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4, JULY/AUGUST 2005 1047

Theory and Operation of a Four-Quadrant Switched

Reluctance Motor Drive With a Single Controllable
Switch—The Lowest Cost Four-Quadrant
Brushless Motor Drive
R. Krishnan, Fellow, IEEE, Sung-Yeul Park, Student Member, IEEE, and Keunsoo Ha, Student Member, IEEE

Abstract—Low-cost motor drives are being sought for efficiency as well as delivering higher efficiency over the
high-volume energy-efficient home appliances. Key to the re- entire speed range and, hence, the interest in variable-speed
alization of such low-cost motor drives is the reduction of the motor drives for applications that have traditionally remained
power electronic converter to the barest in terms of its compo-
nents, particularly the active devices, finding the motor with the constant speed or with a few set speeds in home appliances.
least complexity for manufacturing and a controller that can While a variable-speed universal motor drive may become
extract the desired performance from the machine and converter acceptable in some appliances, the industry wants to move
combination. These and other factors such as self-starting, speed away from brush and commutator-based machines for reasons
control over a wide range, and, most of all, the crowning as- of reliability, safety, longevity of operation, acoustic noise, and
pect of four-quadrant operation with a bare minimum number
of controllable switches remain as formidable challenges for overload capability for longer durations. Hence, the search for
low-cost motor drive realization. An innovative four-quadrant a simpler and lower cost four-quadrant brushless motor drive
switched reluctance motor (SRM) drive with only one controllable has intensified with the prospective oncoming variable speed
switch is realized in this paper, for the first time, in the opinion applications in home appliances and hand tools contributed to
of the authors. The motor drive is realized using a two-phase by both federal regulations and competition among appliance
machine and a single controllable switch converter. The theory
and operation of the proposed four-quadrant SRM drive with manufacturers to introduce newer features and enhance system
the proposed control algorithm for its realization are described. efficiency.
The motor drive is modeled, simulated, and analyzed to verify its Many solutions have been proposed for low-cost motor
feasibility for self-starting, speed control, and for four-quadrant drives and most of them revolve around the use of single-phase
operation, and the simulation results are presented. Experimental
switched reluctance motor (SRM) with parking permanent
results confirm the validity of the proposed control algorithm for
four-quadrant control of the SRM drive. The focus of the paper magnets on the stator and two-switch-based asymmetric con-
is mainly directed toward the control algorithm for realizing the verter, or two-phase SRM with three-switch-based converter
four-quadrant operation of the two-phase SRM drive with a single and single-phase permanent-magnet brushless dc motor drives
controllable switch converter. with four-controllable-switch-based converter, to mention a
Index Terms—Motor drives control, power electronics, switched few [1], and other variations in the literature too numerous to
reluctance motor (SRM) drives. mention here. Use of single-phase and three-phase induction
motors with four-controllable-switch-based inverters has been
I. PROPOSED MOTOR DRIVE FOR FOUR-QUADRANT OPERATION attempted. Many of these solutions, though providing highly
desirable performance, are yet to be embraced as their cost is

F EDERAL regulations for some appliances in regard to

mandates on higher efficiency of the system to start with
have come into force and it is expected that they will also
as yet unacceptable in the appliance industries. The factors that
are widely cited in the industry for not embracing the formerly
proposed solutions are many. Some of these factors are given
spread to other categories of appliances. One way efficiency below, and these served as a compass for the authors to steer
can be increased is by introducing variable-speed operation away from these concerns in seeking solutions to the low
of the motor. Variable-speed operation increases the part load cost motor drives in the competitive segment of the appliance
Paper IPCSD-05-023, presented at the 2004 Industry Applications Society 1) The cost of the machine is higher in almost all cases other
Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, October 3–7, and approved for publication in
the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS by the Industrial Drives than the single-phase SRM.
Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society. Manuscript submitted 2) The lowest cost machine, which is a single-phase SRM,
for review September 1, 2004 and released for publication April 15, 2005. This is not truly low cost as it involves permanent magnets
work was supported by The Center for Innovative Technology, Reston, VA,
through the efforts of Panaphase Technologies. for parking the rotor at a desirable position for starting,
The authors are with the Center for Rapid Transit Systems, The Bradley De- adding not only to the cost but complexity in manufac-
partment of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute turing.
and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA (e-mail: kramu@vt.edu; su-
park@vt.edu; ksha@vt.edu). 3) The cost of the converter and inverter has come down
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TIA.2005.851019 significantly but not to the level where it can compete
0093-9994/$20.00 © 2005 IEEE

