The inherent problem of chattering in traditional sliding mode control is harmful for practical application of control system. This paper pays a considerable attention to a chattering-free control method, that is, higher-order sliding mode (super twisting algorithm). The design of a position controller for switched reluctance motor is presented and its stability is assured using Lyapunov stability theorem. In order to highlight the advantages of higher-order sliding mode controller (HOSMC), a classical first-order sliding mode controller (FOSMC) is also applied to the same system and compared. The simulation results reflect the effectiveness of the proposed technique.

1. Introduction

Switched reluctance (SR) motor has never been gaining much interest in high precision and high speed motion actuators because of its difficult control structure and high force ripples. Moreover, it is highly dependent on its magnetic structure and time varying parameters and, therefore, it is difficult to model, simulate, and control. A number of control techniques have been proposed in order to control SR motor but little work has been done on position control applications. In the recent years, SR motor has been gaining much popularity in industrial and research laboratory applications such as material transfer, packaging, and electrical wiring, because of advancement in power electronics, digital signal processing, and advanced control strategies for nonlinear systems [1, 2]. A PID controller was proposed in [3] for position control problem. The proposed method could be applied in putting rotor in any intermediate position but their work did not compensate the large position error. In [4], state feedback technique was introduced for the same problem of SR motor by incorporating rotor position and phase current. However, the proposed technique needs the complete knowledge of the system dynamics. In [5], a scheme for motion control purpose using SR motor was suggested for high performance servo drive applications. The scheme was implemented using TMS320F2812 DSP card and comprised PD controller for position and PI controller for speed control, and satisfactory results were reported. In [6], a position controller for linear SR motor was developed for automation process. The proposed scheme used the novel lookup table representing current-force-position to achieve force linearization. Then by employing loop shaping design, a compensator was developed to enhance the system performance. The same work was performed by [7] using dSPACE platform. However, their work did not consider the magnetic saturation of the motor. It is important to note that, for high output power, the motor should be operated in magnetic saturation because rotor position is proportional to magnetic saturation. The magnetization curve depending upon the rotor position is an important factor in modelling of SR motor for performance analysis and advanced control purposes. A number of methods have been proposed to measure motor characteristics. In [8], a method based on static torque was presented to measure flux-linkage profile of SR motor. Because of torque offset caused by asymmetry of mechanical elements, this method is not acceptable for machines with small torque values. In [9], the magnetic characteristics were measured by digital signal processor based method, in which the accuracy is verified by coenergy method and finite element method.

Sliding mode technique has been successfully applied for motor control problems for a couple of decades due to its simplicity, robustness, and insensitivity to certain system parameter variations [10, 11]. In [12], work on AC servo motor was carried out and a controller based on this technique was developed for position control application. The designed controller did not demand the prior knowledge of the disturbance and its performance was evaluated by comparing with the conventional schemes. In [13], permanent magnet stepper motor was studied and investigated for position regulation problem. The designed scheme is comprised of observer based sliding mode controller that utilized the estimated rotor position and load torque. The simulation results proved the effectiveness of the designed scheme. In [14], a sliding mode controller for position tracking problem was presented for permanent magnet DC motor. The proposed scheme utilized two different approaches. The first approach was taken from Slotine and the other from Utkin. The performance of the controller was tested on variable inertia and torque load. After comparison with classical approach of PI controller, it was shown that the designed controller was robust in case of parameter variations and unknown disturbances. In [15], this technique was adopted and applied on position control of brushless servo motor. Robustness and fast dynamic response were also reported.

