Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 405251, 10 pages
Research Article

Robust ESO Two-Degree-of-Freedom Control Design for Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor

School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an 710049, China

Received 11 January 2010; Accepted 6 April 2010

Academic Editor: Dane Quinn

Copyright © 2010 Jian-Ping Wen 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 robust two-degree-of-freedom control scheme is proposed for permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) using extended state observer (ESO). The robustness is achieved based on the ESO. Parameter perturbation and external disturbances in PMSM drive system are treated as disturbance variable, and then the motion model of PMSM is transformed into an extended state model by introducing this disturbance variable. To estimate the disturbance variable, an ESO is constructed. Estimator is compensated into the control system to improve robustness and adaptability of 2DOF controller against parameter perturbation and external disturbances. The effectiveness of the proposed control scheme is demonstrated with simulation results.

1. Introduction

The PMSM plays an important role in industrial application due to its high efficiency, high power density, low inertia, no need for maintenance, and high air gap magnetic density [1, 2]. To achieve the high-performance control, the vector control of PMSM drive is developed. In the vector control technique, the Proportional-integral (PI) controller provides the efficient solution to real-world control problems and is applied to many industrial applications [3, 4]. However, the PI controller had many problems in high-performance applications requiring fast and precise speed response, quick speed recovery under any disturbances, and insensitivity to the machine parameters, and it cannot give good command tracking and load regulation property simultaneously because the closed loop zeros cannot be placed arbitrarily. The speed controller that uses a conventional PI controller has poor robustness to nonlinearity, strong coupling, and dynamic uncertainty of PMSM drive systems [5, 6]. Many robust control techniques are proposed to overcome the disturbances of systematic nonlinearity and systematic uncertainty in order to achieve fast speed response and robustness and adaptability to the parameter variations [715]. According to the output error correction, observer used in these strategies can be fall into two categorical types: classical state observer and variable structure observer. The classical state observer such as the Luenberger observer using output error linear correction and all state variable feedback control can only be used in linear and certain systems and fail to nonlinear and uncertain systems. The variable structure observer uses nonsmooth structure to improve its robustness to both system uncertainties and measurement errors but with chattering phenomenon. To overcome the drawbacks of the PI controller, 2DOF controller is investigated to treat the command tracking and disturbance regulation specifications, separately. However, the 2DOF controller is sensitive to the machine parameters. When the parameter variation exceeds certain range, performances of the 2DOF controller become worse.

The extended state observer uses the extended state variable to observe the system uncertainties and external disturbances. The control system is compensated by the estimator of the extended state variable to improve its robustness.

In this paper, a robust ESO-2DOF control scheme is introduced. Regarding parameter perturbation and external disturbances as system disturbance variable, which are observed by the ESO and compensated into 2DOF controller to cancel influences of the disturbances, simulation results show that the proposed strategy effectively improves the robustness of the 2DOF controller as well as good command tracking and strong disturbance rejection characteristic simultaneously.

2. Mathematical Model of PMSM

On the basis of assumptions that the stator windings generate sinusoidal magnetic field, air gap is uniform and saturation is negligible. With reference to synchronous rotating reference frame, the voltage and torque equations of an IPMSM may be expressed as follows [16]:

Equation of motion where and are stator - and -axis voltages; and are stator - and -axis inductances; is resistance of the stator windings; and iq are stator d- and q-axis currents; is amplitude of the flux induced by the permanent magnets of the rotor in the stator phases; is number of pole pairs; is electromagnetic torque; is angular speed of the motor; J is inertia of moment; is the load torque; B is viscous friction coefficient.

3. Design of ESO-2DOF Controller

3.1. Extended State Observer

The function of state observer is to reconstruct system state that bases on known inputs and measured outputs. The control systems generally have some disturbances such as parameter perturbation, unmodeled-dynamic, and measurement error. The ESO is used to estimate the uncertainty of system and external disturbances. By compensating the estimator into the control system, the nonlinear and uncertain system can be approximated linearization and certainty. As an example, the procedure of developing ESO for first-order system is given.

A class of first-order system is described as follows: where is state variable; is time variable; is unknown disturbance; is unknown function; b is system parameter, which denotes the known part of system; u is control input; is output signal.

Let function be the extended state variable of system, let , and let unknown disturbance be the differential of extended state variable. Equation (3.1) can be rearranged into following equation

If is bounded, the ESO of (3.2) can be defined as where and are system gains; and are correcting function, which satisfy and

If fi(e) (i = 1, 2) in (3.3) is replaced with e, the model denoted by (3.3) has the transitional Luenberger observer form. If , the model denotes variable structure observer.