with a one-controllable-switch universal motor drive for versity, Blacksburg. Power electronics and controller were
one-quadrant application in many low-performance vari- packed within 3 in 3 in 1.5 in with standard off-the-shelf
able-speed applications. components for a 1-hp motor drive, though versions under
4) A two-controllable-switch-based converter (which seems development are expected to have a volume reduction of 50%
to have gained some traction) is still expensive as com- in the packaging. While such packaging may be of critical
pared to a one-controllable-switch-based brush dc or ac importance in commercial and industrial applications, this
universal motor drive system with limited one-quadrant will not be pursued in detail, as imparting four-quadrant op-
variable-speed application. erational capability with this converter-based drive system
5) Though the proposed brushless and commutatorless so- is considered much more important. It is highly significant
lutions as compared to brush-type machines in appliances as it bestows for the first time a four-quadrant operation on
are welcome, being brushless alone is not the determining a brushless motor drive with only a one-controllable-switch
factor in the selection of a motor or a motor drive in the converter. This alters the current state of art, as there is no other
low-cost applications which is a key fact of life in this in- motor drive which can have a four-quadrant operation with
dustry segment. that bare minimum of controllable-switch-based converter. For
6) In high-speed ( 20 000 r/min) motor drives, the per- the first time, such a development points to the realization of
manent-magnet brushless machines are believed not to the lowest cost brushless motor drive that may be ideal for
provide low-cost solutions even though there may be a many applications. Some of these applications have eluded
slight efficiency advantage in these machines, if not at introduction of variable-speed and four-quadrant operation due
high speeds, but certainly at low and medium speeds. to the higher cost of the total motor drive package. Note that
In appliances, higher efficiency is desirable but cost-ef- a conventional four-quadrant SRM drive requires a minimum
fective and high-efficiency solutions are much more of two or more controllable switches and, as well, so do brush
desirable and acceptable is a fact to be noted (as a few dc and ac universal motor drives. Therefore, the key aspect of
point difference in percent efficiency is not a significant four-quadrant operability with a wide variable-speed control
factor). will be the focus of this paper. It is believed with this fully
7) In many instances, four-quadrant drive operation is not nec- four-quadrant and variable-speed operation incorporated in
essary but will be an important feature for future product the single-controllable-switch-based SRM drive, a low-cost
development of appliances. Some of the proposed conven- brushless variable-speed motor drive has been realized for the
tionalthree-phaseortwo-phaseacandSRMdrivessolutions first time in the literature.
though provide a four-quadrant operation, the cost associ- A two-phase SRM, one-controllable-switch converter, and a
ated with the converter/inverter is high. digital signal processor (DSP) controller are the building blocks
Anchored with these industry inputs, the authors have identi- of the low-cost motor drive considered in this paper. The proposed
fied the following common features of low-cost motor drives control algorithms for starting, four-quadrant operation and
required for high-volume applications: variable-speed control of an SRM drive with single controllable
switch are the key to the realization of the low-cost motor drive.
1) brushless motor (can be ac or permanent-magnet brush- The proposed system is modeled, simulated, and analyzed for
less dc or SRMs); validating the proposed control algorithms. Experimental results
2) high-speed operational capability; fromalaboratoryprototypeconfirmthefeasibilityoftheproposed
3) high-efficiency operability over a wide speed range; low-cost motor drive four-quadrant control and operation.
4) four-quadrant operational capability; This paper is organized as follows. Section II describes the con-
5) minimum number of controllable switches (preferably sidered SRM and its features, and also the converter and its opera-
less than two) to reduce the cost of power electronic tion with the SRM. Section III gives the realization of self-starting
circuit as well as to minimize the cost of the attendant of the motor drive without parking magnets. Section IV details
circuits such as gate drives and logic power supplies and the control algorithm for the realization of a four-quadrant motor
also to minimize the volume of heat sinks; drive. Based on these developments, the complete drive system,
6) rotor position sensor-free operation; its modeling, simulation, and analysis are presented in Sections V
7) smallest footprint for controller and converter layout to and VI. Experimental results are presented both for self-starting
reduce the volume, weight, and cost of the power elec- and for four-quadrant operation in Section VII. Conclusions are
tronics and controller. drawn and presented in Section VIII.
To address these issues to the fullest possible level, some
solutions have already been proposed even though they have II. CONSIDERED MACHINE AND POWER CONVERTER
not come into the literature. A single-controllable-switch-based
Rationale for the selection of the electric machine and a
brushless motor drive solution is highly desirable for many of
description of the one-controllable-switch-based converter are
the low-cost applications and such a set of solutions existed
given in this section.
[2], [3] prior to this publication for SRM drive systems. One of
the variations can be found in [4]. A number of single-quadrant
SRM drives with single-switch power converter topologies A. Machine
have been under research and development for more than The machine selection was based on factors such as the fol-
four years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Uni- lowing [1], [10]:

