In this chapter, the electromechanical behavior of switched reluctance motor (SRM) is first modeled by analyzing the related nonlinear differential equations. In the model, the estimation of rotor speed is also considered. After modeling, the effects of torque ripple, radial force, and acoustic noise are investigated. As we know, torque ripple and acoustic noise are two of the main disadvantages of a switched reluctance motor. Thus, a fuzzy logic current compensator is proposed both for reducing the peak of radial force and for decreasing acoustic noise effects. In the parts that torque reduces, the fuzzy logic current compensator injects additional current for each phase current to overcome the torque ripple. Also, the fuzzy logic current compensator reduces speed estimation error. The speed estimation is carried out using a hybrid sliding mode observer which estimates the rotor position and speed for a wide speed range. These new approaches have been simulated using MATLAB/SIMULINK for a nonlinear model of switched reluctance motor. The simulation results indicate that proposed methods decrease the maximum radial force and the torque ripple while the maximum torque is preserved. Also, these results show that proposed methods will estimate the rotor position and speed with high precision for all speeds from near zero speeds up to rated speed. These procedures have the advantages of simple implementation on the every switched reluctance motor drive without extra hardware, low cost, high reliability, low vibration, and excellent performance at long term.
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