Using a periodic disturbance observer for a motor drive to compensate current measurement errors

Takashi Yamaguchi, Yugo Tadano, Nobukazu Hoshi

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A general-purpose inverter controls the output current using information from current sensors for high-performance motor control. However, these sensors outputs, however, have some gain and offset errors that depend on the peripheral components and the characteristics of the current sensor. These errors cause an imbalance in the output current, which causes a torque ripple. The torque ripple leads to many problems. The authors have proposed a periodic disturbance observer (PDO) as a control method for vibration suppression. The current sensor error causes a vibration with a specific frequency; thus, this paper proposes a current sensor error compensation method to apply the PDO for suppressing this specific frequency. This method can suppress the harmonic current in real time, and the current control performance can be improved by error compensation. This paper explains the proposed method and demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed method through simulation and experimental results. In addition, this paper verifies the follow-ability of sensor error variation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-330
Number of pages8
JournalIEEJ Journal of Industry Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015



  • Current sensor error
  • Periodic disturbance observer
  • Torque ripple suppression

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