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20100090635PUMP UNIT - A pump unit includes an electric motor, located in a stator housing (04-15-2010
20100085002ELECTRICAL MACHINE AND AN ELECTRICAL DRIVE WITH SUCH AN ELECTRICAL MACHINE - An electric machine (04-08-2010
20130033214Rotating Electric Machine for Electric Vehicle, Drive Control Device and Insulation Diagnosis Method - A rotating electric machine for an electric vehicle, installed in a vehicle and driven by an inverter power source, includes: a partial discharge measuring device that measures partial discharges occurring in insulated areas between windings, between phases and between the rotating electric machine and a ground.02-07-2013
20090309530METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR STARTER MOTOR DIAGNOSIS AND PROGNOSIS USING PARAMETER ESTIMATION ALGORITHM - A system and method for determining the state of health of a starter motor to notify a vehicle driver of a potential starter motor failure before the failure actually occurs. The starter motor includes an armature and motor brushes each providing a resistance, and an armature coil providing an armature inductance. Further, the starter motor has a back EMF because of the starter motor being coupled to a flywheel and the vehicle engine. The system and method monitor the combined resistance of the armature and the motor brushes, the inductance of the armature and a back EMF constant of the motor, and provide a signal indicating a potential starter motor failure if any of these three values significantly deviates from nominal values. In one embodiment, the analysis of the motor resistance, armature inductance and back EMF constant is provided by a regression model to determine estimated motor parameters.12-17-2009
20100045227Abnormality detection unit for resolver and electric power steering apparatus - In a resolver and an electric power steering apparatus that uses the resolver, one ends of resolver coils that are provided at regular intervals with respect to the rotation center of a resolver rotor are electrically connected at one connection point, and the voltage at the connection point is maintained at a predetermined reference voltage. If at least one of the condition that the square sum Fs does not satisfy the condition F102-25-2010
20100102768DETERMINING 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.04-29-2010
20100109592Determining Average Current Drawn by a Motor - A method of determining the average current drawn by an electric motor, the motor comprising a plurality of phases, the method comprising: driving each phase of the motor with cyclic pulse width modulated drive signals having a first state and a second state, and a duty ratio indicative of the ratio of time spent in the first to second states within a cycle, determining the current flowing through each phase at an instant in the cycle; and determining the average current drawn by the motor over at least one cycle by combining the currents flowing through each phase with the duty ratios for each phase. The method may be embodied in a combination of a motor and a drive circuit for the motor, such as can be used in an Electric Power Assisted Steering system.05-06-2010
20130082633System and Method for Determining Position of Hall Sensors Relative to Stator Winding of Brushless DC or Synchronous AC Permanent Magnet Motor - A method is provided for monitoring a motor having a stator, a rotor and a detector. The stator can receive a driving signal to produce a first magnetic field. The rotor can rotate in a circle relative to the stator. The rotor has a magnetic portion that can emit a second magnetic field in a radial direction. The detector can output a detection signal based on the position of the rotor.04-04-2013
20130134917IMPROPER WIRING DETECTING SYSTEM OF PARALLEL INVERTER SYSTEM - An improper wiring detecting system of a parallel inverter system can include two polyphase inverters connected in parallel, and voltage detectors to detect an output voltage of each of the phases of each of the inverters. Control units can control turning-on and -off of semiconductor switching devices of the inverters, and a wiring condition deciding means can operate at least one control unit to turn-on specified switching devices in at least one inverter to form a closed circuit between arbitrary two phases of the at least one inverter. The system can carry out comparisons among values of output voltages of the two inverters corresponding to respective phases and detected by the voltage detectors, and make a decision as to whether wiring is correct or not on the basis of the results of the comparisons.05-30-2013
20100001677SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING AIR PURIFIER FILTER CHANGE TIME USING MEASUREMENT OF MOTOR SPEED - A system and method for changing a filter provided in an air purifier at an optimum time by measuring the rotational speed of a motor that operates the filter. The system for determining an air purifier filter change time includes: a motor speed measurement unit configured to measure the rotational speed of a motor that operates a filter provided in the air purifier; a time counting unit configured to count time starting from a point when the motor starts rotating upon receiving power supplied thereto or from a point when the power supplied to the motor is cut off; a speed determination unit configured to check whether or not the rotational speed of the motor has reached a pre-set speed; a time comparison unit configured to receive information about recorded motor running time from the time counting unit and comparing the counted time to a pre-set time duration, if the speed determination unit determines that the rotational speed of the motor has reached the pre-set speed; and a filter change time determination unit configured to check whether or not a filter change is required according to results obtained by comparing the time duration during which the rotational speed of the motor reached the pre-set speed with the pre-set time duration.01-07-2010
20100134061CORONA PHENOMENA DETECTION - A system for automatically detecting corona effects in operating dynamic electromechanical equipment may include: at least one sensor connected to operating dynamic electromechanical equipment, a controller connected to the at least one sensor and to the operating dynamic electromechanical equipment; and a corona phenomena detection device. The at least one sensor may be adapted to measure behavior of emitted signals of the operating dynamic electromechanical equipment. The controller may be adapted to adjust emitted signals of the operating dynamic electromechanical equipment to correct for errors detected by the sensor in the emitted signals The corona phenomena detection device may be adapted to automatically detect corona effects of the dynamic electromechanical equipment. The corona phenomena detection device may be connected to, or embedded in, the dynamic electromechanical equipment during manufacture of the dynamic electromechanical equipment, or retrofitted to the dynamic electromechanical equipment.06-03-2010
20120217922MOTOR DRIVING APPARATUS - A motor driving apparatus includes a motor driving unit, a low-voltage source, a current detecting element, and an insulation resistance degradation determinator. The motor driving unit includes an inverter coupled between a positive DC bus line and a negative DC bus line of a DC power source. The inverter converts DC power into AC power to drive an AC motor. The low-voltage source is coupled between a ground and at least one of the positive DC bus line and the negative DC bus line. The current detecting element detects a closed circuit current flowing through a closed circuit of the low-voltage source, the AC motor, and a part of the inverter. The insulation resistance degradation determinator makes a comparison between the closed circuit current and a predetermined threshold, and configured to determine, based on the comparison, whether an insulation resistance of the AC motor is degraded.08-30-2012
20120217921METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR EVALUATING ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN AN MOTOR CONTROLLER AND MOTOR - A pair of direct d-q-axis voltage commands is associated with a monotonically varying test sequence of test rotor angular positions to determine a correct rotational direction of a rotor of the motor in response to application of the pair of direct d-q-axis voltage commands to the motor. The rotor of the motor rotates (e.g., self spins in a diagnostic mode) in response to the applied direct d-q-axis voltage commands and applied monotonically varying test sequence of test rotor angular positions. The primary positioning module or data processor determines that conductor connections between the inverter (e.g., motor controller) and the motor are correct if the calculated shaft speed sign is positive with respect to an applied monotonically varying test sequence of rotor angular positions that monotonically increases.08-30-2012
20120306422METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THERMALLY MONITORING A PERMANENT MAGNET ELECTRIC MOTOR - A method for determining a temperature of an electric motor including stator windings includes injecting an AC current into a D-axis current of a stator winding at a frequency that is synchronized with a control frequency of the electric motor, determining a DC-phase current, determining a resistance of the stator winding corresponding to the DC-phase current and an applied voltage, and determining a temperature of the electric motor as a function of the resistance of the stator winding.12-06-2012
20090295321MOTOR DRIVE CIRCUIT - A first semiconductor switching element connects to a high side of a motor and includes a diode whose cathode faces the high side. A second semiconductor switching element having a diode resides on a low side of the first semiconductor switching element. A third semiconductor switching element having a diode resides on a low side of the motor. A fourth semiconductor switching element is connected in parallel to the motor and configures a return current circuit that includes a return current element and causes a return current that arises when the first semiconductor switching element turns off to flow through the return current element. A control portion controls on-off states of the first to the fourth semiconductor switching elements and performs return current circuit failure detection based on a first monitor voltage that is an electric potential of a connecting point between the first semiconductor switching element and the motor.12-03-2009
20110037425ELECTROMOTIVE DRIVE ARRANGEMENT - An electric-motor drive arrangement is proposed having at least one electric motor and having at least one control device, wherein the electric-motor drive arrangement has a measurement data processing apparatus and a non-volatile memory. In this case, the memory is connected to a comparator which operates at least one optical display block of a display apparatus when a predetermined set value is reached or exceeded.02-17-2011
20130063066METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING FAULTS IN A BRUSHLESS EXCITER - A method of operating an electrical machine is provided. The method includes the steps of providing a brushless excitation system including a diode rectifier having at least one diode, sensing heat energy generated by at least one resistor connected in parallel with the at least one diode, wirelessly transmitting a signal representative of the heat energy, detecting a deviation of generated heat energy from the at least one resistor, and generating a signal indicating an error if the deviation in generated heat energy exceeds a predetermined threshold.03-14-2013
20090134831Deriving Values of Parameters in Electrical Machines - An electrical drive system includes an electrical machine controlled by an electronic controller and requires control signals representing quantities associated with the operation of the electrical machine. These signals may represent, for example, rotor position and flux or current. A controller includes an estimation routine to use the known magnetic characteristics of the machine and a rotor position signal to provide an estimate of current or of supply voltage.05-28-2009
