Multi-level motor drives for torque ripple suppression taking control sensitivity into account

Shuhei Shimmyo, Katsutoku Takeuchi, Norio Takahashi, Makoto Matsushita, Kouhei Ohnishi

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This paper discusses the suppression of torque ripple using multi-level inverters in motor drives. Because it is possible to improve the output waveforms using multi-level inverters, it is also possible to improve the control performance of motors. In this paper, the multi-level inverters achieve precise motion control, and a theoretical distortion index for multi-level motor drives that takes the control sensitivity into account is proposed. By calculating the distortion index, the optimal equivalent carrier frequency that can minimize torque ripple can be obtained. The validity of the proposed method is confirmed by our experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-77
Number of pages9
JournalIEEJ Journal of Industry Applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Dead-time compensation
  • Distortion index
  • Disturbance observer
  • Equivalent carrier frequency
  • Motor drive
  • Multi-level inverter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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