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Having protection means (e.g., switching circuit protection, stall protection, failure to start, "wrong" direction, etc.)

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318 - Electricity: motive power systems

318700000 - SYNCHRONOUS MOTOR SYSTEMS

318400010 - Brushless motor closed-loop control

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318400220 Current or voltage limiting (e.g., over-voltage or over-current protection, etc.) 32
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20090322267MOTOR CONTROLLER WITH HALL SENSOR OUTPUT MISALIGNMENT COMPENSATION USING DELAYED OR SHIFTED COMMUTATION - In a normal operating mode, a motor controller provides motor drive current to windings of a motor based on sensor signals to drive the windings in a normal commutation sequence, and monitors for occurrence of a motor stall condition. Upon detecting the motor stall condition in a given commutation state, then in a first driving step, the windings are momentarily driven according to an advanced commutation state, and during the first driving step, a reverse transition of the sensor signals to a state corresponding to a preceding commutation state is detected. Upon completion of the first driving step when such a reverse transition of the sensor signals is detected, then in a second driving step the windings are driven according to the preceding commutation state until a forward transition of the sensor signals is detected, and in a third driving step the windings are momentarily continued to be driven according to the same commutation state notwithstanding the forward transition of the sensor signals before normal operation is resumed.12-31-2009
20130026960BRUSHLESS-MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS - Disclosed is a brushless-motor drive apparatus provided with: a current detecting means (01-31-2013
20120176072DETERMINING STUCK CONDITIONS FOR ELECTRIC MOTORS USING INDUCTIVE SENSING - A control system includes a position control module, a power control module, and a diagnostic module. The position control module applies a driving current for positioning a rotor of a motor at one of first and second positions. The power control module applies a first voltage to one of first and second phases of the motor to generate a first current after the position control module applies the driving current to position the rotor at the first position. The power control module applies a second voltage to one of the first and second phases to generate a second current after the position control module applies the driving current to position the rotor at the second position. The diagnostic module determines when the rotor is restricted from rotating based on the first and second currents.07-12-2012
20130043815PROTECTION CIRCUIT FOR A D.C. BRUSHLESS MOTOR PUMP - A protection circuit 02-21-2013
20130043816METHODS, SYSTEMS AND APPARATUS FOR CONTROLLING A MULTI-PHASE INVERTER - Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods, systems, a machine-readable medium operable in a controller, and apparatus for controlling a multi-phase inverter that drives a multi-phase electric machine. When a sensor fault is detected, a phase current angle is computed based on the feedback stator currents, and used to estimate an angular velocity and an angular position of a rotor of the multi-phase electric machine. When the estimated angular velocity of the multi-phase electric machine is less than a transition angular velocity threshold, an open-circuit response can be applied at the multi-phase inverter by controlling all switches in the multi-phase inverter drive to be open. By contrast, when the estimated angular velocity is greater than the transition angular velocity threshold, a short-circuit response can be applied at the multi-phase inverter by controlling selected switches in the multi-phase inverter drive to connect all phases of the multi-phase inverter to a single bus (e.g., either the plus bus or the minus bus).02-21-2013
20100109588Motor drive circuit and electric power steering apparatus - A motor drive circuit includes a transistor that is connected in parallel to a first voltage divider resistance that forms a voltage divider circuit between the source and the gate of a second interrupting MOSFET. If a reverse connection of the battery occurs, a compensation drive circuit turns on the transistor using an output from the battery so that the source and the gate of the second interrupting MOSFET are short-circuited. Thus, formation of a closed circuit that includes the battery and the inverter circuit is prevented. As a result, it is possible to prevent both terminals of the battery from being short-circuited.05-06-2010
20120181961POWER CONVERTING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE - A controller that controls ON/OFF of switching elements and opening/closing of an opening/closing unit based on currents detected by current detectors. The controller includes a fault detector that detects whether any of the switching elements has a short-circuit fault and outputs a signal indicating a detection result, an ON/OFF controller that sets one of the switching elements that constitutes a phase other than a first phase that involves the short-circuit fault to an ON operation state and outputs a signal for opening the opening/closing unit, and an opening/closing controller that opens an opening/closing unit connected to a third phase other than the first phase and the second phase in which one of the switching elements is set to the ON operation state by the ON/OFF controller.07-19-2012
20090302792AC rotating machine with improved drive for its stator coil - In an AC rotating machine, a stator is provided with N-phase stator windings and located relative to the rotor. The N is an integer equal to or greater than 3, and the N-phase stator windings are arranged to be electrically isolated from each other. An inverter circuit is provided with first to N-th full-bridge inverters. Each of the first to N-th full-bridge inverters includes a first pair of series-connected switching elements and a second pair of series-connected switching elements. The first pair of series-connected switching elements and the second pair of series-connected switching elements are connected in parallel to each other. Each of the first to N-th full-bridge inverters is configured to individually apply a single-phase AC voltage to a corresponding one of the N-phase stator windings to thereby create a torque that rotates the rotor.12-10-2009
20090091279CONTROL UNIT FOR AN ELECTRIC MOTOR, IN PARTICULAR FOR A FAN MOTOR - The invention provides a control unit for at least one electric motor, wherein the control unit performs open-loop or closed-loop control of the motor speed of the electric motor in such a way that in the case of control values in specific ranges which are typical of a fault when the setpoint value is being predefined, such a fault being, for example, a line break, a voltage failure or a short circuit, the control unit drives the motor with a predefined setpoint value which differs from the current control value.04-09-2009
