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Speed sensorless field-oriented control of induction

motor with interconnected observers: experimental

tests on low frequencies benchmark
D. Traore, J. De Leon, A. Glumineau and L. Loron

Abstract: Field-oriented speed control of induction motors (IMs) without mechanical sensors
(speed sensor and load torque sensor) are considered. The methodology is divided into two
parts. First, interconnected high-gain observers are designed to estimate the mechanical and mag-
netic variables from the only measurement of stator current. Secondly, the speed and flux esti-
mation are used by a controller to achieve the speed/flux tracking. The flux regulation problem
is simple and the traditional approach is followed by using proportional integral (PI) controller.
For the speed-regulation problem, it is stated that flux regulation quickly happens by using a high-
gain PI controller to regulate the q-axis current to its reference. Stability analysis based on
Lyapunov theory is proved to guarantee the ‘observer þ controller’ stability. To test and validate
the controller – observer by considering the sensorless control problem of IM at low frequency, a
significant benchmark is implemented. The trajectories of this benchmark are designed to validate
the controller and observer under three operating conditions: low speed, high speed and very low
speed. Furthermore, robustness tests with respect to parameter variations are given in order to show
the performance of the proposed observer – controller scheme.

1 Introduction (sensorless). A major difficulty is the estimation of the

state variable at low frequencies. Another difficulty is to
Because of its reliability, ruggedness and relatively low ensure the robustness against parameter variations. In the
cost, induction motor (IM) is the most widely used in indus- literature, several approaches have been proposed to esti-
trial applications. However, the IM presents a challenging mate the rotor velocity and load torque from the measure-
control problem. This is mainly due to the following four ments, such as the stator current or voltage, for example,
factors: [1– 8].
In [1], two types of observers are investigated. To increase
† The IM is a complex highly coupled nonlinear system. the robustness of the speed sensorless IM drives for high-
† Two of the state variables (rotor fluxes and mechanical performance application, the authors proposed a second obser-
speed) are not usually measurable. ver which is an adaptive uncertain observer. This observer is
† Because of heating, the rotor and stator resistances vary combined with an integral-proportional (IP) controller for
considerably with a significant impact on the system speed tracking. The direct torque control and space vector
dynamics. modulation schemes for the sensorless IM drives based on
† The load torque is generally unknown. input–output feedback linearisation control are addressed in
[8]. In [4], an algorithm for simultaneous estimation of
For direct field-oriented control of IM drives, for motor speed and rotor resistance is presented. This observer
example, the speed knowledge is crucial, and generally is combined with a state feedback controller which is load
sensors are used to measure it. The minimisation of the torque-adaptive. The sensorless control scheme and a rotor
number of sensors contributes to simplify the installation flux observer, which is adaptive with respect to rotor resistance
and decreases the cost of both control and maintenance. at constant rotor speed, have been proposed in [5].
Consequently, during the last decade, there has been a con- Field-oriented controller using a singular perturbation
siderable interest in IM drives without mechanical sensors approach with on-line stator resistance estimation for speed
sensorless has been addressed in [2]. A high-gain observer is
# The Institution of Engineering and Technology 2007 proposed in [3]. This observer is associated to field-oriented
doi:10.1049/iet-cta:20060453 feedback with PI controller. In [6] a speed sensorless control-
Paper first received 26th October 2006 and in revised form 11th June 2007 ler for IM, based on a high-gain speed observer, has been pro-
D. Traore and A. Glumineau are with IRCCyN: Institut de Recherche en posed. To improve the performance of the control law at low
Communications et Cybernétique de Nantes, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, BP speed, the authors add a stator resistance adaptation
92101, 1 Rue de la Noe, 44312 Nantes Cedex 3, France mechanism.
J. De Leon is with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidad In the literature, the stability analysis for speed sensorless is
Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, PO Box 148-F, San Nicolas de Los Garza 66450, not available except in [7, 9]. In [9], the global exponential
N.L, Mexico
speed flux tracking was proved. The global asymptotic stab-
L. Loron is with IREENA: Institut de Recherche en Electronique et
Electrotechnique de Nantes Atlantique, Bd de l’université, BP 406, Saint- ility of the closed loop has been guaranteed in [7]. However,
Nazaire Cedex 44602, France the authors assume that the load torque and vector flux are
E-mail: known which is not realistic in an industrial situation.
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Canudas et al. [10] and Ibarra-Rojas et al. [11], demon- windings, p the number of pole-pair, J the inertia of the
strate that the main conditions to lose the observability of system (motor and load) and fv the viscous damping
IM are: the excitation voltage frequency is zero and the coefficient.
rotor speed is constant. Yet, in the literature, the sensorless Furthermore, the operation domain D of IM is defined by
algorithms are usually tested and evaluated at high and low the set of values
speed [6, 9, 12]. However, a few studies have highlighted
this problem of unboservability [9]. In [9] the ‘observer þ
controller’ was tested on a ‘sensorless control benchmark’. D ¼ {X [ R6 jjfrd j  Fmax max
d , jfrq j  Fq
The trajectories of this benchmark are chosen to evaluate
the IM sensorless algorithm in observable and unobservable jisd j  Idmax , jisq j  Iqmax , jVj  Vmax , Tl  Tl max }
conditions. Unfortunately, when the load torque is .20% of
the nominal load torque the ‘observer þ controller’ where X ¼ (frd , frq , isd , isq , V, Tl), Fmax max max max
d , Fq , Id , Iq ,
becomes unstable. V max
and Tlmax
are the actual maximum values for the
The purpose of this paper is to propose a traditional
fluxes, currents, speed and torque load, respectively.
field-oriented control using an interconnected high-gain
The control inputs are the stator voltages. Only stator cur-
observer that achieves a good speed/flux tracking for IM
rents and stator voltages are measured.
control without mechanical sensors. Then to test and evalu-
ate the performance of our sensorless controller on a
specific benchmark defined in [9]. This benchmark is
called sensorless control benchmark. Three operating con-
ditions are considered in this benchmark: (1) low speed 3 Interconnected observers design
with nominal load, (2) high speed with nominal load, (3)
In this section, we propose the design of two interconnected
unobservable conditions (low frequencies). In this region
observers for the sensorless IM. Consider IM model (1)
(unobservable condition), we define the value of speed
rewritten in form (2)
and the stator pulsation by using the inobservability con-
ditions [10] of the IM. In our case, the value of the speed
is V ¼ 20.5 rad/s. The load torque in this region is the X  x_ ¼ f (x) þ g(x)u
nominal torque (8 N m), so that the speed and the developed : (2)
y ¼ h(x)
torque are in opposite directions.
The paper is organised as follows. Section 2 is devoted to
the description of the IM model. The interconnected obser- where x ¼ (isd isq frd frq V Tl)T, u ¼ (usd usq)T, y ¼ (h1 ,
vers design is introduced in Section 3. In Section 4, the h2)T ¼ (isd , isq)T
Lyapunov stability analysis of these observers is given.
The flux-oriented control is presented in Section 5. The
Lyapunov stability analysis of the observers þ controller 0 1
bafrd þ bpVfrq  gisd þ vs isq
is given in Section 6. Experimental results are given and dis- B baf  bpVf  gi  v i C
cussed in Section 7. B rq rd sq s sd C
B afrd þ (vs  pV)frq þ aMsr isd C
2 IM model f (x) ¼ B af  (v  pV)f þ aM i C
B rq s rd sr sq C
B 1 C
The IM model, described in this paper, is based on the motor @ m(frd isq  frq isd )  cV  Tl A
equation in a rotating frame d and q-axes [13]. The dynamic 0
equation can be described by 0 1
m1 0
0 1 0 baf þ bpVf  gi þ v i 1 B 0 m C
isd rd rq sd s sq
B 1C
B i C B ba f  bpV f  g i  v C
s isd C
B sq C B B
rq rd sq
and g(x) ¼ B 0 0 C C
B ḟ rd C ¼ B
afrd þ (vs  pV)frq þ aMsr isd C
@ 0 0 A
B ḟ C B B afrq  (vs  pV)frd þ aMsr isq C C
@ rq A @ A 0 0
_ 1
V m(frd isq  frq isd )  cV  Tl
0 1 In this paper, the unknown load torque is considered con-
m1 0
B C stant; thus, the IM model (2) may be seen as the intercon-
B 0 m1 C ! nection between subsystems (3) and (4). Then we suppose
B C usd
þB B 0 0 CC u (1) that each subsystem satisfies some required properties to
B C sq build an observer and we assume that, for each of this sep-
@ 0 0 A
arate observer, the state of the other is available
0 0
where isd , isq , frd , frq , usd , usq , V and Tl denote, respect- 0 1 0 0 bpf 1
0 0i 1
isd rq
ively, the stator currents, the rotor fluxes, the stator B _ C B 1CCB C
voltage inputs, the angular speed and the load torque. The @VA¼B @ 0 0  A @ V A
subscripts s and r refer to the stator and rotor. The par- T_ l 0 0 0 T l
ameters a, b, c, g, s, m and m1 are defined by: a ¼ Rr/Lr , 0 1
b¼ Msr/sLsLr , c ¼ fv/J, g ¼ (L2r Rs þ M2srRr)/sLsL2r , gisd þ abfrd þ m1 usd þ vs isq
s ¼ 1 2 (M2sr/LsLr), m ¼ pMsr/JLr , m1 ¼ 1/sLs . Rs and þ@
m(frd isq  frq isd )  cV
A (3)
Rr are the resistances, Ls and Lr the self-inductances, Msr
the mutual inductance between the stator and rotor 0

