Limited-position set model-reference adaptive observer for control of dfigs without mechanical sensors

Mohamed Abdelrahem, Christoph M. Hackl, Ralph Kennel

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Operations of the doubly-fed induction generators (DFIGs) without mechanical sensors are highly desirable in order to enhance the reliability of the wind generation systems. This article proposes a limited-position set model-reference adaptive observer (LPS-MRAO) for control of DFIGs in wind turbine systems (WTSs) without mechanical sensors, i.e., without incremental encoders or speed transducers. The concept of of the developed LPS-MRAO is obtained from the finite-set model predictive control (FS-MPC). In the proposed LPS-MRAO, an algorithm is presented in order to give a constant number of angles for the rotor position of the DFIG. By using these angles, a certain number of rotor currents can be predicted. Then, a new quality function is defined to find the best angle of the rotor. In the proposed LPS-MRAO, there are not any gains to tune like the classical MRAO, where a proportional-integral is used and must be tuned. Finally, the proposed LPS-MRAO and classical one are experimentally implemented in the laboratory and compared at various operation scenarios and under mismatches in the parameters of the DFIG. The experimental results illustrated that the estimation performance and robustness of the proposed LPS-MRAO are better than those of the classical one.

Original languageEnglish
Article number72
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2020


  • Doubly-fed induction generator
  • Encoder-less control
  • Model-reference adaptive observer
  • Predictive control


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