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Decoupled Discrete Current Control for AC Drives at Low Sampling-to-Fundamental Frequency Ratios

Wang, Meiqi; Buticchi, Giampaolo; Li, Jing; Gu, Chunyang; Gerada, David; Degano, Michele; Xu, Lie; Li, Yongdong; Zhang, He; Geradab, Chris


Meiqi Wang

Giampaolo Buticchi

Jing Li

Chunyang Gu

Principal Research Fellow in Electrical Machines

Professor of Advanced Electrical Machines

Lie Xu

Yongdong Li

He Zhang

Chris Geradab


Implementation of proportional-integral (PI) controllers in synchronous reference frame (SRF) is a well-established current control solution for electric drives. It is a general and effective method in digital control as long as the ratio of Sampling to Fundamental (S2F) frequency ratio, rS2F, remains sufficiently large. When the aforesaid condition is violated, such as operations in high-speed or high-power drives, the performance of the closed-loop system becomes incrementally poor or even unstable. This is due to the cross-coupling of the signal flow between d and q axes, which is introduced by the SRF. In this article, an accurate model of current dynamics which captures the computational delay and PWM characteristics in discrete time domain is developed. This motivates the investigation of eliminating cross-coupling effects in PMSM drive systems. A new current control structure in the discrete time domain is proposed targeting full compensation of cross-coupling effects of SRF whilst improving dynamic stiffness at low S2F ratios. The matching simulation and experimental results carried out on a 5-kW high speed drive corroborate the theoretical analysis.


Wang, M., Buticchi, G., Li, J., Gu, C., Gerada, D., Degano, M., …Geradab, C. (2022). Decoupled Discrete Current Control for AC Drives at Low Sampling-to-Fundamental Frequency Ratios. IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 17, 2022
Online Publication Date May 30, 2022
Publication Date May 30, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 9, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 9, 2022
Journal IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
Print ISSN 2168-6777
Electronic ISSN 2168-6785
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Energy Engineering and Power Technology
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