A review of synchronous reluctance motor-drive advancements

Hamidreza Heidari*, Anton Rassõlkin, Ants Kallaste, Toomas Vaimann, Ekaterina Andriushchenko, Anouar Belahcen, Dmitry V. Lukichev

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Recent studies show that synchronous reluctance motors (SynRMs) present promising technologies. As a result, research on trending SynRMs drive systems has expanded. This work disseminates the recent developments of design, modeling, and more specifically, control of these motors. Firstly, a brief study of the dominant motor technologies compared to SynRMs is carried out. Secondly, the most prominent motor control methods are studied and classified, which can come in handy for researchers and industries to opt for a proper control method for motor drive systems. Finally, the control strategies for different speed regions of SynRM are studied and the transitions between trajectories are analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number729
Pages (from-to)1-37
Number of pages37
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2021
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • Direct torque control
  • Efficiency map analysis
  • Efficient control strategy
  • Efficient motor technology
  • Field-oriented control
  • Field-weakening
  • Maximum torque per ampere
  • Predictive torque control
  • Sensorless control
  • Synchronous reluctance motor

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