20090267551STEERING CONTROL APPARATUS - A steering control apparatus includes a direct current power source, a three-phase alternating current motor, and a motor driving circuit. An emergency switching element is provided on at least two phases of a three-phase power supply line connected to the three-phase alternating current motor within the motor driving circuit, and the emergency switching element is turned off when an abnormality occurs such that the motor driving circuit is disconnected from the three-phase alternating current motor. The emergency switching element is a MOSFET, and the MOSFETs are provided in pairs in each of the two phases of the three-phase power supply line. Further, parasitic diodes of the pairs of MOSFETs are disposed in opposite orientations to each other.10-29-2009
20130063062ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM - An electric power steering system includes short-circuit determination means for determining whether a short-circuit between an energization failure phase and one of the two phases other than the energization failure phase has occurred while assist force is being generated using the two phases other than the energization failure phase as energization phases. When the short-circuit determination means determines that the short-circuit has occurred, generation of the assist force is stopped.03-14-2013
20100171453MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE, MOTOR DEVICE, AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICE - A motor driving device (07-08-2010
20110285334METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRUSHLESS MOTOR - The present invention relates to a method for operating a brushless electric motor whose windings are driven by an inverter with the aid of six switches, having an identification unit being provided in order to identify defective switches, a unit for voltage measurement at the outputs of the inverter, and a microcontroller for controlling the switches. Particularly in safety-relevant applications, it is important to quickly determine what characteristic the defective switch has, for example in order to continue to operate the electric motor in an emergency mode, or to switch it off immediately. The defect (F11-24-2011
20090189557METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRIC DRIVE - A method for controlling an electric drive is proposed, in which, in the event of a fault, a motor control unit of an electric motor implements a safety measure to change over to a secure operating condition, such that when a faulty three-phase current feed to the electric motor is detected, a fault-associated operating mode is activated. In addition, an arrangement for controlling an electric drive comprising an electric motor with a motor control unit is proposed, which implements a safety measure in the event of a fault so as to change over to a secure operating condition, such that when a faulty three-phase current feed to the electric motor is detected, the motor control unit activates a fault-associated operating mode.07-30-2009
20100072929Motor Control Device - A motor control device that includes a first speed estimator estimating the rotation speed of the rotor of a permanent-magnet synchronous motor and that controls the motor so that a first estimated rotation speed estimated by the first speed estimator follows the specified speed value further includes a second speed estimator that estimates the rotation speed of the rotor by an estimation method different from that used by the first speed estimator. The motor control device detects synchronization failure based on a comparison between a second estimated rotation speed estimated by the second speed estimator and the first estimated rotation speed or the specified speed value.03-25-2010
20110169437ONE-PHASE ELECTRONICALLY COMMUTATED MOTOR - An electronically commutated one-phase motor (07-14-2011
20090284198SHORT CIRCUIT PHASE IDENTIFICATION METHOD - A vehicle drive apparatus includes a battery that is a direct current power source, a converter that increases the voltage of the battery, an inverter connected to a motor that drives the vehicle, an inverter connected to a motor generator that functions as a motor or generator, and a motor control device that controls the motor. The vehicle drive device is also provided with a voltmeter, non-energized state determination devices that determine a non-energized state of the inverters, and ammeters that detect currents applied to a motor from each phase arm of the inverters. Signals of these devices and a signal from the non-energized state determination device are sent to the motor control device.11-19-2009
20110266986FAULT DETECTION METHOD FOR ELECTRIC MOTORS WITH ONE OR SEVERAL STAR POINTS - A detection and control device is provided for detecting a motor fault of an electric motor with star point topology, with an evaluation unit, a control unit, and a return unit. The return unit is configured for returning a star point potential of the electric motor to the evaluation unit, the evaluation unit is configured for evaluating the star point potential and the control unit is designed for passivating a motor fault on the basis of the evaluation. The function of the return unit and of the evaluation unit may also be assumed by control lines and by the control unit.11-03-2011
20110266985METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING THE STARTUP OF AN ELECTRIC DRIVE - A method and a device for monitoring the startup of an electric drive, which has a polyphase machine, a pulse-controlled inverter and a control unit. The control unit is provided to compare rotational speed values that are successive in time to one another during the startup of the drive, and when recognizing a non-increase in the rotational speed of the rotor shaft, to detect a mixup of phase lines or pulse-controlled inverter lines.11-03-2011
20110266984POWER DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE AND POWER DEVICE - A power drive control device is provided, in which, even if drive of a synchronous motor becomes impossible due to abnormalities of a control circuit for controlling the synchronous motor, it is possible to perform the drive control of the synchronous motor concerned easily with a simple configuration as emergency action. Failure of one of a first controller and a second controller is recovered by configuration of the other. Here, the first controller performs rotational drive control and regenerative control of a synchronous motor, based on a current signal of a fixed winding of the synchronous motor and a sense output from a rotation angle sensor of the synchronous motor, and the second controller performs power generation control of a synchronous generator based on a current signal of a fixed winding of the synchronous generator and a sense output from a rotation angle sensor of the synchronous generator. The drive control and the regenerative control (power generation control) which are performed by the first controller for controlling the synchronous motor and the second controller for controlling the synchronous generator are inextricably linked control.11-03-2011