1) free of brush and commutator;

2) easier manufacturability (and that, too, anywhere around
the world, and this factor excludes permanent-magnet
brushless dc machines);
3) preferably no permanent magnets on the rotor or stator
to reduce manufacturing complexity (this excludes all
permanent-magnet machines including brushless dc ma-
4) operability at speeds up to 40 000 r/min;
5) lowest cost (eliminates almost all other machines other
than SRMs);
6) operational capability with unidirectional current (this
eliminates induction and synchronous reluctance ma-
Fig. 1. Considered motor and power converter schematic for four-quadrant
chines). operation.
Given these factors, the choice narrows to switched reluctance
machines. With a minimum of winding insertion operation, a
capacitor gets charged or the current is circulated through the
two-phase SRM with concentric windings is considered for
auxiliary winding and during both operations, the main winding
further study. The machine is a two-phase SRM with one phase
is involved. From this, it is seen that the current in the auxiliary
forming the main phase and the other forming an auxiliary
winding is also controlled by the controllable switch indirectly.
phase. The torque is mainly extracted from the operation of the
Alternately, one can perceive D and C as a snubber circuit for
main phase. The auxiliary phase is intended for commutation
transferring energy from the main winding during turn-off in-
of current in the main phase winding. Note that the auxiliary
stants of current control and commutation and also as an energy
winding also lends itself to sensing the rotor position by mon-
source to force current through the auxiliary winding. More on
itoring its current and flux linkages or by other variables and
the converter operation, analysis, and design will be published
means. A number of opportunities which open up with this
in the near future [3]. Diode D is optional it may be noted and
kind of two-phase machines are to be noted. The number of
if it is used it need not be a fast acting type. With this, the circuit
turns in the main and auxiliary windings need not be equal to
becomes very compact and it is believed that it has the lowest
each other and, as well, their wire sizes also need not be equal.
number of elements compared to other circuits in the literature.
The only requirement of the machine is that the phase windings
must be spatially (phase) shifted from each other. As the focus
of the paper is neither on design of such machines nor on the III. SELF-STARTING
requirement to optimize the drive system performance, further The single-switch converter creates a challenge in starting the
treatment of the machine is not given for lack of space. The SRM. As the dc link is energized, note that the current flowing
machine used in this study is described with its characteristics in the main winding attracts the rotor poles to align with the
in [4]. Equally other types of machines such as those given main stator poles. At this position, there is no torque production
in [5]–[8] may also be sufficient for the proposed motor drive capability for the main winding even if current is built in to the
system. While the constructional details and cost may vary main phase winding. As for the auxiliary winding, it requires
between these machines to some extent, a number of features a current to produce a torque. This current can come from the
desirable in low-cost machines are preserved. auxiliary (or snubber or auxiliary) capacitor C when the main
current decays and the auxiliary capacitor has enough charge
B. Power Converter to initiate a current closing the current path through the dc-link
The power converter chosen to work with the two machine capacitor C . If the auxiliary current is insufficient to produce
phase windings is shown in Fig. 1. This is only one of the single- a significant torque to move the rotor from its aligned position
controllable-switch-based converter topologies [2]. The power with the main stator poles, then other options are built in for
converter obtains its dc link either from a single-phase (as shown self-starting. They are described in the following paragraph.
in figure) or from a three-phase ac through appropriate rectifiers Key to the success of the four-quadrant operation of the con-
and an electrolytic capacitor. The machine-side converter con- sidered motor drive is the ability to start at all rotor positions
sists of a controllable switch Q , two diodes D and D , and a in both directions. In order to start reliably, a starting scheme is
capacitor C . The main winding is controlled with the control- proposed in this paper. When the rotor poles are aligned to the
lable switch directly. When it is turned on (mode 1), the main main stator poles, a start gate pulse signal of certain duration
winding is applied with the dc-link voltage. If there is current in is applied to the controllable switch. At this time, the rotor is at
the auxiliary winding, then it goes to charge the dc-link capac- standstill. This results in turn-on of the switch for a desirable du-
itor C , and closes the path through the capacitor C . When Q ration until the current is equal to a nominal or preset value and
is turned off, (mode 2) a path for the current is provided through then the switch is turned off. That provides a charge to the aux-
diode D and capacitor C and also through auxiliary winding iliary capacitor C , as well as forcing a current in the auxiliary
and D . Note that the capacitor C is very small compared to winding. Thereby, the energy in the main winding is transferred
the dc-link filter capacitor C almost by a factor of 100–200. to the auxiliary winding and/or auxiliary capacitor due to the
During the turn-off of the controllable switch, it is seen that the flow of current from the main winding to the auxiliary winding

