Performance Analysis of Four Phase 8/6 Switched Reluctance Motor Drive using Various Converters

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Performance Analysis of Four Phase 8/6 Switched Reluctance Motor Drive using Various Converters

Suvarna sudarsanan

PG Scholar, Department of EEE, Hindusthan College Engineering and Technology

Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.

G Muthuram

Assistant Professor, Department of EEE, Hindusthan College Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.

AbstractThe Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM) is a finest member of the Electric Machines Family. SRM has inherent advantages such as simple construction, robustness, low cost etc., it has various applications in the field of low, medium and high power drives. Torque ripple is the major drawback of the SRM drives. There are various types of switching angle control methods to achieve the optimal efficiency. The choice of the right control system is critical for the SRM system design. Torque Sharing Function (TSF) is the most effective control technique in order to minimize the torque ripples. TSF is a simple but powerful and popular technique among the indirect torque control method. In the TSF method reference torque is directly translated into the reference current. The TSF method is concerned with secondary objectives, such as minimization of copper losses or maximization of drive performance etc. The proposed system deals with four phase 8/6 drives, it will reduce the torque ripple. In this paper two converters such as Asymmetric full bridge full bridge converter, and component sharing converter along with the implementation of TSF control technique is comparing using MATLAB/ Simulink.

Keywords Switched Reluctance Motor, Total Harmonics Distortion, Torque Sharing Function


    At an age of more than 150 years, and counting, the switched reluctance motor (SRM) represents one of the oldest and finest electric motor designs around. The recent demand for variable-speed drives and primarily as a result of the development of power semiconductors, a variation on the conventional reluctance machine has been developed and is known as the switched reluctance (SR) machine.

    SRM have inherent advantages such as simple structure with non winding construction in rotor side, fail safe because of its characteristic which has a high tolerances, robustness[2], low cost with no permanent magnet in the structure, and possible operation in high temperatures or in intense temperature variations. Thus, SRM have drawn great attention from industry and researchers as an alternative among other electrical machines. SRM construction with doubly salient poles and its non-linear magnetic characteristics, the problems of acoustic noise and torque ripple are more severe than these of other traditional motors. Thus it was not successful in its wide acceptance due to its nonlinear nature of torque production. The lack of proper power electronics converters also made the SRM drive found to be less acceptance.

    The torque ripple is an inherent drawback of switched reluctance motor drives. At high speed this torque ripple has a high frequency and is filtered out. In contrast, at low speeds this torque ripple could cause significant speed fluctuations and oscillations in the drive train. The causes of the torque ripple include the geometric structure including doubly salient motor, excitation windings concentrated around the stator poles and the working modes which are necessity of magnetic saturation in order to maximize the torque per mass ratio and pulsed magnetic field obtained by feeding successively the different stator windings. The phase current commutation is the main cause of the torque ripple. The torque ripple can be minimized through magnetic circuit design in a motor design stage or by using torque control techniques.

    The torque ripple minimization is done by choosing efficient control technique and proper converter. There are many classical torque controlling technique inorder to minimizing torque ripple are discussed in previous paper, they are Direct Instantaneous torque control technique [13]-[15], Pulse width Modulation Method [9], Neuro Fuzzy Compensation Method etc, In this paper dealing with Torque Sharing Function, which most effective control technique to minimize control technique Another method for torque ripple minimization is by using appropriate converters. A number of power electronics converter topology has been developed over the year exclusively for use in conjunction with SRM drives. The converter is the power supply unit .It regulates the current to meet the specific requirement of the SRM drives.

    In this paper deals with the torque ripple minimization using two converters such as asymmetrical full bridge converter and component sharing converters along with the implementation of torque sharing function.


    1. Four Phase 8/6 SRM Drives

      The choice of the number of poles to be used in the SRM is important due to the vibration that is produced. The Structure of Four Phase 8/6 SRM is shown in Fig 1 [1]-[2]. The Four Phase 8/ 6 (8 stator and 6 rotor poles) provides lower mechanical vibration compared to the 6/4 structure. The four- phase motor is known for reducing torque ripple. The large number of power electronic devices and connections is a major drawback, limiting four phase motors to a specific application

      field. A practical limitation to consider larger phase numbers is the increase of the converter phase units, hence of the total cost.