20120229067VOLTAGE REGULATOR FOR DC MOTORS - A voltage regulator for a pair of electric motors has an input for a signal indicative of the desired speed for the motors and a pulse width modulation control circuit device. A control module provides a conditioning signal to the control circuit to output to the motors a square wave voltage having a duty-cycle which varies according to a predetermined function of the signal applied to the input of the regulator. The control circuit device has first and second electronic solid state switches associated with the motor and controlled by the control module.09-13-2012
20130162190INTEGRATED CONTROLLER FOR CLOSURE OPERATOR UNIT - An integrated controller for an operator unit for powering an overhead garage roller door or roller shutter is described. The operator unit comprises a motor, an output drive assembly, a timing assembly unit, and a clutch assembly for providing selective engagement between motor powered operation and manual operation (provided by a chain rotating a chain wheel). The motor is arranged to drive a shaft which, in turn, provides drive to the roller door or shutter assembly (not shown), which includes an axle around which the roller door or shutter is wound. The integrated controller comprises an inverter for receiving a single phase power supply and supplying three phase power to drive the motor; and a drive controller in operable association with the inverter for providing active management of the operation of the motor.06-27-2013
20110043152DRIVE CONTROL DEVICE - A device for driving a motor includes inverters, an interrupter, and a controller. Each inverter includes supply systems. Each supply system includes a power source-side path branching from a power source, a power source-side semiconductor switch located in the power source-side path, a ground-side path branching from a ground, a ground-side semiconductor switch located in the ground-side path, and a motor-side path branching at a connection point between the power source-side path and the ground-side path to supply electric current to a corresponding phase of the motor. The controller controls the motor by controlling the inverters and determines whether the semiconductor switches in each inverter are short-circuited. The controller causes the interrupter to disconnect the supply systems in the inverter having the semiconductor switch that is determined to be short-circuited. The controller continues to control the motor by controlling the other inverter.02-24-2011
20080258667TEST MODULE FOR MOTOR CONTROL CENTER SUBUNIT - A system and method are provided for coordinating the installation and removal a motor control center subunit with the power connection and interruption thereof A system of interlocks and indicators causes an operator to install a motor control center subunit into a motor control center, and connect supply and control power thereto, in a particular order. Once installed, a test module system included with the subunit provides for pass-through connection of signals from equipment test points. The test module can thus relay internal conditions of the subunit to the operator without a need for disengaging or opening the subunit.10-23-2008
20090121668SHUTDOWN PATH PERFORMANCE TEST FOR PERMANENT MAGNET AC MOTOR IN HYBRID POWERTRAIN - A diagnostic system for a hybrid vehicle comprises a motor control module and a fault diagnostic module. The motor control module controls torque output of an electric motor having a predetermined number of phases. The fault diagnostic module determines a position of a rotor of the electric motor, aligns the rotor with a phase angle of one of the phases, selectively diagnoses a fault based on a current of at least one of the phases, and selectively disables the electric motor based on the diagnosis.05-14-2009
20100045226Method of controlling washing machine and motor - A method of controlling a washing machine and a motor determines whether a BLDC motor is in a normal state in software without hardware and a user is notified of an abnormal state of the BLDC motor if the BLDC motor is in an abnormal state, thereby ensuring safety. When the motor is rotated, the state of the motor is determined by applying harmonics to a voltage that is applied to a motor and analyzing an output frequency characteristic. When the motor is stopped, the state of the motor is determined by estimating the temperature of the motor.02-25-2010
20100171457DETECTION OF THE ANGULAR POSITION OF THE ROTOR OF A BRUSH MOTOR WITHOUT USING SENSORS - A method of detecting an angular position of a rotor of a motor includes detecting switching ripple peaks and armature current disturbance peaks using a peak detector configured to generate a square wave having edges coinciding with detected peaks. The method further includes filtering the square wave in a time domain by generating an integration ramp, toward a set value, of an estimated ripple frequency for an interval of time based on the estimated ripple frequency. An enablement range is established to reset the integration ramp by setting a threshold below and above the set value and a time window centered on an end time of each period of the estimated ripple frequency. The method further includes resetting the integration ramp, and updating the estimated ripple frequency based upon a period determined by a time of the resetting, if an edge of the square wave is within the time window. The method also includes integrating until the threshold is exceeded, resetting the integration ramp, and reducing the estimated ripple frequency to a period determined by the resetting, if the edge of the square wave is not within the time window.07-08-2010
20120032625Electric power conversion apparatus - An electric power conversion apparatus converts electric power supplied to a motor having a winding set formed of coils corresponding to a plurality of phases. An inverter part has a plurality of FETs forming switching element pairs, each of which corresponds to each phase of the winding set. Pull-up resistors are provided between the coils and a high-potential side of a battery, respectively. A neutral point voltage detection part detects a neutral point voltage of the winding set. A microcomputer detects abnormality based on the neutral point voltage.02-09-2012
20090284205Motor driving device and method for making judgment on state of motor driving device - The motor driving device includes a first function of supplying power to a motor so that the motor generates a driving force to drive a driven member, a second function of detecting a current flowing through the motor, a third function of performing a power supply control in order that a value of the current detected by the second function is maintained within a target range, a fourth function of performing a power supply operation in which the motor is supplied with power for a predetermined time period which is short enough to avoid the driven member from being driven by the motor, before the third function performs the power supply control, and a fifth function of making a judgment on a state of each of the first to third functions on the basis of the value of the current detected by the second function during the predetermined time period.11-19-2009
20080309271Control and Power Module for a Rotating Electric Machine - A control and power module for a rotating electric machine comprising a bridge of switches, a plurality of driver circuits for driving a bridge of switches, a control circuit and a plurality of communication connections between driver circuits and a control circuit. When the machine is in a rest mode, at least one connection of the plurality of communication connections is used for transmitting signals between the control circuit and the driver circuits for carrying out a function related to the rest mode of the machine, and when the machine is in the operational mode, all connections of the plurality of communication connections are used for transmitting signals between the control circuit and the driver circuits.12-18-2008
20090146599SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MOTOR FAULT DETECTION USING STATOR CURRENT NOISE CANCELLATION - A system and method for detecting incipient mechanical motor faults by way of current noise cancellation is disclosed. The system includes a controller configured to detect indicia of incipient mechanical motor faults. The controller further includes a processor programmed to receive a baseline set of current data from an operating motor and define a noise component in the baseline set of current data. The processor is also programmed to acquire at least on additional set of real-time operating current data from the motor during operation, redefine the noise component present in each additional set of real-time operating current data, and remove the noise component from the operating current data in real-time to isolate any fault components present in the operating current data. The processor is then programmed to generate a fault index for the operating current data based on any isolated fault components.06-11-2009
20090309529POWER BRANCHING SYSTEM AND POWER BRANCHING METHOD - Provided is a power branching system for driving a plurality of motors by use of a single servo driver, the power branching system capable of protecting each of the motors.12-17-2009
20100090636MOTOR CONTROL CIRCUIT - A motor control circuit 04-15-2010
20110199036METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DIAGNOSING A FAN - Method for diagnosing a fan, in particular in a cooling circuit of an internal combustion engine, a current driving the fan being ascertained. The fan is triggered by a defined trigger signal, and depending on the ascertained current, a diagnosis of whether the fan is defective is performed.08-18-2011
20090284206MOTOR CONTROLLER FOR CONTROLLING AN ELECTRIC MOTOR - A motor controller for controlling at least one electric motor has an operating signal generator for generating an operating control signal for the at least one electric motor and also a sound signal generator for generating a sound control signal. A mixer superimposes the sound control signal on the operating control signal in order to obtain a control signal for the at least one electric motor. It is then possible to dispense with loudspeakers and the like in the appliance which contains an electric motor with such a motor controller in order to output, for example, signal tones which indicate an operating state of the appliance to the user.11-19-2009
20090284204METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ESTIMATING INDUCTION MOTOR ROTOR TEMPERATURE - A method and apparatus to provide continuous and reliable rotor temperature estimates for line-connected induction motors during steady-state and/or dynamic motor operations. Rotor temperature is calculated from voltage and current measurements without any temperature or speed sensors. First, complex space vectors are synthesized from voltage and current measurements. Second, the instantaneous rotor speed is detected by calculating the rotational speed of a single rotor slot harmonic component with respect to the rotational speed of the fundamental frequency component. Third, the positive sequence fundamental frequency components are extracted from complex space vectors. Fourth, the rotor time constant is estimated in a model-reference adaptive system based on a dynamic induction motor equivalent circuit model. Finally, the rotor temperature is calculated according to the linear relationship between the rotor temperature and the estimated rotor time constant. Real-time induction motor thermal protection is achieved through this continuous tracking of the rotor temperature.11-19-2009
20080238350Single phase motor driving device - A device for driving a single phase motor is provided. The device controls the rotation of the single phase motor according to at least a control signal. The single phase motor driving device includes a control apparatus and a detection apparatus. The control apparatus detects the rotation or stopped rotation of the single phase motor, and outputs a detection signal and at least the control signal. The detection apparatus coupled to the control apparatus generates a first comparison signal and a second comparison signal according to the detection signal, compares the first comparison signal with the second comparison signal to generate a comparison result, and then further outputs a rotation signal or a stopped rotation signal according the comparison result; wherein the control apparatus generates the at least the control signal according the rotation signal and the stopped rotation signal.10-02-2008
