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Wide-range adjustable speed control method for dual-motor drive systems

Wide-range adjustable speed control method for dual-motor drive systems

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This study proposes a new control method for a dual-motor drive system to share its output torque and extend its operating speed range. When the drive system is operated below the rated speed, the dual motors are operated in parallel to share the total output torque. By using the proposed parallel dual-motor, the efficiency of the whole drive system can be effectively increased. On the other hand, when the drive system is operated beyond the rated speed, one motor is operated at a standstill and its stator inductances are used as three-phase boost inductances. In addition, an interleave control algorithm is used for the boost converter to reduce the input current ripples. The other motor is used as a driving motor fed by the boost converter. As a result, an extended speed, reaching twice the rated speed range with a near constant torque, is obtained. Several experimental results are included to evaluate the theoretical analysis. This study proposes a new control method for the dual-motor drive system, which can be applied to the electric drive systems in the industrial applications.

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