Enhanced power sharing transient with droop controllers for multithree-phase synchronous electrical machines

Alessandro Galassini, Alessandro Costabeber, Michele Degano, Chris Gerada, Alberto Tessarolo, Roberto Menis

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This paper presents a droop-based distributed control strategy for multithree-phase machines that provides augmented controllability during power sharing transients. The proposed strategy is able to mitigate the mutual interactions among different sets of windings without controlling any subspace variable, also offering a modular and redundant design. On the contrary, in a centralized configuration, subspaces would be controlled using the vector space decomposition, but fault tolerance and reliability levels required by the stricter regulations and policies expected in future transportation systems would not be satisfied. The proposed method is analytically compared against the state-of-the-art power sharing technique and equivalent models and control design procedures have been derived and considered in the comparison. Uncontrolled power sharing transients and their effects on mutual couplings among isolated sets of windings have been compared against the proposed regulated ones. Experimental results on a 22-kW nine-phase multithree-phase synchronous machine rig validate the design procedures showing good agreement with the expected performances.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8456680
Pages (from-to)5600-5610
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Distributed power generation
  • motor drives
  • rotating machines
  • variable speed drives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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