The extended state variable is the real-time action of the unknown disturbances [17]. is estimator of .

3.2. 2DOF Controller

The 2DOF controller does not consist of two individual Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers, but it can set independently the parameters of each PID controller to achieve good command tracking and disturbance rejection characteristic simultaneously.

This paper uses advanced 2DOF controller [18]. It is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: 2DOF Control Configuration.

In Figure 1, is a compensation unit; is a primary controller; is a derivative unit; is the controlled object; are 2DOF proportional and derivative coefficients, separately; is reference signal.

For the PMSM regulation speed system, the expressions are given by where is 2DOF integral coefficient; is derivative gain; is proportional gain; is integral time; is derivative time.

The transfer function of 2DOF controller can be obtained as

From Figure 1, it is seen that the advanced 2DOF controller mainly consists of reference signal filter and PID controller. The adjustable parameters of the reference signal filter are and the change of which influences the command tracking performance of advanced 2DOF controller. The dynamic processes are controlled by the PID controller, the parameters of which can be set according to the traditional PID adjusting methods.

3.3. Robust ESO-2DOF Controller

To overcome the impact of disturbances to the system, this paper uses the ESO to estimate and compensate the disturbances into the 2DOF controller. Thus, motion model of PMSM is transformed into the extended state model.

Substituting (2.2) into (2.3) yields where .

The variable is regarded as the extended state variable of system. Let the differential of be and (3.6) can be rewritten in the following form:

Referring to (3.3), one can obtain the ESO of (3.7): where ; ; is the length of linear segment of the function which is given by (3.9); is the output rotating speed of the PMSM; b0 denotes known part of model, the expression of which is ; is estimator of speed; is estimator of the extended state variable.

For (3.8), the correcting function adopts the to achieve quickly smooth convergence property and good stability at equilibrium point: where is a symbolic function.

The error dynamic model of (3.8) can be described as

If , that is, the disturbances are bounded, one can obtain the following:

The extended state variable z2 can better estimate the disturbances by adjusting the parameters of (3.11) and (3.12).

By using the extended state variable, the estimator of the disturbances can be obtained. The ESO-2DOF controller is developed through compensating the disturbances into 2DOF controller. In the light of the 2DOF controller structure, the estimator is compensated before the primary controller.

The diagram of the ESO-2DOF controller is shown in Figure 2. is speed reference.

Figure 2: 2DOF Control Configuration Base on ESO.

4. Simulation Results and Analysis

In order to verify the validity of the proposed ESO-2DOF controller, a computer simulation model is developed in MATLAB/Simulink software according to Figure 2. Table 1 lists the parameters of the tested PMSM.

Table 1: Parameters of the PMSM.

The parameters in ESO-2DOF controller fall into two groups. One group is , , , and . These parameters belong to the ESO. The others belong to advanced 2DOF controller. The robustness of the ESO to both disturbance and parametric variation is strong when and are small [19, 20]. and are set to 0.25 and 0.5 in simulation, respectively. denotes the length of linear segment of the nonlinear function. Slope of the linear segment can be described by differential of . In general, is less than 5, or else the performances of nonlinear feedback and disturbance rejection performances of system will get worse. is set to 0.05 in simulation.

By selecting appropriate values for and , the tracking performances of the state variables in the ESO can be improved. If is too small, the tracking performances of z1 and z2 can be degraded. On the contrary, if has a high value, the steady-state characteristic of system becomes poor.

The simulation results show that can be set according to the sampling frequency. The recommendation is that is one to two times sampling frequency and is one to ten times .

Due to limitation of space, only two simulation results are presented to illustrate the characteristics of the proposed ESO-2DOF controller. In the first test condition, a step command speed  rpm is applied to the PMSM drive starting from rest at  s and with no load. At  s, the load disturbance is used. The second test condition is that the moment of inertia is changed into 150% of the original value and the load disturbance is used at  s and the unloading is occurred at 0.05 s.

Figure 3 shows the speed responses with load disturbance at  s when the motor speed is 1500 rpn. The fast tracking and disturbance rejection performance of the ESO-2DOF controller is achieved well.

Figure 3: Dynamic antidisturbance curves of PMSM system.

Figure 4 shows the estimator of the disturbance. As can be observed from Figure 5, the ESO can effectively estimate the disturbances.

Figure 4: Disturbance curves of system.
Figure 5: Dynamic speed response curves of PMSM system with parameter perturbation.

Figures 5 and 6 show speed response with load disturbance and with unloading when the moment of inertia is changed into 150% of the original value. The results show that the ESO-2DOF controller has strong robustness to parameter perturbation.

