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Advances in Acoustics and Vibration
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 637138, 12 pages
Research Article

Hybrid Swarm Algorithms for Parameter Identification of an Actuator Model in an Electrical Machine

1Centre for Control Theory and Guidance Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150000, China
2Department of Automation and Systems Technology, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering, P.O. Box 15500, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland

Received 15 December 2010; Accepted 4 March 2011

Academic Editor: Snehashish Chakraverty

Copyright © 2011 Ying Wu 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.


Efficient identification and control algorithms are needed, when active vibration suppression techniques are developed for industrial machines. In the paper a new actuator for reducing rotor vibrations in electrical machines is investigated. Model-based control is needed in designing the algorithm for voltage input, and therefore proper models for the actuator must be available. In addition to the traditional prediction error method a new knowledge-based Artificial Fish-Swarm optimization algorithm (AFA) with crossover, CAFAC, is proposed to identify the parameters in the new model. Then, in order to obtain a fast convergence of the algorithm in the case of a 30 kW two-pole squirrel cage induction motor, we combine the CAFAC and Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) to identify parameters of the machine to construct a linear time-invariant(LTI) state-space model. Besides that, the prediction error method (PEM) is also employed to identify the induction motor to produce a black box model with correspondence to input-output measurements.