20080211439DRIVE DEVICE FOR A BRUSHLESS MOTOR - A drive device for a brushless motor executes an abnormality diagnosis (disconnection/short-circuit) of a motor side circuit. In detecting abnormality of the motor side circuit, the drive device includes a terminal voltage monitor circuit that monitors a terminal voltage of an output terminal that is connected to a motor terminal of respective phases. A microcomputer starts abnormality diagnosis under a condition where the motor is stopped, and an object to be driven has normally operated at the time of driving the motor. For executing the abnormality diagnosis, the microcomputer turns on/off only a transistor of the drive circuit of one phase in a state where all of transistors are turned off, and acquires monitor signals to execute the abnormality diagnosis based on signal levels of the monitor signals.09-04-2008
20120068645CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINES - In a control apparatus for a rotary electric machine receiving power from a DC power supply, a DC-AC converting circuit is provided with serially connected circuits each having high-potential-side and low-potential-side switching elements. When a short-circuit occurs at the switching elements, all the switching elements are turned OFF for failsafe and a path connecting the machine and the battery is opened. In such a case, a switching element belonging to part of the switching elements is turned ON, with potential at all the terminals of the rotary electric machine being the same. A location of the short-circuit occurs is identified, based on changes in current passing through the machine and being detected in response to turning ON the switching element. The changes are at least one of a reduction change in deviation of the current from a zero point and a reduction change in an absolute value of the current.03-22-2012
20120068644CONTROL APPARATUS FOR ROTARY ELECTRIC MACHINES - A control apparatus for a rotary electric machine has a DC-AC converting circuit with high- and low-potential-side switching elements to compose an inverter. In this apparatus, a connecting/disconnecting circuit is arranged to be electrically opened and closed between the DC-AC converting circuit and a power supply. A determining member determines whether or not the high-potential-side and low-potential-side switching elements have a malfunction. A failsafe performing element opens the connecting/disconnecting circuit and turns on both the high-potential-side and low-potential-side switching elements residing in a part of the inverter, when it is determined that there is caused a malfunction in the switching elements. The turned-on high-potential-side and low-potential-side switching elements realizes a short-circuit state therein.03-22-2012
20090251085METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MOTOR OSCILLATORY STATE DETECTION - Method and system for motor oscillatory state detection. According to various embodiments, the present invention presents a method for determining whether a motor is in an oscillatory state. The method includes powering up a motor for a period of time and then monitoring the movement of the motor during a period after the power if turned off. Based on the movement of the motor and/or impeller during a time period after the power is turned off, whether the motor is in an oscillatory state is determined. The method also includes initiating a process for handle error if the motor is in the oscillation state.10-08-2009
20080315808MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE WITH LOCK PROTECTION FUNCTION - A cooling system is provided with a motor drive device, a fan motor, and a Hall element. The motor drive device includes a lock protection circuit and a lock controller. When a control signal instructing rotation of the fan motor that is to be driven instructs stoppage of the motor for a predetermined time-period or longer, the lock controller has the lock protection circuit inactive. At an occasion when the control signal has continued to instruct stoppage of the fan motor for a first time-period or longer, a standby controller starts time measurement, and after a further predetermined second time-period has elapsed, makes at least a part of the motor drive device transition to a standby mode.12-25-2008
20110227521METHOD OF STARTING A FAN - A fan starting method including following steps is provided. A fan module including a control unit and a fan is provided, wherein the control unit and the fan are electrically connected with each other. An electric power is supplied to the fan module, wherein the electric power drives the fan to rotate at a full speed. Whether the fan rotates is determined by the control unit within a predetermined time. If the fan rotates, the fan is controlled to rotate at a predetermined load speed after the predetermined time. If the fan does not rotate, an alarm signal or an off signal is issued by the control unit.09-22-2011
20130214714METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING A SYNCHRONOUS MACHINE - In a method for controlling a synchronous machine having a stator, a rotor, and magnets situated on the rotor, first a nominal value is set for the magnetic flux prevailing in the synchronous machine, and a marker is set in a control unit that indicates that no calibration has yet been carried out. It is then checked repeatedly whether the synchronous machine has been out of operation for at least a specified time duration. If this is the case, a temperature balance between the stator and the rotor is assumed, so that the temperature to be measured at the stator is equal to the rotor temperature, and thus can be used as a basis for a calibration of the magnetic flux. A marker that indicates the carrying out of a flux calibration is set in the control unit. Subsequently, normal operation can be continued.08-22-2013
20090256510Reliable Drive Cut Off Device - A protective device enables reliably cutting a drive region off the power supply of a guided vehicle. The drive region is connectible to the power supply via at least one drive region switch and it comprises stator sections that are strung together. The sections are connectible to a drive region supply line by way of a stator section switch. The protective device has a control unit for opening at least one switch in the event of a malfunction. The object is to provide a protective device that is inexpensive and that allows a flexible allocation of the power supply to the drive regions. For this purpose, the control is adapted to open all stator section switches and the one or more drive regions switches in the event of a malfunction.10-15-2009
