Nowadays, the induction machines are used in many industrial applications due to their reliability, ruggedness and relatively low costs. These parameters are also attractive for use in the new generation of electrical transportation, ventilation and heating systems. With the development of control technology, these machines are being used now in variable speed drives applications. There are two forms of control vector or field oriented: direct field orientation, which need measurement or estimation of the rotor flux, and indirect field orientation, which use an inherent relationship. Though indirect field oriented control uses essentially the command reference rotor flux.Some recent works using the actual rotor flux are reported to achieve perfect decoupling Blaschke, F. 1972, Bose, B. K. 2002, Leonhard, W. 1990, Vas, P. 1990.
The implementation of direct field oriented control via air gap flux measurement has typically been plagued by the complexities and lack of mechanical robustness associated with intrusive sensors located in machine air gap. Furthermore, a correction is required for the rotor leakage flux if the rotor flux field orientation is to be achieved. Estimation rather than measurement of the rotor flux is an alternative approach for both direct and indirect field oriented control that has received considerable attention Holtz, J. 2006, Kennel, R. 2007, Krishnan, R. 2001.
In many popular implementations of field oriented induction machine drives, rotor flux is estimated from the terminal variables such as stator voltage and current measurements. Digital shaft position encoders are usually used to detect the rotor speed. Speed and flux sensors cause many problems, as degradation in mechanical robustness; high cost and volume lower the system reliability and require special attention to noise. In some special applications such as high speed control drives and hostile environment, difficulties arise in mounting these sensors Bose, B. K. 2002, Holtz, J. 2006, Krishnan, R. 2001.
In the last decade, researches have been carried on the design of sensorless control schemes of induction machines. Most methods are based on the Model Reference Adaptive System schemes (MRAS) Chang, G. W. et al. 2001, Marino, R. et al. 2008. In Wang, et al. 2007 the authors used a reactive-power based reference model in both motoring and generating modes, but one of the disadvantages of this algorithm is its sensitivity to detuning the stator and rotor inductances. The basic MRAS algorithm is very simple but the greatest drawback is the sensitivity to uncertainties in the motor parameters Chang, G. W. & Hespanha, J. P. et al. 2001, Marino, R. et al. 2008
By using the advances of power electronics and Digital Signal Processing DSP technology, the control schemes of induction machine are developed from simple scalar control methods or auto-tuning control strategies to FOC and DTC. The Indirect Field Oriented Control (IFOC) is applied in real time control when dealing with high performance induction motors drives El Refaei, et al. 2005, Holtz, J. and Thimm, T. 1991, Holtz, J. and Quan, J. 2002, Jeon, S.H., et al. 2002.
In high performance control, rotor time constant is a critical parameter for indirect field oriented control induction motor drives. Only recent works have aimed at filling in this gap by providing indirect field oriented control with a firm theoretical foundation. The influence of the rotor time constant mismatch on the stability of induction motors under indirect field oriented control. It has been shown that the speed control of induction motors through indirect field oriented control is globally asymptotically stable for any constant load torque if the rotor time constant is perfectly known or the estimated error is sufficiently small Bezanella, A.S. and Reginetto, R. 2007, Chang, G. W. et al. 2001, Holtz, J. and Thimm, T. 1991, Matsuo, T. and Lipo, T. A. 1985.
The objective of this chapter is to present a high performance induction machines vector control that is robust against rotor time constant variations Grouni, S., Ibtiouen, R. & Kidouche M. and Touhami, O. 2007. These variations are predicted and corrected by using the online estimator approach algorithm. This estimator is developed to simultaneously control flux and estimate rotor time constant. Simulation and experimental results are presented. In addition we consider the problem of analytically seeking a reference with optimum flux that minimizes total energy of induction machines.
2. Induction Machine Model and Control Problem Formulation
The induction machine mathematical model, in space vector notation, established in d-q rotating coordinates frame system is based on the Park’s transformation. Dynamic models of induction machines are available in the literature Bose, B.K. 2002, Krishnan, R. 2001. Parasitic effects such as hysteresis, eddy currents, magnetic saturation and others are generally neglected. Consider a state-space model of equations system related to the indirect method of vector field control is described below. In the rotating reference frame at synchronous speed
In the same way, we define the stator and rotor fluxes by the following magnetic equations:
In d-q rotating reference frame components, the expressions of electromagnetic torque and mechanical speed are stated by:
This expression presents a high coupling between fluxes and electromagnetic torque.