The sliding mode technique has two major drawbacks. It is not robust in the reaching phase before coming to the sliding surface and exhibits chattering on reaching the sliding surface [16]. Chattering is undesirable in electrical systems because it causes unmodelled dynamics to excite which can make the system unstable. Several methods have been presented in the literature to reduce chattering. One of the proposed methods was to introduce boundary layer near the sliding surface [17]. This caused the delay in reversal of direction of the representative point. However, this method could not be applied to all types of motors. Moreover, using this method, steady state error might exist. Some authors (e.g., [18]) used adaptive sliding mode control (ASMC) approach for chattering reduction. However, this technique was still sensitive to parameter variations and unknown disturbances. There was a need of such a control scheme that catered for both the problems of conventional sliding mode. The use of sliding mode was also reported in [19, 20] for position control application of induction motor and synchronous motor. This scheme was further modified in [21] by adding fuzzy logic control with sliding mode. The designed scheme contained the integrator to eliminate the steady state error and proved to be good for position tracking application. In [22], sliding mode was combined with PID and fuzzy logic technique to overcome chattering issue and applied this scheme on position control of DC motor. The simulation results reveal that chattering problem is considerably reduced. Chen and Hsu [23] enhanced the sliding mode with fuzzy logic control to overcome chattering issue and then controller was applied on position control of induction motor. It is shown that the designed controller behaved well in chattering reduction, and fast dynamic response is also achieved. Fallahi and Azadi [24] added fuzzy and traditional PID control with sliding mode control for chattering reduction. The proposed controller was further employed for position control of DC motor. A fuzzy logic control with sliding mode was also reported in [25] for position control purpose. The designed technique was employed on DC motor. It is observed that chattering issue is considerably reduced. However, drawback of fuzzy logic technique is the dependency of equivalent control and system parameters.

One of the possible solutions of chattering reduction was the use of higher-order sliding mode (HOSM) control [16]. HOSM had been used for a number of engineering applications [2629]. In [30], HOSM controller was proposed for position control problem of induction motor using super twist algorithm. Its performance was tested at high inertia and DC motor loads and compared with conventional controllers. The evaluation results show that the proposed scheme significantly outperforms the other ones. A good comparison of PI and sliding mode control was given in [31] for SR motor. To compensate chattering and for fast dynamic response, a robust controller based on super twisting algorithm for speed regulation and tracking problem was suggested. The simulation results indicate that the proposed controller outperforms the PI and sliding mode.

In this paper, we propose position controller based on super twisting algorithm for SR motor. The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 contains mathematical model of the system. Section 3 deals with controllers structures where FOSMC and SOSMC are designed. Section 4 presents and discusses the important simulation results and finally, in Section 5, some concluding remarks are established.

2. Mathematical Model of SR Motor

The mathematical model used in this work is that of a 3-phase SR motor whose parameters are given in Table 1. The dynamic system consists of electrical and mechanical subsystems [31] which are given in state space form as below: and is rotor position, is voltages of th phase, is resistance to the th phase, is current in the th phase, is flux linkages in th phase, is angular velocity of rotor, is total electromagnetic torque, is load torque, is moment of inertia (rotor), and is coefficient of friction.

3. Controllers Designs

For SR motor operation, a commutation scheme is necessary, which plays an important role in motor efficiency and performance. A new commutation scheme has been proposed in previous work of author(s) in [32], which optimizes the power consumption by energizing at the most two out of three phases at any instant.

3.1. First-Order Sliding Mode Controller (FOSMC) Design

FOSMC design can be accomplished in two steps. In first step, the switching surface depending upon the error dynamics is designed and in the second step, the control law is formulated in such a way that it would guarantee to take the system states to the sliding manifold. The main feature of this technique is to keep the system insensitive to certain parameter variations and unknown disturbances, once the system is in sliding manifold [33]. The switching surface is chosen keeping in view the Slotine approach [33] as where is positive constant and . is the desired position and is the order of the system. Since , therefore For simplicity, and and then (6) can be written as where and are strictly positive constants which are to be chosen by the designer such that the polynomial in (8) is Hurwitz polynomial:Now differentiating (7) with respect to time, we come up withIn order to design control law for FOSMC, we proceed by differentiating (2)Substituting (3) into (13) leads toThis can be written in a compact form aswhere represents the input vector comprising 3-phase voltages which are being energized at a particular instant to produce net torque and will be determined through the commutation scheme described in [32]. The scalar function and vector function are defined as For simplicity, the explicit dependence of on time and   &   vectors on will be omitted in the following sections. Therefore, Now (10) can take the form as

Proposition 1. The following control law when applied to the motor will stabilize the position to its desired value when

Proof. To prove the convergence, we consider the following candidate Lyapunov function:where is positive definite.
Differentiating (21) with respect to time, one can getFor position regulation problem, ; then (17) will be modified as Now combining (22) and (23), we have Plugging (20) in (24), we come up with the following equation:Now it is clear from (27) that only when , so we can see that(1) is positive definite,(2) is negative definite.Therefore, we conclude that the control law as defined in (20) would guarantee that when .