20130141026MOTOR WITH CIRCUITS FOR PROTECTING MOTOR FROM INPUT POWER OUTAGES OR SURGES - A DC motor is provided. The DC motor prevents rush or overload of current in the DC motor during and/or after power input irregularities to the DC motor. A control circuit of the DC motor is configured to control current provided to the DC motor. When power irregularities in the power input to the DC motor are detected by the control circuit, the control circuit stops generating PWM (Pulse Width Modulated) signals and stops the current provided to the DC motor. After the stoppage of PWM signals, the control circuit can perform a soft-start of the PWM signals when the power irregularities are no longer detected. The soft starting of the PWM signals generates gradual increase in current to the DC motor, thus, preventing sudden rush of current that cause malfunction of the DC motor.06-06-2013
20110025244Electric Power Steering System - In an electric power steering system, an ECU 02-03-2011
20100188032MOTOR SPEED CONTROLLER - A motor speed controller detects out-of-control reverse rotation of a motor even when the pulse signal obtained from the motor and synchronized with the rotation is of only one kind. A target instruction signal is generated on the basis of a target rotational speed ω07-29-2010
20110074322APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DETECTING LOCK ERROR IN SENSORLESS MOTOR - An apparatus and a method for detecting a lock error in a sensorless motor are disclosed, where the apparatus includes a multiplexer, a negative booster, a comparator and a timer. The multiplexer can receive a coil voltage from the sensorless motor. The negative booster can receive a neutralizing voltage from the sensorless motor and drop the neutralizing voltage. The comparator can compare the coil voltage with the dropped neutralizing voltage for outputting a zero-crossing signal. The timer can count time duration during the zero-crossing signal maintained at the a logic level and determine the lock error in the sensorless motor when the time duration exceeds a predetermined period.03-31-2011
20110163704METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MONITORING A SYSTEM INCLUDING A SENSORLESS ELECTRIC MOTOR - A multiphase alternating current permanent magnet synchronous electric motor is coupled to an actuator. A sensorless electric motor drive control system controls operation of the electric motor. An initial phase angle and a rotational speed of a rotor of the electric motor are estimated. Operation of the sensorless electric motor drive control system and the electric motor are monitored using the estimated initial phase angle and the estimated rotational speed of the rotor of the electric motor. A fault in one of the sensorless electric motor drive control system and the electric motor is detected based upon the monitored operation.07-07-2011
20110080127Apparatus and method for driving rotary machine - A motor driving apparatus has a loss-of-synchronism monitoring circuit that monitors the rotation of a rotary machine such as a brushless DC motor to detect a sign of transition to a state of loss of synchronism. When the sign is detected, an energization control circuit temporarily stops driving of the rotary machine to bring it into a free running state, and thereafter carries out control so as to resume driving of the rotary machine. Further, the motor driving apparatus has an inverter and a drive control circuit that controls switching operation of the inverter based on rotation of the rotary machine.04-07-2011
20110080126MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE - A motor drive device has a drive unit for driving a motor based on an ON/OFF operation of a switching element by a PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) signal. The motor drive device uses a PWM control method and performs abnormal determination based on an application voltage value and an actual measurement voltage value of the motor. The motor drive device does not make a false determination of determining as abnormal when it is normal, when determining the presence of abnormality based on the application voltage value and the actual measurement voltage value of the motor.04-07-2011
20110095714ELECTRIC PUMP DEVICE - Provided is an electric pump device that can continue to supply hydraulic pressure to hydraulically actuated equipment and that is also of reduced size. An electric pump device is provided with an oil pump that supplies oil to a stepless transmission device, a brushless motor that drives the oil pump, and a control device that controls the brushless motor. The control device is provided with a power supply part that supplies drive power to the brushless motor, and an out-of-synch determination part that determines whether or not the brushless motor is out of synch. The control device is provided with a drive control part that controls the power supply part so that supply of power to the brushless motor is stopped, and then controls the power supply part so that the brushless motor is started, when the out-of-synch determination part determines that the brushless motor is out of synch.04-28-2011
20100060219BLOWER MOTOR FOR HVAC SYSTEMS - A blower motor assembly having a variable speed motor that is suitable for direct, drop-in replacement in a residential HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system that employs a PSC motor. The blower motor assembly includes at least a neutral input and two hot AC line connections, one for connection to the heating power source and the other to the cooling power source. A sensing circuit senses which of the inputs is energized by sensing either voltage or current on the inputs. The sensing circuit delivers a corresponding signal to a motor controller to control the speed of the variable speed motor. The blower motor assembly may also be equipped with additional hot AC inputs, more than one neutral line, and several sensing circuits for sensing current or voltage in the hot inputs and/or the neutral lines for controlling various aspects of the variable speed motor.03-11-2010
20110181217METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASCERTAINING THE ROTOR TEMPERATURE OF A PERMANENT-MAGNET SYNCHRONOUS MACHINE - A method for ascertaining the rotor temperature of a permanent-magnet synchronous machine (07-28-2011
20090174351Method for Determining the Magnet Temperature in Synchronous Machines - A method for determining the magnet temperature of a permanent magnet electrical machine. The magnet temperature is able to be determined particularly simply and accurately if a phase voltage and the rotational speed of the electrical machine are measured, and the magnet temperature is determined from this.07-09-2009
20110068724Sensorless Lost/Found Rotor Detection for Permanent Magnet Motors - Various methods of detecting a found rotor, a lost rotor, a locked rotor and a caught rotor after a power disruption using flux estimates are disclosed. Also disclosed are permanent magnet motor controllers and assemblies suitable for performing one or more of these methods.03-24-2011