20080272727Method for Determination of the Risk to Disturbance-Free Operation of a Frequency Converter - The invention relates to a method for determining the chance of a disturbance-free operation of a frequency converter (11-06-2008
20130119913INTEGRATED DRIVE MOTOR POWER INTERFACE - An integrated drive motor (IDM) power distribution architecture utilizes an IDM power interface module (IPIM) to create a control voltage that is distributed to all the IDMs in a network. This power distribution may be accomplished along a hybrid cable, for example, that includes both signal conductors and power conductors. The IPIM is capable of detecting short circuits and/or overload conditions and disabling the power supply to the IDMs. Additionally, a second power supply may be utilized in the IPIM such that when the power supply to the IDMs is deactivated, the IPIM may remain functional, for example, to report one or more fault conditions to the user. Additionally, this reporting of fault status may be accomplished via a user display integrated with or coupled to the IPIM.05-16-2013
20100270963MALFUNCTION DETERMINATION DEVICE FOR MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM - A malfunction determination device for a motor control system, outputs a position signal that indicates a moved position of a movable member of a motor and a direction signal that indicates a movement direction of the movable member. The malfunction determination device determines a malfunction has occurred if a relationship between the position signal and the direction signal differs from that when the motor control system is operating normally. The malfunction determination device outputs a pulse signal that varies periodically along with variations in the moved position of the movable member as the position signal; outputs a periodic pulse signal in the same phase with the position signal as the direction signal if the movable member is moving in one direction; and outputs a periodic pulse signal in an opposite phase to the position signal as the direction signal if the movable member is moving in the other direction.10-28-2010
20110215751Electric power converter - An electric power converter includes a control unit outputting a PWM signal, a bridge circuit producing AC electric power supplied to a motor by turning semiconductor switching devices in the bridge on and off in response to PWM signals, a cut off unit cutting the PWM signals off from the bridge circuit in response to a gate signal, and a monitoring unit generating a test signal for checking the cut off unit. The cut off unit includes a switching circuit switching between the test signal and an external cut off signal, and a delay circuit that delays the output of the switching circuit. The arrangement enables the electric power converter to monitor as to whether the cut off unit is abnormal without stopping the operation of the electric power converter.09-08-2011
20090140681SENSORLESS MEASUREMENT OF THE ROTATION FREQUENCY OF A ROTOR OF AN ASYNCHRONOUS MACHINE - The present invention relates to a device (06-04-2009
20100026226SYSTEMS AND METHODS INVOLVING PERMANENT MAGNET ELECTRIC MACHINE ROTOR POSITION DETERMINATION - A method for determining rotor position comprising sending a signal to a stator, receiving a first signal indicative of a first estimated stator inductance, and receiving a second signal indicative of a second estimated stator inductance. The method further includes, calculating a first rotor position angle using a function including the first estimated stator inductance and the second estimated stator inductance.02-04-2010
20090184674Drive Apparatus for a Washing Machine - A drive apparatus for a washing machine includes an electric motor, a drive shaft connected to the electric motor for rotary drive purposes and electronics for controlling operation of the electric motor. In order to achieve a compact construction, the electric motor and the electronics are integrated in a common unit. In order to increase operational reliability of the drive apparatus together with a simple construction, the common unit has a wall which is thermally coupled both to the electric motor and to the electronics and serves to dissipate heat. The electronics have a temperature sensor for detecting the temperature of the wall. Both the temperature of the electric motor and the temperature of the electronics can be monitored with this one temperature sensor.07-23-2009
20120068653METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETERMINING DETERIORATION OF PERMANENT MAGNETS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS - A method and a system for determining deterioration of permanent magnets of an electric apparatus to be inspected that facilitate determination without the need to remove the electric apparatus from a facility where it is installed. If the electric apparatus to be inspected is a three-phase linear motor, a current detector is used to acquire currents. A three-phase/two-phase conversion section converts the acquired currents into an α-axis current command and a β-axis current command. A locus of a current vector is computed based on the α-axis current command and the β-axis current command. A comparing and determining section compares the computed locus with a standard upper limit value stored in a storage means. If the number of times that the locus of the current vector exceeds the standard upper limit value exceeds a predetermined value, it is determined that the permanent magnets have been deteriorated.03-22-2012
20090026993LOAD DRIVE CONTROL CIRCUIT - A load drive control circuit includes a drive circuit for driving a load. A control circuit, connected to the drive circuit by diagnostic lines, provides the drive circuit with a control command that specifies an operation state. The drive circuit drives the load in the operation state specified by the control command, generates a diagnostic output including diagnostic notification signals each having an H level or an L level, and provides the diagnostic notification signals of the diagnostic output to the control circuit. A signal output unit outputs first and second diagnostic outputs respectively in response to the first and second control command from the control circuit. A diagnostic line failure determination unit checks whether the first and second diagnostic outputs are both normal to determine whether the diagnostic lines includes a failure or not.01-29-2009
20090015184System for measuring current in multiple motor coils using a single sensing element - A circuit enables current to be measured in at least two motor leads of a three-phase motor being supplied by a power source generating a chopped sinusoidal waveform for the motor leads. The circuit includes a DC power supply having a pair of output terminals, a current sense transformer having a primary winding and a secondary winding, the primary winding being connected at one end to one output terminal of the DC power supply, an H-bridge driver connected to another end of the primary winding and being connected to leads of a three-phase motor to drive each lead to a voltage obtained from the DC power supply through the primary winding, a regulating circuit for identifying the voltage to which each lead is to be driven and for controlling switches within the H-bridge circuit to drive each lead to an identified voltage, and a single current sense resistor connected to the secondary winding of the current sense transformer, the current sense resistor generating a voltage that corresponds to the current being used to drive the three-phase motor.01-15-2009
20090051308SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETERMINE ELECTRIC MOTOR EFFICIENCY USING AN EQUIVALENT CIRCUIT - A system and method for determining electric motor efficiency includes a monitoring system having a processor programmed to determine efficiency of an electric motor under load while the electric motor is online. The determination of motor efficiency is independent of a rotor speed measurement. Further, the efficiency is based on a determination of stator winding resistance, an input voltage, and an input current. The determination of the stator winding resistance occurs while the electric motor under load is online.02-26-2009
20100194323ROBUST ON LINE STATOR TURN FAULT IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - A system and method for identifying turn faults in a stator of a motor are provided. The method includes determining a normalized cross-coupled impedance from the symmetrical components of measured voltages and currents of the motor. Additionally, the normalized cross-coupled impedance may be normalized to a negative sequence impedance. The negative sequence impedance may be determined through a regression analysis using parameters of the motor, such as line-to-line voltage, horsepower, and number of poles. A system is provided that includes a device having a memory and processor configured to determine a normalized cross-coupled impedance, compare the normalized cross-coupled impedance to one or more thresholds, and trigger and alarm and/or trip the motor.08-05-2010
20110221373COMPUTER FAN ALARM CIRCUIT - A circuit for alarming abnormal state of a computer fan includes a detection circuit coupled to the computer fan, a controller coupled to the detection circuit and the computer fan, an alarm unit coupled to the controller. The detection circuit detects a power source and a speed control signal received by the computer fan, the controller determines the work state of the computer fan according to the power source, the speed control signal, and a speed signal received from the computer fan and raises an alarm through the alarm unit if the computer fan is not working normally.09-15-2011
20090195205MOTOR CONTROL SYSTEM INCLUDING ELECTRICAL INSULATION DETERIORATION DETECTING SYSTEM - A motor control system of the present invention includes an accurate electrical insulation deterioration detecting system. A voltage divider circuit is arranged between a negative DC output portion and a ground, through a normally open switch circuit. A detecting operation control section closes the normally open switch while a circuit breaker is opened, and places at least one of transistors electrically connected to a positive DC output portion into a conductive state, from among six transistors included in three arm circuits. A voltage across the first resistor is inputted as a divided voltage into a voltage comparator of a voltage comparison section. The voltage comparison section compares a divided voltage outputted from the voltage divider circuit and a reference voltage using the voltage comparator and outputs an alarm signal if the divided voltage exceeds the reference voltage.08-06-2009
20100207564Power Source Estimation Methods and Apparatus - A method for estimating power capability of a power source driving an electrical load can include obtaining initial values of power source parameters including a voltage value and a current value while preventing the power source from causing kinetic energy to be produced in the electrical load. The method can also include estimating power capability of the power source based on the initial values of the power source parameters.08-19-2010
20100295492METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETECTING CURRENT SENSOR ERROR - Methods and systems are provided for controlling an electric motor in a vehicle. A method comprises measuring current associated with a first phase of the electric motor using a first current sensor resulting in a measured first phase current and measuring current associated with a second phase of the electric motor using a second current sensor resulting in a measured second phase current. The method further comprises determining a target value for the measured second phase current based on a value corresponding to a peak current for the first phase and identifying a current sensor error based on a difference between the measured second phase current and the target value.11-25-2010
