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Dynamic Model and Control of DFIG Wind Energy Systems Based on Power Transfer Matrix

Esmaeil Rezaei, Ahmadreza Tabesh, Member, IEEE, and Mohammad Ebrahimi

Abstract—This paper presents a power transfer matrix model and multivariable control method for a doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) wind energy system. The power transfer matrix model uses instantaneous real/reactive power components as the system state variables. It is shown that using the power transfer matrix model improves the robustness of controllers as the power waveforms are independent of a   frame of reference. The sequential loop closing technique is used to design the controllers based on the linearized model of the wind energy system. The designed controller includes six compensators for capturing the maximum wind power and supplying the required reactive power to the DFIG. A power/current limiting scheme is also presented to protect power converters during a fault. The validity and per-formance of the proposed modeling and control approaches are investigated using a study system consisting of a grid-connected DFIG wind energy conversion system. This investigation uses the time-domain simulation of the study system to: 1) validate the presented model and its assumptions, 2) show the tracking and disturbance rejection capabilities of the designed control system, and 3) test the robustness of the designed controller to the uncertainties of the model parameters.

Index Terms—Doubly fed induction generator (DFIG), dy-namics modeling, instantaneous power, multivariable control, wind energy systems, wind power control, wind turbine generator.


IND ENERGY conversion systems are currently Wamong economically available and viable renewable energy systems which have experienced rapid growth in recent years. Increasing the penetration level of wind farms highlights the grid integration concerns including power systems stability, power quality (PQ), protection, and dynamic interactions of the wind power units in a wind farm [1]–[3]. Wind energy systems based on doubly fed induction generators (DFIGs) have been dominantly used in high-power applications since they use power-electronic converters with ratings less than the rating of the wind turbine generators [4]–[8]. The scope of this paper is dynamic modelling and control of DFIG wind turbine generators.

Modeling and control of DFIGs have been widely investi-gated based on well-established vector control schemes in a

Manuscript received July 31, 2011; revised April 02, 2012; accepted April 13, 2012. Date of publication May 30, 2012; date of current version June 20, 2012. Paper no. TPWRD-00653-2011.

The authors are with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156, Iran (e-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]).

Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/TPWRD.2012.2195685

stator field-oriented frame of reference [7]–[9]. The vector con-trol is a fast method for independent control of the real/reactive power of a machine. The method is established based on con-trol of current components in a    frame of reference using an         transformation. Since the    components are not phys-ically available, the calculation of these components requires a phase-locked loop (PLL) to determine synchronous angle [10], [11]. The dynamics of         transformations are often ig-nored in the procedure of control design. Thus, any control de-sign approach must be adequately robust to overcome the un-certainties in estimation of machine parameters as well as un-accounted dynamics of the overall system. The proposed power transfer matrix model for DFIG in this paper presents an alter-native modeling and control approach which is independent of         transformations.

Direct torque control (DTC) and direct power control schemes (DPC) have been presented as alternative methods which directly control machine flux and torque via the selection of suitable voltage vectors [12]–[14]. It has been shown that DPC is a more efficient approach compared to modified DTC [15]–[17]. However, the DPC method also depends on the estimation of machine parameters and it requires a protection mechanism to avoid overcurrent during a fault in the system.

This paper presents a modelling and control approach which uses instantaneous real and reactive power instead of    compo-nents of currents in a vector control scheme. The main features of the proposed model compared to conventional models in the

   frame of reference are as follows.

1) Robustness: The waveforms of power components are in-dependent of a reference frame; therefore, this approach is inherently robust against unaccounted dynamics such as PLL.

2) Simplicity of realization: The power components (state variables of a feedback control loop) can be directly ob-

tained from     phase voltage/current quantities, which simplifies the implementation of the control system.