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0 1 0 10 1
isq g bpVab isq In order to design an observer for system (5), we proceed
B ḟ C B CB C from the separate synthesis of the observer for each subsys-
@ rd A ¼ @ 0 apV A@ frd A
ḟ rq 0 pV a frq tem. Considering the two systems
0 1 X X_ ¼ A (v )X þ g (u, y, v , v )
vs isd þ m1 usq : 1 1 2 1 1 2 1
B v f þ aM i C y ¼ C X
þ @ s rq sr sd A (4) 1 1 1 1
vs frd þ aMsr isq X X_ ¼ A (v )X þ g (u, y, v , v )
2 2 1 2 2 1 2
: (7)
Then, it is possible to represent two subsystems, (3) and 2 y 2 ¼ C X
2 2
(4), in an interconnected form P
8 where v1 (respectively,
P v2) represents the states of 1
> X_1 ¼ A1 (X2 )X1 þ g1 (u, y, X2 , X1 ) (respectively, 2); then the coupleP (u, vi) [ U  J is con-
X > <
y ¼ C1 X 1 sidered as input for subsystem i . For this observer syn-
: _1 (5) thesis, we assume that v1 and v2 are available. The
> X ¼ A2 (X1 )X2 þ g2 (u, y, X1 , X2 )
: 2 convergence proof of the interconnected observers will be
y2 ¼ C 2 X 2
shown in Section 4.
where Before designing interconnected observers for subsys-
0 1 tems (6) and (7), we make the following assumptions:
0 bpfrq 0
B 1C Assumption 1: Consider subsystems (6) and (7)Pwith (u,Pv2)
A1 (X2 ) ¼ B
@0 0  C A and (u, v1) are regularly persistent inputs for 1 and 2 ,
0 0 0 respectively.
0 1 The persistence of the input is associated to the observa-
g bpV ab bility [14]
P Pof system (2). The interconnected observers of
B C 1 and 2 are given by
A2 (X1 ) ¼ @ 0 a pV A
0 pV a >
> Z_ ¼ A1 (Z2 )Z1 þ g1 (u, y, Z2 , Z1 )
0 1 > 1
> þ (GS11 C1T þ B2 (Z2 ))(y1  y^ 1 )
gisd þ abfrd þ m1 usd þ vs isq <
B C O1 : þ (B1 (Z2 ) þ KC2T )(y2  y^ 2 ) (8)
g1 (u, y, X2 , X1 ) ¼ @ m(frd isq  frq isd )  cV A >
0 >
> S_1 ¼ u1 S1  A1 (Z2 )S1  S1 A1 (Z2 ) þ C1 C1
0 1 y^ 1 ¼ C1 Z1
vs isd þ m1 usq
B C > Z_ ¼ A2 (Z1 )Z2 þ g2 (u, y, Z1 , Z2 )
g2 (u, y, X1 , X2 ) ¼ @ vs frq þ aMsr isd A >
> 2
< þ S21 C2T (y2  y^ 2 )
vs frd þ aMsr isq O2 : (9)
> S_2 ¼ u2 S2  AT2 (Z1 )S2  S2 A2 (Z1 ) þ C2T C2
and X1 ¼ (isd , V, Tl)T, X2 ¼ (isq , frd , frq)T are the states, :
y^ 2 ¼ C2 Z2
u ¼ (usd , usq)T the inputs and T
 y ¼ (isd, isq) the outputs of
the IM model. C1 ¼ C2 ¼ 1 0 0 : where Z1 ¼ (i^sd , V
^ , T^l)T and Z2 ¼ (i^sq , f^ rd , f^ rq)T are the esti-
mated states. u1 and u2 are the positive constants and S1 and
S2 the symmetric positive definite matrices [15].
Remark 1: For system (5), we assume that vs is known; B1(Z2) ¼ kmL1f̂rd , B2(Z2) ¼ kmL2f̂rq , L1 ¼ (0, 0, 1)T,
this assumption is necessary to build the interconnected L2 ¼ (0, 0, 21)T
observer. But, this assumption is not restrictive because 0 1 0 1
vs is provided by the control laws design (see more kc1 0 0 1 0 0
details in Section 5). K ¼ @ kc2 0 0 A, G ¼ @ 0 1 0 A
The inputs u are assumed to belong to some set U of mea- 0 0 0 0 0 a
surable and bounded functions. In other terms, u [ U the set
of admissible inputs, and we denote J the space of continu- where k, kc1 and kc2 are positive constants and 0  a  1.
ous functions from R þ to R ni, for i ¼ 1, 2, with ni the dimen- Note that GS21 T 21 T
1 C1 and S2 C2 are the gains of the obser-
sion of each subsystem. vers (8) and (9), respectively.

