By Byron Miller, Embedded.com(03/03/08, 04:55:00 PM EST)
Variable-speed drive (VSD) motors provide hope for greatly reducing energy consumption and reliance on foreign fuels. In one approach, digital signal processors (DSPs) are being used to create a new generation of VSD-based controllers for motors such as brushless direct current (BLDC) motors.
However, these motors present challenges. Controlling motor speed on a BLDC motor is complicated when using traditional proportional, integral, and differential (PID) controllers because they rely on a complex mathematical model and are computationally intensive. An alternative approach is to use fuzzy logic (FL) algorithms to eliminate the need for complex math formulas and provide an easy-to-understand solution. FL motor control also has a shorter development cycle compared to PID controllers, and thus a faster time-to-market. This article discusses the process of using FL algorithms to control BLDC motors using a Texas Instruments c28xx fixed-point family of DSPs.
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