From (7) and (8), d-q rotating reference frame the rotor currents are given:
Substituting (11) and (12) into (3) and (4) we get yields
From (18), the electromagnetic torque is controlled only by q- axis stator current, and the rotor flux is controlled by d-axis stator current. In vector field oriented control we have :
Substituting (15)-(17) into (3) and (11)-(14) it yields
3. Rotor Field Orientation Control
There are many categories of vector control strategies Bose, B.K. 2002, Krishnan, R. 2001, Vas, P. 1990. We are interested in this work to indirect field oriented control (IFOC). We have shown in equation (9) that the electromagnetic torque expression, in the dynamic regime, presents a coupling between stator current and rotor flux. The main objective of the vector field oriented control of induction machines is to obtain the decoupling between flux and electromagnetic torque Blaschke, F. 1972. This is done by using a d-q rotating reference frame at synchronous speed with the rotor flux is space vector orientation. The d-axis is aligned with the rotor flux space vector. Under this condition we have;
The function of electromagnetic torque with the reference slip speed frequency is:
These equations are functions of some structural electric parameters of induction machines (
The dynamic model represented in equations (1)-(4) is applied with pulse width modulation (PWM) voltage or current control inverter. The schematic block diagrams of a real control system are represented in figures 1 and 2. The following models of control are used on closed loop in field oriented control systems which depend on the loading conditions.
The current and voltage controls of indirect field oriented control are represented in Figures 3 and 4. It is noticed that the decoupling flux is maintened null in q-axis rotor flux. The fluxes circular locus show a good improvement of the proposed control.
With respect to the proposed control, the speed response follows perfectly the reference speed while the curves of torque show good dynamic behavior for both transient and steady state. The stator current waveform shows a fast rise time response.
4. Online Rotor time constant estimator
As stated in the introduction, the interest study is in online tracking of the value of rotor time constant
4.1. Variation effect of rotor time Constant
Several research tasks Bezanella, A. S., Reginetto, R. 2001, Holtz, J. & Thimm, T. 1991, Jeon, S. H. et al. 2002, Marino, R., Tomei, Verrelli, C. M. 2008, Matsuo, T. & Lipo, T. O. 1985, Novotny, D. & Lorenz, R. 1986 and (Wensen, Wang, et al. 2001,) showed that effectiveness of the control in oriented flux depend strongly on the knowledge and accuracy of the machine parameters. The simulation of mathematical equations given by (28) and (29) are plotted in Figure 5.
These curves show that the actual value of the rotor time constant is smaller than the predicted (Tr/Tr*<1). The identification method of rotor time constant is studied and simulated.
4.2. Rotor time constant estimation according to Garces method
The simulation results in Figure 6 have shown the estimation method according to Garces based on the comparison of two expressions of the machine reactive power Garces, J. L. 1980, Okuyama, T. Nagase, H., Kubota, Y., et al. 1983. The simulation results applied for low load represent a good dynamic behavior for both transient and steady state responses in large scale of time. The flux curves show the decoupling between torque and flux, and (, β) axis of rotor fluxes show clearly circular locus. The control drives are applied for resistant
4.3 Estimation approach of rotor time constant with optimum flux
The estimation approach of rotor time constant is based on error signal of real and optimum rotor flux. This approach has been used to optimize rotor flux for optimum control trajectory tracking. It depends largely on the machine parameters where optimum rotor flux is function of copper loss minimization Grouni, S., Ibtiouen, R. & Kidouche, M. and Touhami, O. 2008:
Optimum control of rotor flux is calculated by using equation:
Developing this expression, and calculating optimum flux according to the function of electromagnetic torque, we get the following expression:
The d-axis component of rotor flux
The reference signal
The expression of estimated stator resistance is given by the following equation:
The control scheme presented is shown as a dotted block in figure 7. This is used to improve the estimator of rotor time constant with optimum flux.
We have tested the proposed scheme diagram with the estimation approach of rotor time constant. The responses of rotor flux and electromagnetic torque show that the decoupling is maintained. The speed signal has a good dynamic behavior in transient and steady state. The response follows perfectly the reference. The estimation approach has obtained a perfect response behavior of rotor time constant in large scale of time.
5. Conclusion and Further Research
In this chapter, we have presented the estimation approach of rotor time constant variation with optimum flux. The Garces method is applied for several applications of load torque. The estimation approach predicts and tune the rotor time constant to the actual value rapidly. Now, it is possible to say that this approach can be applied to reduce losses in low load application for induction machines. Further research can address the effectiveness rotor time constant which remains an important parameter for stability and robustness in high application vector controlled machines in presence of load disturbance.