Abstract
The load rate of asynchronous motors is low, the operation efficiency is low, and the waste of electric energy is very serious. Therefore, a voltage regulation and electricity saving method for asynchronous motors based on fuzzy control theory is proposed. According to the principle of voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motor, the stator current and its variation of are selected as input variables, the deviation of current variation is selected as output variable, and a twodimensional fuzzy control algorithm model is constructed. Fuzzy control theory is used for voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motors. The simulation results show that the proposed method is based on fuzzy control theory for voltage regulation and electricity saving of asynchronous motors; after the voltage regulation and electricity saving control, the phase current of the motor is lower, and the active power and reactive power of the motor are reduced. The power factor of the motor is higher, and the powersaving effect is remarkable.
1 Introduction
Asynchronous motors are widely used in industry, agriculture, transportation, national defense and military, and daily life due to their simple structure, convenient manufacturing, low price, sturdiness and durability, reliable operation, little maintenance and can be used in harsh environments. Most of the current industrial drives are powered by asynchronous motors, including fans, water pumps, oil pumps, and compressors, which consume huge amounts of electricity, especially in the petrochemical industry. More than 80% of the total power consumption. These asynchronous motors are generally selected according to the design to meet high load operation, but in actual use, most of them often run under light load or even under no load. Therefore, the phenomenon of “big horsedrawn carts” is almost common. For example, belt conveyors, scrapers, draw works, compressors, machine tools, and other equipment commonly used in coal mines have large changes in motor load during most of the operating time, and the ratio of average output power to maximum output power is generally 0.3–0.4, and some are even lower, the load rate of the motor is low, the efficiency is not high, and the waste of electric energy is very serious [1,2,3]. According to statistics, a single improvement of the asynchronous motor production process can save only 3.3% of the annual energy consumption of the motor. The powersaving transformation of the asynchronous motor drive system can save 88 billion kW·h per year, which allows the motor to reduce energy consumption by 15.5%. This electric energy is equivalent to the power supply capacity of 12.1 million kW power stations, and the corresponding annual CO_{2} emission can be reduced by 5.62 million tons. Therefore, it is imperative to control the voltage and power saving of asynchronous motors [4,5].
At present, although there are many voltageregulating and powersaving control strategies for asynchronous motors, there are still many problems. For example, the most suitable application occasions are ambiguous, their powersaving space and powersaving effects cannot be verified, and node control requires relation. The investment cost of the installation equipment has not been considered in conjunction with the actual situation. In particular, there are still few research studies on the voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motors, and asynchronous motors are an important part of the industrial scale, representing an important direction of the development of motor technology. With the increase in industrial production of largescale motor manufacturing and as it develops toward higher power, asynchronous motors have become the prime mover that consumes the most power in a single machine for industrial equipment. Therefore, it is of great significance to study the voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motors. Literature [6] proposed a dynamic balancevoltage regulation comprehensive powersaving control method suitable for periodic potential energy load motor systems. First, the balance realtime dynamic adjustment method is used to reduce the peak power of the system, and on this basis, to meet the maximum load demand of the system as a limit Conditions, minimum energy consumption is the goal, the system efficiency is improved through multistage voltage regulation and powersaving methods, and the corresponding prototype is developed based on the proposed powersaving method, and the experimental verification is carried out on the 37 kW standard well experimental platform of the oil field. The results show that the proposed comprehensive and the powersaving control method has an average powersaving effect of more than 10% under different operating conditions, which has well verified its versatility and practicability. Literature [7] proposed a stepdown and powersaving technology for asynchronous motors based on linear active disturbance rejection control (LADRC). First, the lightload operation of the motor and the principle of voltage regulation and power saving was analyzed; the optimal voltage value under different load rates was derived. Principle and then the design of a linear active disturbance rejection controller were obtained. When the load changes, the voltageregulating circuit is used to change the motor input voltage so that it can track the optimal voltage to save power. Finally, through simulation analysis, the results show that the linear active disturbance rejection controller is better than the traditional. The proportional integral derivative control has a better tracking effect and response speed. However, after the above two methods of voltage regulation and powersaving control, the phase current of the motor is higher, which increases the active power and reactive power of the motor, and the power factor of the motor is lower, resulting in insignificant powersaving effect.
In view of the problems of the above methods, this article proposes a method for voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motors based on fuzzy control theory. The effectiveness of this method is verified using simulation experiments, which solve the problems of traditional methods and lay a foundation for my country’s industrial production motor manufacturing industry.
2 A method of voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motor based on fuzzy control theory
In order to realize voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motor, the fuzzy control theory is first analyzed, and the stator current and its change of asynchronous motor are selected as input variables, and the deviation of current change is selected as output variable, and a twodimensional fuzzy control algorithm model is established. The fuzzy control theory is used to regulate the voltage of the asynchronous motor and save power.
