Application of a full-order extended Luenberger observer for a position sensorless operation of a switched reluctance motor drive

ELMAS Ç., ZelayaDelaParra H.

IEE PROCEEDINGS-CONTROL THEORY AND APPLICATIONS, vol.143, no.5, pp.401-408, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 143 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Doi Number: 10.1049/ip-cta:19960421
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Applied Science & Technology Source, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Computer & Applied Sciences, zbMATH, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.401-408
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Switched reluctance motors (SRMs) are rapidly becoming more popular in industrial applications where variable speed is required because of their simple construction, ease of maintenance, low cost and high efficiency. However, the operation of the SRM is heavily dependent upon precise information about rotor position, measurement of which may be very expensive or prohibited because of the nature of the application. The paper investigates the use of observer theory to eliminate the problems of having to measure the rotor position. For this purpose, observer algorithms based upon the extended Luenberger observer theory have been developed. These include plant nonlinearities which naturally lead to an estimator with improved performance over the existing estimation schemes. To verify the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm, both theoretical study and practical implementation were done and satisfactory results were obtained.