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AC Motor Controllers / Re: 10HP High Performance Drive - by HighHopes
« Last post by Ivan on March 05, 2018, 11:19:02 AM »

Send Highhopes a email and ask him for the files
AC Motor Controllers / Re: 10HP High Performance Drive - by HighHopes
« Last post by Electrons on March 05, 2018, 10:27:25 AM »
The links in the first post that show the schematic and design files , when i click on them it give 404 error .  :dD(:
AC Motor Controllers / Re: 10HP High Performance Drive - by HighHopes
« Last post by Ivan on March 05, 2018, 06:56:08 AM »

What links are you referring to.
AC Motor Controllers / Re: 10HP High Performance Drive - by HighHopes
« Last post by Electrons on March 05, 2018, 06:52:31 AM »
interesting work , sadly it doesnot show if it is done and the final shape . Also are the links dead ?
Very nice! 

No, no swapping of wires is necessary.  Under the encoder section, it has a swap direction setting.

Our encoders too do not tolerate much radial or axial movement.

Tip:  Shim the axial runout of your rotor so it is under .010"  so encoders will work.

Last tip: Encoders will NOT work with the outer cover loose or off. 

After you afix your encoder permanently, run the motor characterization routine. (to get your motor to run perfect.)

Grats    :co<:
PULL-UP Resistors Not Needed.

I received the eBay encoder today.
It is Chinese made (of course for $19).
I was not disappointed with the feel. It is a little larger than I expected. It does appear to have a real bearing, not a brass oil-lite slip ring.
It has small screws that allow the protective cover to be removed. I may take it apart this weekend to get a better look at the construction.
I am certain that this unit will not tolerate any axial loading so final mounting must be precise and square to armature or longevity will diminished.
For the price I cannot complain.

More importantly after some tests I can confirm that pull-up resistors are not needed with this encoder and pull-up is being performed inside the controller. This makes interfacing much simpler and cleaner.

I hooked it up and it does work. My thin (testing) 3 phase cables cables run very cool now that phasing is locked to armature position.
I fabricated a temporary rubber bushing to insert into the armature shaft for testing.
I slowly brought the motor up to 900 rpm and I am sure I could have went much higher but I did not want the encoder to go flying off the end of the motor shaft as it was just sitting there with friction. I will go faster once I fabricate a better mount for it. I ramped the motor up slowly and did not see it spike above 3.5 amps at 24 volts. (unloaded motor)
I did offer some resistance to the motor and I did observe that the controller maintains speed and current climbs accordingly.
This encoder is 100 pulses per revolution so you must adjust the controller ppr value to 100.
If you order one of these make sure you do not get a version with higher PPR as the controller will not accept any high PPM values over 256. A lot of the units I saw on eBay were 300 ppm or higher.
The encoder will work with the regulated 5 volt supply from the Curtis controller but can accept any voltage up to 24 volts.
Red to 5v, Black to I/O GND, Green to PhaseIn 1 and White to PhaseIn2. Two phase wires may have to be swapped depending on orientation.
I am posting this here just in case someone else here wants a low cost solution for their project.

WOW! You are worse than me....LOL

Lets see, projects for the last year or so....

Repowering a Chinese 2 person go kart.
Building and testing about 15 WiFi antennas.
Building a new motor for my truck.
Clearing out old half finished projects like: a powered red wagon,  self built Segway (Because I could not debug code)
Things still pending: 2 electric guitars (in pieces),  2 broken amplifiers.
Not to mention: Maintenance on my electric Roadster.


The controller was a gift from a co-worker. They were pulled from some forklift gear at the request of the OEM and were shelved. They were basically new. I don't know why they were pulled. Maybe they had to re-rate the carriage capacity after some aftermaket mod and add a bigger controller.
When it was time to clean up they discarded them. I was fortunate to get one.
The motor was also pulled from a forklift. It was pulled due to the bad bearing-encoder. It is not field replaceable so they replaced they entire motor. I got the bad one for free.

So far I have less than 30 bucks into this thing and I plan on keeping it low. Even the programmer was done via barter. I just had to solder 2 opto isolators onto the board and it was ready to go.

The motor and this controller are a good match.

The ebay encoder is dual channel. No problem there. The power supply is a temporary solution to see if I can get the motor to spin. I have no illusions that a bench top power supply of 30 amps will produce any useful work but it will spin a motor up if it is ramped up slowly. I have built homebrew AC motor controllers from scratch so I know the demands are high. Some of those adventures can be seen here:  My homebrew controller did not require two channels of encoding so the bad encoder bearing with one working channel would have been fine. My motor was never to spin backwards. I sold that controller to a chap in Cali when I changed direction on building a full electric car. After doing the math it was cheaper for me to just buy an i3. With that I got a rocket with full climate control, integrated infotainment, no ECU problems, canbus problems, airbags, etc.

So the motors I have are the leftovers from another project. They have just been sitting in my garage. I want to make a nutty go cart or something but I don't want to get crazy spending money on it. I would rather take that money and invest in Apple and Intel stock :). But I do like to tinker so why not try? If I get sidetracked I can always sell the controller and motor right?

If I can get this motor and controller to cooperate then maybe I will be willing to invest in some lipo battery tech and weld up an nice tube frame.
This project is a little more fun than the alternative which is me modifying and old BigTrak toy from the 80's and adding some intelligence to it :) I can't sit in a BigTrak though!
God, I have to get a life  :sf<:
There is a setting in the controller to set the encoder count.  It comes set at 64 pulses.

It is also dual channel.  It reads both. 

If you can not get the pulse count set to match or if you do not have dual channels in the encoder, it will not work.

Is there any good reason to mess around with the wrong motor, the wrong encoder and the wrong power supply?

Assume it all works from the factory. Then set it up on the intended motor.  You will have a lot less headaches!

This is what I purchased. I think it is similar in overall specs. Probably not as robust. I do not plan on using this in an over-the-road application. I don't see a need for an index channel so I should be OK there. It has a wide operating range so I think I am ok on the TTL front. I will be using the 5 volts line from the Curtis unit. The Curtis manual makes no mention of whether they internally use pull-up resistors though. They don't draw them on their mock-up diagram either.

New Encoder 100 P / R 5V-24V Incremental Rotary AB 2 Phase 6mm Shaft

Features :

100 p/r (Single-phase 100 pulses /R,Two phase 4 frequency doubling to 440 pulses)

Power source: DC5-24V

Shaft: 6*13mm/0.23*0.51"

Size: 38*35.5mm/1.49*1.39"

Output :AB 2phase output rectangular orthogonal pulse circuit, the output for the NPN open collector output type

Maximum mechanical speed: 5000 R / min

Response frequency: 0-20KHz

Cable length: 1.5 meter

Notice:AB 2phase output must not be directly connected with VCC!!

Green = A phase, white = B phase, red = Vcc power +, black = V0


Is used to measure the rotational speed, Angle and acceleration of the object and the length measurement

Suitable for intelligent control of various displacement measurement, automatic fixed-length leather automatic guillotine machines, steel cut length control, civil measured height human scale, Students racing robots.
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