2.1 Fuzzy control theory
Fuzzy control belongs to intelligent control. It is an automatic control method that is summarized by expert experience, describes control strategy with control language, and uses a computer to realize it [8]. In 1965, Professor Zadeh from the United States combined multivalued logic with classical sets and used numbers or functions to express fuzzy concepts. He established the fuzzy set theory for the first time and pioneered the study of fuzzy control. Fuzzy control converts knowledge or theories in life into mathematical functions, so that machines can recognize, process, and use. Fuzzy control is not established using a mathematical model of the control system, but through “fuzzy rules” converted from expert experience since it was established, it has been widely used in industrial control and other industries [9,10,11]. The value of fuzzy control is mainly reflected in two aspects:
Fuzzy control proposes a new mechanism to realize the control law based on knowledge (rule) and even semantic description.
Fuzzy control proposes an easier design method for nonlinear controllers, especially when the controlled device (object or process) contains uncertainties and is difficult to deal with by conventional linear control theory, fuzzy control is more effective. A typical fuzzy control system is shown in Figure 1, including input interface (A/D), fuzzy controller, output interface (D/A), actuator, controlled object, and detection device (sensor). The biggest difference in the control system is that the fuzzy controller replaces the traditional controller.
The fuzzy controller is mainly composed of three parts: input fuzzification, fuzzy inference, and output inverse fuzzification. The input to the fuzzy controller is an accurate quantity. It needs to be fuzzified before fuzzy inference can be carried out. The fuzzy quantity obtained after fuzzy inference is a fuzzy quantity. Similarly, it needs to be defuzzified to obtain an accurate quantity and to output [12,13].
The voltage regulation and powersaving control of asynchronous motors is a nonlinear control problem. If traditional control methods are used, the mathematical model of the system must be established first, and then, an ideal control model should be designed according to the nonlinear control theory and motor characteristics [14,15,16]. However, many factors affect the voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motors, which causes great inconvenience to the control [17]. The fuzzy control theory is based on the knowledge and experience of experts and does not require precise mathematical models of the controlled system. It is especially suitable for the control of complex systems with the strong coupling of variables, timevarying parameters, and nonlinear models. Therefore, the use of fuzzy control theory in this article can avoid the influence of various nonlinear factors and realize the effective voltage regulation and powersaving control of asynchronous motors [18,19,20,21].
2.2 Principle of voltage regulation and energy saving of asynchronous motor
Figure 2 is the Γ equivalent circuit of an asynchronous motor, where U is the input voltage; I
_{1} is the stator current; R
_{1,}
X
_{1} is the resistance and leakage reactance of the stator winding; R
_{
m
}, X
_{
m
} is the excitation resistance and leakage reactance;
According to Figure 2 of the equivalent circuit, when the input voltage of the asynchronous motor is constant, the active power on resistors R _{1} and R _{ m } has nothing to do with the change of the load and is proportional to the square of the voltage. This loss is the constant part of the stator copper loss and iron loss, and its magnitude is as follows:
The active power on
where T _{ e } is the electromagnetic torque of the motor, and Ω_{1} is the synchronous mechanical angular velocity of the motor. According to formula (2), we can obtain:
Since the slip ratio s is very small, the polynomial containing s ^{2} in formula (4) can be ignored, and the formula for the slip ratio s can be obtained as follows:
The loss on resistance
Then, the total loss of the asynchronous motor is the sum of the loss on the resistance R
_{1}, R
_{
m
} that is not related to the load change and the loss on the resistance C
_{1}
R
_{1} and
When the load changes periodically, if the speed change is not large, the influence of the speed change can be ignored, and the electromagnetic torque T _{ e } of the motor and the load torque T _{ L } are always equal. Therefore, the total loss can be expressed as:
According to Eq. (8), if the parameters of the asynchronous motor are unchanged, the total loss is a function of load torque and input voltage, which is:
If you want to make the asynchronous motor under the corresponding load torque, by adjusting the input voltage to minimize the total loss of the motor, the total loss is derived from the input voltage:
The optimal voltage U′ can be found to be:
where g is the equivalent conductance of the constant loss branch, and the expression is as follows:
When the load torque is T _{ L } and the input voltage is U′, the total loss of the asynchronous motor is the smallest. At this time, the minimum value of the total loss is expressed as:
From the above analysis, it can be seen that if the load torque of the periodically changing load at any time is known, the optimal voltage value U′ corresponding to the load at this time can be obtained according to formula (13), so as to minimize the loss of the motor. This is the principle of voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motors.
2.3 Asynchronous motor voltage regulation and powersaving control
According to the principle of voltage regulation and power saving of asynchronous motor, this article uses fuzzy control theory to control the voltage and power saving of asynchronous motor. In order to ensure a good voltage regulation and powersaving effect of the asynchronous motor, the stator current I _{1} and its change ΔI _{ E } of the asynchronous motor are selected as input variables in the design of the fuzzy control algorithm. The stator current I _{1} of the asynchronous motor is [28]:
where P is the actual output current of the motor; P ^{ N } is the rated output current of the motor.
The variation ΔI _{ E } of the stator current of the asynchronous motor is as follows:
The current variation deviation is selected as the output variable, and the output of the fuzzy controller is selected as Δα, which constitutes a twodimensional fuzzy control algorithm model as shown in Figure 3.