Remark 2: The choice of the variables of each subsystem Remark 4: B1(Z2)( y2 2 y^2) þ B2(Z2)( y1 2 y^1) ; k[m(f̂rd
has been considered in order to separate the mechanical isq 2 f̂rqisd) 2 m(frdi^sq 2 frqi^sd)] ; k(Te 2 T̃e), where Te
variables (V, Tl) from the magnetic variables (frd , frq). It and T̃e are, respectively, the ‘measured’ and ‘estimated’
is clear that other choice could be considered in order to rep- electromagnetic torque.
resent these subsystems, provided an observer could be
designed. This choice will be highlighted in Section 6.1. Assumption 2:
1. The states X1 and X2 are bounded,
Now, we present an observer design for the sensorless IM 2. A1 (X2 ) is globally Lipschitz with respect to X2 ,
that is based on the interconnection between several obser- 3. A2 (X1 ) is globally Lipschitz with respect to X1 ,
vers satisfying some required properties, particularly the 4. g1 (u, y, X2 , X1 ), g2 (u, y, X2 , X1 ) are globally Lipschitz
property of inputs persistency. with respect to X2 , X1 and uniformly with respect to (u, y).
From the definition, it is possible to calculate the Lipschitz
Remark 3: A regularly persistence input is an input that suf- constant; see the following example. We consider matrix
ficiently excites the system in order to guarantee its obser- A1 (X2 ), the norm of the Jacobian of A1 (X2 ) along X2 is:
vability [14]. k@A1 (X2 )=@X2 k ¼ bp.
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Then, assuming that Assumption 2 is verified, a nominal and u2 can be selected from (16). Furthermore, the
observer for interconnected systems (5) is given by estimation error converges asymptotically to zero if we
8 know exactly the motor parameters. Otherwise, the conver-
> Z_1 ¼ A1 (Z2 )Z1 þ g1 (u, y, Z2 , Z1 ) gence of the complete observer admits a small upper bound.
> þ(GS11 C1T þ B2 (Z2 ))(y1  y^ 1 )
> þ(B1 (Z2 ) þ KC2T )(y2  y^ 2 ) Remark 6: When the persistence condition is not satisfied
< _
S ¼ u1 S1  AT1 (Z2 )S1  S1 A1 (Z2 ) þ C1T C1 (in the unobservable area), we will prove the stability of
O: 1
> y^ ¼ C1 Z1 the observer in Section 6.1.
> _1
> Z ¼ A2 (Z1 )Z2 þ g2 (u, y, Z1 , Z2 ) þ S21 C2T (y2  y^ 2 )
> _2
> T T Proof: Let us define Vo ¼ V1 þ V2 a candidate Lyapunov
: S2 ¼ u2 S2  A2 (Z1 )S2  S2 A2 (Z1 ) þ C2 C2
> function where V1 and V2 are, respectively, the candidate
y^ 2 ¼ C2 Z2 Lyapunov function for each dynamics (11), (12) given by
(10) V1 ¼ eT1 S1 e1 and V2 ¼ eT2 S2 e2 . Next, taking the time deriva-
tive of Vo and replacing the suitable expressions, (13) and
Remark 5: It is worth noticing that kS1 k and kS2 k are (10) we have
bounded for u1 and u2 large enough due to the persistency
property of inputs; more details can be found in [9]. V_o ¼ eT1 u1 S1  (2S1 GS11  1)C1T C1  2S1 B02 e1
þ 2eT1 S1 A1 (X2 )  A1 (Z2 ) X1 þ 2eT1 S1 DA1 (X2 ) X1
4 Stability analysis of observer under  
parameters uncertainties þ 2eT1 S1 g1 (u, y, X2 , X1 )  g1 (u, y, Z2 , Z1 )
Defining the estimation errors as þ 2eT1 S1 Dg1 (u, y, X2 , X1 ) þ eT2 u2 S2  C2T C2 e2
e1 ¼ X1  Z1 and e2 ¼ X2  Z2 þ 2eT2 S2 A2 (X1 )  A2 (Z1 ) X2 þ 2eT2 S2 DA2 (X1 ) X2
the estimation error dynamics is given by þ 2eT2 S2 g2 (u, y, X1 , X2 )  g2 (u, y, Z1 , Z2 )
e_1 ¼ [A1 (Z2 )  GS11 C1T C1  B2 (Z2 )C1 ]e1 þ 2eT2 S2 Dg2 (u, y, X1 , X2 )  2eT1 S1 (B01 þ K 0 )e2
þ g1 (u, y, X2 , X1 )  g1 (u, y, Z2 , Z1 )
where B01 ¼ B1 (Z2 )C1 , B02 ¼ B2 (Z2 )C2 and K 0 ¼ KC2T C2 .
þ [A1 (X2 )  A1 (Z2 )]X1 From Assumption 2, the following inequalities hold
 (B1 (Z2 )C2 þ KC2T C2 )e2 (11)
 kS1 k  k1 , kS2 k  k5 , kX1 k  k3 , kX2 k  k7
k g1 (u, y, X2 , X1 )  g1 (u, y, Z2 , Z1 ) k  k4 ke2k þ k9 ke1 k
e_2 ¼ [A2 (Z1 )  S21 C2T C2 ]e2 kA1 (X2 )  A1 (Z2 )k  k2 ke2 k
þ [A2 (X1 )  A2 (Z1 )]X2  k A2 (X1)  A2 (Z1 ) k  k6 ke1 k
þ [g2 (u, y, X1 , X2 )  g2 (u, y, Z1 , Z2 )] (12) k g2 (u, y, X1 , X2 )  g2 (u, y, Z1 , Z2 ) k  k8 ke1 k þ k10 ke2 k
kB01 k  kB1 , kB02 k  kB2 , kK 0 k  kk 0
Now we consider that the motor parameters are known
with uncertainties. So (11) and (12) become Using the norm, from Assumptions 1 and 3, and by
regrouping with respect to ke1 k and ke2 k, the time deriva-
e_ 1 ¼ [A1 (Z2 )  GS11 C1T C1  B2 C1 ]e1 tive of Vo can be rewritten as follows
þ g1 (u, y, X2 , X1 ) þ Dg1 (u, y, X2 , X1 )
V_o  (u1 þ 2kB1  2k1 k9 )eT1 S1 e1 þ 2m1 ke1 kke2 k
 g1 (u, y, Z2 , Z1 ) þ [A1 (X2 ) þ DA1 (X2 )  A1 (Z2 )]X1
þ 2m2 ke1 kke2 k  (u2  2k10 k5 )eT2 S2 e2
 (B1 C2 þ KC2T C2 )e2 (13)
þ 2m3 ke2 kke1 k þ 2m4 ke2 kke1 k þ m5 ke1 k
e_ 2 ¼ [A2 (Z1 )  S21 C2T C2 ]e2 þ m6 ke2 k (14)
þ [A2 (X1 ) þ DA2 (X1 )  A2 (Z1 )]X2
þ g2 (u, y, X1 , X2 ) þ Dg2 (u, y, X1 , X2 ) where m1 ¼ k1 k2 k3  kB2 k1  kk 0 k1 , m2 ¼ k1 k4 , m3 ¼ k5 k6 k7 ,
m4 ¼ k5 k8 , m5 ¼ 2(k1 k3 r1 þ k1 r3 ) and m6 ¼ 2(k5 k7 r2 þ k5 r4 ):
 g2 (u, y, Z1 , Z2 )
Now, consider that the following inequalities are satisfied
where the terms DA1 (X2 ), DA2 (X1 ), Dg1 (u, y, X2 , X1 ) and
Dg2 (u, y, X1 , X2 ) represent the uncertain terms of A1 (X2 ), lmin (Si )kei k2  kei k2Si  lmax (Si )kei k2 , i ¼ 1, 2
A2 (X2 ), g1 (u, y, X2 , X1 ) and g2 (u, y, X1 , X2 ), respectively.
where lmin (Si ) and lmax (Si ) are minimal and maximal eigen-
Assumption 3: We assume that the uncertain terms satisfy values of Si independently to u
the following inequalities
kei k2Si ¼ eTi Si ei , i ¼ 1, 2
kDA1 (X2 )k  r1 , kDA2 (X1 )k  r2 , kDg1 (u, y, X2 , X1 )k  r3
kDg2 (u, y, X1 , X2 )k  r4 Inequality (14) can be rewritten in terms of functions V1
and V2
with ri . 0, for i ¼ 1, . . . , 4.
Theorem 1: Let us consider system (5) and assume that V_ o  (u1 þ 2kB1  2k1 k9 )V1  (u2  2k10 k5 )V2
Assumptions 1 – 3 are satisfied. Then, system (10) is an pffiffiffiffiffipffiffiffiffiffi
interconnected observer for system (5). The parameters u1 þ 2m̃ V1 V2 þ m5 ke1 k þ m6 ke2 k (15)

