Cascade-free predictive speed control for electrical drives

Esteban Fuentes, Dante Kalise, Jose Rodriguez, Ralph M. Kennel

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This paper presents the design of a predictive speed controller for electrical drives. The control scheme does not have a cascaded structure; instead, it uses a single optimization algorithm to generate the control action to be applied at the next sampling instant. The control is based on the optimization of a cost function, which is designed using the insight given by the solution of the minimum-time control problem for a simplified system, namely, the double integrator, which is a reasonable model of the machine dynamic behavior. The experimental results obtained with a permanent-magnet synchronous motor and an induction machine, fed by a two-level three-phase inverter, confirm that this approach reaches a very good dynamic performance without a high computational effort.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6553101
Pages (from-to)2176-2184
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Double integrator
  • drives
  • finite-set model predictive control (FS-MPC)
  • induction machine (IM)
  • minimum-time control problem
  • permanent-magnet synchronous motor
  • predictive speed control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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