and to the capacitor depending on the charge state of the capac- moves from the aligned position toward the unaligned position.
itor. This results in the auxiliary winding producing a torque. During this time, the kinetic energy in the machine is transferred
That torque may be enough to move the rotor poles away from to the dc-link source via the auxiliary winding. Note that the ma-
their aligned position with the main stator poles. When the main chine is still in the CW direction of rotation but its speed rapidly
winding current decays, note that the auxiliary capacitor sup- decreases toward standstill.
plies the auxiliary winding with the current, resulting in some
positive torque production by the auxiliary phase winding. B. Counter Clockwise (CCW) Direction Motoring and
However, the starting problem will persist if the rotor poles Regeneration
align with the stator main poles exactly and the starting torque
When the speed reversal command is obtained, the control
produced by the auxiliary winding is insufficient to turn the rotor
goes into the CW regeneration mode as explained in the para-
poles away from the aligned position with the main poles. In that
graph above. That brings the rotor to the standstill position. In-
case, multiple turn-on and turn-off of the controllable switch
stead of waiting for the absolute standstill position, continuous
builds a larger current in the main winding and, also, the auxil-
energization of the main phase is attempted during the time rotor
iary winding, resulting in starting of the machine. The number
poles move from aligned to unaligned rotor positions. This not
of multiple turn-on and turn-off signals is determined by many
only slows the rotor to standstill rapidly but also provides an op-
factors including the thermal capability of the machine as well
portunity for reversal if the rotor poles come to a stop between
as by the way the two machine phases are arranged spatially with
the main and auxiliary poles. Therefore, there is the necessity for
respect to each other or how the rotor is constructed so that there
determining the instant when the rotor of the machine is ideally
is an overlap of torque characteristics of phase windings over
positioned for reversal. Hall-effect sensors are used to ascertain
the rotor position. Invariably, all these factors are influenced by
the rotor position and speed and they are located at the main
the intended application and its starting torque requirement. It is
winding and auxiliary winding. From the Hall sensor outputs,
critical to ensure that the desired direction of rotation is enforced
it is determined whether the machine has reversed its direction.
quickly when single-pulse or multiple-pulse starting is applied,
Crucial to this is finding the aligned rotor position of the rotor
so that the rotor does not traverse noticeably over a significant
poles with the auxiliary poles. This is the ideal moment for en-
angular distance in the unintended direction.
ergizing the main stator phase so that the machine can start mo-
toring in the CCW direction.
IV. FOUR-QUADRANT CONTROL AND OPERATION OF THE 1) Delay Time: After sensing the unaligned position, the
CONSIDERED SRM DRIVE pulsewidth-modulation (PWM) signal is cleared and a reversal
