Dahlin-Based Fast and Robust Current Control of a PMSM in Case of Low Carrier Ratio

Stefan Walz, Radu Lazar, Giampaolo Buticchi, Marco Liserre

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The low ratio of sampling frequency to electrical frequency (carrier ratio) is a challenging issue for applications, such as high-speed or high-power drives. In fact, high-speed drives have high fundamental frequency and high-power drives have low switching (sampling) frequency, leading to the same control challenges of having high dynamic and stability with a limited number of control actions in one period. Parameters mismatch occurs due to the converter non-linearities, deadtimes, temperature change, and saturation; hence, providing robust control is a key challenge. This paper starts reviewing the problems of controlling machines with a few switching instances per fundamental period and an analysis of the state-of-the-art current control strategies for permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs). Three different control schemes are analyzed. The discrete-time PI current controller is providing good robustness, while the dynamic performance may not be sufficient for some applications. Second, the deadbeat control offers very fast dynamic performance but is weak under parameter mismatch. The novel application of the Dahlin controller offers a tradeoff between performance and stability. The control algorithms are evaluated based on the stability, robustness, and dynamic and steady-state performances. Their performance and sensitivity to parameter variation are analyzed through simulations, and the experimental measurements are proving the results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8756251
Pages (from-to)102199-102208
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Dahlin control
  • PMSM
  • current control
  • deadbeat control
  • electric drive
  • pulse ratio
  • pulse-width modulated power converter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)
  • Materials Science (all)
  • Engineering (all)


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