      Fig. 1. Structure of 8/6 SRM

    2. Converters Used

      The amount of current flowing through the SRM winding is controlled by switching on and off power electronics device such as MOSFET and IGBT. The selection of converter topology for a certain application is an important issue. Basically, the SRM converter has some requirements, such as:

      • Each phase of the SR motor should be able to conduct independently of the other phases. It means that one phase has at least one switch for motor operation.

      • The converter should be able to demagnetize the phase before it steps into them regenerating region. If the machine is operating as a motor, it should be able to excite the phase before it enters the generating region.

        In order to improve the performance, such as higher efficiency, faster excitation time, fast demagnetization, high power, fault tolerance etc., the converter must satisfy some additional requirements. Some of these requirements are listed below.

        Additional Requirements:

      • The converter should be able to allow phase overlap control.

      • The converter should be able to utilize the demagnetization energy from the outgoing phase in a useful way by either feeding it back to the source (DC-link capacitor) or using it in the incoming phase.

      • In order to make the commutation period small the converter should generate a sufficiently high negative voltage for the outgoing phase to reduce demagnetization time.

      • The converter should be able freewheel during the chopping period to reduce the switching frequency. So the switching loss and hysteresis loss may be reduced.

      • The converter should be able to support high positive excitation voltage for building up a higher phase current, which may improve the output power of motor.

        The converter should have resonant circuit to apply zero- voltage or zero-current switching for reducing switching loss.

        1. Asymmetric Full Bridge Converter

          The full bridge converter consists of four switches in the single phase. There are sixteen switches in the four phase SRM drives. A direct converter is an electrical circuitmade of switches. It is unable to store the energy. The energy transfer is directly take place from input to the output.

          A full bridge circuit including first and fourth switching devices constituting a first leg of said full bridge and a second and third switching devices constituting a second leg of said full bridge, said first and second switching devices being main switches, said third and fourth switching devices being auxiliary switches.

        2. Component Sharing Converter

        The component sharing converter circuit for four phase SRM drive, which is illustrate in Fig 2. It can be observed that the asymmetrical converter it need needs eight IGBT modules and eight diodes but in the component sharing converter eight IGBT modules and four diodes, in comparison. On the other hand, each phase is controlled by different switching devices [10]. It is helpful to reduce the temperature rise and extend the lifetime of IGBT components.

        Fig. 2. Component sharing converter topology for four-phase SRM drives

        According to the operation principle of SRM drives, the energy conversion process may occur simultaneously in two adjacent phases, in order to acquire high starting torque and low torque ripple. This mode of operation may cause a current overlap. In the developed converter, therefore, alternate phases are grouped together, such as Phase A and Phase C, or Phase B and Phase D. This allows independent current control of each phase with overlapping currents not exceeding one phase cycle duration [12].

        In component Sharing Converters there are three stages of operations, they are Charging, Freewheeling, and Discharging. It will help to reduce the switching losses and very cost effective converter.

    3. Control Technique

      The choice of proper control technique is very important for SRM drives. If the proper control technique is used, it will give better motor operation, lower energy usage, greater reliability, fewer system components, and a better dimension of the power elements. The most effective control technique

      Torque Sharing Function and It is indirect control Technique [6].

      The torque ripple is the main drawback of SRM drives. It is the consequence of non linear torque -current – angle characteristics and discrete nature of torque producing mechanism. In this method Torque is divided among the individual phase. The instantaneous torque of individual phase is defined by suitable TSF. The primary objective of low torque ripple is provided by ideally sharing torque among individual phases. Secondary objective is very important, it may be minimization of the copper losses, minimization of the phase voltage or minimization of the peak phase current that are related to the drive efficiency, torque-speed capability, and peak current requirement for the power converter, respectively. These secondary objectives help to optimal TSF and optimize parameters.

      1) TSF block diagram

      The input torque reference is divided into four-phase torque command according to the rotor position which is shown in Fig 3. Torque references of each phase are changed to the current command signal in the Torque to Current block according to the rotor position. Since the output torque is determined by inductance slope changed by rotor position, so the reference current of each phase is determined by the target torque and rotor position. The switching rule is generates an active Switching signal of power converter according to the

      Fig. 4. Typical profiles of linear and sinusoidal TSF

      The simultaneous excitation of no more than two phases in overlap region will be considered, since that is the condition any phase in most of three-phase and four phase SRMs does not produce negative torque. According to the torque sharing curve in overlap region, the most popular of the conventional TSFs can be classified as linear, exponential, cubic, and sinusoidal TSF The reference torque T*k of the phase k can be defined as

      0, 0 on

      T*.frise(), on < < on + ov

      current error and hysteresis switching table [7] – [14].