20100295491METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DIAGNOSING STATOR WINDINGS IN AN ELECTRIC MOTOR - Systems and methods are provided for identifying a fault condition in stator windings in an electric motor. A method comprises applying a first signal at a first electrical angle to the stator windings and measuring a second signal from the stator windings in response to the first signal. The method further comprises determining a measured response for the electric motor at the first electrical angle based on the second signal and obtaining a nominal response for the electric motor at the first electrical angle. A fault condition is identified when a magnitude of the difference between the measured response and the nominal response is greater than a threshold value.11-25-2010
20100301792DETECTION OF ROTOR SIDE ANOMALY IN AN INDUCTION MACHINE - A method for detecting an anomaly in an induction machine includes obtaining or receiving a signal from the induction machine; processing the signal so as to obtain a low frequency signal, then rectifying the low frequency signal; and, declaring if the anomaly is present, based on the rectified low frequency signal. A system for detecting anomalies is also disclosed. The present invention has been described in terms of specific embodiment(s), and it is recognized that equivalents, alternatives, and modifications, aside from those expressly stated, are possible and within the scope of the appending claims.12-02-2010
20110001447ESTIMATION OF PARAMETERS OF AN INDUCTION MACHINE - A method and an arrangement are disclosed for identifying one or more parameters of an induction machine when the induction machine is connected to the output phases of a voltage source inverter and the induction machine is in standstill state. The method can include a first phase for magnetizing the machine by providing a first DC magnetization current until the induction machine reaches steady state, the current reference of the inverter having a first value (i01-06-2011
20110018483STATOR END-WINDING COMPONENT MONITORING SYSTEM - A stator comprises stator end-winding components and a sensing cable. The sensing cable comprises two fixation points secured to two of the end-winding components, and sensors to measure a relative displacement between two or more of the stator end-winding components.01-27-2011
20090066286MULTI-PHASE AC MOTOR DRIVING DEVICE - A multi-phase AC motor driving device in which occurrence of failure is not erroneously determined is provided. In a multi-phase AC motor driving device including an inverter circuit; current detecting resistances Ru, Rv, and Rw, respectively arranged on lower arm of the respective phase of the inverter circuit, for detecting phase current of the motor; and a control portion and a PWM circuit for controlling ON/OFF operation of switching devices of the inverter circuit, the determination on the occurrence of failure based on the current values detected by the current detecting resistances is not made if relays connected between the inverter circuit and the motor are turned ON and all the switching devices of the lower arms of the respective phases are turned OFF.03-12-2009
20110025247METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR TESTING ELECTRIC MOTORS - Method and systems for testing an electric motor are provided. A switching circuit coupled to the motor is operated in a first mode causing current to flow through the motor such that the motor is actuated with near zero torque. A magnitude of the current is repeatedly adjusted between first and second values. The current flow through the motor is monitored.02-03-2011
20100033122Method and system for detecting a failed current sensor in a three-phase machine - A method of detecting one or more failed current sensor and estimating a phase current for the failed current sensor on a three-phase machine is disclosed. The method may include detecting one or more failed current sensor by determining if an absolute value of a sum of the phase currents of the motor is below an open circuit value. The method may also include determining which phase currents are approximately zero, for each phase current associated with each phase of the motor, if the sum of the phase currents of the motor is not below the open circuit value. The method may further include estimating the phase current for the failed current sensor by determining the phase current value for the failed current sensor, that when added to the phase currents of the remaining current sensors, will make the sum of all the phase currents equal to approximately zero.02-11-2010
20110084642METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FAILSAFE MONITORING AN ELECTROMOTIVE DRIVE - The invention relates to a method and to an apparatus for the failsafe monitoring of an electromotive drive (04-14-2011
20100072933METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETECTING THE ROTATION OF A BRUSH-OPERATED D.C. MOTOR - a method and a device for detecting the rotation of a brush-operated d.c. motor comprising a number of winding branches which are electrically connected between brushes, during the operation of the motor, by means of plates, according to the rotational angle. According to the invention, an alternating voltage signal is modulated on the basis of a supply direct voltage for the brushes, by which means the course of the complex resistance of the direct current motor is determined and used for the detection of rotation. In this way, the invention enables a cost-effective rotation detection that can be used in motor vehicle technology without requiring additional mechanical components.03-25-2010
20090153089APPARATUS FOR MONITORING OF BRUSHES, IN PARTICULAR SLIPRING OR COMMUTATOR BRUSHES, ON ELECTRICAL MACHINES - An apparatus is disclosed for monitoring brushes, such as slipring or commutator brushes, on electrical machines. At least one electronic sensor is configured to be arranged in or on a brush apparatus of an electrical machine such that an electrical supply power can be locally drawn directly from an electromagnetic environment of the brush apparatus. The apparatus can transmit measurement data detected by it by electromagnetic radiation to an indication device.06-18-2009
20110068727METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING POWER ELECTRONICS CONTROLLERS IN AUTOMOTIVE ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS - Methods and systems are provided for monitoring an automotive electrical system including an inverter having at least one switch. First and second voltage commands corresponding to respective first and second components of a commanded voltage vector on a synchronous frame of reference coordinate system are received. A plurality of duty cycles for operating the at least one switch are calculated based on the first and second voltage commands. First and second actual voltages are calculated based on the plurality of duty cycles. The first and second actual voltages correspond to respective first and second components of an actual voltage vector on the synchronous frame of reference coordinate system. An indication of a fault is generated based on the difference between the first components of the commanded voltage vector and the actual voltage vector and the difference between the second components of the commanded voltage vector and the actual voltage vector.03-24-2011
20110068728MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE - A motor drive device has a drive unit at least three sets of upper and lower arms, each of the at least three sets of upper and lower arms having switching elements thereon, for driving a motor based on an ON/OFF operation of each of the switching elements by a PWM signal, a single current detection resistor for detecting current flowing to the drive unit, and a control unit for detecting a current value of the current flowing to each of phases of the motor based on the current flowing to the current detection resistor, and outputting the PWM signal to each of the switching elements based on a target current value of each of the phases and the detected current value of each of the phases. The control unit has an upper stage regeneration abnormality determination unit for detecting the current flowing to the current detection resistor in an upper stage regeneration state, in which the switching elements of the upper arm of all of the phases are in an ON state and the switching elements of the lower arm of all of the phases are in an OFF state, and determining abnormality based on the detection result, and a lower stage regeneration abnormality determination unit for detecting the current flowing to the current detection resistor in a lower stage regeneration state, in which the switching elements of the upper arm of all of the phases are in the OFF state and the switching elements of the lower arm of all of the phases are in the ON state, and determining abnormality based on the detection result.03-24-2011
20100295493HVAC EQUIPMENT PHASE AND VOLTAGE MONITOR AND CONTROL - An HVAC unit includes a transformer and a system controller. The transformer is configured to receive power from a first and a second phase of a three-phase power source and to produce a first reduced-voltage waveform therefrom. The system controller is adapted to sample the reduced voltage waveform to determine a figure of merit of the three-phase power source. The controller is further configured to operate the HVAC unit in response to the figure of merit.11-25-2010
20110156630Device and Method for Detecting Type of Fan - This invention provides a device and method for detecting a type of a fan. The device for detecting a type of a fan includes a detector and a voltage controller. The detector is used for detecting and comparing a control voltage with a reference voltage to generate a comparison signal and transmitting the comparison signal to the voltage controller. The voltage controller outputs a variable voltage or a constant voltage to a voltage input terminal of a fan according to the comparison signal. The voltage controller can include an integrator for integrating a modulation signal and outputting the variable voltage.06-30-2011
20080252246Detection Method for an Electrical Polyphase Machine - The recognition of a polyphase machine (10-16-2008
20080203954INDUCTION MOTOR ANALYSIS AND CONTROL METHOD - An induction motor controller that may include three phase paths leading from a power input to a power output, a solid-state switching device interposed between the power input and the power output on each of the three phase paths, a voltage sensor coupled to two of the phase paths between the solid-state switching device and the power input, a current sensor on one of the phase paths, a processor communicatively coupled to the voltage sensor, the current sensor, and the solid state switching device; and a memory coupled to the processor. The processor may be configured to calculate a motor parameter based on a signal from the voltage sensor and a signal from the current sensor and store the calculated motor parameter in memory.08-28-2008
20120200248METHOD FOR MONITORING A DRIVE STATE OF AN ELECTRIC MOTOR - A method for monitoring a drive state, particularly a non-driven drive state of an electric motor, which is fed with energy using a bridge inverter having at least one half bridge, having detecting of a state of the at least one half bridge, detecting a property of a control signal for driving the at least one half bridge, and monitoring the drive state based on the detected state of the at least one half bridge and the detected property of the control signal.08-09-2012
20100320953METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DIAGNOSING STATOR WINDINGS IN AN ELECTRIC MOTOR - Systems and methods are provided for diagnosing stator windings in an electric motor operating under control of a current-regulating control loop. The current-regulating control loop is configured to provide a command voltage to the electric motor. The command voltage comprises a current-regulated voltage based on a difference between a commanded current and a measured current through the stator windings. The method comprises determining a negative sequence component of the command voltage, and identifying a fault condition when a characteristic of the negative sequence component is greater than a threshold value.12-23-2010
