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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2012, Article ID 512703, 33 pages
Research Article

Robust Position Control of PMSM Using Fractional-Order Sliding Mode Controller

1Automation Department, Nanjing Institute of Technology, Nanjing 211167, China
2School of Engineering, University of California, Merced, CA 95343, USA

Received 29 June 2012; Revised 26 August 2012; Accepted 26 August 2012

Academic Editor: Dumitru Bǎleanu

Copyright © 2012 Jiacai Huang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A new robust fractional-order sliding mode controller (FOSMC) is proposed for the position control of a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM). The sliding mode controller (SMC), which is insensitive to uncertainties and load disturbances, is studied widely in the application of PMSM drive. In the existing SMC method, the sliding surface is usually designed based on the integer-order integration or differentiation of the state variables, while in this proposed robust FOSMC algorithm, the sliding surface is designed based on the fractional-order calculus of the state variables. In fact, the conventional SMC method can be seen as a special case of the proposed FOSMC method. The performance and robustness of the proposed method are analyzed and tested for nonlinear load torque disturbances, and simulation results show that the proposed algorithm is more robust and effective than the conventional SMC method.