Implement two-quadrant three-phase rectifier DC drive
Electric Drives/DC drives
The high-level schematic shown below is built from five main blocks. The DC motor, the three-phase full converter, and the bridge firing unit are provided with the Simscape™ Power Systems™ library. More details are available in the reference pages for these blocks. The two other blocks are specific to the Electric Drives library. These blocks are the speed controller and the current controller. They allow speed or torque regulation. A "regulation switch" block allows you to toggle from one type of regulation to the other. During torque regulation, the speed controller is disabled. It is possible to use a simplified version of the drive containing an average-value model of the three-phase converter and allowing faster simulation.
In Simscape Power Systems software, the Two-Quadrant Three-Phase
Rectifier DC Drive block is commonly called the
The speed regulator shown below uses a PI controller. The controller outputs the armature current reference (in pu) used by the current controller in order to obtain the electromagnetic torque required to reach the desired speed. During torque regulation, the speed controller is disabled.
The controller takes the speed reference (in rpm) and the rotor speed of the DC machine as inputs. The speed reference change rate follows user-defined acceleration and deceleration ramps in order to avoid sudden reference changes that could cause armature over-current and destabilize the system. The speed measurement is filtered by a first-order low-pass filter.
The current reference output is limited between 0 pu and an upper limit defined by the user.
The armature current regulator shown below is based on a second PI controller. The regulator controls the armature current by computing the appropriate thyristor firing angle. This generates the rectifier output voltage required to obtain the desired armature current and thus the desired electromagnetic torque.
The controller takes the current reference (in pu) and the armature current flowing through the motor as inputs. The current reference is either provided by the speed controller during speed regulation or computed from the torque reference provided by the user during torque regulation. This is managed by the "regulation switch" block.
The armature current input is filtered by a first-order low-pass filter. An arccosine function is used to linearize the control system during continuous conduction. To compensate nonlinearities appearing during discontinuous conduction, a feedforward term is added to the firing angle. This improves the response time of the system. The firing angle can vary 0–180 degrees. You can limit the lower and upper limits to intermediate values.
The simplified converter is shown in the following figure.
It is composed of two controlled current sources on the AC side and one controlled voltage source on the DC side. The AC current sources allow the representation of the fundamental three-phase current behaviors following the next equations:
with α being the firing angle value, α0 the phase angle of phase A, f the AC frequency and Id the rectified output current value. The DC voltage source represents the average voltage value of the rectified voltage waveform following the next equation:
with Vrms being the input phase-to-phase RMS voltage value and L being the source inductance value.
The bridge firing unit converts the firing angle, provided by the current controller, to six pulses applied to the thyristor gates. The bridge firing unit block contains a band-pass filter on voltage measurement to remove voltage harmonics. The Discrete Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block generates the pulses. Refer to the Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator for more information on this block. When using the average-value converter, the bridge firing unit outputs the firing angle value required by the converter.
The machine is separately excited with a constant DC field voltage source. There is thus no field voltage control. By default, the field current is set to its steady-state value when a simulation is started.
The armature voltage is provided by a three-phase rectifier controlled by two PI regulators. Armature current oscillations are reduced by a smoothing inductance connected in series with the armature circuit.
The average-value converter represents the average behavior of a three-phase rectifier for continuous armature current. This model is thus not suitable for simulating DC drives under discontinuous armature current conditions. The converter outputs a continuous voltage value equal to the average-value of the real-life rectified voltage. The armature voltage, armature current, and electromagnetic torque ripples are thus not represented. The input currents have the frequency and amplitude of the fundamental current component of the real-life input currents.
The model is discrete. Good simulation results have been obtained with a 20-µs time step. The control system (speed and current controllers) samples data following a user-defined sample time in order to simulate a digital controller device. Keep in mind that this sampling time has to be a multiple of the simulation time step.
The average-value converter allows the use of bigger simulation time steps since it does not generate small time constants (due to the RC snubbers) inherent to the detailed converter. For a controller sampling time of 100-µs good simulation results have been obtained for a simulation time step of 100 µs. This time step can not be higher than the controller time step.
Select how the output variables are organized. If you select
output buses, the block has three separate output buses
for motor, converter, and controller variables. If you select
output bus, all variables output on a single bus.
Select between the detailed and the average-value inverter.
Select between the load torque, the motor speed and the mechanical
rotational port as mechanical input. Default is
If you select and apply a load torque, the output is the motor speed according to the following differential equation that describes the mechanical system dynamics:
This mechanical system is included in the motor model.
If you select the motor speed as mechanical input, then you get the electromagnetic torque as output, allowing you to represent externally the mechanical system dynamics. The internal mechanical system is not used with this mechanical input selection and the inertia and viscous friction parameters are not displayed.
For the mechanical rotational port, the connection port S counts for the mechanical input and output. It allows a direct connection to the Simscape environment. The mechanical system of the motor is also included in the drive and is based on the same differential equation.
When you select this check box, the
Ctrl measurement outputs use the signal names
to identify the bus labels. Select this option for applications that
require bus signal labels to have only alphanumeric characters.
When this check box is cleared (default), the measurement output uses the signal definition to identify the bus labels. The labels contain nonalphanumeric characters that are incompatible with some Simulink® applications.
The DC Machine tab displays the parameters of the DC Machine block of the Fundamental Blocks (powerlib) library.
The Rectifier section of the Converter tab displays the parameters of the Universal Bridge block of the Fundamental Blocks (powerlib) library. For more information on the thyristor converter parameters, refer to the Universal Bridge reference page.