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where IM is given by

4 pffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffipffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi 0 1
mfrd isq  cV
m̃ ¼ m̃ i , min (S) ¼ min (S1 ) min (S2 ) 0 1 B C
i¼0 _
V B afrd þ aMsr isd C
mi B ḟ rd C B pV þ a sr isq C
m̃ i ¼ pffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffiffi
ffi, i ¼ 1, 2, 3, 4 B C B C
min (S) B ṙ C ¼ B frd C
pffiffiffiffiffipffiffiffiffiffi B C B Msr 2 C
Using the following inequality, V1 V2  (e=2)V1 þ @ isd A B B gisd þ abfrd þ pVisq þ a
frd sq
(1=2e)V2 , 8e [ ]0, 1[ isq @ M A
gisq  bpVfrd  pVisd  a sr isd isq
V_ o  (u1 þ 2kB1  2k1 k9 )V1 þ m̃eV1 0 1

V  (u2  2k10 k5 )V2 þ m5 ke1 k þ m6 ke2 k B 0 0  C
J 0 1
e 2 B C
B 0 0 0 C Vsd
þB 0 0 0 C @ Vsq A (20)
@ m1 0 0 A Tl
V_o  (u1 þ 2kB1  2k1 k9  m̃e)V1
0 m1 0

 u2  2k10 k5  V þ m5 ke1 k þ m6 ke2 k
e 2 where isd , isq and Vsd , Vsq are the stator currents and stator
voltages in axes of dq frame, respectively, and r the flux
with d ¼ min (d1 , d2 ) and m ¼ max (m5 , m6 ), where angle.
d1 ¼ u1 þ 2kB1  2k1 k9  m̃e . 0 and d2 ¼ u2  2k10 k5 Note that the electromagnetic torque is
m̃ =e . 0.
So that pMsr
Te ¼ f i (21)
Lr rd sq

u1 . 2k1 k9 þ m̃e  2kB1 , u2 . 2k10 k5 þ (16)
For the new model (20), by holding constant the magni-
Then it follows that tude of the rotor flux, there is a linear relationship
between isq and the speed dynamic.
pffiffiffiffiffi pffiffiffiffiffi pffiffiffiffiffi Moreover, to eliminate the nonlinear terms effect, a poss-
V_o  d(V1 þ V2 ) þ m( V1 þ V2 )  dVo þ mc Vo
ible strategy is to force a current-control mode using high-
(17) gain feedback [13].
p pffiffiffiffiffi pffiffiffiffiffi That is, one uses PI current loops of the form
where c . 0, such that c ðV1 þ V2 Þ . V1 þ V2 .
If the motor parameters are exactly known, then m ¼ 0 ðt
and V_o  dVo . This system (10) is an exponential observer Vsd ¼ Kivd (isd  isd ) dt þ Kpvd (isd  isd ) (22)
for system (5). 0
Otherwise, if m = 0, inequality (17) can be rewritten as ðt
Vsq ¼ Kivq (isq  isq ) dt þ Kpvq (isq  isq ) (23)
V_o  (1  6)dVo  6Vo þ mckek, 1.6.0 (18)

Finally, we have to force isd and isq to, respectively, track their corresponding
references isd and isq . The PI current loops result in fast
mc responses by using large feedback gain. As a result, isd
V_o  (1  6)dVo , 8kek  (19) and isq are considered as the new inputs and the system
By choosing u1 and u2 , inequality (19) shows that in spite 0 1
of perturbations due to motor parameters variations, the    Tl
observation errors will converge to a small upper bound. V ¼ @ mfrd isq  cV  JA (24)
A ḟ rd afrd þ aMsr isd
Remark 7: Inequality (16) depends on the Lipschitz con-
stants introduced in Assumption 2. From Lipschitz con- and ṙ ¼ pV þ a(Msr =frd )isq .
stants, we can calculate the minimum value of u1 and u2 . Before carrying on the design of the controllers, let us first
Then we tune u1 and u2 in order to accelerate the conver- examine how to estimate the stator frequency (vs ). For the
gence of the observer. flux-oriented field frq ; 0, so that vs ¼ pV þa(Msr =frd )isq .
To avoid the uncertainties of IM parameters in the obser-
5 Flux-oriented control ver and achieve our goal (frq ; 0), we define