Using power components instead of current in the model of the system, the control system requires an additional protection algorithm to prevent overcurrent during a fault. Such an algo-rithm can be simply added to the control system via measuring the magnitude of current. The sequential loop closing technique is adopted to design a multivariable control system including six compensators for a DFIG wind energy system. The designed control system captures maximum wind power via adjusting the speed of the DFIG and injects the required reactive power to the system via a grid-side converter.

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Fig. 1.  Schematic diagram of the DFIG-based wind generation system.



A.  Definitions and Assumptions

The schematic diagram of a DFIG wind turbine generator is depicted in Fig. 1. The power converter includes a rotor-side converter (RSC) to control the speed of generator and a grid-side converter (GSC) to inject reactive power to the system. Using a passive sign convention, the instantaneous real and reactive power components of the grid-side converter,      and      , in the synchronous    reference frame, are [18]


assumption,   is approximately constant and derivatives of currents will be proportional to the derivatives of power based on (2) and (5).

B. Model of DFIG Using Instantaneous Power Components

The voltage and flux equations of a doubly fed induction ma-chine in the stator voltage synchronous reference frame can be summarized as [18]




where    and   are the stator and rotor resistances, and    is the synchronous (stator) frequency. Subscripts   and   signify the stator and rotor variable, and      and    are the stator, rotor, and magnetization inductances, respectively. The com-plex quantities      and   represent the voltage, current, and flux vectors, and     is the slip frequency defined as

where      and    are    components of the stator voltages and GSC currents in the synchronous reference frame, respec-

tively. Solving (1) for    and    , we obtain




Similarly, the instantaneous real/reactive power components of DFIG can be obtained in terms of stator currents as


and the stator current components are given by


where    is the rotor speed of the induction machine. To obtain a model of DFIG in terms of      and      , the rotor flux and current are obtained from (8) as


where . Then, by substituting for

and from (10) in (7) and then by solving (6) and (7)

for , we obtain


Using (5) to replace       components of      in (11) and by

(5) rearranging the equation, we obtain

The negative sign in (5) complies the direction of the stator

power flow on Fig. 1. The exact dynamic model of an induction

machine is conventionally expressed by voltage and torque

equations [18]. Herein, we develop a simplified model for the

DIFG-based wind turbine of Fig. 1 by substituting currents where

in the exact model in terms of instantaneous real and reactive

power. The key assumption to simplify the model is assuming

an approximately constant stator voltage for DFIG. This as-

sumption can be only used under a steady-state condition where

the grid voltage at the point of common coupling (PCC) varies

in a narrow interval, typically less than  0.05 p.u. Using this





Fig. 2.  Equivalent circuit of the grid-side filter.

The state equation of the stator flux can be obtained by substi-

tuting for    and from (5) in (6). Solving the stator voltage

equations for yields C.  Grid-Side Converter and Filter Model

(15) Fig. 2 shows the representation of the grid-side converter and

its filter in the synchronous reference frame. The   model of

the grid-side converter and filter is

(16) (22)

The electromechanical dynamic model of the machine is [18]

where   and    are the resistance and inductance of the filter,

(17) respectively, and subscript  signifies the variables at the grid-

side converter [19]. Substituting for from (2) in (22) yields

where    and   are the number of pole pairs, inertia of the rotor, and mechanical torque of the machine, respectively. The electric torque is given by [18]


In (17), the mechanical torque   is input to the model and  , based on (18), can be expressed in terms of instantaneous real and reactive power. Substituting for     and     from (5) in (18) and then replacing   in (17), we deduce




The simplified model of the induction machine is presented in (12)–(16) and (19) which is summarized as





The dc-link model can be deduced from the balance of real power at the converter dc-link node as given by


where       is the real power that the converter delivers to the rotor and       represents the total power loss, including con-verter switching losses and copper losses of the filter. The de-livered real power to the rotor is [18]


Using (10) and (5),    can be expressed as


In the high-power converter, the power loss is often less than 1% of the total transferred power, and the impact of       in (26) can

be neglected. Substituting                  in (26),


the model of the dc link is deduced as follows:

The model of DFIG in (21) is a nonlinear dynamic model since the coefficients of the state variables are functions of the state variables.


