The master commands a torque but internally it is computed as current. In most cases, as the position or velocity is the controlled value, the current measurement is sufficient. If a precise torque is required by the application, it should be verified with a torque sensor.
The task of the torque controller is to make sure that the torque currently produced by the motor corresponds to the desired torque. This makes it one of the core algorithms of servo drives. It is used whenever a motor is driven.
In general, the RMS value of motor phase currents are proportional with the generated torque. The ratio between these two is known as torque constant k_T (as defined in subitem 0x2003:2).
The torque control loop is executed at a frequency of 16 kHz (as of firmware v4.2.0).
The reference torque can be updated in every execution step. In cyclic synchronous torque mode, the reference torque is transferred directly from the EtherCAT master to the torque controller via the PDO (object 0x6071). In other modes, a position or velocity controller is running on the SOMANET Drive and acts as higher level control, so their outputs act as reference for the torque controller. The offset torque 0x60B2 is also part of the reference torque as described in Torque Offset
The following figure represents the structure of the torque controller. The implemented torque control algorithm is based on field oriented control (FOC).
Values Kp, Ki and Kd for Torque Controller