About the book
In considering electric drives as one cornerstone of electrical engineering, we felt that nowadays the Switched reluctance motor (SRM) drive should be placed on a firm and well-defined theoretical base - one which shows clearly the interrelations between the machine design, modelling and control. Switched reluctance motors (SRMs) are not new devices, but their simple structure, intrinsic fault tolerance capability, high torque to inertia ratio and operation at high speeds are features that make these electrical machines strong candidates for electric vehicle applications or other applications such as generators, household appliances, and automotive auxiliary, such as windshield wipers. For these reasons we propose as a starting point the definition of the mathematical model and its emerging design techniques without forgetting the power converter and controller system and their integration with the machine. This book intends to introduce the reader to fundamental concepts of modelling, machine design and advanced control schemes in the field of Switched reluctance motor drives. The book may provide additional knowledge about the design techniques for smooth torque or reduce vibrations. A secondary goal of this book intends to provide the readers with the in-depth study of power converters available for feeding the SRM, and their use in both sensor based and sensorless controllers.
We hope that this book project will stimulate potential authors, and that they will be fascinated by this industrially relevant emerging topic.