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Genetic Algorithm-Based Commutation Angle Control for Torque Ripple Mitigation in Switched Reluctance Motor Drives

by Renata Rezende Reis, Marcio Luiz Magri Kimpara, Luigi Galotto Jr, Joao Onofre Pereira Pinto
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IEEE Access
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97331 to 97339

This work addresses the application of the Genetic Algorithm (GA) technique to optimize the commutation angles of a 2 kW 8/6 switched reluctance machine (SRM). The primary goal is to reduce the well-known drawback of SRMs: the torque ripple. Firstly, the machine was modeled in Matlab /Simulink Ⓡ using lookup tables obtained via finite element method (FEM) simulations. Subsequently, the model was used to perform the GA routine aiming to find the optimal phase commutation angles that minimize the torque ripple factor. Notably, the torque performance of the SRM was significantly affected by the commutation angles during the search for the optimal solution. Afterwards, the GA results for four different operation points were verified experimentally through a developed drive platform with digital signal processor-based (DSP) control and an asymmetric bridge converter. As showed by the experiments, the proposed approach was suitable to reduce the torque ripple by more than 50% for one of the evaluated operating points. Furthermore, it was confirmed that the torque ripple mitigation led to acoustic noise improvement.