Robust flatness-based tracking control for brushless direct current motor drives

Hassan A. Yousef*, Hisham M. Soliman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The trajectory tracking problem for nonlinear brushless direct current drive is solved by combined robust and flatness state feedback control. The drive's nonlinear model is shown to have the flatness property. The proposed controller consists of two parts, linear and nonlinear. Linear matrix inequalities (LMI) optimization is used to design the linear part which achieves robust stability against system uncertainties, desired swiftness, and guaranteed cost performance. System uncertainty due to changes in the drive's parameters is represented with a norm-bounded structure. The nonlinear control part solves the motion planning problem through flatness which avoids integrating the differential equations of the dynamics. The main advantages of this technique are that the LMI algorithm includes an optimal part to preclude high control efforts, and the control burden is heavily placed on the linear part to achieve flatness properties. In some systems, in which flatness cannot be achieved, adding robust linear control can overcome or alleviate this problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3254-3265
Number of pages12
JournalJVC/Journal of Vibration and Control
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015


  • DC machines
  • electric drives
  • flatness control
  • guaranteed cost control
  • linear matrix inequalities (LMI)
  • nonlinear systems
  • state feedback
  • tracking control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Automotive Engineering


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