A large amount of literature [1], [11]–[14] exists on four- start pulse can be implemented. Sufficient time for the reversal
quadrant control of conventional SRM drives with high degree start pulse, which may be named the delay time, is required
of freedom in the machine converter , and none exists for SRM due to the fact that the rotor does not move from its aligned
drives with a single-controllable-switch power converter. This position with the stator main poles as it does not produce any
is due to the absence of the converter itself on the scene so far. torque at this detent position. Best position to insert the start
Significant features peculiar to this converter are limited direct pulse for reverse rotation is when the rotor poles are in between
current control of the main phase and its heavy dependence on the main stator poles and the auxiliary stator poles. The way to
the auxiliary phase winding and auxiliary capacitor state. Like- get the rotor in to such a position is achieved by the procedure
wise, the auxiliary winding current control is dependent on the described below.
duty cycle of the controllable switch, motor speed and load, The start pulse for reverse rotation consists of one turn-on
and state of the auxiliary capacitor. These constraints have to switch signal and one turn-off switch signal. When the turn-on
be managed very tightly in order to implement a four-quadrant signal is given to the controllable switch, current flows into the
variable-speed operation in this motor drive. It is discussed in main winding. During turn-off of the controllable switch, cur-
this section. rent in the main winding flows into the auxiliary winding after
charging the capacitor to a value equal to the dc-link voltage.
A. Clockwise (CW) Motoring and Regeneration When the controllable switch is again turned on, the current in
the auxiliary winding goes to the dc-link source, resulting in
In order to achieve motoring in the forward direction, for ex- its prolongation. With the increase of auxiliary current by this
ample, the CW direction, the stator winding should be excited process of charging and discharging from the main winding,
when the rotor is moving from the unaligned to the aligned posi- the rotor starts moving from its aligned position. The energy
tion. Assuming that the rotor poles reach the unaligned position in the capacitor will increase the current through the auxiliary
(almost in alignment with the auxiliary stator poles) of the main winding, thus producing a torque moving the rotor poles toward
phase winding and such a position is detected, the main phase the stator auxiliary pole pair and eventually aligning the rotor
winding is energized. When the rotor poles have reached near with the auxiliary poles and enabling rotation in the CCW di-
he aligned position with the main poles, the current in the main rection of rotation.
phase is turned off. The machine spins then, for example, in the
CW direction and, during this time, the main winding is ener-
gized as the rotor poles move from the auxiliary stator poles to
the main stator poles. The regenerative braking, on the contrary, With the understanding gained over the discussion of the
is achieved by excitation of the stator windings when the rotor self-starting and four-quadrant control, the drive system control

