A reduced order time-delay control is derived and applied to the position control of a brushless DC motor with a highly simplified hardware configuration: use of six-step commutation without current control unit. In addition, the closed-loop stability has been analyzed by using the singular perturbation method. Throughout experimental studies, it is observed that reduced order time delay control effectively compensates for parameter variations and non-linearities, which a conventional PID control cannot handle with adequate performances. This result shows that reduced order time-delay control enables an economical design without compromising performance. More importantly, the example establishes a case that: a good control method can compensate for the hardware deficiency in a given plant, and as a result it even enables a simpler design of plants at the design stage.

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