20110074323MULTI-PHASE ROTARY MACHINE CONTROL APPARATUS AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A failure identification part identifies a switching element pair having off-failure, in which a FET of the switching element pair in a first inverter part is disabled to turn on. A failure-time control part controls other switching element pairs and of the first inverter part based on failure-time phase current command values calculated as a function of a rotation position and a q-axis current command value. The failure-time control part controls a second inverter part normally. A motor is persistently driven with the minimum reduction in motor torque, even when the FET fails.03-31-2011
20110316459MOTOR CONTROLLER - When an output pattern (LLL or HHH) due to a signal with a prescribed logic level corresponding to a ground short or instantaneous interruption of an output signal line of Hall ICs 12-29-2011
20110156626MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE, ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE USING THE SAME AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FAILURE IN THE SAME - A voltage application unit applies voltage to windings of a motor without passing though an inverter unit. A first detection unit detects a short circuit failure in switching elements of the inverter unit based on a terminal voltage between each of the switching elements and a corresponding winding and a power voltage of a power supply. Before rotation of the motor, when no short circuit failure is detected and when a switching unit switches at least one of the high and low potential-side switching elements of the inverter unit on and subsequently switches all the switching elements off, a second failure detection unit determines whether the switching unit is incapable of rendering the switching element non-conductive based on the terminal voltage and the power voltage.06-30-2011
20120019181Power converter for rotating electric machine - A power converter for converting power supplied to a rotating electric machine that includes windings of N-phase (N≧2), includes an inverter section, a voltage detecting portion, one or more resistors, and an abnormality detecting portion. The voltage detecting portion detects a voltage applied to each winding of M-phase, where 1≦M01-26-2012
20120062158ELECTRONIC CONTROL APPARATUS FOR A VEHICLE - An electronic control apparatus for a vehicle, which operates a power conversion circuit connected to a rotating machine used as an in-vehicle traction unit to control controlled variables of the rotating machine, includes a controlling arithmetic processing unit which performs arithmetic processing to control the controlled variables of the rotating machine, and a monitoring arithmetic processing unit which monitors the controlling arithmetic processing unit. The monitoring arithmetic processing unit includes an on-monitoring prohibition unit which prohibits outputting an operation signal from the controlling arithmetic processing unit to the power conversion circuit until the controlling arithmetic processing unit is confirmed to be in a normal condition.03-15-2012
20120062157BRUSHLESS MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND BRUSHLESS MOTOR SYSTEM - Provided are a brushless motor control device and a brushless motor system capable of preventing impossibility of intended control of a brushless motor resulting from false recognition that the brushless motor is in operation in spite of stoppage of the brushless motor. A brushless motor control unit calculates a voltage instruction, representing voltages to be applied to the brushless motor, according to a control instruction supplied from an upper control device. A position error calculation unit calculates and estimates a position error between d-q-axes and dc-qc-axes as rotational coordinate axes by use of the voltage instruction outputted by the brushless motor control unit, current values acquired by a coordinate transformation unit and revolution speed for control of the brushless motor. A fault detection unit judges whether the brushless motor is faulty or not based on the position error calculated by the position error calculation unit.03-15-2012
20090134825Static switch for motors of climate control units and climate control unit comprising the switch - A static switch for DC motors of climate control units, comprising a signal side and a power side, which are mutually separated by means of optoisolators, the side comprising in input at least one terminal for a motor on/off signal and a terminal for a pulse width modulation signal PWM to provide the amplitude modulation, on the power side, of a motor speed signal, the switch comprising a precharging device which has a control terminal connected to a power-on optoisolator and a precharging current supply terminal connected to a motor power supply pole, the switch further comprising at least one power-on transistor connected to the same motor supply pole of the power supply terminal of the device, so that a voltage applied across the power-on transistor that exceeds a certain threshold switches off the motor power-on transistor.05-28-2009
20120161681MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING EQUIPMENT HAVING THE SAME - A motor control device detecting short-circuit and disconnection faults of a power relay includes: a drive circuit of a motor; the power relay having first and second switching elements; a capacitor; a voltage detector detecting a voltage of the first switching element; a charger charging the capacitor; and a controller detects a short-circuit fault of the first and second switching elements according to the detection voltage when the first and second switching elements turn off after the charger charges the capacitor, detects a disconnection fault of the second switching element according to the detection voltage when the first switching element turns off, and the second switching element turns on and detects a disconnection fault of the first switching element according to the detected voltage when the first switching element turns on, and the second switching element turns off.06-28-2012
20120133312METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR AUTOMATIC ROTATION DIRECTION DETERMINATION OF ELECTRONICALLY COMMUTATED MOTOR - A method for determining a direction of rotation for an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The motor is configured to rotate a blower and the method comprises rotating the blower using the ECM and determining if the resulting blower rotation is indicative of the desired direction of rotation for the blower.05-31-2012
