This paper proposes a sensorless speed control technique for Brushless DC Motor (BLDC) drives by estimating speed from the hall sensor signals. Conventionally, the speed is measured using precision speed encoders. Since these encoders cost almost half of the entire drive system, there arises the need for a low cost speed estimation technique. This is proposed by measuring the frequency of the in-built-hall sensor signals. Here, a closed loop speed control of BLDC motor is proposed using a current controlled pulse width modulation (PWM) technique. Since BLDC motor is an electronically commutated machine, the commutation period is determined by a switching table that shows the hall signals’ status. The entire system was simulated in MATLAB/Simulink and the performance of the system was analyzed for different speed and torque references.
- Brushless DC Motor (BLDC)
- Speed estimation
- Hall sensors
- Current controlled PWM
Fig.1. Proposed Block Diagram
EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:
Fig. 2. Speed and Torque response of the BLDC drive for reference speed of 3000rpm; (a) Speed; (b) Electromagnetic torque developed
Fig. 3. Speed and Torque response of the BLDC drive for reference speed of 2000rpm; (a) Speed; (b) Electromagnetic torque developed
Fig. 4. Stator current measured for speed (reference) of 3000rpm and applied torque 0.5Nm
Fig. 5. Back EMF measured for speed (reference) of 3000rpm and applied torque 0.5Nm
Fig. 6. Speed and Torque response in sensored and sensorless mode for a reference speed of 2500rpm; (a) Speed response in sensored mode; (b) Speed response in sensorless mode; (c) Change in applied torques
This paper proposes a low cost speed estimation technique for BLDC motor drive. This method was found to be working for the entire range of speeds below the rated speed. The performance of the system was comparable with that of the conventional speed encoder based control technique. Actual speed was found to maintain the reference speed for different values of load torques. This was verified successfully by using MATLAB/Simulink. Since the proposed speed estimation technique does not require the motor parameters like resistance, inductance etc., the system is suitable for robust applications, especially in industries.
The future scope of the work can be extended as explained below:
- Although the work emphasizes on speed encoder-less control technique, the cost of the system can be further reduced by replacing the hall sensors with a suitable low cost counterpart.
- Since the torque-ripples are found to be appreciably high, novel techniques for its reduction can be studied.
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