Nonlinear Tracking Control of Brushless DC Motors for High-performance Applications

N. Hemati
Ming-Chuan Leu, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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The tracking control problem associated with brushless DC motors (BLDCMs) for high-performance applications is considered. To guarantee their high-dynamic-performance operation in motion control systems, the magnetic saturation and reluctance variation effects are accounted for in the BLDCM mathematical model. The trajectory tracking control problem is addressed in the context of the transformation theory of nonlinear systems. A nonlinear control law is implemented and shown to compensate for the nonlinearities of a BLDCM. A case study is presented in which a direct-drive inverted pendulum actuated by a BLDCM is used to investigate the effectiveness of the control law. The effectiveness of the proposed control in compensating for modeling errors, external disturbances, and measurement errors is demonstrated