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Academic year
Ingegneria dell'automazione
Didactic period
Secondo Semestre

Training objectives

The aim of this course is to provide the students with the fundamental concepts of the electrical drives used in high performance automation. The course will deal with the working principles of the main electrical motors in order to analyze how the torque is produced and to determine the mathematical models necessary to design advanced control techniques.
The student will acquire the knowledge of the main typologies of the electrical drives mostly used in the industrial automation. In particular, the course will deal with the electrical motors models necessary to implement torque and speed controls.
The student will receive practical tools for choosing and dimensioning the motor and the electrical drive depending on the mechanical load driven.
The student will gain the ability to choose and assemble the various components of an electrical drive and the ability to analyze and to solve individually the typical issues of the design, development and tuning according to the application.
The student will be also able to choose and dimension the electrical drives correctly according to the customer requirements and the typology of the mechanical load driven.


Automatic Control, basic knowledge of electric circuits. Control System Tecnology and Power Electronics are welcome though not absolutely necessary.

Course programme

The purpose of this course is to provide fundamental concepts and knowledge to design or apply Electric Drives in the industrial automation, with particular emphasis on field application. The course will also discuss the structure of various motor types to understand torque production mechanisms and to derive a circuit model for advanced control strategies of electric drives. Practical and useful procedures to select a suitable electric drives for a specific application, will be discussed.

Didactic methods

The exposure of the theory is for each topic followed by exercises conducted by the teacher, if necessary, and short films will be used to support to teaching.

Learning assessment procedures

The exam consists of :
- close ended questions on theoretical aspects
- one exercise about control loop calibration
- one exercise about trajectory calculation

Passing the final exam is the proof that knowledge and abilities outlined in the training objectives of the course have been achieved.

Reference texts

The handouts written by the teacher cover the course syllabus completely. The other texts listed below are intended as entirely optional, for possible deepening of some parts of the course

"Electric Drives" Ion Boldea, Syed A. Nasar, CRC Press
“Convertitori di potenza e servomotori brushless” L. Bonometti, HOELPI
"Control of Electrical Drives” Leonhard, SPRINGER
“Power Electronics: Converters, Applications and Design” Mohan, Undeland, Robbins
“Macchine ed azionamenti elettrici” Pagano, Grassi, Rizzo, LIGUORI