Fig. 2. Proposed motor drive control system.

schematic is derived as in the following and shown in Fig. 2. If speed command indicates regenerative braking has to be
The drive system senses current and two discrete rotor posi- performed then it takes a different route. If the rotor speed is
tions, spaced 45 apart. A DSP accepts the Hall position signals above a certain set low speed, only the PI current controller is in
and the analog current signal. From the discrete rotor position force and nothing is tampered with. If the rotor speed is lower
signals, rotor speed is estimated. The analog current signal is than the set low-speed threshold, then the controller gives a re-
filtered before it is fed to the DSP where it is digitized through versal pulse to act upon directly and circumvents the PI current
its analog-to-digital converter (ADC). controller during this period. Once the speed is reversed, then
A startup signal is issued for the machine to activate its speed automatically the controller goes into motoring mode in the op-
command. Depending on the speed command, which consists of posite direction and the PI current controller comes into play
the magnitude and direction, the operational mode corresponding in dynamically determining and controlling the PWM signal
to motoring or braking is evaluated. If it is motoring mode, the which serves as the gate control signal.
speed error is found from the difference of the speed and its com- The software implementation of the control algorithm is
mand which then is processed by thespeed controller, in this case a shown in Fig. 3 at macrolevel. With the explanations provided
proportional plus integral (PI) controller. Then, the output of the in this and previous sections, this figure becomes self-explana-
speed controller forms the current command. The current com- tory. Note that SSSRM stands for single-switch SRM drive
mand is enforced by means of current feedback control having a system.
current controller which again is a PI type. The output of the cur-
rent controller is a control signal that is proportional to the duty A. Four-Quadrant Control Algorithm
cycle of the controllable switch in the converter. This is updated The flowchart for four-quadrant control implementation is
for every carrier period in the PWM control. shown in Fig. 4. The purpose of the quadrant controller is to set

Fig. 3. Flowchart for the software implementation of the proposed drive


up the PWM sequence with respect to the quadrant command

and to generate the start pulse for reversal. After the rotor speed
reaches the desired speed, the starting signal for reversal will be
applied to the power converter. Fig. 4 shows the flowchart for
the four-quadrant control algorithm based on the descriptions
in Sections III–V.
The reason why the controller checks the unaligned position
for four-quadrant control is to easily obtain a huge negative
torque with short delay. The maximum negative torque can be
produced after the rotor passes the unaligned position (45 ) for
the machine under consideration. PWM off indicates the deac-
tivation of the PWM function resulting in no current flow to the
main winding. The “delay” is the time duration needed to move Fig. 4. Flowchart for software implementation of the four-quadrant control
the rotor to the maximum negative torque position. algorithm.
The detailed flowchart for the DSP execution of the entire
proposed scheme is given in Fig. 5 and, in this case, the speed incorporated if required. Noting that the voltage drops of the
command is given for 5000 r/min and the low-speed threshold devices are small compared to the dc-link voltage, they are
is kept at 250 r/min so that reversal is enforced. Similar to the treated as ideal devices.
flowchart given in Fig. 3, this flowchart also is self-explanatory. Switching transients are ignored in this modeling as the elec-
trical and mechanical time constants are much greater than
VI. MODELING, SIMULATION, AND ANALYSIS the turn-on time and turn-off time of the devices. With these
OF THE DRIVE SYSTEM assumptions, the converter–machine combination system equa-
In order to verify the feasibility of the proposed drive system, tions can be derived based on the conduction or nonconduction
the drive system was modeled, simulated, and analyzed. This of the controllable switch given by modes 1 and 2, respectively.
section gives a step-by-step derivation of the model of the drive Also, these equations are impacted based on the main and
system from the algorithmic descriptions in Sections III–V. The auxiliary currents being greater than zero and on the state
drive system block diagram for modeling is shown in Fig. 6. of the auxiliary capacitor voltage. The system equations are
The individual system equations for the motor and speed and then assembled and integrated and solved for the variables of
current controllers can be written from a standard modeling interest.
procedure well known in the literature and one such is given The system equations are derived and given in the following.
in [1] and the same is followed here. The integration of the Q1 ON
converter modes of operation with the machine and controller
is critical. In order to model the converter, the devices are
assumed to be ideal even though their voltage drops can be (2)







