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Multi-agent control in modular motor drives

Lynn Verkroost (UGent)
(2024)
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Modular motor drives are composed of multiple building blocks. Each building block consists of a piece of the motor, and a piece of the power electronic converter. Because of this design, modular motor drives are reliable and easily scalable. However, to exploit the full potential of such a modular motor drive, not only its hardware should be modular, but also its control. Each building block is equipped with a dedicated controller for this purpose. The combination of a building block and its controller is called an agent. A modular motor drive can hence be regarded as a multi-agent system. The agents can work independently of each other, but they can also work together to reach a common goal by communicating with each other. Three multi-agent control strategies are developed within this PhD. These strategies allow the agents to share their workload fairly, to estimate the rotor position, and to keep the motor running in case of defects, without the need for a central controller. The modularity of the hardware is hence successfully extended toward the control.
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multi-agent control, modular motor drive

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Verkroost, Lynn. Multi-Agent Control in Modular Motor Drives. Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, 2024.
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Verkroost, L. (2024). Multi-agent control in modular motor drives. Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent, Belgium.
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Verkroost, Lynn. 2024. “Multi-Agent Control in Modular Motor Drives.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
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Verkroost, Lynn. 2024. “Multi-Agent Control in Modular Motor Drives.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
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Verkroost L. Multi-agent control in modular motor drives. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture; 2024.
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L. Verkroost, “Multi-agent control in modular motor drives,” Ghent University. Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Ghent, Belgium, 2024.
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However, to exploit the full potential of such a modular motor drive, not only its hardware should be modular, but also its control. Each building block is equipped with a dedicated controller for this purpose. The combination of a building block and its controller is called an agent. A modular motor drive can hence be regarded as a multi-agent system. The agents can work independently of each other, but they can also work together to reach a common goal by communicating with each other. Three multi-agent control strategies are developed within this PhD. These strategies allow the agents to share their workload fairly, to estimate the rotor position, and to keep the motor running in case of defects, without the need for a central controller. The modularity of the hardware is hence successfully extended toward the control.}},
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  title        = {{Multi-agent control in modular motor drives}},
  year         = {{2024}},
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