20120074884INVERTER DEVICE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE INCORPORATING SAME - An inverter device of the present invention includes: an inverter circuit portion that has a plurality of switching elements and that converts direct-current power into alternating-current power; and a temperature detection sensor that detects the temperature of the switching elements, in which, in the inverter circuit portion, a plurality of the switching elements on each of an upper side arm and a lower side arm corresponding to each phase are connected in parallel, and the temperature detection sensor is arranged in an intermediate position between the switching elements connected in parallel.03-29-2012
20120313564RECONFIGURABLE INVERTER HAVING FAILURE TOLERANCE FOR POWERING A SYNCHRONOUS POLY-PHASE MOTOR HAVING PERMANENT MAGNETS, AND ASSEMBLY INCLUDING SAID INVERTER AND MOTOR - Reconfigurable fault-tolerant inverter for powering a multi-phase synchronous permanent-magnet motor, and assembly of the said inverter and motor.12-13-2012
20100264866MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE WITH LOCK PROTECTION FUNCTION - A cooling system is provided with a motor drive device, a fan motor, and a Hall element. The motor drive device includes a lock protection circuit and a lock controller. When a control signal instructing rotation of the fan motor that is to be driven instructs stoppage of the motor for a predetermined time-period or longer, the lock controller has the lock protection circuit inactive. At an occasion when the control signal has continued to instruct stoppage of the fan motor for a first time-period or longer, a standby controller starts time measurement, and after a further predetermined second time-period has elapsed, makes at least a part of the motor drive device transition to a standby mode.10-21-2010
20100264865DRIVE SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED CONTROL METHOD - A drive system for a permanently excited synchronous machine includes a drive converter, and a control device, wherein terminals of the synchronous machine are connected to corresponding outputs of the drive converter by connecting lines. Controllable asymmetrically blocking semiconductor switches are arranged in each of the connecting lines, with each switch having a thyristor connected in parallel with a reverse-biased diode, with anodes of the thyristors and cathodes of the diodes connected together to corresponding terminals of the synchronous machine. A control device has an input receiving a fault signal and an output connected to control inputs of the drive converter. The control device further includes control outputs connected to control inputs of the semiconductor switches. An easily controlled protective circuit for the drive converter of the drive system is obtained.10-21-2010
20120187878METHOD FOR DETECTING DETERIORATION OF PERMANENT MAGNET IN ELECTRIC MOTOR AND SYSTEM FOR THE METHOD - A method for detecting deterioration of a permanent magnet in an electric motor is characterized by peak current measuring steps and a determination step. In the first peak current measuring step, when the electric motor is started, a first pulsed voltage is applied to the multi-phase coils so as to generate magnetic flux directed in the same direction as generated by the permanent magnet and a first peak current is measured. In a second peak current measuring step, a second pulsed voltage is applied to the multi-phase coils so as to generate magnetic flux directed in the direction opposite to the direction in which magnetic flux is generated by the permanent magnet and a second peak current is measured. In a determination step, it is determined whether or not the permanent magnet is deteriorated based on the difference of the absolute value between the first and the second peak currents.07-26-2012
20120326645METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RECORDING OPERATING INFORMATION OF AN ELECTRIC MOTOR - A unit for recording operating information of an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The unit includes a system controller communicatively coupled to an ECM. The system controller includes a processing device configured to control the unit. The unit also includes a memory device communicatively coupled to the system controller. The memory device is configured to receive and store ECM operating information provided by the processing device.12-27-2012
20120319632Driving Circuit for an EC-Motor - A control circuit (12-20-2012
20100026221DUAL REDUNDANT VARIABLE FIELD PERMANENT MAGNET DYNAMOELECTRIC MACHINE - A dual redundant permanent magnet type dynamoelectric machine includes a dual flux throttle system to selectively disable one of a first motor and a second motor.02-04-2010
20100237815APPARATUS FOR SWITCHING WINDINGS OF AC THREE-PHASE MOTOR - A winding switching apparatus for switching windings of an AC three-phase motor is provided. In each winding switching section of the winding switching apparatus, a positive-side charging resistor, a negative-side charging resistor, and a capacitor are connected in series between a positive-side DC bus and a negative-side DC bus of an inverter; the positive side of the capacitor is connected to the cathodes of respective diodes of a diode unit; and switching between high-speed windings and low-speed windings is carried out, with a capacitor potential being the same as an inverter DC bus voltage. A state detector and a comparator are also provided for each winding switching section to detect erroneous wiring and component abnormalities.09-23-2010
20120326644MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE - When one of six FETs has short-circuit faulted, a controllable region identification unit stops driving of an electric motor, and then performs processes for determining whether a short-circuit fault has occurred, and when a short-circuit fault has occurred, for identifying the position of the FET that has short-circuit faulted based on phase voltages (induced voltages) V12-27-2012
20120286710CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT AND METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING THE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENT - A circuit arrangement for an electrical machine having a plurality of stator windings, with each stator winding including at least a first winding phase and a second winding phase. The circuit arrangement includes at least a prespecified first and a prespecified second selection of in each case a plurality of half-bridges. A common connection of the two switching elements of the respective half-bridge of the first selection can be electrically coupled in each case to a connection of the first winding phase of the respectively associated stator winding. A common connection of the two switching elements of the respective half-bridge of the second selection can be electrically coupled in each case to a connection of the second winding phase of the respective associated stator winding.11-15-2012
