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Sensor fault-resilient control of interior permanent-magnet synchronous motor drives

  • Beng, Gilbert Foo Hock
  • Zhang, Xinan
  • Vilathgamuwa, D. Mahinda
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2014
Queensland University of Technology ePrints Archive


In a conventional ac motor drive using field-oriented control, a dc-link voltage, speed, and at least two current sensors are required. Hence, in the event of sensor failure, the performance of the drive system can be severely compromised. This paper presents a sensor fault-tolerant control strategy for interior permanent-magnet synchronous motor (IPMSM) drives. Three independent observers are proposed to estimate the speed, dc-link voltage, and currents of the machine. If a sensor fault is detected, the drive system isolates the faulty sensor while retaining the remaining functional ones. The signal is then acquired from the corresponding observer in order to maintain the operation of the drive system. The experimental results provided verify the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

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