An electrical actuator converting electrical energy into rotational motion.

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Operation of a Growler to test armature shorts

Can someone explain to me how a Growler for testing electric motor armatures works please? I have obviously read the Wikipedia Growler page but it is still foggy. So the growler unit acts as the ...
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DC motor spun clockwise then counter clockwise creates AC current?

I am making a generator with a DC motor but the style of turning the rotor would be clockwise and then counter-clockwise, and I would want to capture as much current as possible so I hope it could be ...
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Mechanical Power (Application) and Electrical Power (Stepper Motor) Discrepancy

For my application I need a torque of \$\tau=0.87 \, Nm \$ and a speed of \$ w=140 \, RPM \approx 14.65 \, rad/s \$. This gives me a mechanical power \$ P_m=12.75 \, W\$. $$ P_m=\tau w $$ I have ...
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DC motors, AC motors, and Kv

As I understand it, DC motors have Kv values because their speed is determined by the applied voltage. AC motors don't have Kv values because their speed is determined by the frequency of the AC ...
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Very intermittent power MOSFET failure

I am working on a very spotty motor failure (I am not the designer). We have a wound armature which is switched by power MOSFETs. These are driven by a FET totem pole type FET driver. When the ...
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Controlling a treadmill motor

I'm recycling some spare parts of an old treadmill for a new project. I have the motor with its driver board, the elevator piston and the controller board. All works out of the box, but I need to ...
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Gear motor with encoder: minimum drivable step

I am fancying this motor http://www.pololu.com/catalog/product/2271/specs to motorize an X-Y stage. (Alternative High rpm motors with high reduction ratio and high encoder counts/rev are welcome ;) ...
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Matching mosfets - linear servo amplifier (AB)

I'm replacing a bunch of burnt mosfets in a linear amplifier for a brushless motor. 3 phases Each phase: 3 pairs of totem IRFP240 / IRFP9240 in parallell. (no R in series) My main concern is ...
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No output at H bridge during quick power drop

I used a H bridge with PMW control to drive DC motor in two directions. I observed a strange phenomenon that during quick voltage drop, the PWM output at M2 is cutoff, although the T4 gate PWM input ...
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Capacitor bank with variable speed motor

I have a set of three pumps (power ~100 kW) with variable speed AC motors and I would like to know the best option(s) to reduce the cost of reactive energy. For instance, would it make sense to ...
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How to tell whether a motor is an AC or DC motor?

I watched a youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT3jJRGVdW4 The man says : by spinning the motor to see whether the output is AC or DC, then it can tell whether the motor is generating AC or ...
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Use a 2N7000 in place of 2N2222A

Here's a description of both circuits. A ring shaped magnet is mounted on a brass axle and a set of bearings. Coil A and Coil B are wound on the same core. The magnet is placed about 1/8 of an ...
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Old variable speed AC motor wiring

As a disclaimer, I have a little electronics knowledge, but I'm no expert. I've been given an old 1940's Hunter fan and I'm working on fixing it up. I took the base apart and wiring is pretty bad - ...
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Analogue Hall sensored brushless outrunner motor position control

I would like to produce a low cost high power:weight servo drive using a brushless outrunner motor, like those use in radio control planes: Some of these motors leak enough magnetic flux out the ...
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SEM Permanent Magnet DC Motor DPM 30R4 1500RPM 24VDC Output: 0-25kW & Brake

I am in the plannning stages of a project to build a pig rotiessiere. I have the above mentioned motor, but I am unsure of what type of power source is needed to run the motor and what can I do to ...
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L298N shield gives relatively low ouput voltage and current

I am using a L298N shield together with an Arduino to drive a 42mm 2 phases bipolar stepper motor. The driving voltage for the motor is 12V and the logic voltage for Arduino and the L298N shield is ...
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Why do my outputs look exactly the same for the Allegro 3901?

