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Course unit
INP8084138, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0527, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ELECTRIC DRIVES FOR AUTOMATION
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Other lecturers LUIGI ALBERTI ING-IND/32

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/32 Electrical Convertors, Machines and Switches 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Control Theory is required.
Target skills and knowledge: General knowledge of AC Electric Drives.
Basics of DC/AC and AC/AC power converters.
Basics of three-phase synchronous motor drives (PM and Reluctance motors): performance prediction, conventional control scheme design, advanced control issues.
Examination methods: Examination requires a written answering to both Theory and Exercise (control design) questions.
Laboratory activities are also assessed, and the grade is summed up to that of the written exam.
Assessment criteria: Written exam and Laboratory activities will be assessed on the basis of completeness, clarity and accuracy of the answers as well as correctness of the control design.
Course unit contents: General knowledge of AC Electric Drives: structure, limits and regions of operation, classifications.
Basics of DC/AC converters: structure of three-phase inverter, PWM output voltage control, three-phase current control.
Fundamental dynamic equations of AC Synchronous motors: PM and Reluctance motors, electromechanical energy conversion principle.
Control design of electric drives with synchronous motors: control strategies and classifications, PID current/torque control, PID speed/position control.
Advanced control issues: sensorless control (speed/position estimation), flux-weakening control for high speed operation, predictive current/torque control.
Examples of application: home appliances (washing machines), electric energy generators (wind generator), electric traction (automotive), industry automation.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal
Laboratory (simulation and experimental)
Additional notes about suggested reading: Teaching material will be distributed and suggested during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • L. Bonometti, Convertitori di potenza e servomotori brushless. --: Editoriale Delfino, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • W.Leonhard, Control of Electrical Drives. --: Springer, 2001. Cerca nel catalogo
  • D.W. Novotny and T.A. Lipo, Vector control and dynamics of AC drives. Oxford: Clarendon press, 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Vas, Vector control of AC machines. Oxford: Clarendon, 1990. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Vas, Sensorless vector and direct torque control. Oxford: Clarendon, 1990. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Latex
  • Matlab

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy Sustainable Cities and Communities