Using (28), the right-hand-side quantities in (29) can be ex-pressed in terms of the state variables          .


D.  Wind Turbine Model

The captured mechanical power by a wind turbine can be ex-pressed with the algebraic aerodynamic equation as [1]


where     are the wind turbine radius, air mass density, and wind speed, respectively.   is the wind turbine power co-efficient which is a function of the tip speed ratio       and the pitch angle of the turbine blades,  . For a high-power wind turbine, the maximum mechanical power captured at     ranges from 6 to 8. Theoretically, it can be shown that   0.6 and practically at        is about 0.5 for high-power wind turbines [1].



A.  DFIG and Wind Turbine Model

For a high-power machine, the stator resistant is small; there-fore, based on (6), a constant stator voltage under normal oper-ation yields slow-varying flux components. Thus, the    com-ponents of the stator flux of a DFIG in a field-oriented frame of

reference with 0 can be obtained from (15) and (16) as


Substituting for      from (31) in (12), (13), and (19), then by linearizing the equations about an operating point, the small-signal model of DFIG can be expressed as

Transferring the linearized dynamic model of DFIG and wind turbine in the Laplace domain yields




Using (37), the dynamic model of DFIG and the wind turbine in Laplace domain can be expressed based on a power transfer function as


where    can be readily obtained from the solution of (37) for    and   .

B.  Model of the Grid-Side Filter and DC Link

The model of the grid-side filter in Laplace domain can be obtained by transferring (23) into the Laplace domain as




(32) Solving (40) for    and   , the grid-side filter model in the

Laplace domain is


  (42) (34)           


where   denotes small-signal quantities, and


In the linearized model, superscript 0 denotes the quantities at an operating point. To calculate  , the power torque equation       is linearized by assuming a constant wind speed



as Using (29), the linearized model of dc link can be obtained as

(36) (45)

where is obtained via linearizingin (30) as given by




Fig. 3. Schematic diagram of the feedback control system for the machine-side and grid-side converters.

the SLC design method [20], the multivariable system is stable if all of the designed subsystems during the sequential controller design procedure are stable.

B.  Design of the Machine-Side Controllers

1) Stator Real and Reactive Power Controllers: Considering        as the first pair in (39) and, thus, imposing     , we obtain the first SISO subsystem for controller design as


The first controller to be designed is


Substituting from (49) in (48), the closed-loop model of the first

subsystem in Laplace domain is


Thus, must be designed so that all poles of (50) remain in

the left-half plane (LHP). The design ofcan be simply per-

formed via SISO system design methods, such as frequency re-

From (45), the dc bus model in the Laplace domain is sponse or root locus. To design for reactive power control,

the first controlleris considered as a part of the system, then

(47) by substituting for and

in (39), the closed-loop model of the second subsystem is

Equations (39), (42), and (47) represent the linearized multi- obtained

variable model of a DFIG wind turbine generator. (51)



A.  Controller Design Scheme

Fig. 3 depicts the suggested multivariable feedback control system for the machine- and grid-side control schemes. In this scheme, the control inputs of the linearized model of the system are         to control real/reactive power of the rotor; and       to adjust the dc-link voltage and injected reactive power to the system. The outputs (feedbacks) of the system are the rotor speed, dc-link voltage, and the instantaneous real/reac-tive power of the rotor- and grid-side converters. The feedback control system includes six compensators which are used in two nested loops. The inner loops consist of          , and    where the required reactive power of the machine and grid are directly controlled via     and    control loops as shown Fig. 3. The outer control loops include     for regulating the rotor speed and     for adjusting the dc-link voltage level.