where are main phase, auxiliary phase, and aux-

iliary capacitor current, respectively, are phase
resistance of the main and auxiliary winding, respec-
tively, is the dc-link voltage, is the auxiliary ca-
pacitor voltage, are main and auxiliary winding
flux linkages, respectively, are main and auxil-
iary inductances, respectively, is the auxiliary capac-
itor value, and is the rotor position. The load dynamic
equation is


where is the electromagnetic torque obtained from

machine characteristic as a function of and is the
load torque, is the rotor speed, is the rotor and load
inertia, and is the friction coefficient of the motor and
the load.
A simulation result showing the four-quadrant operation of
the motor drive in normalized units is given in Fig. 7.
The machine is assumed to be in the unaligned position and
the starting is smooth. Even when the rotor is put in the aligned
position, the starting was delayed for a few hundred microsec-
onds, but the system started smoothly (not given for lack of
space here). Notice the smooth main phase current and its close
following of the reference. The simulation results demonstrate
the feasibility of the proposed control algorithms.


In order to validate the proposed four-quadrant operational
Fig. 5. Detailed flowchart for DSP implementation of the proposed control of the considered motor drive system, comprehensive
four-quadrant and variable-speed control system.
sets of experiments were performed. Results relating to self-
starting at aligned and midpoint between aligned and aligned
(3) positions, are shown in Figs. 8 and 9, respectively. There is
hardly any noticeable difference in the time taken to reach the
commanded 5000 r/min from both the starting positions with
the control.
(5) Fig. 10 shows four-quadrant operation from standstill to
5000 r/min and then from there to 5000 r/min reversal and
(6) then back to standstill. The speed and current are well behaved
in this four-quadrant operation. Results at speeds higher than
(7) 5000 r/min have been successfully achieved. Experimental
results validated the simulation results and the basic control
(8) algorithms for this SSSRM drive.

Fig. 6. Block diagram of the proposed motor drive system.

Fig. 9. Self-starting from standstill at midpoint between aligned and unaligned

position to 5 000 rpm (scale: motor speed = 2000 rpm/div, and time = 200
Fig. 7. Simulation of the four-quadrant operation of the proposed motor drive
system in normalized units.

Fig. 10. Four-quadrant speed control performance of the drive system (scale:
= = =
speed and its command 5000 r/min/div; current 10 A/div; time 5 s/div).

For the first time, a two-phase SRM drive with a single con-
trollable switch was presented for four-quadrant operation and
control. The proposed system and its control structure for four-
quadrant operation is validated with simulation and proven with
experimental work. The invention is believed to be original.
The invention is fundamental as it changes the paradigm of
low-cost motor drives. The presented system is considered to
be the lowest cost four-quadrant motor drive system with the
self-starting feature. The position-sensorless control has been
Fig. 8. (a) Multiple pulses for self-starting from standstill at aligned position.
(b) PWM signals for motoring operation to 5 000 r/min (scale: motor speed = incorporated in this motor drive for one-quadrant operation [9].
2000 rpm/div, and time 200 ms/div). It has immense use in appliance applications.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT R. Krishnan (S’81–M’82–SM’95–F’01) received