3.2. Second-Order Sliding Mode Controller (SOSMC) Design

The higher-order sliding-mode (HOSM) is basically the extension of conventional sliding mode acting on the higher-order derivatives of the sliding variable. HOSM has the ability to remove the chattering effect completely and provides higher accuracy in realization while maintaining the basic advantage of original approach. Several numbers of such controllers have been reported in the literature [3436]. Among these, the second-order sliding mode controller (SOSMC) is popular due to its easy implementation.

The sliding order defines the dynamics smoothness degree in the vicinity of the sliding mode. Simply, sliding order is the number of total continuous time derivatives of the sliding variable. Therefore, conventional sliding mode is synthesized with sliding order one, whereas SOSMC is formulated on the second time derivative of the sliding order and so on. To design SOSMC, a number of algorithms have been introduced in the literature in which twisting, super twisting, suboptimal, and drift are common. The super twisting algorithm has the advantage over other algorithms in that it does not require the time derivatives of sliding variable. Moreover, it is not sensitive to sampling time and guarantees the system trajectories twisting around the origin in the phase portrait and converges to it in finite time. This algorithm has been successfully applied on various areas including engineering and nonengineering applications [3638]. In this algorithm, the control law is composed of two terms: the one term is expressed in terms of discontinuous time derivative and the second term is a continuous function of sliding variable [39, 40]: The super twisting algorithm converges in finite time and the corresponding sufficient conditions arewhere are some positive constants. When controlled system is linearly dependent on , the control law can be simplified as When then this algorithm converges to the origin exponentially.

Finally, the control law in SOSMC takes the following form for position regulation problem:

4. Results and Discussions

SR motor described in Section 2 along with sliding mode controllers is simulated using MATLAB/SIMULINK software. The reference position is set to 30 radian. From the results shown in Figures 14, it can be noticed that motor position converges to the desired position within 2 seconds. Figure 3 shows the respective error plot and Figure 4 gives its close-up view. This is important to see that chattering is observed in FOSMC as is indicated by Figures 2 and 4. The input voltages of SR motor phases as controlled by FOSMC and SOSMC are plotted in Figures 5 and 6. It can be observed from these figures that SOSMC saves the power consumption as the phase voltages values in SOSMC are low being less in area under the curve.

A good performance of SOSMC can be observed from Figures 7 and 8 when SR motor experiences a sudden change in torque load from 0 to 2 N·m at seconds until second where sudden change is removed.

Both the controllers are put to test for the same change. The performance of both the controllers is not observed clearly from Figure 7; therefore, its close-up view is plotted in Figure 8. It can be seen that FOSMC is producing more chattering than SOSMC. It is important to note that high frequency and higher magnitude of chattering is dangerous when an actuator has to obey such a control command. Therefore, the SOSMC is a better choice for controller and is producing better overall results for SR motor control.

To further investigate the performance of the proposed controller SOSMC, a test of parameters variations is carried out. In this experiment, the value of one parameter is changed at one time while keeping the other parameters unchanged. The motor is commanded to attain a position 30 radian under no torque load. Figure 9 shows the motor response when moment of inertia is first decreased by 50% and then increased by 100% from its original value. The decrease in moment of inertia improves the dynamic response of the motor but increase of moment of inertia causes some overshoot in the transient stage as it is clearly indicated in Figure 10.

Figure 11 shows the motor response when the same changes in coefficient of friction are taken. The decrease in coefficient of friction does not impose any effect on the dynamic response whereas the increase in coefficient of friction improves the dynamic response as shown in Figure 12.

Figure 13 shows the response when changes in coefficient of resistance are made. It is clear from Figure 14 that the increment or decrement of coefficient of resistance does not pay any effect on the dynamic response. Hence, by the above discussion, it is evident that the proposed controller is robust to parameter variations and unknown disturbances.

5. Conclusions

In this paper the position regulation problem of SR motor has been discussed and SOSMC, based on super twisting algorithm, is proposed for chattering reduction inherent in FOSMC. The proposed controller is robust against parameter variations and unknown disturbances.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.