In order to easily design the flux-oriented control, let us ^

denote by V and f the smooth bounded reference ^ þ a Msr i  (isq  isq ) k
ṽ s ¼ pV (25)
sq vs
signals for the output variables to, respectively, control f^ rd b1 f^ rd
the speed V and the rotor flux modulus ðf2rd þ f2rq Þ.
p the strategy of field-oriented control where ṽ s is an estimate stator frequency, b1 ¼ Msr =sLs Lr
(frd ¼ ðf2rd þ f2rq Þ, frq ¼ 0), the new dynamic model of and kvs . 0.
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5.1 Flux controller design the coefficients to calculate the IP regulator by the classical
symmetric optimum method.
The field-oriented control is
ðt Proposition 1: Let us consider IM model (24) and assume
that under the action of flux controller (26) and speed con-
isd ¼ Kifrd (f  frd )(t) dt þ Kpfrd (f  frd ) troller (31), the rotor speed and the flux track the desired
references. Then, the tracking errors converge to zero expo-
1  1  nentially as t tends to 1.
þ ḟ þ f (26)
aMsr Msr
Proof: Let us consider the following candidate Lyapunov
where the error flux tracking is ef ¼ f  frd . function
In (24), we replace isd by (26), then the dynamic of ef is
ðt Vc ¼ xTf Pf xf þ xTV PV xV (35)
e_ f ¼ ( a aMsr Kpfrd )ef  aMsr Kifrd ef (t) dt (27) By taking the time derivative of (35) and using (29) and
(34), yield
By choosing the change of coordinates
T V_ c ¼ xTf (Pf A f þ A f Pf )xf þ xTV (PV A V þ A V PV )xV
xf ¼ Tf (ef ) ¼ 0 ef (t) dt, ef (28)
¼ xTf Qf xf  xTV QV xV
(27) can be written, in a state-space representation, as
follows where Qf . 0, Pf . 0, QV . 0, PV . 0 such that Pf A f þ
A f Pf ¼ Qf , PV A V þ A V PV ¼ QV .
ẋ f ¼ Āf xf (29)
This implies
0 1 V_ c  hf xTf Pf xf  hV xTV PV xV
where A f ¼ with a1f ¼ aMsr Kifrd and
a1f a2f
a2f ¼ a  Msr Kpfrd . where hf ¼ lmin Qf =lmax Pf and hV ¼ lmin QV =lmax PV .
By taking dc ¼ min (hf , hV ), then
5.2 Speed controller design V_ c  dc Vc
If the flux controller forces frd to its reference f and we It follows that the tracking error converges asymptoti-
assume that the flux is properly established in the motor, cally to zero. A
the electromagnetic torque (21) reads
Remark 9: The assumptions of input persistence and bound-
Te ¼ KT isq (30) ness of ‘inputs’ u(.) are only used for observer design. For
where KT is KT ¼ (pMsr =Lr )f . Thus, there is a linear the controller design, these assumptions are not required.
relationship between isq and V. We know that, u(.) becomes a function of the state for the
Considering that the reference current isq is given by ‘observer-based control’. Our controller is a classical a
high-gain PI controller with additional terms [(26) and
 1 (31)]. This choice is made to improve the tracking errors
isq (t) ¼ [KiV (V  V)(t) d t þ KpV (V  V)] performance and to prove its convergence independently
KT 0
" # to the observer (Proposition 1). So that, the controller is a
1  ^l
T stabilising control and its purpose is to guarantee the bound-
þ V_ þ cV þ (31) edness of the state. Then, the assumption that the IM state is
mfrd J
bounded is not required for the closed-loop system.
the error speed tracking is eV (t) ¼ V  V . In (24), we
replace isq by its expression (31), then the dynamic of eV 6 Stability analysis of the observer-controller
is given by scheme
Kp Ki t For the IM sensorless control, the speed and the flux are
e_ V ¼  V eV  V eV (t) dt (32) not measurable. The load torque is considered as an
J J 0
unknown perturbation. Thus, it is necessary to replace
Defining the following change of coordinates the speed and the flux measures by their estimations in
T controllers (26) and (31). Now, the new controllers are
xV ¼ TV (eV ) ¼ 0t eV (t) dt, eV (33) given by
It follows that (32) can be written in a state-space rep- isd ¼ Kifrd (f  f^ rd )(t) dt þ Kpfrd (f  f^ rd )
resentation as follows 0
1  1 
 ẋ V ¼ ĀV xV (34) þ ḟ þ f (36)
aMsr Msr
0 1
where A V ¼ with a1V ¼ ðKiV =J Þ and
a1V a2V ðt
a2f ¼ ðKpV =J Þ. 1 ^ t) dt þ Kp (V  V)
isq (t) ¼ KiV (V  V)( V
Ðt KT 0
Remark 8: [KiV 0 (V  V)(t) dt þ KpV (V  V)] is " #