the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from
The authors acknowledge with gratitude the following: L. Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada.
Whelchel, President and CEO of Panaphase Technologies for He is a Professor of electrical and computer en-
gineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
granting permission to submit this paper for publication based University (Virgina Tech), Blacksburg. His research
on the intellectual property of the company; C. Hudson for his interests are in electric motor drives and power elec-
help in the development of the power electronics and DSP con- tronics. He is the author of Electric Motor Drives
(Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice–Hall, 2001), its
troller package; A Staley for her help on machine details and Chinese translation (Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.: Pearson
characteristics; and Prof. Holtz for suggestions to improve the Education Taiwan, 2002), Indian Edition (New Delhi,
presentation of Figs. 8 and 9. India: Prentice-Hall of India, 2002 ), and International Edition (Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Prentice-Hall International, 2001) and Switched Reluctance Motor
Drives (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2003, 2nd ed.), and coeditor (with M. P.
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[3] R. Krishnan and A. M. Staley, “Single-switch power converter for SRM livered short courses for industry on vector-controlled induction motor drives
drive systems,” unpublished. (with Prof. J. Holtz and Dr. V. R. Stefanovic), permanent-magnet synchronous
[4] R. Krishnan, A. M. Staley, and K. Sitapati, “A novel single-phase and brushless dc motor drives, and switched reluctance motor drives, and is cur-
switched reluctance motor drive system,” in Proc. IEEE IECON’01, rently developing linear electric motor drives with Prof. I. Boldea.
2001, pp. 1488–1493. Prof. Krihnan has been a recipient of three Best Paper Awards from the In-
[5] J. V. Byrne and J. B. O’Dwyer, “Electrical drive systems incorporating dustrial Drives Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society. In addi-
variable reluctance motors,” U.S. Patent 4 698 537, Oct. 6, 1987. tion, he received the First Prize Paper Award from the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON
[6] W. A. Pengov and D. L. Carr, “Switched reluctance motor,” U.S. Patent INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS. He was awarded the IEEE Industrial Electronics So-
6 028 385, Feb. 22, 2000. ciety’s Dr. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award for outstanding technical
[7] W. A. Pengov, “Staggered pole switched reluctance motor,” U.S. Patent contributions to the field of industrial electronics. He is a Distinguished Lec-
6 046 568, Apr. 4, 2000. turer of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He serves as the Vice President
[8] G. E. Horst, “Auxiliary starting switching reluctance motor,” U.S. Patent (Publications) and Senior AdCom Member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics
5 844 343, Dec. 1, 1998. Society. He served as the General Chair of the 2003 IEEE Industrial Electronics
[9] C. Hudson, N. Lobo, and R. Krishnan, “Sensorless control of a single Conference.
switch based switched reluctance motor drive using neural network,”
presented at the IEEE IECON’04, Busan, Korea, Nov. 2004.
[10] R. Krishnan, Electric Motor Drives—Modeling, Analysis, and Con-
trol. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2001. Sung-Yeul Park (S;05) was born in Seoul, Korea,
[11] S. Hossain, I. Husain, H. Klode, B. Lequesne, and A. Omekanda, “Four- in 1973. He received the B.S. degree in control and
quadrant control of a switched reluctance motor for a highly dynamic instrument engineering in 1998 from Hoseo Univer-
actuator load,” in Proc. IEEE APEC’02, 2002, pp. 41–47. sity, Asan, Korea, and the M.S. degree in 2004 from
[12] C. E. B. Green and J. M. Stephenson, “A sensorless switched reluctance Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,
drive,” Elect. Mach. Drives, pp. 64–68, 1997. Blacksburg, where he is currently working toward the
[13] B. Fahimi and R. B. Sepe Jr., “Development of 4-quadrant sensorless Ph.D. degree.
control of SRM drives over the entire speed range,” in Conf. Rec. His research interests include power electronics,
IEEE-IAS Annu. Meeting, 2002, pp. 1625–1632. fuel-cell systems, and microcontroller application
[14] G. Suresh, B. Fahimi, K. M. Rahman, M. Ehsani, and I. Panahi, “Four- systems.
quadrant sensorless srm drive with high accuracy at all speeds,” in Proc.
IEEE APEC’99, 1999, pp. 1226–1231.

Keunsoo Ha (S’04) was born in Seoul, Korea, in

1970. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in
electrical and control engineering from Hong-Ik
University, Seoul, Korea, in 1993 and 1995, respec-
tively. He is currently working toward the Ph.D.
degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University, Blacksburg.
In 1995, he joined the Precision Machinery Re-
search Center, Korea Electronics Technology Insti-
tute, where he has been a Senior Researcher since
2000 and has conducted research on the development
of BLDCM drives for household air conditioners and refrigerator fans and step
motor controllers for car dashboards and linear motor drivers for machine tools.
His research interests include electric motor drives, power electronics, and sen-
sorless control.