This chapter presents a position sensorless method for induction machines that only relies on the fundamental pulse width modulation (PWM) waveforms to excite saliency. Position signals can be synthesized through the measurement of the derivatives of the line currents induced by the PWM voltage vectors. This method is essentially saliency detection based, and therefore derivation of the rotor position is possible at low and zero speeds. In addition, it works also at higher speeds without the need of the knowledge of the machine’s fundamental model. Experimental results showing fully sensorless induction motor control at low and higher speeds validate the principle of this method.
Part of the book: Optimization and Control of Electrical Machines