The sequential loop closing (SLC) method [20] is adopted to design six controllers based on the multivariable model of the system developed in Section III. In the SLC method, based on physical relevance of the inputs and outputs, the input-output pairs are determined. Then, a controller is designed for the first pair of the input-output by treating the system as a single-input single-output (SISO) system. The second controller is designed for the next pair of input-output variables using the first con-troller as an integral part of the system. Based on the theory of

Thus,     must be designed so that the second subsystem in

(51) remains stable.

2) Rotor Speed Controller: Speed control of the turbine-gen-erator rotor is performed via control of the real power of the stator. Therefore, the speed controller     uses     as the con-trol input. Using the control scheme of Fig. 3,     is


Embedding    and    controllers in the model of the system, the transfer function of rotor speed can be calculated as



Substituting for    from (52) in (53) yields



Thus,    must be designed so that the subsystem in (54) re-mains stable.

C. Grid-Side Controller

1) Grid-Side Real and Reactive Power Controllers: The con-

troller design procedure for     and     is quite similar to that of the rotor-side converter since both controllers have the same structure. Therefore,     and     can be simply ob-

tained by repeating the design procedure as explained in (48)

Fig. 4.  Schematic diagram of the study system.

–(51). The only modification is replacing with

. Also, both subscripts and should be re- TABLE I

placed with subscript . For brevity, the details of the design


procedure have been omitted.

2) DC-Link Voltage Controller: Substituting for ,

and into (46), we obtain


where detailed expressions for

and are given in the

Appendix. Based on (47) and (55), can regulate

at its reference value using the dc-link controller in

. Therefore, the closed-loop system for

is deduced as

during the normal operation of the system and, therefore, it will


not be included in the design procedure of the controllers.

where detailed expressions for    and    are given in the Appendix. Finally,     must be designed to stabilize the dc-link closed-loop system in (56).

D.  Current Limiting During a Fault

The target of the controller design procedure is to improve performance of wind energy conversion while maintaining the stability of the system under normal operating conditions. Therefore, the design procedure mainly deals with stability, tracking performance for capturing maximum wind power, disturbance rejection, and robustness against uncertainties and unaccounted dynamics.

During a fault and/or sever transients, additional protection algorithms, such as fault ride through (FRT) and startup al-gorithms, must be added to the control system. Various algo-rithms, including active crowbar [21], series dynamic restorer [22], and dynamic voltage restorer [23] have been suggested for FRT. These algorithms are independent of the control approach during the normal operation; therefore, they can be used with the proposed transfer power matrix method herein as well.

In addition to FRT algorithms and to mitigate overcurrent during a transient, an extra feedback loop can be used to sense the converter currents and reduce the power reference commands during transients. This extra loop only requires the magnitude of the current and it merely becomes operational during a fault condition. An example of such a current loop for the protection of the converter is elaborated in [19] and [23]. This loop does not impact the performance of controllers



Fig. 4 shows the schematic of a study system for validation of the proposed modelling and control approaches. The study system includes a 1.5-MW DFIG wind turbine-generator con-nected to a grid. The electrical and mechanical parameters of the turbine generator are adopted from [24] and summarized in Table I. Using the proposed designed method, the following per-unitized controllers were designed for the study system





The performance of these controllers was investigated based on time-domain simulations of the study system using the Matlab/ Simulink software tool.

A.  Tracking and Disturbance Rejection Capabilities

Fig. 5(a) and (b) shows a trapezoidal pattern for wind speed and a step change in the reactive reference which are applied to


Fig. 5.  Reference commands for wind and the stator reactive power.

Fig. 7.  RMS values of the stator voltage and currents.

Fig. 6.  Tracking performance of real and reactive stator powers.

Fig. 8.  Robustness of the controllers to variations in    .

the controllers of the study system. The trapezoidal pattern was selected to examine the system behavior following variation in the wind speed with both negative and positive slopes. The se-lected wind speed pattern spans an input mechanical wind power from 0.7 to 1 p.u. (70 to 100% of the turbine-generator rated power). The reactive power command is a step change of 0.25 p.u. and occurs at    3 s when the real power is about 0.6 p.u.

