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PMSM Current Reference Generator

Permanent magnet synchronous machine current reference generator

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The PMSM Current Reference Generator block implements a current reference generator for permanent magnet synchronous machine (PMSM) current control in the rotor d-q reference frame.

You typically use this block in a series of blocks making up a control structure.

  • You can generate a voltage reference in the d-q frame by placing this block before a PMSM Current Control or PMSM Current Control with Pre-Control block.

  • You can implement velocity control by placing this block after a Velocity Controller block.

You can see an example of a full control structure, from machine measurements to machine inputs, in the PMSM Field-Oriented Control block.


The PMSM Current Reference Generator block can obtain the current reference using one of these methods:

  • Zero d-axis control (ZDAC)

  • User defined lookup tables

  • Automatically generated lookup tables

For the ZDAC method, the block sets the d-axis current reference idref to zero and determines the q-axis current reference iqref using the torque equation:



iqref= 2Tref3pψm,


  • Tref is the reference torque input.

  • p is the number of pole pairs.

  • ψm is the permanent magnet flux linkage.

For operation below the base speed of the synchronous machine, ZDAC is a suitable method. Above base speed, a field weakening controller is required to adjust the d-axis reference.

To pregenerate optimal current references for several operating points offline, define two lookup tables using the user-defined lookup table approach:



iqref= g(nm,Tref,vdc),


  • nm is the rotor angular velocity.

  • vdc is the DC-link voltage of the converter.

To let the block create the lookup tables, choose the automatically generated lookup table approach. The block generates the lookup table using two strategies:

  • Maximum torque per ampere

  • Field weakening

The selection between the two strategies is based on the modulation factor, which can be computed as follows:


where Vs is the stator voltage amplitude and Vph_max is the maximum allowable phase voltage. In the case that the modulation factor is greater than 1, the block generates current references using the field weakening procedure. Otherwise, current references are computed using the maximum torque per ampere procedure.

Maximum Torque Per Ampere

You can generate current references in the constant torque region (occurring below rated speed) by using the maximum torque per ampere (MTPA) strategy.

The direct and quadrature components of the stator current are written in terms of angle and magnitude as:



iq= Iscosβ,


  • β is the angle of the stator current vector.

  • Is is the stator current amplitude.

Using the angle-magnitude variant of the d-q currents, the PMSM torque equation is written as:


where Ld and Lq are the direct and quadrature inductances, respectively.

To obtain fast transient response and maximize torque with the smallest possible stator current amplitude, MTPA imposes (dTe)/ = 0 to the torque equation, which yields


The MTPA d-axis current id_mtpa is written in terms of the q-axis component iq_mtpa by substituting the d-q currents back from their angle and magnitude variants:


Finally, by plugging the previous equation into the d-q variant of the PMSM torque equation, the following polynomial is obtained:


The q-axis component is obtained by solving this polynomial.

Field Weakening

You can generate current references in the above rated speed region by using the field weakening (FW) strategy.

Above the rated speed, the stator voltage is limited by the power converter and the available DC-link voltage. The maximum stator voltage is:


where Vph_max is the maximum available stator phase voltage.

The steady-state voltage equations for PMSMs are

vd=RsidωeLqiq ,



For rotor speeds above rated, the stator resistance is negligible, and the field weakening d-axis current component id_fw is obtained in terms of the q-axis component iq_fw from the vq steady-state equation:


Finally, by plugging the id_fw equation into the PMSM torque equation, the following polynomial is obtained:


The q-axis component is obtained by solving this polynomial.


The machine parameters are constants.


The automatically generated current references introduce latency in the presimulation phase. For medium-power PMSM drives the latency is around 300 ms.



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Desired mechanical torque produced by the PMSM, in N*m.

Data Types: single | double

Mechanical angular velocity of the rotor, obtained via direct measurement of the PMSM, in rad/s.

Data Types: single | double

DC-link voltage of the converter, in V. For the ZDAC method, this value is used to limit the output reference torque and torque limit. For the lookup table method, this value is used as an input to the lookup tables.

Data Types: single | double


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Reference d- and q-currents to be given as inputs to a PMSM current controller, in A.

Data Types: single | double

Reference torque saturated by the calculated torque limit TqLim, in N*m.

Data Types: single | double

Torque limit imposed by both the electrical and mechanical constraints of the system, in N*m.

Data Types: single | double


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General Parameters

Nominal DC-link voltage of the electrical source.

Maximum allowable PMSM power.

Maximum allowable PMSM torque.

Sample time for the block (-1 for inherited). If you use this block inside a triggered subsystem, set the sample time to -1. If you use this block in a continuous variable-step model, you can specify the sample time explicitly.

Reference Generation Strategy

Select the strategy for determining current references.

Speed vector used in the lookup tables for determining current references.

Torque vector used in the lookup tables for determining current references.

DC-link voltage vector used in the lookup tables for determining current references.

Direct-axis current reference lookup data.

Quadrature-axis current reference lookup data.

Number of permanent magnet pole pairs on the rotor.

Peak permanent magnet flux linkage.

Direct-axis inductance.

Quadrature-axis inductance.

Stator resistance per phase.

Model Examples


[1] Haque, M. E., L. Zhong, and M. F. Rahman. "Improved trajectory control for an interior permanent magnet synchronous motor drive with extended operating limit." Journal of Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Vol. 22, Number 1, 2003, p. 49.

[2] Carpiuc, S., C. Lazar, and D. I. Patrascu. "Optimal Torque Control of the Externally Excited Synchronous Machine." Control Engineering and Applied Informatics. Vol. 14, Number 2, 2012, pp. 80–88.

Extended Capabilities

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