equivalent to PI controller. For the simulation and exper- 1  T^ l
imental tests, the PI controller is replaced by an IP control- þ _ ^
V þ cV þ (37)
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ef h  e i
^ þ Tl  KpV ef
The reduced model of IM (24) can be rewritten in closed G2 (ef ) ¼ V þ cV
f^ rd J J f^ rd
loop as !ð
0 1 Ki ef t
   ^ ^ Tl  eV  V e (t) dt
_ m f i ( V, f )  cV 
V ¼@ rd sq rd
JA (38) J f^ rd 0 V
ḟ rd  ^ ð
afrd þ aMsr isd (f rd ) ef KpV KiV t
G3 (eV , ef ) ¼ eV þ e (t) dt
Note that (38) is rewritten in the following form f^ rd J J 0 V
> _ T 0
> V ¼ mfrd isq (V, frd )  cV  l Bf ¼ BV ¼
> J 1
<  ^ ^ 
þ mfrd [isq (V, f rd )  isq (V, frd )] (39)
> With e1 ¼ e1 and e2 ¼ e2 , the error dynamics of the
> ḟ rd ¼  afrd þ aMsr isd (frd )
: observer – controller (13) and (41) is
þ aM [i (f^ )  i (f )]
sr sd rd sd rd
ẋ f ¼ Āf xf þ Bf Gf (ef )
ẋ V ¼ Ā0 V xV þ BV GV (eV )
Remark 10: In order to avoid a singularity problem in (37), ė 1 ¼ [A1 (Z2 )  S11 GC1T C1  B1 C1 ]e1 þ g1 (u, y, X2 )
we initialise the observer with a flux initial condition differ-
ent from zero, such that controller (37) is well defined. This þ Dg1 (u, y, X2 , X1 )  g1 (u, y, Z2 , Z1 ) þ [A1 (X2 )
condition is a physical condition of IM (no flux implies no þ DA1 (X2 )  A1 (Z2 )]X1  (B2 C2 þ KC2T C2 )e2
torque!) [16]. Moreover the flux controller (36) allows to
guarantee that frd reaches its reference f . Before the ė 2 ¼ [A2 (Z1 )  S21 C2T C2 ]e2 þ [A2 (X1 ) þ DA2 (X1 )
motor is fluxed, (i.e. frd ¼ f ) the speed reference is kept  A2 (Z1 )]X2 þ g2 (u, y, X1 , X2 )
zero. We will prove that singularities of controller (37) þ Dg2 (u, y, X1 , X2 )  g2 (u, y, Z1 , Z2 ) (42)
are avoided for all t  0.
Considering (26), (31), (36), (37) and (39), [for more
details, isd (frd ) and isd (f^ rd ) are, respectively, given by Lemma 1: Consider (a) system (5) satisfying Assumptions
(26) and (36) and isq (V, frd ) and isq (V, ^ f^ ) are, respect- 1 – 3 for which an interconnected observer (10) can be
designed and (b) system (24) controlled by (36) and (37).
ively, given by (31) and (37)], the tracking error dynamics Then, by using the speed and flux estimations given by
of flux and speed defined in (27) and (32) become observer (10), these controllers track the speed and the
8 flux to the desired references, that is, the tracking errors
> e_ f ¼ (a  aMsr Kpfrd )ef
> Ðt of speed and flux converge asymptotically to zero.
>  aM Ki e (t) dt
> sr f rd 0 f
> Ðt
>  aMsr [Kifrd 0 ef (t) dt þ Kpfrd ef ]
> Proof: Let us define the Lyapunov function candidate for
> !
> KpV ef the overall error dynamics (42)
> e_ V ¼  1þ eV
> J f̂ rd Voc ¼ Vo þ Vc
> !ð
< KiV ef t
 1þ eV (t) dt ¼ eT1 S1 e1 þ eT2 S2 e2 þ xTf Pf xf þ xTV PV xV (43)
J f̂ rd 0 (40)
> " ! #
> From (19), with do ¼ (1  6)d, we know that
> KpV ef
> þ 1þ  c eV V_ o  (1  6)dVo  do Vo .
> J
> f̂ rd Taking the time derivative of (43) and considering (42)
> !ð
> t yield
> KiV ef
> þ 1 þ eV (t) dt
> J f̂ rd 0 T
> V_ oc  do Vo þ xTf (Pf A f þ A f Pf )xf þ 2xTf Pf Bf Gf (ef )
> ef h  ^ þ Tl
e i
: þ V þ cV T
f̂ rd J þ xTV (PV A V þ A V PV )xV þ 2xTV PV BV GV (eV )
^ Using (28) and
where ef ¼ frd  f^ rd and eV ¼ V  V. or
(33), (40) becomes
V_ oc  do kek2Su  xTf Qf xf þ 2l1 kxf kPf kekSu
ẋ f ¼ A f xf þ Bf Gf (ef )
(41)  xTV QV xV þ 2l2 kxV kPV kekSu
ẋ V ¼ A V xV þ BV GV (eV )
where where kGf (ef )k  l1 kekSu , kGV (eV )k  l2 kekSu , l1 . 0,
ðt l2 . 0:
Using the following inequalities
Gf (ef ) ¼ aMsr Kpfrd ef þ KI f ef (t) dt
j1 1
GV ¼ G1 (eV ) þ G2 (ef ) þ G3 (eV , ef ) kekSu kxf kPf  kxf k2Pf þ kek2Su
2 2 j1
KiV t KpV j2 1
G1 (eV ) ¼ e ( t) d t þ  c eV kekSu kxV kPV  kx k2 þ kek2Su
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8j1 , j2 [ ]0, 1[, we have Observer O1 is defined in (8), where
0 1
l 0 bpf^ rq 0
V_ oc  do kek2Su  hf kxf k2Pf þ l1 j1 kxf k2Pf þ 1 kek2Su B C
j1 A1 (Z2 ) ¼ @ 0 0  J1 A
l2 0 0 0
 hV kxV k2PV þ l2 j2 kxV k2PV þ kek2Su 0 1
gisd þ abf^ rd þ m1 usd þ ṽ s isq
or g1 (u, y, Z2 , Z1 ) ¼ @ m(f^ rd isq  f^ rq isd )  cV̂ A