20100117583METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRIC MOTOR AND APPARATUS FOR PERFORMING THE METHOD - A method for operating an electric motor with at least two motor terminals that are driven by a control device contains the steps of short-circuiting of at least two of the motor terminals of the electric motor by the control device; measurement of the motor phase currents at the short-circuited motor terminals; and identification of a standstill of the electric motor if a magnitude and/or a frequency of the motor phase currents measured lies below a predefined limit value. In the case of such a reliable identification of the standstill of the electric motor, an enable signal can then advantageously be generated in order, by way of example, to enable access to an apparatus driven by the electric motor.05-13-2010
20110074328System and Method for Detecting a High Current Condition in a Motor - In one embodiment, a system for controlling a motor is disclosed. The system has a driver circuit configured to drive a motor, a current sensing impedance coupled to the driver circuit, and an overload detection circuit coupled to the current sending impedance that has a transistor and a detection output node.03-31-2011
20100060222ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS - An electric motor control apparatus that can quickly and accurately locate a short-circuit fault point. The electric motor control apparatus includes: a current controller determining respective phase voltage commands according to currents flowing in respective phases of an electric motor and a torque current command; a switching element drive circuit instructing, based on the respective phase voltage commands, an inverter to perform a switching operation; the inverter receiving a switching operation signal to drive the electric motor; current detectors disposed in series with the switching elements in the respective phases of the inverter; and a short-circuit point locating mechanism storing a test pattern indicative of a predetermined combination for turning on the switching elements of the inverter, and locating a short-circuit fault point based on the test pattern and current detection values in the respective phases detected by the current detectors in response to the test pattern.03-11-2010
20080218112METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RECORDING OPERATING INFORMATION OF AN ELECTRONICALLY COMMUTATED 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.09-11-2008
20100194324STATOR TURN FAULT DETECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR INDUCTION MACHINE - A system and method are provided for correction of parameters used in determination of stator turn faults of an induction motor. An embodiment may include determining a residual impedance and/or a residual voltage of the motor, and correcting a normalized cross-coupled impedance based on the residual impedance and residual voltage. Additional embodiments may include measuring an operating temperature of the motor and determining a negative sequence impedance of the motor based on the temperature. Another embodiment may include measuring voltages and currents of the motor and determining phasors for the voltages and currents using compensation for variations from a nominal frequency of the motor.08-05-2010
20100194325ELECTRIC MOTOR CONTROL - A control system for an electric motor comprises processing means arranged to perform a control process which includes monitoring electrical voltages applied to the motor and electrical currents in the motor, and determining from them the rotational position of the motor. The system is further arranged to monitor at least one parameter of the control process thereby to detect a stall condition of the motor.08-05-2010
20110187304MOTOR PHASE WINDING FAULT DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method of detecting a phase winding fault in a multi-phase electric machine is executable via a motor controller, and includes measuring feedback signals of the machine, including each phase current, and generating reference phase voltages for each phase. The method includes calculating a predetermined voltage value using the feedback signals and reference phase voltages, and comparing the voltage value to a corresponding threshold to determine the fault. A control action is executed when the voltage value exceeds the corresponding threshold. The voltage value is one or more of: a ratio of a normalized negative sequence voltage to a modulation index, an RMS voltage for each phase, and total harmonic distortion of each phase current. An apparatus detects the fault, and includes a motor controller and an algorithm as set forth above. The apparatus may include a voltage inverter for generating a multi-phase alternating current output for powering the machine.08-04-2011
20100026227MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE - A microcomputer compares a low voltage LV and a middle voltage MV to a predetermined voltage Vth set at a value in the vicinity of the grounded voltage (0 V) on the basis of detected phase voltages Vu, Vv and Vw, and thus, detects a break in a power supply line.02-04-2010
20100066294Method and apparatus for detecting phase current imbalance in a power generator - A controller (03-18-2010
20080265819Sensor calibration and parameter identification in a multi-phase motor drive - In a multi-phase motor drive that includes a bus capacitor, a multi-phase motor, a multi-phase inverter, multiple switches each having an on-state and an off-state, and multiple current sensors each being in series with respective phase winding, a method for checking the accuracy of circuit parameters of the motor drive, including using the switches to produce a first loop that includes the capacitor bank, a first phase winding, a first current sensor, a second phase winding, and a second current sensor, using the current sensors to determine a magnitude of current in the first and second phase windings, comparing a magnitude of current indicated by the first current sensor and the second current sensor, and determining a magnitude of a difference between the current in the first and second phase windings.10-30-2008
20100320954ROTATIONAL VELOCITY MEASUREMENT OF A ROTOR - A system is provided for measuring the rotational velocity of the rotor of an electric motor or generator having (i) a stator with a plurality of circumferentially spaced pole pieces, each pole piece having a corresponding armature winding, and (ii) a rotor with a plurality of circumferentially spaced magnet portions, the armature windings interacting with the magnetic field produced by the magnet portions. The system includes one or more voltage sensing coils. The or each voltage sensing coil is adapted to encircle a respective pole piece of the stator such that a time-varying electromotive force is induced in the voltage sensing coil as the magnet portions of the rotor pass by the pole piece. The system further includes is a detector for detecting the time-varying electromotive force induced in the or each voltage sensing coil, and determining the rotational velocity of the rotor from the time between peaks in the induced electromotive force.12-23-2010
20110006717Method for Monitoring the Condition of a Commutator of an Electric Motor - A method for detecting a packed slot condition in a commutator of an electric motor comprising the steps of: (a) providing an electric motor having a commutator, the commutator having a plurality of segments separated from each other by a slot; (b) monitoring the current going through the electric motor; (c) determining if the current going through the electric motor being monitored in step (b) has changed from a preset value; and (d) providing a signal to indicate that the current going through the electric motor has changed to thereby detect for a packed slot in the commutator.01-13-2011
20120038305Fan Failure Detector - A fan failure detector means for detecting whether a fan is locked comprising a drive IC, a coil and an inspection circuit, the drive IC means for outputting a pulse signal, the coil is electrically connected to the drive IC and being driven by the drive IC, the inspection circuit is electrically connected to the drive IC and the coil, the inspection circuit comprises an RC charge/discharge circuit, a diode, a second capacitor, a voltage divider and a transistor having an output terminal, wherein the RC charge/discharge circuit, the diode, the voltage divider and the transistor are sequentially connected in series, the second capacitor is electrically connected with the diode and the voltage divider, when the fan operates normally, the output terminal provides a low voltage signal, when the fan locks, the output terminal provides a high voltage signal to avoid a wrong judgment that the fan still operates normally.02-16-2012
20120038304METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DIAGNOSING FAULTS FOR ROTORS OF ELECTRIC MOTORS - Methods and systems are provided for diagnosing faults of a rotor of an electric motor. A current is obtained for an inverter using a sensor. A preliminary angle is determined by a control unit or processor using a resolver angle of the rotor. A transformation is conducted by the control unit or processor using a transformation angle that is equal to a multiplier multiplied by the preliminary angle. A fault condition is identified via the control unit or processor using the transformation.02-16-2012
20110050145Device, Computer Program Product and Computer-Implemented Method for Backspin Detection in an Electrical Submersible Pump Assembly - A system for detecting a backspin condition of a motor in an electrical submersible pump is described herein. The system comprises a variable speed drive for powering the motor via a power cable; and a controller, the controller having a memory, a computer processor, and a computer program product stored on the memory and executable by the processor. The computer program product comprises the instructions of: monitoring an input current or impedance on the power cable to determine changes in motor current impedance, comparing changes in the motor current impedance to a historical threshold value for backspin events to determine whether the motor is backspinning; impeding operable power to the motor when it is determined the motor is backspinning; supplying a low AC voltage to the motor after it is determined the motor is backspinning; and determining whether or not the motor has stopped backspinning by monitoring the low AC voltage.03-03-2011
20110050144Device, Computer Program Product and Computer-Implemented Method for Backspin Detection in an Electrical Submersible Pump Assembly - A system for detecting a backspin condition of a motor in an electrical submersible pump is disclosed herein. The system comprises a sensor mounted proximate to the motor, the sensor outputting a signal, a power cable connected between a motor and a controller, the power cable supplying a three phase AC voltage to the motor, one phase of the three phase signal having a control signal thereon; electronics connected to the sensor, the electronics receiving the signal and propagating the signal to the controller; and a computer defining the controller, the controller having a non-transitory memory, a computer processor, and a computer program product stored on the memory and executable by the processor, the computer program product performing a process of controlling the variable speed drive of the motor and a process of monitoring the signal from the sensor to determine if the motor is backspinning.03-03-2011
20110316466Motor drive apparatus and method, and electric power steering system using the same - When failure of an inverter or a coil set of one system of a motor drive apparatus having two systems, is detected, a power supply relay of the failing system is interrupted. At the same time, a control circuit sets a same maximum current limitation value as set before detection of failure. When an IG switch is in an ON-state and a steering toque detection value exceeds a predetermined threshold value thereafter, a vibration component, which has a predetermined amplitude and frequency, is added to a current command value so that a steering wheel is vibrated in a direction of rotation so that a driver is cautioned to notice the failure surely.12-29-2011
