Transfer Function of a DC Motor

Transfer Function of a DC Motor.

Consider the model presented in Figure 10:

Figure 10. Model for a DC Machine [4]

Let’s determine the Transfer Function of the DC Motor from Figure 10. Since the current-carrying armature is rotating in a magnetic field, its voltage is proportional to its speed. That is the back electromotive force as it was established in equation 7:

Equations 12

Taking the Laplace Transform we get:

Equations 13

The torque developed by the motor is proportional to the armature current, as it was said in Equations 9:

Equations 14

Transforming every impedances of Figure 10 into their Laplace Transform equivalent , we find the voltage equation for the loop around the armature circuit:

Equations 15

Now, we substitute Equations 13 y 14 en 15:

Equations 16

We need Tm in terms of in order to find . That can be get using the equivalent model for mechanical loading on a motor as shown in Figure 11:

Figure 11. Typical equivalent mechanical loading for a DC Machine [4]

Where Jm and Dm are mechanical constant which can be derived from a typical configuration such as:

Figure 12. A DC Motor driving a rotational mechanical load [4]

Considering Figure 12, Jm and Dm are:

Equations 17

Now, from Figure 11 we can find the relationship between Tm and :

Equations 18

Substituting Equations 18 in 16 we get:

Equations 19

In the most cases La is too small compared with Ra, so Equations 19 can be simplified and rearrange as:

Equations 20

Now from Equations 20 we obtain the Transfer Function for a DC Motor as follow:

Equations 21

The electrical constants of the motor Kt y Kb can be found with the following relations:

Equations 22

Where Tstall, Ea y Wno-load, use to be derive from a Graphic Speed Vs Torque such as:

Figure 13. Torque-speed curves with an armature voltage Ea as a parameter [4]

As an example, consider the case of Figure 14:

Figure 14. Torque-speed curves and system example [4]


And using the gear ratio N1/N2=1/10:

[4] Control Systems Engineering, Norman Nise

Written by: Larry Francis Obando – TSU

Escuela de Ingeniería Eléctrica de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas.

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