l1 l2
V_ oc   do   kek2Su  (hf  l1 j1 )kxf k2Pf For flux-oriented control, we have frq ¼ 0. Let us define
j1 j2
e frq ¼ frq 2 f̂rq ) f̂rq ¼ 2e 2frq, e frd ¼ frd 2 f̂rd ) frd ¼
 (hV  l2 j2 )kxV k2PV frd ¼ frd 2 f̂rd ) frd ¼ e 2frd þ f̂rd ṽs ¼ 2e vs þ vs , e Tl ¼
Tl 2 T^ l , B2(Z2) ¼ 2kmL2e frq
Let us define q1 ¼ (hf  l1 j1 ) . 0, q2 ¼ (hV  Consequently, (11) becomes
l2 j2 ) . 0, q3 ¼ (d  l1 =j1  l2 =j2 ) . 0 and take a1
q ¼ min(q1 , q2 , q3 ), it follows that ė isd ¼ geisd  e þ kc1 eisq þ abefrd þ vs eisq
det (S1 ) isd
V_ oc  qVoc þ evs isq þ bpVefrq
d1 1
Hence, the estimations and the tracking errors of the aug- ė V ¼ ceV  e  e þ kc1 eisq
mented overall system converge asymptotically to zero as t det (S1 ) isd J Tl
tends to 1. þ mefrd isq þ mf^ rd eisq þ mefrq isd
Proof that controller (37) are well defined for all t  0.
Our goal here is to prove that f^ rd is different to zero at ė Tl ¼ 
g1 a
e  kmf^ rd eisq  kmefrq eisd
t ! 1. Let us define det (S1 ) isd
ecomf ¼ f  frd )frd ¼ f  ecomf
The coefficients of Riccati equation (S1) defined in (8) are
eobsf ¼ frd  f^ rd ) f^ rd ¼ frd  eobsf solutions of

f^ rd ¼ f  (ecomf þ eobsf ) S_ 11 ¼ u1 S11 þ 1

S_ 12 ¼ u1 S12 þ bpefrq S11
where ecomf and eobsf are flux tracking and estimation
errors. S
f^ rd ¼ 0 implies S_ 13 ¼ u1 S13 þ 12
_S 22 ¼ u1 S22 þ bpef S12 (48)
f ¼ ecomf þ eobsf (44) rq

S_ 23 ¼ u1 S23 þ 22 þ bpefrq S13
Equation (29) is the dynamic of flux tracking error, by J
choosing Kpfrd and Kifrd so that Āf is Hurwitz then 2S
e comf ! 0 at t ! 1. S_ 33 ¼ u1 S33 þ 23
p consider (17) and the following change of variable
v ¼ 2 Vo . The time derivative of v is given by So that a1 ¼ S22S33 2 S223, d1 ¼ S13S23 2 S12S33 , g1 ¼
S12S23 2 S13S22 and det(S1) ¼ S11 * a1 þ S12 * d1 þ S13 * g1 .
v_  dv þ cm (45) From (48), we note that S11 not tends to zero at t ! 1,
even if u1 . 0, ) det(S1) = 0. At t ) 1, the other coeffi-
where the solutions of (45) are cients (Sij) are very small because they depend to e frq . In
unobservability area, vs ¼ 0 and V is constant (V :¼ kV ,
cm in our case kV ¼ 20.5). Consequently, observer O1 (8)
v(t)  v(t0 )ed(tt0 ) þ (1  ed(tt0 ) ) (46) may be seen as an estimator. Equation (47) becomes
ė isd ¼ geisd þ kc1 eisq þ abefrd þ evs isq þ bpkV efrq
By taking into account that the reference flux is
f ¼ 0.595, it follows that if e obsf = 0.595, then this 1
implies f̂ rd = 0 at all t . 0. A ė V ¼ ceV  eTl þ kc1 eisq þ mefrd isq
J (49)
þ mf^ rd ei þ mef isd
sq rq

