Implement Self-Controlled Synchronous Motor Drive
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The Self-Controlled Synchronous Motor Drive (AC5) block represents a classical vector control drive for wound-field synchronous motors. This drive features unity power factor operation and closed-loop speed control, based on the vector control method. The unity power factor operation is achieved through a voltage controlled, three-phase active rectifier. The speed control loop outputs the reference electromagnetic torque and stator flux of the machine. The reference direct and quadrature (dq) components of the stator current corresponding to the commanded stator flux and torque are derived based on the vector control strategy. These reference dq components of the stator current are then used to obtain the required gate signals for the inverter through a hysteresis-band current controller. The field voltage required by the machine is obtained from the stator flux control loop.
The main advantage of this drive compared to scalar-controlled drives is its fast dynamic response. The inherent coupling effect (between the torque and flux) in the machine is managed through decoupling (stator flux orientation) control, which allows the torque and flux to be controlled independently. However, due to its computation complexity, the implementation of this drive requires fast computing processors or DSPs.
Electrical™ Specialized Power Systems software, the Self-Controlled Synchronous Motor
Drive block is commonly called the
AC5 motor drive.
The Self-Controlled Synchronous Motor Drive block uses these blocks from the Electric Drives / Fundamental Drive Blocks library:
Speed Controller (AC)
Vector Controller (WFSM)
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
Active rectifier controller and vector controller sampling time
The speed controller sampling time has to be a multiple of the vector controller sampling time. The latter sampling time has to be a multiple of the simulation time step. The average-value inverter and rectifier allow the use of bigger simulation time steps since they do not generate small time constants (due to the RC snubbers) inherent to the detailed converters. For a vector controller and active rectifier controller sampling time of 50 µs, good simulation results have been obtained for a simulation time step of 50 µs. This time step can, of course, not be higher than the smallest controller sampling time.
The torque sign convention of the synchronous machine is different from the one of the asynchronous and PM synchronous machines. That is, the synchronous machine is in the motor operation mode when the electric torque is negative and in the generator operation mode when the electric torque is positive.
Select how the output variables are organized. If you select
output buses (default), the block has three separate output buses for motor,
converter, and controller variables. If you select
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
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.
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 average-value rectifier uses the three following parameters.
The frequency of the three-phase voltage source (Hz). Default is
The RMS line-to-line voltage of the three-phase voltage source (V). Default is
The on-state resistance of the rectifier devices (ohms). Default is
The DC bus capacitance value (F). Default is
Input chokes reduce line current harmonics.
The input choke resistance value (ohms). Default is
The input choke inductance value (H). Default is
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 two following parameters:
The on-state resistance of the inverter devices (ohms). Default is
Forward voltages, in volts (V), of the forced-commutated devices and of the antiparallel diodes. These values are needed for startup and for square wave mode.
This drop-down menu allows you to choose between speed and torque regulation. Default
When you click this button, a diagram illustrating the speed, rectifier, and vector controllers schematics appears.
The maximum change of speed allowed during motor acceleration. An excessively large
positive value can cause DC bus under-voltage (rpm/s). Default is
The maximum change of speed allowed during motor deceleration. An excessively large
negative value can cause DC bus over-voltage (rpm/s). Default is
The speed measurement first-order low-pass filter cutoff frequency (Hz). 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. Default is
The speed controller integral gain. Default is
The maximum negative demanded torque applied to the motor by the vector controller
(N.m). Default is
The maximum positive demanded torque applied to the motor by the vector controller
(N.m). Default is
The DC bus voltage controller proportional gain. Default is
The DC bus voltage controller integral gain. Default is
The maximum current flowing from the DC bus capacitor towards the AC line (A). Default
The maximum current flowing from the AC line towards the DC bus capacitor (A). Default
The bus voltage measurement low-pass filter cutoff frequency (Hz). Default is
The DC bus voltage controller sampling time (s). The sampling time must be a multiple
of the simulation time step. Default is
The current hysteresis bandwidth. Default is
10. 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.
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 needed to transfer data between different sampling rates. This block causes a delay in the gate signals, so the current may exceed the hysteresis band.
The vector controller sampling time (s). The sampling time must be a multiple of the
simulation time step. Default is
The motor stator nominal flux (Wb). Default is
The current hysteresis bandwidth (for details, see the DC Bus
Controller subtab). Default is
The flux controller proportional gain. Default is
The flux controller integral gain. Default is
The minimum voltage applied to the motor excitation field (V). Default is
The maximum voltage applied to the motor excitation field (V). Default is
The flux estimation first-order filter cutoff frequency (Hz). Default is
When you start the self-controlled synchronous motor, the magnetic flux of the motor must be first established before the motor is allowed to produce an electric torque. Since the motor field time constant is high, a field voltage much higher than nominal is applied in order to accelerate the building of the magnetic flux in the synchronous motor. After the period during which the high voltage is applied, the field voltage is lowered down to its nominal value during a second short period that adds to the latter period giving the total magnetization period. This procedure gives a smooth startup of the self-controlled synchronous motor.
The field magnetization voltage applied in order to establish the stator flux (V).
The field magnetization high voltage application time (s). Default is
The field nominal voltage (V). Default is
The total time before the drive is ready to produce a torque (s). Default is
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
Note that all current and voltage values of the bridges can be visualized with the Multimeter block.
The controller measurement vector. This vector contains the values for the active rectifier and for the inverter.
For the active rectifier:
The active component of the current reference.
The voltage error (difference between the DC bus voltage reference and actual DC bus voltage)
The DC bus voltage reference
For the inverter:
The torque reference
The flux 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.
14 HP and 200 HP Drive Specifications
|14 HP Drive||200 HP Drive|
Drive Input Voltage
Motor Nominal Values
 Bose, B. K. Modern Power Electronics and AC Drives. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2002.
 Krause, P. C. Analysis of Electric Machinery. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986.