Figure 6: Dynamic speed response curves of PMSM system with unloading.

Figure 7 shows the estimator of the unloading disturbance. As can be observed from Figure 7, the ESO can effectively estimate the disturbances.

Figure 7: Disturbance curves of system with parameter perturbation.

5. Conclusions

To improve the robustness of 2DOF controller, the ESO-2DOF controller is proposed. The parameter perturbation and external disturbances are estimated simultaneously by using the ESO. The estimator is compensated into 2DOF controller to guarantee the strong robustness, the good command tracking, and disturbance rejection characteristic simultaneously. Simulation results are given to demonstrate the validity of the proposed control scheme.


  1. T. Noguchi, “Trends of permanent-magnet synchronous machine drives,” IEEE Transactions on Electrical and Electronic Engineering, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 125–142, 2007. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  2. C. Cavallaro, A. O. Di Tommaso, R. Miceli, A. Raciti, G. R. Galluzzo, and M. Trapanese, “Efficiency enhancement of permanent-magnet synchronous motor drives by online loss minimization approaches,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 1153–1160, 2005. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  3. K. Ang, G. Chong, and Y. Li, “PID control system analysis, design, and technology,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 559–576, 2005. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  4. R. Jan, C. Tseng, and R. Liu, “Robust PID control design for permanent magnet synchronous motor: a generic approach,” Electric Power Systems Research, no. 78, pp. 1161–1168, 2008. View at Google Scholar
  5. R. Miklosovic and Z. Gao, “A robust two-degree-of-freedom control design technique and its practical application,” in Proceedings of the 39th IAS Annual Conference on Industry Applications (IAS '04), vol. 3, pp. 1495–1502, Seattle, Wash, USA, October 2004. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  6. M. N. Uddin and M. A. Rahman, “High-speed control of IPMSM drives using improved fuzzy logic algorithms,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 190–199, 2007. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  7. H. Ren and D. Liu, “Nonlinear feedback control of chaos in permanent magnet synchronous motor,” IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 45–50, 2006. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  8. K.-Y. Cheng and Y.-Y. Tzou, “Fuzzy optimization techniques applied to the design of a digital PMSM servo drive,” IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 1085–1099, 2004. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  9. A. Rubaai, A. R. Ofoli, and D. Cobbinah, “DSP-Based real-time implementation of a hybrid H adaptive fuzzy tracking controller for servo-motor driver,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 476–484, 2007. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  10. J. P. Yu, J. W. Gao, Y. M. Ma, and H. Yu, “Adaptive fuzzy tracking control for a permanent magnet synchronous motor via backstepping approach,” Mathematical Problems in Engineering, vol. 2010, Article ID 391846, 13 pages, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  11. A. Caponio, G. L. Cascella, F. Neri, N. Salvatore, and M. Sumner, “A fast adaptive memetic algorithm for online and offline control design of PMSM drives,” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part B, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 28–41, 2007. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  12. C. F. Kuo and C. H. Hsu, “Precise speed control of a permanent magnet synchronous motor,” The International of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, vol. 28, no. 9, pp. 942–949, 2006. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  13. C.-K. Lai and K.-K. Shyu, “A novel motor drive design for incremental motion system via sliding-mode control method,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 499–507, 2005. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  14. A. Rubaai, M. J. Castro-Sitiriche, and A. R. Ofoli, “Design and implementation of parallel fuzzy PID controller for high-performance brushless motor drives: an integrated environment for rapid control prototyping,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 1090–1098, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  15. A. Rubaai, D. Ricketts, and M. D. Kankam, “Experimental verification of a hybrid fuzzy control strategy for a high-performance brushless DC drive system,” IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 503–512, 2001. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  16. R. Y. Tang, Modern Permanent Magnet Machines-Theory and Design, China Machine Press, Beijing, China, 1997.
  17. J. Q. Han, “Parameters of the extended state observer and Fibonacci sequence,” Control Engineering, no. 15, pp. 1–3, 2008. View at Google Scholar
  18. Q. S. An, “Two degree-of-freedom PID control,” Metallurgical Industry Automation, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 46–49, 1992. View at Google Scholar
  19. J. Q. Han, “From PID technique to active disturbances rejection control technique,” Control Engineering, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 13–18, 2002. View at Google Scholar
  20. J. Q. Han and R. Zhang, “Error analysis of the second order ESO,” Journal of Systems Science and Mathematical Sciences, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 465–471, 1999. View at Google Scholar · View at Zentralblatt MATH · View at MathSciNet