6.1 Stability of the observer – controller under

unobservability area ė Tl ¼ kmf^ rd eisq  kmefrq eisd

Our goal here is to prove the stability of the observer þ From (1), with V constant, we have
controller when the inputs are not persistent (i.e. unobserva-
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where Te ¼ Jmfrdisq ¼ Jm(f̂rd þ e 2frd)isq (frq ¼ 0). satisfy the equation

S_ 11 ¼ (2g  u2 )S11 þ 1
fv kV þ T^ l eT
mf^ rd ¼  mefrd þ l (51)
Jisq Jisq S_ 12 ¼ (g þ a  u2 )S12  bpeV S11  peV S13
S_ 13 ¼ (g þ a  u2 )S13 þ abS11 þ peV S12
Using (51), (49) can be rewritten as
S_ 22 ¼ (2a  u2 )S22 þ 2bpeV S12  2peV S23

ė isd ¼ geisd þ kc1 eisq þ abefrd þ evs isq þ bpkV efrq S_ 23 ¼ (2a  u2 )S23 þ bpeV S13  peV S33 þ peV S22  abS12

1 S_ 33 ¼ (2a  u2 )S33  2abS13 þ 2peV S23

ė V ¼ ceV  eTl þ kc1 eisq þ mefrd isq
J (53)
þ mf rd ei þ mef isd
sq rq and (25) becomes
k eisq k eisq
ė Tl ¼  eTl  (fv kV þ T^ l ) þ km(eisq efrd  efrq eisd ) Msr eisq
Jisq Jisq v~ s ¼ peV þ a isq  kvs (54)
f^rd b f^
1 rd

Remark 11: At t ! 1, all of the coefficients in (53) are

Equation (52) shows that the estimation errors dynamic is small. In this case, observer (9) can be seen as an estimator.
first-order stable dynamics with small excitation. We chose kvs so that ṽs = 0 to stabilise the observer.
The observer O2 is given by (9), where That is why we have defined ṽs by (25). A similar approach
is used in [16].
0 1
g ^
bpV ab
B ^C
A2 (Z1 ) ¼ @ 0 a pV A
^ 7 Experimental results
0 pV a
0 1 The experimental results of the observer þ controller,
v~ s isd þ m1 usq
B v~ f^ þ aM i C respectively, defined in Section 3 and 5 are now given.
g2 (u, y, Z1 , Z2 ) ¼ @ s rq sr sd A The motor parameters values of the set-up are as follows.
v~ f þ aM i s rd sr sq nominal rate power 1.5 kW
nominal angular speed 1430 rpm
number of pole pairs 2
If V = 0 (in unobservability area), then matrix A2(Z1) is
constant; thus, observer O2 is well defined and the error nominal voltage 220 V
dynamics (12) is stable. If V ¼ 0 and IM is in the unobser- nominal current 6.1 A
vability area, we have V̂ ¼ 2 e V , the coefficients of (S2)

Fig. 1 Experimental result in nominal case

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The identified parameters values of the motor are as Kivd ¼ 0.03, Kpvd ¼ 15, Kivq ¼ 0.03, Kpvq ¼ 10,
follows. wmax ¼ p/3, vq ¼ 950, Kvs ¼ 200, u1 ¼ 3000 and
u2 ¼ 7000 to satisfy the convergence conditions.
Rs 1.47 V The experimental sampling time T is equal to 200 ms.
Rr 0.79 V For our experiment, to test robustness in hot conditions,
Ls 0.105 H we take Rs nominal þ30% for the design of the observer
Lr 0.094 H and the controller. For the experiment only, the stator cur-
Msr 0.094 H
rents are measured. The speed and the flux amplitude are
provided by the observer.
J 0.0077 kg m2
The experimental results of the nominal case for other
fv 0.0029 N m/rad/s parameters (except stator resistance) are shown in Fig. 1.
These figures show the good performance of both system
The parameters are chosen as follows: a ¼ 0.82, observer þ controller in trajectory tracking and perturbation
k ¼ 0.14, kc1 ¼ 300, kc2 ¼ 0.5, Kifrd ¼ 0.12, Kpfrd ¼ 200, rejection. In terms of trajectory tracking, we note that the

Fig. 2 Experimental result with rotor resistance variation ( þ50%)

Fig. 3 Experimental result with rotor resistance variation ( 250%)

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Fig. 4 Experimental result with rotor self-inductance variation (þ10%)

estimated motor speed (Fig. 1b) converges to the measured It appears a static error when the motor is under unobserva-
speed (Fig. 1a) near and under unobservable conditions. It is ble condition (between 7 and 9 s) (Figs. 2a and b). However,
the same conclusion for estimated flux (Fig. 1f) with respect the static error increases a little when the load torque is
to reference flux (Fig. 1e). The estimated load torque applied at time 1.5 and 5 s (Figs. 2a and b). In conclusion,
(Fig. 1d) converges to the measured load torque (Fig. 1c), we can say that the increase in the rotor resistance value
except under unobservable conditions (between 7 and 9 s). slightly affects the performance of the speed trajectories
Nevertheless, it appears a small static error when the tracking.
motor speed increases (between 3 and 6 s). In terms of per- A second test is made with a 250% variation on rotor
turbation rejection, we have noted that the load torque is resistance value. The experimental results are shown in
well rejected excepted at the time when it is applied Fig. 3. For the speed, flux and load torque estimation, the
((Fig. 1a, b, e and f ) at time 1.5 and 5 s) and when it is conclusion is the same as þ50% variation case (Fig. 2).
removed (Figs. 1a, b, e and f at time 2.5 s). But for this robustness test, the control induces noise.
The robustness of the observer þ controller is confirmed This can be seen on the measured torque (Fig. 3c).
by the result obtained with rotor resistance variation A new robustness test is made by a variation of þ10% on
(þ50%) applied to the observer and controller parameters rotor self-inductance value. The results of the test are shown
(Fig. 2). in Fig. 4. By analysing Fig. 4, we can see that the rotor self-
These figures display similar experimental results for the inductance variation does not affect the performances of the
rotor resistance nominal case under observable conditions. Control þ observer scheme. Nevertheless, it appears as a

Fig. 5 Experimental result with stator self-inductance variation (þ10%)

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