T13: Analysis, Simulation, and Implementation of Vector Control: An Extremely Low-Cost Laboratory
Sunday, October 11, 2020
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM


Ned Mohan and Siddharth Raju



This tutorial will describe closed-loop position/speed/torque control of ac drives using vector control. One of the major bottlenecks in the implementation and testing of new motor controls is the cost of software and hardware necessary to evaluate these controls. This tutorial relies solely on the ONR-funded simulation and model-based real-time code generation and control software, Sciamble® Workbench (, available free-of-cost. The real-time implementation will be demonstrated using an inexpensive low-voltage lab kit developed by the University of Minnesota through ONR funds( All participants will be able to remotely implement vector control of AC drives.

Instructor Bios:

Ned Mohan (LF-IEEE) joined the University of Minnesota in 1975, where he is Oscar A. Schott Professor of Power Electronic Systems and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur in 1967. His PhD in Electrical Engineering and Master’s in Nuclear Engineering are from UW-Madison. He has written 5 textbooks; all together, they have been translated into nine languages. He has graduated 46 PhDs. His area of research is in power electronics applied to power systems, and he holds several patents.

Ned Mohan received the H.T. Morse Distinguished Teaching Award for undergraduate education from the University of Minnesota in 2007. He has received 2008 IEEE-PES Outstanding Educator Award, 2010 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2010 UWIG Achievement Award from Utility Wind Integration Group, 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from IIT-Kharagpur (India), and 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society Ramakumar Family Renewable Energy Excellence Award. In 2013, he received the Innovative Program Award from the ECE Department Heads Association made up of over 250 U.S. universities. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota and the IEEE Nari Hingorani FACTS Award from the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Siddharth Raju is currently a researcher at the University of Minnesota. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Anna University in 2011, and obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2017. He is a co-author of “Analysis and Control of Electric Drives: Simulations and Laboratory Implementation” with Ned Mohan. His area of research is in power electronics and embedded controls.

Siddharth Raju is founder of a Minnesota based startup, Sciamble Corp., specializing in model-based embedded controls design solutions.

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