20100072932Fail-Passive Electro-Mechanical Actuator Utilizing Dual Controllers And A Two-Phase Brushless Motor - A fail-passive electro-mechanical actuator utilizing dual controllers and a two-phase brushless motor is provided. In one embodiment, the invention relates to a fail passive system for controlling a two phase brushless motor, the system including the two phase brushless motor including a stator, a rotor, a first winding electromagnetically coupled to the rotor, and a second winding electromagnetically coupled to the rotor, first control circuitry coupled to the first winding, the first control circuitry configured to provide a first current to the first winding, second control circuitry coupled to the second winding, the second control circuitry to provide a second current to the second winding, wherein the first control circuitry is configured to receive a first commanded value from an external control circuit, wherein the second control circuitry is configured to receive a second commanded value from the external control circuit, wherein the first control circuitry is configured to receive a negated form of the second commanded value from the second circuitry, wherein the second control circuitry is configured to receive a negated form of the first commanded value from the first circuitry, and wherein the first control circuitry and the second control circuitry are configured to concurrently control a movement of the rotor.03-25-2010
20120001580SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING FAULT IN AN AC MACHINE - A system and method for detecting a rotor fault condition in an AC induction machine is disclosed. The system includes a processor programmed to receive voltage and current data from an AC induction machine, generate a current frequency spectrum from the current data, and identify rotor-fault related harmonics in the current frequency spectrum. The processor is also programmed to calculate a fault severity indicator using the voltage and current data, identified rotor-fault related harmonics, and motor specifications, analyze the fault severity indicator to determine a possibility of rotor fault. The processor generates an alert based on the possibility of rotor fault.01-05-2012
20120001581CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR AC ELECTRIC MOTOR - A control apparatus and a control method for an AC electric motor detect DC bus current plural times at predetermined intervals during first and second predetermined periods and multiply vectors having integrated values of detected values during respective periods as elements by an inverse matrix of a matrix having integrated values during respective periods of sine and cosine functions of output voltage phase of an inverter at the moment that detection is made as elements to thereby estimate reactive and active currents.01-05-2012
20120013285MOTOR 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.01-19-2012
20120013284PARALLEL MOTOR DRIVE DISABLE VERIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - Systems and methods are provided for performing diagnostic testing for multiple motor drives operating in parallel. In one embodiment, the diagnostic testing may involve determining which of the multiple motor drives are in operation and communicating the active configuration of motor drives to testing circuitry. The testing circuitry generates an enable input signal transmitted to the transistor gates in each of the active motor drives. The testing circuitry also generates a power supply input signal transmitted to a DC to DC converter in each of the active motor drives. The responses to the enable input signal and the power supply input signal are measured to determine safety compliance.01-19-2012
20110057596CURRENT LEAKAGE DETECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION MACHINE - An inverter is forcibly operated to supply electric power to a motor, thereby performing detection of a current leakage, on condition that a power-on operation is performed, that the motor is stopped, and that determination as to occurrence or non-occurrence of the current leakage has not yet been made even once after the power-on.03-10-2011
20100117582MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE - In a motor control device that drives a plurality of motors with one DC power supply, detection of a short circuit fault occurring in the motors is realized with an inexpensive configuration. In order to drive the plurality of motors (05-13-2010
20090134832DYNAMO-ELECTRICAL MACHINE HAVING A TEMPERATURE DETECTION MEASUREMENT SYSTEM - A dynamo-electrical machine includes a stator and a rotor co-rotating with a shaft. A rotor position transmitter is arranged on one end of the shaft, whereas contactless sensors are arranged stationarily facing the rotor. Data from the contactless sensors representing the surface temperature of the rotor together with position data from the rotor position transmitter are used to produce a position-specific temperature map of the rotor.05-28-2009
20110089883MOTOR PHASE WINDING FAULT DETECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS - A method of detecting a phase winding fault in a multi-phase electric machine is executable via a motor controller, and includes measuring feedback signals of the machine, including each phase current, and generating reference phase voltages for each phase. The method includes calculating a predetermined voltage value using the feedback signals and reference phase voltages, and comparing the voltage value to a corresponding threshold to determine the fault. A control action is executed when the voltage value exceeds the corresponding threshold. The voltage value is one or more of: a ratio of a normalized zero sequence voltage to a modulation index, an RMS voltage for each phase, and total harmonic distortion of each phase current. An apparatus detects the fault, and includes a motor controller and an algorithm as set forth above. The apparatus may include a voltage inverter for generating a multi-phase alternating current output for powering the machine.04-21-2011
20110089882METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING FAULT DIAGNOSTICS FOR ROTORS OF ELECTRIC MOTORS - A method for fault diagnosis for a rotor of an electric motor, the electric motor also having a stator, includes the steps of generating, via a processor, a measured motor current for the stator, determining, via the processor, a resolver angle of the rotor, determining, via the processor, a flux angle of the rotor, calculating, via the processor, a transformation angle using the resolver angle and the flux angle, conducting, via the processor, a transformation of the motor current using the transformation angle, and identifying, via the processor, a fault condition based on the transformation.04-21-2011
20120249039TEMPERATURE ESTIMATING DEVICE AND TEMPERATURE ESTIMATING METHOD - A temperature estimating unit includes an energy calculating unit that calculates a heat generation energy rate of a motor on the basis of a difference between power input to the motor and power output from the motor, a heat radiation energy calculating unit that calculates a heat radiation energy rate from a target member on the basis of a difference between a previous temperature estimation value Tm of the target member and an ambient temperature, and a thermal coefficient of the target member, and an amount calculating unit that calculates a temperature increase rate of the target member on the basis of a difference between the heat generation energy rate and the heat radiation energy rate, and an estimation value calculating unit that calculates a current temperature estimation value of the target member on the basis of the temperature increase rate and the previous temperature estimation value.10-04-2012
20100244760SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING LOSS OF ISOLATION WHILE AN AC MOTOR IS OPERATING - Methods and systems are provided for detecting loss of isolation of a motor, connections, or phase cables while an AC motor is operating. The system includes a power supply that is substantially isolated from the ground or chassis having a power supply voltage, and a power inverter electrically coupled to the power supply. The power inverter is configured to provide AC current from the power supply in an AC phase at an AC terminal, with the phase having current at a fundamental frequency that controls the motor speed. An electric motor is electrically coupled to the AC terminal of the power inverter and has a chassis that is substantially electrically isolated from the AC terminal of the power inverter under normal operating conditions. A processor is configured to control the AC current provided by the power inverter. The processor is configured to receive a first voltage signal related to current flowing through a motor chassis. The first voltage signal includes a first component related to the fundamental frequency of the phases, and a second component related to the power supply voltage. The processor is further configured to filter the first voltage signal to attenuate the second component, to measure an amplitude of the first component, and to determine if an AC loss of isolation condition exists by comparing the amplitude of the first component to a fault value.09-30-2010
20120126738Rotating Machinery Condition Monitoring Using Position Sensor - Continuous monitoring and fault diagnosis of rotating machinery during variable speed operation is performed using only a position feedback signal. The position sensor generates a periodic waveform having multiple pulses per revolution of the machine. A circuit is included to detect, for example, a zero crossing or edge of the periodic waveform. At each detected zero crossing or edge, the time and position of the event is stored in memory. Other data, such as the current in the motor, may also be sampled and stored in memory. Because the sampled data is triggered by repeated feature of the position feedback signal, the sampled data is in a stationary reference frame in the position domain. Frequency analysis is performed on the sampled data, and the frequency components present in either the sampled signal are analyzed to identify the presence of a fault in the rotating machinery.05-24-2012
20120161684SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONOUS MACHINE HEALTH MONITORING - A method, system and computer program product for monitoring health of a synchronous machine is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of phase voltage values and a plurality of phase current values. The method then computes a negative sequence voltage (Vn) based on the plurality of phase voltage values. The method also computes one or more operating parameters based on at least one of the plurality of phase voltage values and the plurality of phase current values. The method retrieves from a data store, one or more known Vn based on the one or more operating parameters. The method then computes a machine health indicator based on the computed Vn and the one or more known Vn, and raises an alarm based on the machine health indicator.06-28-2012
20110181224METHOD FOR MEASURING AN OPERATING VARIABLE AT MULTIPLE ELECTRIC MOTORS OF AN AUTOMATIC PARKING BRAKE - A method for measuring at least one operating variable at multiple electric motors of an automatic parking brake with the aid of a sensor system, the signals generated by the sensor system being processed by a processing device. To minimize the influence of signal interferences, the at least one operating variable is not measured or is not further processed as long as none of the electric motors is activated.07-28-2011
20090179605Resolver Abnormality Detection Circuit - An abnormality detection circuit for a resolver outputs a rotation angle signal corresponding to a rotation angle of a rotor from a resolver winding. In the abnormality detection circuit, the resolver abnormality detection circuit applies a specified signal to one terminal of the resolver winding, determines whether the specified signal is superimposed on the rotation angle signal outputted by an other terminal of the resolver winding, and detects abnormalities of the resolver based on results of the determination.07-16-2009
20120249038GROUND SCHEME IDENTIFICATION METHOD - The present techniques include methods and systems for detecting the grounding condition of an electrical system to automatically determine a suitable electrical drive configuration. The drive includes a test resistor which may be connected or disconnected from the drive to measure different drive voltages. The measured drive voltages are analyzed to determine a type of grounding configuration of the electrical system in which the drive is to be installed. Embodiments also include determining ground resistance condition such as a high resistance ground (HRG) fault or a ground resistance fault when the drive is in operation.10-04-2012