20120286709MOTOR WITH CIRCUITS FOR PROTECTING MOTOR FROM INPUT POWER OUTAGES OR SURGES - A DC motor is provided. The DC motor prevents rush or overload of current in the DC motor during and/or after power input irregularities to the DC motor. A control circuit of the DC motor is configured to control current provided to the DC motor. When power irregularities in the power input to the DC motor are detected by the control circuit, the control circuit stops generating PWM (Pulse Width Modulated) signals and stops the current provided to the DC motor. After the stoppage of PWM signals, the control circuit can perform a soft-start of the PWM signals when the power irregularities are no longer detected. The soft starting of the PWM signals generates gradual increase in current to the DC motor, thus, preventing sudden rush of current that cause malfunction of the DC motor.11-15-2012
20130015797ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT FOR VEHICLE AND SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DEVICEAANM ITOU; AkitoAACI Kariya-cityAACO JPAAGP ITOU; Akito Kariya-city JP - A semiconductor integrated circuit device for an electronic control unit includes a drive circuit, a prohibition circuit and a pulse monitor circuit. The drive circuit drives an in-vehicle load according to a driving signal outputted from a microcomputer. The pulse monitor circuit monitors a pulse signal outputted from the microcomputer when the microcomputer is in a normal state. The pulse monitor circuit resets the microcomputer and instructs the prohibition circuit to prohibit the drive circuit from driving the in-vehicle load when it is determined that the microcomputer is in an abnormal state. Further, the pulse monitor circuit instructs the prohibition circuit to permit the drive circuit to drive the in-vehicle load when it is determined that the microcomputer is in the normal state after resetting of the microcomputer.01-17-2013
20120249029ELECTRICAL MACHINE - An electrical machine includes a stator including a plurality of electrical phases and a rotor having a plurality of magnets. Each electrical phase includes at least one coil and power electronics. There are means to detect an electrical short circuit in a faulted coil and means to supply an electrical current to the faulted coil when an electrical short circuit is detected in the faulted coil. The means to supply the electrical current to the faulted coil includes one or more un-faulted electrical phases of the electrical machine. The un-faulted electrical phases of the electrical machine are arranged to supply the electrical current to the electrical phase containing the faulted coil. The power electronics of the un-faulted electrical phases are arranged to supply the electrical current from the un-faulted electrical phase to the power electronics of the electrical phase having the faulted coil. This overcomes a problem of a fault in the DC or AC busbar of the electrical machine.10-04-2012
20130093373Motor Driving Circuit and Correction Method - The present invention discloses a motor driving circuit for driving a motor, including an electrostatic discharge diode, having an input port and an output port coupled to a first DC power supply, a pulse width modulation source coupled to the input port of the electrostatic discharge diode to generate a pulse width modulation signal, and a driving module including a voltage detecting module comparing the pulse width modulation signal with a voltage of the output port of the electrostatic discharge diode to generate a voltage comparison result, a lock/restart module generating a shut-down signal according to the voltage comparison result, a control module generating a control signal according to the shut-down signal, and a bridge circuit switching the motor on or off by turning on or turning off an up-bridge circuit and a down-bridge circuit according to the control signal.04-18-2013
20130147407TEMPERATURE PROTECTION DEVICE - A temperature protection device basically includes a temperature detector, a temperature estimator, an overheated determining component and an overheating protection component. The temperature detector detects a temperature of a semiconductor component. The temperature estimator estimates an estimated temperature of the semiconductor component. The overheated determining component determines whether the semiconductor component is in an overheated state based on the detected temperature and the estimated temperature by using a first estimated temperature as the estimated temperature at a time point when the detected temperature has reached a first threshold temperature and a second estimated temperature that is estimated subsequent to the time point as the estimated temperature when the detected temperature has reached the first threshold temperature. The overheating protection component protects the semiconductor component from the overheating based on a determination made by the overheated determining component.06-13-2013
20130141025MOTOR DRIVE CIRCUIT - A motor-drive circuit includes a detection circuit to detect a reverse current to flow in a direction from a first sink-side transistor to a second source-side transistor or in a direction from a second sink-side transistor to a first source-side transistor, a disable circuit to disable a detection output of the detection circuit during a predetermined time period from a start of detection of the reverse current performed by the detection circuit, a first inhibit circuit to inhibit synchronous rectification according to a detection output of the detection circuit when the predetermined time period has elapsed from a start of detection of the reverse current performed by the detection circuit, and a second inhibit circuit.06-06-2013
20110234133BRUSHLESS MOTOR DRIVE APPARATUS AND DRIVE METHOD - The present invention relates to a drive apparatus and drive method for switching an energization mode when a voltage of a non-energized phase of a brushless motor crosses a threshold. In threshold learning, first, the brushless motor is stopped at an initial position. The brushless motor is then rotated by performing phase energization based on the energization mode from the stopped state. The voltage of the non-energized phase at an angular position of switching the energization mode is detected from a maximum value or a minimum value of the voltage of the non-energized phase during the rotation, and the threshold is learned based on the detected voltage. Alternatively, the brushless motor is positioned at the angular position of switching the energization mode by maintaining one energization mode, and then the energization mode is switched to the next energization mode. The voltage of the non-energized phase immediately after the switching to the energization mode is detected, and the detected voltage of the non-energized phase is learned as the threshold used to determine the timing of switching to the next energization mode.09-29-2011
