High-performance vector control without AC phase current sensors for induction motor drives: Simulation and real-time implementation

ISA Trans. 2021 Mar;109:295-306. doi: 10.1016/j.isatra.2020.09.021. Epub 2020 Oct 3.


The main purpose of this paper is to develop a high-level performance, and low-cost current sensorless control strategy for Induction Motor (IM) drives. Therefore, a new phase-current regeneration method, for current sensorless vector control in induction motor drives is introduced. The idea is based on the reconfiguration of the Luenberger adaptive observer for currents estimation, using the information provided by the dc-link voltage sensor. The basis of the proposed control and the theoretical study of the modified adaptive observer are presented. Several simulation and experimental tests were performed on an induction motor of 1.1 kW working under different operating conditions. The obtained results prove and testify the relevance, workability, and practicability of the suggested currents sensorless vector control strategy.

Keywords: Currents estimation; Fault-tolerant control; Induction motor; Sensorless control; Vector control.