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Posted on : Friday 13th March 2020 03:22 AM

KEB High performance with synchronous reluctance motors

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Synchronous reluctance motors – or SRM for short – and IPM synchronous motors are being increasingly widespread. Their speed-controlled, encoderless operation is based on the software in KEB’s new COMBIVERT S6 and F6 drive controllers.


“Our S6 and F6 drives operate all of the IPMs and SRMs on the economy whether they have an encoder or not,” explains Helmut Fichtner, Head of Applications at KEB, in reference to this solutions are universal range of application.The difference:


Free motor choice

While many SRM systems are manufactured up of fixed motor/converter combinations, KEB goes a step further more with encoderless operation based on precise detection of the rotor position. The required ideas is the current-dependent inductance in the d and q axes.


The performance of the drive system is essentially determined by the quality of the drive controller but also depends on the design of the motor. Working in close cooperation with motor manufacturers results in economically attractive attributes that were only possible before, with  more expensive motors with encoder systems. In concrete terms, this means:


Efficient properties of the drive system:


Full torque from starting point at n = 0 rpm

Comparable overload or peak torques levels

Full control in field weakening mode


The field of application for the SRM outcome from its high level of performance and the resulting positive energy balance. Examples are pump and fan applications or slowly rotating applications that do not require pressed ventilation.


In addition to the standard approach to electrical factors, the KEB solution also features an exact image of the magnetic routine, which even takes the saturation action into consideration. The reluctance torque is established through exact knowledge of the saturation-dependent inductance sequences in the d and q axes of the motor as well as the resulting essential Id and Iq currents. This is how the system COMBIVERT S6 or F6 and the SRM facilitates particularly dynamic operation that was previously only seen in closed loop operation of synchronous and asynchronous machines.


A special identification method is integrated into the new Software for an easy commissioning process.

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