      T*k () = T*



      – ov

      Fig. 3. Block Diagram of TSF methods

      T*.f fall(), off – ov < < off 0, off al

      The phase k is energized between turn-ON on and turn- OFF off angles. According to the torque production capability, these angles must satisfy conditions: u on < off al . Overlap angle ov denotes intervals when phase k shares torque with outgoing phase (k 1) or with incoming phase (k + 1).

    4. PI Controller


    The reference phase torque T*

    of each phase is obtained

    by proper shifting of TSF. The TSF is divided into the region with zero and nonzero values. The nonzero region of TSF is divided into the subregion, where the considered phase k alone


    should develop the whole torque in (T* = T*), and the


    subregion, where it the torque with one or more phase (0 < T*

    < T*).

    Fig. 5. Basic block of a PI controller.

    A PI Controller (proportional-integral controller) is a special case of the PID controller in which the derivative (D) of the error is not used.

    The controller output is given by

    KP+KIdt -(1)

    Where is the error or deviation of actual measured value (PV) from the set-point (SP).


    A PI controller can be modeled easily in software such as Simulink using a "flow chart" box involving Laplace operators:

    C=G(1+TS)/TS -(2)


    G=KP= proportional gain G/T=KI= integral gain

    Setting a value for G is often a tradeoff between decreasing overshoot and increasing settling time. The lack of derivative action may make the system steadier in the steady state in the case of noisy data. This is because derivative action is more sensitive to higher-frequency terms in the inputs. Without derivative action, a PI-controlled system is less responsive to real (non-noise) and relatively fast alterations in state and so the system will be slower to reach set point and slower to respond to perturbations than a well-tuned PID system.


    The simulation model of this SRM is given in Figure 6

    .Four Phase 8/6 SRM drives is proposed. The control technique here implemented is Torque Sharing Function, which advanced and most efficient method. Here in this project the two converters are compared for analysis. Here ie, the two converters are Asymmetric Full Bridge converter, and Component Sharing converters are used. In this THD device is used to digitally display the harmonics presented in the each phase of the SRM drives. The TSF is implemented in this simulation to achieve better control over the motor using the torque produced by the motor; the system for TSF The speed from the motor is taken and given to speed controller along with the reference speed the speed controller converts actual speed and reference speed to flux and torque values (ie estimated values), then the estimated flux and torque value is given to flux and torque hysteresis block which in turn process the flux and torque (estimated value) to simple error value and it is given to the switching tables which produces gate pulsed for the switches in the converter using SRM technique. The produced gate pulses are given to the converter which conducts the current which in turn controls the torque produced by the motor.

    Fig. 6. General simulation model


From the output wave illustrated in the Fig 7 and Fig 8 , it is clear that Component Sharing Converter along with TSF control Technique produces less torque ripple when compare with Asymmetric full bridge converters. Due to reduction in the components, total harmonic distortion is less in the component sharing converter.

Fig. 7. Output using full bridge converter

Fig. 8. Output waveform using Component Sharing Converter

SRM has doubly salien poles and non-linear magnetic characteristics; the torque ripple is more severe than other traditional motors. Four-phase 8/6 SRM motors are popular for reducing torque ripple. In this project the control technique used is TSF, which is the most efficient control method for the minimization of torque ripples. By choosing appropriate converter torque ripples can be reduced. The implementation of TSF (torque sharing function) is done in two different converters for four phase SRM drive

The converters designed are

  1. Asymmetric Full Bridge Converter

  2. Component sharing converter.

By analyzing simulation result, it can be determined that the TSF function can be fully achieved in Component Sharing converter. The harmonics produced in the voltage while using

various converters is measured by THD meter. THD value is less in the Component Sharing converter than Asymmetric Full Bridge Converter. Thus by choosing appropriate converter ie Component Sharing converter, the efficiency of the SRM drives is high.


Author is thankful to the Electrical department in Hindusthan college of Engineering and Technology for providing required experimental setup.


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