Fig. 6 compares real/reactive power quantities of the DFIG against their command signals. Due to the coupling phenom-enon, the variation of each power quantity can be considered as a disturbance to the other one. For instance, the effect of cou-pling can be seen in Fig. 6(a) at    3 s, where the step com-mand in reactive power causes a small deviation in real power. However, as Fig. 6 shows, both real and reactive power quan-tities accurately track their command signals which means the controllers successfully mitigate the impact of coupling effect in the tracking of commands signals. Fig. 7(a) and (b) depicts the dc-link voltage and the rms values of the machine voltage/cur-rent quantities. These figures show that the stator and rotor cur-rents are changing as the real/reactive power changes whereas the dc link and stator voltages remained fixed as expected from the control strategy. Specifically, the   and   current curves show a step change at    3 s, corresponding to the 0.25-p.u. step command in the reactive power. Fig. 7 shows that as the

Fig. 9.  Robustness of the controllers to a 40  error in the PLL angle.

power reference commands are within the rated power of the turbine generator, the voltage/current of the machine and con-verter will remain within their limits.

B.  Control System Robustness

Fig. 8 shows the tracking and disturbance rejection perfor-mances of real/reactive power when the leakage inductance of


the machine    is changed using the same reference commands as shown in Fig. 5. Since Fig. 8 shows the responses accurately track the commands for       and     , therefore, the designed controller is robust to a variation of this parameter.

Fig. 9 compares tracking performance of the proposed con-trol system with the conventional vector control method as de-scribed in [25]. The PI controllers of the vector control method were first tuned for best performance at    0.1 and    2. Then, the synchronous signal of the phase-locked loop (PLL) was deviated via biasing the PLL angle with 40  . As Fig. 9 shows, the proposed method accurately follows the reference commands for real and reactive power whereas the vector con-trol method fails to track the commands. The reason is that the vector control method is significantly sensitive to the    frame of reference whereas the proposed control system is less inde-pendent to the reference frame.


An alternative modeling and controller design approach based on the notion of the instantaneous power transfer matrix is described for a DFIG wind energy system. The waveforms of the power components remain intact at different reference frames and can be easily calculated using the     phase voltages and currents. Therefore, this approach facilitates the imple-mentation of the controllers and improves the robustness of the control system. Furthermore, the proposed model can be po-tentially used to simplify the control issues of the wind energy system under an unbalanced condition since feedback variables are independent of   -components in positive, negative, and zero sequences.

The proposed approach is verified using the time-domain simulation of a study system for DFIG wind energy systems. The simulation results show that the suggested model and con-trol scheme can successfully track the rotor speed reference for capturing the maximum power and maintain the dc-link voltage of the converter regardless of disturbances due to changes in real and reactive power references.


Details of       , and    in (55) and (56) are shown in the equations at the top of the page.


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Esmaeil Rezaei was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1979. He received the B.Sc. degree in electronics and the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Isfahan Univer-sity of Technology (IUT), Isfahan, Iran, in 2001 and 2004, respectively, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering.

He was a Technical Designer with the Information and Communication Technology Institute (ICTI), Isfahan University of Technology, from 2004 to 2007. His current research interests include electrical drives and energy conversion systems for renewable

energy resources.

Ahmadreza Tabesh (M’12) received the B.Sc. de-gree in electronics and the M.Sc. degree in systems control from Isfahan University of Technology, Is-fahan, Iran, in 1995 and 1998, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in energy systems from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, in 2005.

From 2006 to 2009, he was Postdoctorate at the Microengineering Laboratory for MEMS, Depart-ment of Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor with the Department of

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology. His areas of research include renewable energy systems and micropower energy harvesters (power MEMS).

Mohammad Ebrahimi received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Tehran Univer-sity, Tehran, Iran, in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in power systems from the Tarbiyat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran, in 1996.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan, Iran. His research interests include electrical drives, renewable energy, and energy savings.

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