Modeling, control, and experimental investigation of a five-phase series-connected two-motor drive with single inverter supply Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper analyzes a recently introduced two-motor five-phase drive system with series connection of stator windings. It has been shown, using physical reasoning, that the introduction of an appropriate phase transposition in the series connection of two machines leads to a complete decoupling of the flux/torque-producing currents of one machine from the flux/torque-producing currents of the second machine. Consequently, independent vector control of the two machines becomes possible while using a single current-controlled five-phase voltage source inverter as the supply. The drive system modeling and control are first elaborated in this paper by taking both machines as induction motors. It is shown, using rigorous mathematical derivations, that the independent control of the two machines results due to the placement of machines in two different subspaces of the five-dimensional space. This is enabled by phase transposition in series connection. The models of the complete drive in the stationary common reference frame and in the rotor-flux-oriented reference frames of the two machines are developed. An associated vector control scheme for the two-motor drive is presented next. The second part of this paper describes an experimental setup used further on to evaluate the dynamic behavior of the two-motor drive. Performance is investigated by extensive experimentation for various transients (acceleration, deceleration, reversing, and disturbance rejection). Excellent decoupling of control of the two machines is achieved. Both the concept of the drive and the approach to modeling and control are thus fully verified experimentally. Finally, the advantages and shortcomings of the seriesconnected five-phase two-motor drive are discussed, and potential application areas are highlighted. 2007 IEEE.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Levi, E., Jones, M., Vukosavic, S. N., Iqbal, A., & Toliyat, H. A.

citation count

  • 82

complete list of authors

  • Levi, Emil||Jones, Martin||Vukosavic, Slobodan N||Iqbal, Atif||Toliyat, Hamid A

publication date

  • June 2007