20100052589METHOD OF DETECTING OUTPUT PHASE LOSS FOR MOTOR DRIVER - A method of detecting an output phase loss (OPHL) for a motor drive detects an abnormal OPHL operation when at lease one phase of a three-phase current is continually zero. Each phase of the three-phase current is acquired, sampled, filtered, and compared. Hence, a corresponding zero-current counter value is continually added, and a corresponding abnormal current value is set as logic 1 when a zero-phase current of the three-phase current is continually zero. Finally, an OPHL certified value is set as logic 1 to confirm that the motor driver is operated in the abnormal OPHL operation. Therefore, a direct-current and an alternating-current OPHL can be detected before and after the motor driver is operated, respectively.03-04-2010
20120217920Machine Systems Including Pre-Power Diagnostics - Example embodiments disclose a drive system including a machine including a plurality of phases and configured to generate power based on a plurality of phase currents, each respectively associated with the plurality of phases and a direct current (DC) bus, operatively connected to the machine. The DC bus includes a high-side line, a low-side line, and an inverter including a plurality of switching systems, operatively connected between the high-side line and the low-side line, the plurality of switching systems, each configured to output a respective one of the plurality of phase currents. The drive system also includes a controller, operatively connected to the DC bus and the machine, the controller configured to determine if a failure exists in the drive system based on the plurality of phase currents and a DC bus voltage, the DC bus voltage being a voltage across the high-side line and the low-side line.08-30-2012
20100007299SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DYNAMICALLY COMPENSATING MOTOR RESISTANCE IN ELECTRIC MOTORS - Electric motor controllers that dynamically adjust a motor resistance parameter are described. In order to adjust the motor resistance parameter, power is applied the electric motor while the controlled vehicle is stopped and its brake is set so that the vehicle remains stopped while a measurement is taken that can be used to determine motor resistance. A new motor resistance value is then generated based at least in part upon the measurement(s) and the motor resistance parameter is set to the new motor resistance value. The new motor resistance parameter may then be used in the control of the electric motor. In some embodiments, the measurements are taken after the controller receives a brake release request but before actually releasing the brake. The described arrangement can be used in a wide variety of motor controllers and is especially well suited for use in low cost controllers that control motors that are susceptible to wide variations in their resistance such as brushed permanent magnet DC motors.01-14-2010
20120187884METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FAILSAFE MONITORING OF A MOVEMENT VARIABLE ON AN ELECTRICAL DRIVE - A first and a second drive current for an electrical drive are generated as a function of a nominal value for a movement variable, such as drive torque or rotational speed. An alternating magnetic field is generated in the drive by the drive currents. The alternating magnetic field causes movement of the drive. A first measurement signal and a second measurement signal are determined by a measurement device. The two measurement signals represent the first drive current and the second drive current. A field-producing direct-axis current component and a torque-producing quadrature-axis current component are determined as a function of the first and second measurement signals. In addition, an actual value of the movement variable is determined as a function of the measurement signals. At least one of the drive currents is generated with a variable test current component which forms a test pattern for checking the measurement device.07-26-2012
20120187885ACTUATOR CONTROL SYSTEM AND ACTUATOR SYSTEM - An actuator control system 07-26-2012
20120187883CHOKE WITH CURRENT SENSOR - The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for detecting ground faults (i.e., line-to-ground faults) in motor drive systems. In particular, the embodiments described herein include a common mode choke of a motor drive system having additional (i.e., secondary) turns wound around a core of the common mode choke. These secondary turns are in addition to and separate from a plurality of sets of primary turns wound around the core of the common mode choke, each set of primary turns corresponding to a phase of AC power to which the common mode choke is directly coupled. The secondary turns terminate in series with a burden resistor. Ground faults may be detected by monitoring the voltage across the burden resistor. More specifically, the embodiments described herein include a controller including program instructions for receiving signals indicative of the voltage across the burden resistor, and for monitoring the voltage across the burden resistor to determine when ground faults occur in the motor drive system.07-26-2012
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20110121771SIGNAL STATUS DIAGNOSING DEVICE FOR CONTROLL ACTUATOR AS DRIVEN OBJECT - Provided is a signal status diagnosing device for a control actuator, which is enabled by a simple constitution to perform the transmission of the status of a drive signal in a control actuator, the transmission of a signal indicating the occurrence of troubles such as disconnection or shorting of a wiring line, and the transmission of an electric power by a common means, thereby to prevent the rise of a production cost due to the increase in a parts count or the complexity of a circuit constitution and to diagnose the transmission of the measurement result and the soundness of the circuit precisely. The signal status diagnosing device comprises a current measuring means using an insulating transformer having its primary side and secondary side insulated, for measuring the primary side current which flows when an electric current flows to a driven member connected with the secondary side, a means for converting the electric current measured by the current measuring means, into a voltage corresponding to the driven state of the driven member, thereby to feed back the converted voltage to the drive voltage signal, and a voltage measuring means for measuring the voltage, at which the signal converted from the current measured by the current measuring means into a voltage has been fed back to the drive voltage signal. The signal status diagnosing device performs the signal status diagnosis of the control actuator.05-26-2011
20120319636METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSESSING THE DAMAGE TO ROLLING BEARINGS, IN PARTICULAR IN INVERTER-FED ELECTRIC MACHINES - A method and device for assessing damage to a rolling bearing caused by bearing currents, in particular high-frequency bearing currents, in an electric machine which is electrically connected to an inverter, in particular to an inverter having a DC voltage link circuit, is described. The rolling bearing has a lubrication gap between an inner bearing ring and a rolling body and between an outer bearing ring and the rolling body. The method includes detecting the energy of an electric discharge event in the lubrication gaps, searching for a coincident event having a frequency above one GHz indicative of a damaging bearing current event, detecting a frequency of occurrence of discharge events, and evaluating the discharge events by correlating the frequency of occurrence and the energy of the discharge events.12-20-2012
20120081058DC POWER FOR SGCT DEVICES USING A HIGH FREQUENCY CURRENT LOOP WITH MULTIPLE CURRENT TRANSFORMERS - Motor drives and switch driver power systems are presented in which high frequency AC current (I04-05-2012
20110248660CIRCUIT AND METHOD FOR SPEED MONITORING OF AN ELECTRIC MOTOR - A circuit for speed monitoring of an electric motor comprises a circuit for generating a time-frame signal, a circuit for receiving a first signal from a chopper driver circuit designed to drive the electric motor, a circuit for detecting chopper pulses in the first signal, a pulse counter, and a circuit for at least one of outputting and evaluating a state of the pulse counter, after the inactive state of the time-frame has been indicated. The time-frame signal indicates when a time-frame of predefined length changes from an inactive state to an active state and indicates when the time-frame changes back from the active state to the inactive state. The pulse counter is designed to count the detected chopper pulses while the active state is indicated by the circuit for generating the time-frame signal.10-13-2011
20120091938CORRECTION OF COUNTING ERRORS IN THE EVALUATION OF CURRENT RIPPLES IN A DC MOTOR - A method for detecting a regulating variable of a mechanically commutated DC motor in a positioning device for a motor vehicle is provided. The DC motor has a standard ripple pattern, which contains per engine cycle or semi-cycle at least one index ripple, which is classified with regard to amplitude, duration and/or time position. The counter-electromotoric power is calculated from a measured motor current and the measured motor voltage by a motor model. An alternating element corresponding to the current ripples is extracted from the counter-electromotoric power, which in turn is used to determine the current ripples. Further, in at least one engine cycle or engine semi-cycle the index ripple is identified and the total identified current ripples are counted. The result of the count is hereby corrected when the index ripple is not counted at the expected position.04-19-2012
20130009583DEMAGNETIZATION DETECTION DEVICE AND DEMAGNETIZATION DETECTION METHOD THEREOF - A demagnetization detection device and a demagnetization detection method thereof are provided. The demagnetization detection device is for use in a power control unit which is electrically connected to a testing permanent magnet motor. The power control unit is electrically connected to a direct current power source. The demagnetization detection device is configured to detect a testing voltage value and a testing current value of the direct current power source, and to compute a testing power value of the direct current power source according to the testing voltage value and the testing current value. The demagnetization detection device determines the difference between the testing power value and a standard power value, and then determines whether the testing permanent magnet motor is in a demagnetization status according to the difference.01-10-2013
20130020978MICROCONTROLLER, CONTROL DEVICE AND DETERMINATION METHOD - A microcontroller includes a central processing unit, a PWM signal generation unit which generates a PWM signal according to a generation condition of a PWM signal set by the central processing unit, and a diagnostic unit which inputs the generated PWM signal therein and detects a pulse period and a pulse width, based on the input signal and which determines whether the detected pulse period and pulse width respectively coincide with a pulse period and a pulse width corresponding to the generation condition.01-24-2013
20130175965METHOD FOR ESTIMATING A TORQUE OF A THREE-PHASE DRIVE MOTOR FOR A VEHICLE - A method for estimating a torque of a three-phase motor for a vehicle includes measuring a respective current strength in at least two of three phase lines, wherein the three-phase motor is supplied with power by a converter, and wherein the three phase lines lead from the converter to the three-phase motor of the vehicle, measuring a respective voltage at each of the three phase lines, determining a rotating field frequency as a function of the measured current strengths or the measured voltages; and determining an estimated value for the torque as a function of the measured current strengths, the measured voltages and the determined rotating field frequency.07-11-2013
