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This paper presents an adaptive-filter-based torque-ripple minimization (TRM) of a fuzzy-logic controller (FLC) for speed control of an interior permanent magnet (IPM) motor drive. A simple and effective first-order digital infinite impulse response filter is utilized to reduce the torque ripples introduced by the FLC. The gain of the filter is adapted online based on the magnitude of the torque ripple. The optimal position of the filter in the complete drive is also determined for effective TRM. The various sources of torque pulsations in a practical electric-machine drive are described. The main causes of the torque ripple in an FLC are also explained. A simulation model for closed vector control of an FLC-based IPM motor drive incorporating the proposed TRM technique is developed in Matlab/Simulink. The complete drive is also experimentally implemented using digital signal processor board DS1102 for a laboratory 1-hp IPM motor. The effectiveness of the proposed technique is investigated, both in simulation and experiment, at different operating conditions. It is found that the performance of the FLC-based IPM drive is improved significantly with the proposed TRM technique.