Electrical Drive Block Diagram, Example, Applications, Types

Electric Drive is a system with the combination of electric motors and their speed or motion controlling circuits. The controlling of the speed of an electric motor with discrete or variable signals brings the concept of an electrical drive system. The main function of an electrical system is to control the speed of the motor accurately and precisely as much as possible. Also, the electrical drive system takes care of the safety and protection of the motor. Nowadays, electrical derive system uses electronic circuitry and allows digital inputs through software, which makes the electric drive system more powerful, more efficient, and more accurate. The electrical drive system is built with different electronic circuits consisting of electronic semiconductor devices such as MOSFET, IGBTs, etc.

Electrical Drive Block Diagram

Here, you can see a typical block diagram of electrical drive system.

Electrical Drive Block Diagram, Block Diagram of Electric Drive System

The main parts of an electrical drive system are explained below,

Input Source Power Supply

The type of input power supply of an electric drive system depends upon its design and requirement. It may need AC or DC power supply. The input power source of an electric drive system has a rectifier circuit, filter circuit, and regulator circuit. The power processing unit(PPU) or power modulator generally takes the DC supply only even the main put source is AC. The main function of the input power circuit of an electrical drive system is to provide power to the power modulator and keep regulating the voltage means the output of the power circuit always be constant even the power fluctuation or voltage changes in the input of the system. It not only provides power to the modulator also provides power to other parts of the drive system such as the control unit, sensing unit(if required), etc.

Power Processing Unit(PPU) or Power Modulator

The power processing unit process the main power flow from the input source to the motor according to the control signal provided by the control unit. The rectification process, inversion process, frequency varying process happen in the power modulator. For the DC motor control, the modulator first converts the input AC into pulsed DC signals to provide the motor. For AC motor control, if the input supply is DC then its converts into variable frequency AC supply to provide the motor. So, for controlling the DC motor Pulse Width Modulation(PWM) technique is used, and to control the AC motor variable frequency technique is used.

Electric Motor

The electric motor is the actual device or machine that does the physical work and works under the controlled power from the modulator. Different types of motors require different electrical drive systems. Generally, all types of the motor such as AC motor, DC Motor, Universal Motor, Robotic Motors can be operated under the drive system.

Sensing Unit

The sensing unit is connected to different types of sensors. It senses and measures the speed, torque, direction of the motor rotation. It generates the feedback signal and provides it to the control unit.

Control Unit

The control unit takes the both feedback signal from the sensing unit and the reference signal from the input device and generates a controlled signal to provide it to the power modulator. The Control unit is built with electronic circuits, programming devices, etc.

Examples of Electric Drive System

  • VFD or Variable Frequency Drive is an example of an electrical drive system.
  • Screw Compressors, servo mechanism
  • Conveyors, Elevator drives are also examples of electric drives.

Types of Electric Drive System

  1. According to the nature of power supply Electric Drive two types - AC Drive and DC Drive
  2. According to the nature of the speed, there are also two types - Stable Speed Drive and Variable Speed Drive
  3. Based on the number of motors used for the applications - Single Motor Drive, MultiMotor Drive

Applications of Electric Drive System

  1. Electric Drive is used in traction systems.
  2. Electrical drive used in industrial motor controls, pump controls, lift control, etc.
  3. An electric drive system is used in transportation systems such as electric vehicles.

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