20080218113Output Contact for Feedback in Integrated Circuit Motor Driver - An integrated circuit has drive circuitry to drive the windings of an electrical motor, means to make a measurement from the drive circuitry during rotation of the motor, suitable for use as motor control feedback, and has an output contact through which the motor control feedback measurement is available as an analog output signal. It can be used with an external motor control circuit coupled to receive the analog output signal to generate motor control signals, to control the drive circuitry. The analog feedback output gives more flexibility to the design of a motor control loop in terms of bit resolution, bandwidth and choice of discrete time or continuous time control.09-11-2008
20130134918CONTROLLER - An electrical controller for electric motors is provided. A control system for an electric motor comprises a supply for supplying excitation current to different windings of the motor at any given time. Furthermore, the amplitude of the excitation current is independently variable of the timing and duration of the application of the excitation current to the windings. This allows increased control of the motor and facilitates the operation of the motor at high mechanical and/or electrical speeds.05-30-2013
20130127390System, Method and Apparatus for Computing, Monitoring, Measuring, Optimizing and Allocating Power and Energy for a Rod Pumping System - A system and methods are provided for controlling a motor of a rod pumping system using previous RPMs of the motor and predicting an RPM of the motor; correcting a power factor of a motor of a rod pumping system; allocating energy consumption and allocating energy generation for a set of wells connected to an electricity meter using an amount of energy generated by each well; and generating an alert if a set of data is beyond a threshold for the set of data.05-23-2013
20110241590MOTOR DRIVING APPARATUS HAVING FAULT DIAGNOSTIC FUNCTION - A motor driving apparatus capable of detecting during operation a ground fault and a phase-to-phase short circuit by distinguishing one from the other is provided while minimizing an increase in cost. The sum of three-phase AC currents supplied from a three-phase AC power supply to an AC/DC converter is detected by a current sensor. When overcurrent is detected by an overcurrent detector, if the sum of the currents detected by the current sensor is zero, it is determined that the fault is a phase-to-phase short circuit, but if the sum is not zero, it is determined that the fault is a ground fault.10-06-2011
20120274260MOTOR CONTROL UNIT AND VEHICLE STEERING SYSTEM - In a motor control unit, a current-carrying failure detection unit determines a first determination condition and a second determination condition. The current-carrying failure detection unit measures a duration of a state where the first determination condition is satisfied, and a duration of a state where the second determination condition is satisfied. When the first or second duration exceeds a predetermined reference period, the current-carrying failure detection unit determines that a current-carrying failure has occurred.11-01-2012
20120274259ALERTING APPARATUS FOR FAN FAILURE AND METHOD FOR THE SAME - An alerting method for fan failure first reads a target value of rotating speed of a fan motor. Predetermining values of each parameters of the fan motor is calculated according to the target value of rotating speed of the fan motor. If a current value of rotating speed of the fan motor is lower than the target value of rotating speed of the fan motor, the failure recorded in a counter is added one time. If a current peak value of the fan motor is higher than a first predetermining current value, the failure recorded in the counter is added one time. If the duration of the current which is higher than a second predetermining current value of the fan motor is higher than a predetermining duration, the failure recorded in the counter is added one time. An alarm signal is sent if the failure recorded in the counter is larger than a predetermining time.11-01-2012
20120274258AUTO-COMPENSATING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONDITION MONITORING OF ELECTRICAL MACHINES - A condition monitoring method for an electrical machine is provided. The method includes providing at least one first sensor element embedded in or disposed on at least one substrate element located in a stator core for obtaining a first set of data. The method also includes providing at least one second sensor element for obtaining a second set of data from the electrical machine. Further, the method includes generating signals indicative of changes in characteristics of the first sensor element based on the second set of data. Finally, the method includes refining the first set of data by combining the first set of data with the generated signals.11-01-2012
20110234138MOTOR DRIVE DEVICE - A motor drive device has a drive unit having at least three pairs of upper and lower arms including switching elements at each of the upper arm and the lower arm, for driving a motor based on an ON/OFF operation of each of the switching elements by a PWM signal, a single current detection resistor for detecting a current flowing to the drive unit, and a control unit for detecting a current value of a current flowing to each phase of the motor based on the current flowing to the current detection resistor, and outputting the PWM signal to each of the switching elements based on a target current value of each phase and the detected current value of each phase.09-29-2011
20130154534VEHICLE SEAT APPARATUS - Provided is a vehicle seat apparatus including drive mechanism for moving configuring elements of a vehicle seat using a motor drive, in order to adjust a posture; control mechanism for controlling the operation of the drive mechanism; a rotation sensor which outputs pulse signals synchronized with a motor rotation; position detection mechanism for detecting a movement position of the configuring elements by counting pulse edges of the pulse signals according to the motor rotation direction; and reverse rotation detection mechanism for estimating that a reverse rotation has occurred in the motor rotation, in a situation where the pulse edges are continuously detected after the motor drive is stopped, if the rotation direction is unchanged, in a case where a motor rotation speed indicated by the pulse edges after the stop becomes faster than the motor rotation speed before the motor drive is stopped.06-20-2013
20130154533APPARATUS FOR EXTRACTING DRIVE CHARACTERISTIC OF DRIVE SYSTEM - Disclosed is an apparatus for extracting a drive characteristic of a drive system. The apparatus includes a drive unit supplying a rotating force to a drive shaft. A force-torque sensor unit is detachably coupled to the drive shaft of the drive unit, and may not rotate when it is coupled to the drive shaft. A load unit is detachably coupled to the drive shaft of the drive unit. A control unit is configured to control drive energy supplied to the drive unit, derive a drive-unit constant by using a relation between the input drive energy and measurement torque when the drive unit is coupled to the force-torque sensor unit, calculate frictional torque using the derived drive-unit constant, the input drive energy, an inertia moment and angular acceleration of the load unit when the drive unit is coupled to the load unit, and derive a frictional coefficient from the frictional torque.06-20-2013
20130181650MOTOR CONSTANT CALCULATING METHOD FOR PM MOTOR, AND MOTOR CONSTANT CALCULATING DEVICE - A motor constant calculating method for a PM motor according to the present invention includes a voltage applying step of applying an applied voltage including a DC component and a plurality of frequency components to a PM motor, a motor current detecting step of detecting a motor current flowing depending on the applied voltage applied in the voltage applying step, and a motor constant calculating step of calculating a motor constant of the PM motor based on the applied voltage and the motor current.07-18-2013
20110309780SEAL LEAKAGE AND SEAL OIL CONTAMINATION DETECTION IN GENERATOR - Detection of, among other things, seal leakage(s) and/or seal oil contamination for a gas cooled generator are provided. Detectors according to some embodiments of the invention provide mechanisms of early detection of cooling gas, e.g., hydrogen, leakage through leakage sources as well as low purity and high cooling gas consumption problems in a gas cooled generator.12-22-2011
20130193894MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE, MOTOR CONTROL METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - A motor control device includes a detecting unit configured to detect rotation of a motor to be controlled and output a rotation detection value related to the rotation; a drive control unit configured to perform drive control to rotate the motor at a control target value increasing with time based on the rotation detection value; and an abnormality detection unit configured to perform an abnormality detection process for detecting an abnormality in the drive control based on the rotation detection value and a predetermined threshold. The drive control unit performs control to stop rotation of the motor when the abnormality is detected.08-01-2013
20130193895MOTOR CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - The second torque value and a motor speed detected from the motor in operation are compared to an upper limit and lower limit of torque tolerance which is obtained based on the third torque value. Accordingly, if the third torque value exceeds the upper limit or underruns the lower limit of the torque tolerance, the motor is stopped in accordance with a difference between the third torque value and the torque tolerance. Consequently, since abnormality of the motor can be promptly and accurately detected within an entire speed range including a lower speed range, it is effective for protecting the motor or the machine equivalent of a load for the motor.08-01-2013
20130193896METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING AN ELECTRICAL DRIVE SYSTEM - An electrical drive system includes an electric motor having an armature, which is mounted on a stator, and a rotor, wherein aligning stator flux with rotor flux enables current to flow in the armature without inducing torque on the rotor shaft. The disclosed operation may be used, for example, in testing the electrical drive system. The electric drive system can carry full rated current yet produce little or no torque, thereby increasing the current that can be tested during electrical drive test procedures without producing undesired forces or motion. The method may be used, for example, in heating the electric motor, for example for de-icing.08-01-2013
20100052590Methods and apparatus for monitoring average current and input power in an electronically commutated motor - A method for monitoring input power to an electronically commutated motor (ECM) is described. The method includes determining, with a processing device, an average input current to the motor, the average input current based on a voltage drop across a shunt resistor in series with the motor, measuring an average input voltage applied to the motor utilizing the processing device, multiplying the average input current by the average voltage to determine an approximate input power, and communicating the average input power to an external interface.03-04-2010
20130200835MOTOR CONTROL DEVICE - To improve estimation accuracy of a frequency and an attenuation coefficient of residual vibration in which a plurality of frequencies are superimposed, a motor control device includes a vibration-damping-control setting unit 08-08-2013
20130207586CONTROL APPARATUS FOR MULTI-PHASE ROTARY MACHINE AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM USING THE SAME - A first inverter circuit and a second inverter circuit are provided for a first winding set and a second winding set of a motor, respectively, and switch over power supply to the winding sets. A control unit controls operations of the inverter circuits. The control unit detects abnormality in the inverter circuits. The control unit calculates a first value with respect to each drive system based on phase currents of the inverter circuit in each system, calculates a second value based on two values selected from a plurality of first values calculated for each drive system, and detects abnormality of the inverter circuits, which corresponds to the selected first value, when the second value deviates from a predetermined range.08-15-2013

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