It can be seen from the fuzzy control algorithm model of voltage regulation, without loss of generality, the values of the membership function are positive (PB), positive (PM), positive (PS), zero (ZE), negative (NS), negative (NM), and negative (NB). The stator currents I _{1}, ΔI _{ E }, and Δα of the asynchronous motor are selected, which have 3, 5, and 7 subsets, respectively, and their membership functions are shown in Figure 4.
The current load status of the motor and whether it can run with power saving is determined by I _{1}. And Δα is determined by ΔI _{ E } and ΔI _{ EC }, and its membership function is shown in Figure 4(d). Through the relationship between the control quantity and the target quantity, the rule base of Δα can be determined, and the corresponding target quantity can be obtained accordingly, as shown in Table 1.
ΔI _{ EC }  ΔI _{ E }  

NM  NS  ZE  PS  PM  PB  
NB  PB  PB  PS  PS  PM  PB 
NM  PB  PB  PS  PS  PM  PB 
NS  PB  PB  PS  PS  PB  PB 
ZE  PB  PB  PS  PS  PB  PB 
PS  PB  PM  PS  PS  PB  PB 
PM  PB  PM  PS  PS  PB  PB 
PB  PB  PM  PS  PS  PB  PB 
According to motor I _{1}, judge whether the motor can enter the powersaving operation state. If so, adjust Δα according to Table 1. According to the closedloop quantity, it can track the changes of the system in real time and make timely responses. Once the current change is detected from negative to positive, it means that the input current has reached the minimum value, and α will no longer change at this time, achieving the purpose of saving power [29].
To sum up, the flowchart of the induction motor voltage regulation and powersaving control algorithm is shown in Figure 5.
3 Simulation experiment analysis
In order to verify the performance of the asynchronous motor voltagesaving and powersaving method proposed in this article based on fuzzy control theory, Matlab simulation software is used to simulate the voltagesaving and powersaving control device with a 0.75 kW small asynchronous motor.
Set the total simulation time to 20 s, set the load to the rated load (6,000 N m) at the beginning, and set the load to 20% of the rated load (1,200 N m) after the 2 s, respectively. The motor rotor circuit is shortcircuited during the simulation. Under periodic load, compare the data before the motor powersaving control with the data after the powersaving control to observe the powersaving effect. The comparison of powersaving data is shown in Table 2.
A phase average current (A)  B phase average current (A)  C phase average current (A)  Average active power (kW)  Average reactive power (kVA)  Average apparent power (kVA)  

Before energysaving control  24.2132  24.0701  23.8661  4.3462  14.909  15.867 
After energysaving control  10.8311  10.5349  10.4132  3.9594  4.0029  6.4117 
From the comparison data, it can be seen that after adopting voltage regulation and powersaving control on the motor, the average phase current is reduced by about 56.25%, the active power is reduced by about 8.9%, and the reactive power is reduced by about 73.15%. The powersaving effect is obvious and is shown in Figure 6.
The experimental results show that through voltage regulation and powersaving control, the phase current of the motor can be significantly reduced, the active power and reactive power of the motor can be reduced, and the power factor of the motor can be improved. For the asynchronous motor under periodic load, adopting the voltage regulation and powersaving control method designed in this article will have great economic and social benefits. The method in this article adjusts the voltage of the asynchronous motor by establishing a twodimensional fuzzy control algorithm model, and the control accuracy is high, so the phase current of the motor is low, and the power factor of the motor is improved.
In order to verify the reliability of the method, this article additionally selects 25% rated load (1,500 N m) and 15% rated load (900 N m) for simulation. When 15% load and 25% load are obtained, the asynchronous motor is in the voltage regulation, and the stator voltage waveform under powersaving control is shown in Figure 7.
According to Figure 7, the stator voltage drops deeper at 15% load than at 25% load, indicating that the asynchronous motor has a general powersaving effect in voltage regulation and powersaving control. By selecting the stator current of the asynchronous motor and its variation as the input variable, and the deviation of the current variation as the output variable, a twodimensional fuzzy control algorithm model is established for the voltage regulation and power saving of the asynchronous motor, and a better powersaving effect is achieved. In summary, the proposed method can reduce the iron loss of the motor, reduce the total loss, improve the efficiency of the motor, and realize the purpose of voltage regulation and power saving of the motor.
4 Conclusion
When the voltage of the motor drops to a certain level, if the voltage drops again, the current of the motor will increase again, so the copper consumption of the motor will increase and the efficiency will decrease. In addition, reducing the voltage too much will cause the electromagnetic torque of the motor to drop, resulting in the phenomenon of stalling without moving the load. Therefore, in order to achieve the best powersaving effect, the best voltage regulation coefficient must be selected according to the motor load factor (or load rate). The thyristor voltage regulation circuit is usually used to adjust the motor stator voltage, but because there is no accurate mathematical model to follow between the motor load factor and the thyristor conduction angle, it is difficult to obtain the best voltage regulation effect of the thyristor. Therefore, this article proposes a voltage regulation and powersaving method for asynchronous motors based on fuzzy control theory. The experimental results show that after voltage regulation and powersaving control, the phase current of the motor is reduced, and the active power and reactive power of the motor are reduced. The power factor of the motor is high, and the powersaving effect is remarkable.

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