20130154529MOTOR DRIVE COMPONENT VERIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A technique is provided for verifying the proper selection, installation, communication and operability of components in power electronic systems, such as motor drives. A processing circuit is coupled to multiple components or subsystems that identify themselves to the processing system. An identification code is stored that is compared to a similar code built based upon the information reported by the components at the time of commissioning, operation or servicing. If the comparison indicates that all components are properly installed, and communicating and operative, operation may continue. The technique may be applied in parallel motor drives at a power layer level to allow separate and parallel verification of component and component operation in the parallel drives.06-20-2013
20110298404MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF MOTOR DRIVE SYSTEM, AND TRAVELING DEVICE - To make it possible to avoid an unstable state with a simple configuration even one of the phases of the motor fails. A motor drive system in accordance with the present invention includes a motor to which a plurality of phase coils of five phases or more are connected in a star connection, an inverter connected to one end of each of the phase coils, the inverter being configured to convert a DC power into an AC power and supply the AC power to each phase of the motor, a power relay disposed at another end of each of the phase coils, the power relay being configured so as to be able to cut off a supply power to at least one phase coil among the plurality of phase coils of the motor by using a plurality of contact points interposed between the star-connected coils, and a control unit that generates a control signal for the inverter and thereby controls driving of the motor. When one or more phase of the motor fails, the control unit opens a contact point of the power relay corresponding to the failed phase and drives three or more phases that are disposed at roughly equal phase-intervals among a plurality of remaining phases.12-08-2011
20130187584SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING A BRUSHLESS MOTOR - A system for controlling a brushless motor includes drive circuitry in communication with the brushless motor and a primary control device in communication with the drive circuitry. The system also includes a secondary control device in communication with the drive circuitry and a multiplexer for selectively providing an output of the primary control device or an output of the secondary control device to the drive circuitry, wherein the output of the primary control device is provided to the drive circuitry when the primary control device is operating normally.07-25-2013
20130187585METHOD FOR OPERATING AN AT LEAST THREE-PHASE ELECTRIC MACHINE, USED AS A DRIVE ASSEMBLY IN A MOTOR VEHICLE, AND CONTROL UNIT FOR AN INVERTER - In a method for operating an at least three-phase electric machine used as a drive assembly in a motor vehicle, which is actuated via an inverter, the inverter including switching elements in the form of half bridges which are in each case electrically connected to a respective phase of the electric machine, when a first switching element of a first half bridge connected to a first phase is permanently closed/opened on account of failure, a second switching element of the first half bridge is permanently opened/closed and, in a first angular range of an electrical rotation, which is uninfluenced by the first phase, all switching elements of the additional half bridges are actuated in the usual manner.07-25-2013
20130193885METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRUSHLESS ELECTRIC MOTOR - A method for operating a brushless electric motor, the windings being energized by an inverter with the aid of six switches. A detection unit for detecting defective switches, a unit for measuring voltage at the outputs of the inverter, and a microcontroller for controlling the switch and for generating a pulse width modulated voltage supply for the windings are provided. A short-circuited switch causes a torque in the electric motor opposite the actuating direction of the electric motor. The method proposes that after detecting a short-circuited switch, the windings (U. V. W) are energized to generate a motor torque that is, on the whole, positive. An actuating period of the electric motor is divided into a plurality of sectors, wherein, in accordance with the defective switch, individual sectors are deactivated for the actuation of the windings (U, V, W), while other sectors are used to actuate the windings (V, W).08-01-2013
20130200827MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, CURRENT CONTROL METHOD APPLIED TO MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE USING MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE - Provided is a motor control device (08-08-2013
20120074883ELECTRIC POWER TOOL - An electric power tool includes a three-phase bridge motor circuit including upper and lower switching units of U, V and W phases arranged in upper and lower rows; a brushless motor rotationally operated by an electric power supplied through the motor circuit; and temperature detecting units for detecting temperatures of the switching units to output detection results such that the operation of the brushless motor is restrained or stopped depending on the detection results outputted from the temperature detecting units. The motor circuit is formed by mounting the switching units at six points on a mounting surface of a circuit board, and the temperature detecting units are arranged on a surface of the circuit board opposite to the mounting surface.03-29-2012
20130207581DRIVING CONTROL DEVICE OF BRUSHLESS MOTOR - A driving control device of a brushless motor includes an inverter circuit having: first arm-side switching elements that are connected between respective phases of respective armature coils of the brushless motor and one terminal of a power supply; and second arm-side switching elements that are connected between respective phases of the respective armature coils and the other terminal of the power supply, and a control unit, wherein, in a short-circuit braking according to a short-circuit braking signal, the control unit outputs a signal of turning off all the first arm-side switching element and outputs a signal of controlling the at least one of the second arm-side switching elements to perform a switching operation and turning on the other second arm-side switching elements.08-15-2013
20130207582METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN INVERTER - Provided is a method for controlling an inverter, the method comprising calculating an optimal speed, determining a final speed as the optimal speed when a command speed is higher than a rated speed level of a motor, and determining the final speed as the command speed when the command speed is lower than or equal to the rated speed level, or higher than a predetermined optimal speed level.08-15-2013

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