is
Compute the Proportional gain and Integral gain parameters of the Speed Controller (AC) block based on the Desired damping [zeta] and Desired response time @ 5% parameters. The computed values are displayed in the mask of the Drive block. Click Apply or OK to confirm them.
The d-axis gain of the observer gain matrix.
The q-axis gain of the observer gain matrix.
The speed or torque set point. The speed set point can be a step function, but the speed change rate will follow the acceleration / deceleration ramps. If the load torque and the speed have opposite signs, the accelerating torque will be the sum of the electromagnetic and load torques.
The mechanical input: load torque (Tm) or motor speed (Wm). For the mechanical rotational port (S), this input is deleted.
A, B, C
The three phase terminals of the motor drive.
The mechanical output: motor speed (Wm), electromagnetic torque (Te) or mechanical rotational port (S).
When the Output bus mode parameter is set to Multiple output buses, the block has the following three output buses:
The motor measurement vector. This vector allows you to observe the motor's variables using the Bus Selector block.
The three-phase converters measurement vector. This vector contains:
The DC bus voltage
The rectifier output current
The inverter input current
All current and voltage values of the bridges can be visualized with the Multimeter block.
The controller measurement vector. This vector contains:
The torque reference
The speed error (difference between the speed reference ramp and actual speed)
The speed reference ramp or torque reference
When the Output bus mode parameter is set to Single output bus, the block groups the Motor, Conv, and Ctrl outputs into a single bus output.
3 HP Drive Specifications
Drive Input Voltage
Motor Nominal Values
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 Tremblay, O. Modélisation, simulation et commande de la machine synchrone à aimants à force contre-électromotrice trapézoïdale. Montreal, Canada: École de Technologie Supérieure, 2006.