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Fuzzy Logic-Based PMDC Motor Controller: An Undergraduate Student Project

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Investigating Alternative Energy Concepts

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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22.732.1 - 22.732.13



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Kala Meah York College of Pennsylvania

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Kala Meah received the B.Sc. degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 1998, the M.Sc. degree from South Dakota State University in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wyoming in 2007, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1998 to 2000, he worked for several power companies in Bangladesh. Currently, Dr. Meah is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Physical Science, York College of Pennsylvania. His research interest includes electrical power, HVDC transmission, renewable energy, energy conversion, and engineering education.

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Anh NV Nguyen

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2007 - 2010 Electrical Engineering student at York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA.
2010 - Present, working as design engineer at Qualastat Electronics Inc. in Chandler, AZ.

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Patrick Martin York College of Pennsylvania


K. Vaisakh Andhra University, AP, India

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Dr. K. Vaisakh received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India in 1994, M.Tech. degree from JNT University, Hyderabad, India in 1999, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India in the year 2005.

Currently, he is working as a professor in the department of electrical engineering, AU College of engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, AP, India. His research interests include optimal operation of power system, voltage stability, FACTS, power electronic drives and power system dynamics.

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Fuzzy Logic-Based PMDC Motor Controller - an Undergraduate Student ProjectAbstract: Applied control is the second course in the control sequence after the traditionalautomatic control systems course. Interested students take applied control to experience thepractical applications of control theories and to explore the other branches in control systems.Fuzzy logic-based PMDC motor controller is a design project that includes the modeling of themotor and the power processing unit, controller implementation, fuzzy controller tuning, andsimulation. The student completes the project as an independent study under the supervision ofthe faculty. During the project student gains experiences in modeling the physical quantities suchas motor, sensors, and DC-DC converter and represent them using the mathematical equationsand Simulink blocks. Student designs the controller for the systems and includes the fuzzy logic-based auto-tuning for the controller. Simulation results present in this paper compare the fixedparameter based controller performance with the fuzzy logic-based auto tuning controller.

Meah, K., & Nguyen, A. N., & Martin, P., & Vaisakh, K. (2011, June), Fuzzy Logic-Based PMDC Motor Controller: An Undergraduate Student Project Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18013

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