The smoothing inductance value (H). Default is
The DC motor field voltage value (V). Default is
Phase-to-phase rms voltage of the three-phase voltage source
connected to the A,B,C terminals of the drive (V). This parameter
is not used when using the detailed rectifier. Default is
Frequency of the three-phase voltage source connected to the
A,B,C terminals of the drive (Hz). This parameter is not used when
using the detailed rectifier. Default is
Source inductance of the three-phase voltage source connected
to the A,B,C terminals of the drive (H). This parameter is not used
when using the detailed rectifier. Default is
Phase angle of phase A of the three-phase voltage source connected
to the A,B,C terminals of the drive (deg). This parameter is not used
when using the detailed rectifier. Default is
This pop-up menu allows you to choose between speed and torque
regulation. Default is
The controller (speed and current) sampling time (s). The sampling
time has to be a multiple of the simulation time step. Default is
When you click this button, a diagram illustrating the speed and current controllers schematics appears.
The nominal speed value of the DC motor (rpm). This value is
used to convert motor speed from rpm to pu (per unit). Default is
The initial speed reference value (rpm). This value allows the
user to start a simulation with a speed reference other than
Cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter used to filter the motor
speed measurement (Hz). Default is
The proportional gain of the PI speed controller. Default is
The integral gain of the PI speed controller. Default is
The maximum change of speed allowed during motor acceleration
(rpm/s). Too great a value can cause armature over-current. Default
The maximum change of speed allowed during motor deceleration
(rpm/s). Too great a value can cause armature over-current. Default
Cutoff frequency of the low-pass filter used to filter the armature
current measurement (Hz). Default is
Maximum current reference value (pu). 1.5 pu is a common value.
The DC motor nominal power (W) and voltage (V) values. These
values are used to convert armature current from amperes to pu (per
unit). Default for Power is
Default for Voltage is
The proportional gain of the PI current controller. Default
The integral gain of the PI current controller. Default is
Minimum firing angle value (deg.). 20 degrees is a common value.
Maximum firing angle value (deg.). 160 degrees is a common value.
Frequency of the synchronization voltages used by the discrete
synchronized 6-pulse generator block (Hz). This frequency is equal
to the line frequency of the three-phase power line. This parameter
is not used when using the average-value converter. Default is
The width of the pulses applied to the six thyristor gates (deg.).
This parameter is not used when using the average-value converter.
The speed or torque set point. The speed set point can be a step function, but the speed change rate will follow the acceleration / deceleration ramps. If the load torque and the speed have opposite signs, the accelerating torque will be the sum of the electromagnetic and load torques.
The mechanical input: load torque (Tm) or motor speed (Wm). For the mechanical rotational port (S), this input is deleted.
A, B, C
The mechanical output: motor speed (Wm), electromagnetic torque (Te) or mechanical rotational port (S).
When the Output bus mode parameter is set to Multiple output buses, the block has the following three output buses:
The motor measurement vector. This vector is composed of two elements:
The armature voltage
The DC motor measurement vector (containing the speed, armature current, field current, and electromagnetic torque values). Note that the speed signal is converted from rad/s to rpm before output.
The three-phase converter measurement vector. It includes the converter output voltage. The output current is not included since it is equal to the DC motor armature current. Note that all current and voltage values of the detailed rectifier bridge can be visualized with the mulimeter block
The controller measurement vector. This vector contains:
The armature current reference
The firing angle computed by the current controller
The speed or torque error (difference between the speed reference ramp and actual speed or between the torque reference and actual torque)
The speed reference ramp or torque reference
When the Output bus mode parameter is set to Single output bus, the block groups the Motor, Conv, and Ctrl outputs into a single bus output.
The library contains a 5 hp and a 200-hp drive parameter set. The specifications of these two drives are shown in the following table.
5 HP and 200 HP Drive Specifications
5 HP Drive
200 HP Drive
Drive Input Voltage
Motor Nominal Values
dc3_example illustrates the three-phase
rectifier drive used with the 200-hp drive parameter set during torque
regulation. A 5-hp parameter set is also available in the library.
The rectifier is fed by a 460 V AC 60-Hz voltage source.
The motor is coupled to a linear load, which means that the mechanical torque of the load is proportional to the speed.
The initial torque reference is set to 0 N.m and the armature current is null. No electromagnetic torque is produced, and the motor stays still.
At t = 0.05 s, the torque reference jumps to 800 N.m. This causes the armature current to rise to about 305 A. Notice that the armature current follows the reference accurately, with fast response time and small overshooting. The 15-mH smoothing inductance keeps the current oscillations small. Observe also that the average firing angle value stays below 90 degrees, the converter being in rectifier mode.
The electromagnetic torque produced by the armature current flow causes the motor to accelerate. The speed rises and starts to stabilize around t = 5 s at about 1450 rpm, the sum of the load and viscous friction torques beginning to equalize the electromagnetic torque.
At t = 5 s, the torque reference is set to 400 N.m and the armature current jumps down to about 155 A. This causes the load torque to decelerate the motor.
At t = 10-s speed starts to stabilize around 850 rpm.
The following figure illustrates the results obtained respectively with the detailed and average-value converters. Average voltage, current, torque, and speed values are identical for both models. The average firing angle values however are slightly different. Notice that the higher frequency signal components are not represented with the simplified converter.
DC3 Example Waveforms (Blue: Detailed Converter, Red: Average-Value Converter)
 Sen, P.C., Thyristor DC Drives, J.Wiley and Sons, 1981.
 Nondahl, Thomas A., Microprocessor Control of Motor Drives and Power Converters, tutorial course, IEEE Industry Application Society, October 1993, pp. 7.1-7.26.