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Fault-tolerant control architecture for an electrical actuator

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Bennett, Professor Alan Jack, Professor Barrie Mecrow, Dr Dave Atkinson


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In safety-critical applications fault-tolerant electric drives and motors can be used. To avoid compromising the reliability of the drives and isolated motor windings, the control hardware must also be fault tolerant. In this work control hardware is separated into lanes, each with a designated power supply, electric drive, motor phase winding and position feedback sensor, all packaged into a single assembly. For a system to operate with a faulted lane, lanes must be able to cross-compare data and determine whether a lane has failed. A demonstrator controller drive has been produced for a multiple lane actuator with the ability to detect a failed lane and continue operation. For the first time, current shaping is implemented on a working prototype to produce instantaneous torque control, even in the event of a fault. This permits rated torque at all rotor positions when stationary and when rotating slowly and rated mean torque at high speeds, when the inertia of the system lets the drive ride through torque dips caused by the faulted phase. (11 References).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mecrow BC; Atkinson DJ; Bennett JW; Jack AG; Sewell C; Mason G

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 35th Annual Power Electronics Specialists Conference

Year of Conference: 2004

Pages: 4371-4377

ISSN: 0275-9306

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/PESC.2004.1354773

Notes: 6. Piscataway, NJ, USA.

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ISBN: 0780383990