I am trying to capture results shown in Figure 8 of Allegro 3901 data sheet . My circuit looks like this: The channels above coresspond to the oscilloscope screen captures below: In the image ...
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How to drive dualsky ESC with arduino PWM? (Brushless motor)

I've recently received 4 Brushless motors, 4 brushless ESC's and 2 LiPo batteries. I managed to run the motors with my arduino and the servo library, but I'm not getting optimal results. I was ...
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External Accessories for VFD

I am trying to decide what external accessories I need for my VFD 7.5 HP for a 1500Watt Vibrator motor. The three options I have come up with are below. I'm using a standard 220VAC line supply from ...
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Can I run a 3s ESC from a 12V power supply (car battery)?

I am building an ROV, and my thrusters will require 12V. The voltage source will be a 12V car battery. I have found this ESC and it seems to be just what I need (well over my ~9A draw and has ...
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Making a simple wireless remote control circuit to control a micro motor

All I need is to be able to activate a small 4mm by 6mm micro motor with a remote wireless switch. Just on and off. I have searched everywhere for help and I can't figure anything out, I am ...
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What factors affect the choice of a particular variant of the Clarke transformation?

I have a question about the different variants of Clarke transformation. In one of the responses on this site, I read the following: 3->2 symmetric component transforms (a.k.a. "Clarke") are not ...
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How much has the power density of electrical motors and generators changed in recent decades?

I would like to know how much lighter (if at all) a matched combination of an electrical motor and generator with a given power output would be today, compared to a similarly powerful combination ...
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Computer Controling The Mouse Of Another Computer Issue

I am a nooby to electronics but I have a decent background in Programming. I have a project I am trying to do which is to make computer1 control the mouse of computer2. Basically, I want to use motors ...
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Stepper motor with integrated circuits and encoder controlled by custom software

I am new to electronics but I have decent experience in programming. What I would like to do is have 2 stepper motors attached to my computer, and then develop a program that would control their ...
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Using two half bridge drivers as a full H bridge

I'm trying to design a motor (brushed DC) speed controller circuit (to learn about such circuits). I decided to use two half bridge drivers (IR2184) to control my bridge. The circuit I've come up ...
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PWM and brushed DC motor - AC input? Limiting RPM?

I'm looking to replace the 20-year old poorly-performing speed control in a MIG welder. It allows the user to adjust the speed of a small brushed DC motor, which drives thin welding wire of of a ...
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3-phase BLDC motor operation

I salvage motor from HDD, then I started googling around how to make it spin and found this video(there are good subtitles in English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMz2DYpos8w Here he just plug ...
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Motor Driver signal

As I was taking some screen captures of the FET's drain, to ensure the back EMF was indeed within specs, I noticed my signal was not pulling to ground when the MCU would switch it off. The capacitor ...
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Boost starup of a motor with a capacitor

I have a RC car and I wonder if its startup speed will increase if I mount a capacitor in parallel with the battery. My thinking is that while the car is idling the capacitor will load. When I start ...
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Precise power metering for small motor

We have a system that contains a DC motor (3 W nominal power, but generally running much lower) powered through an H-bridge from a single cell Li-Ion battery (range approx. 3.0 to 4.2 V). The motor, ...
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Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor Direct & Quadrature Inductance

I've modeled the following motor (http://www.evo-electric.com/inc/files/AFM-140-Spec-Sheet-V1.1.pdf) assuming a direct & quadrature inductance of 0.2mH. However, I think I may have mistaken this ...
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I want to make a motor for my skateboard

Could a squirrel cage motor that was roughly 2.5"x10" handle the roughly 700 watts needed for an electric skateboard with just ambient cooling? Would it have the torque necessary with no gearing? ...
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Why doesn't this relay circuit work?

Objective: A device to prevent automatic restart of a motor (or pump) after power failure. Background: It is well known that aquarium fish are curious and will explore items in the tank. In the ...
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Can I use Cat5e cable to carry 12V and signal for Raspberry Pi project?

I'm doing a "home automation" project with a RPi at the center. It's to do various things including a) controlling lights using PIRs, and b) automating a motorised blind. The blind is opened / closed ...
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Trying to figure out what type of mechanism would work for this part I'm building

First time posting here, sorry wasn't too sure how to phrase my question. I had originally looked for a mechanical engineering stackexchange page but since none exists yet and the device will likely ...
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Proper motor for a fan/propeller to be used in a permanently installed sculpture

I am designing a sculpture with some moving parts and one of those parts is a rotating fan or propeller-like vane connected to a motor (it will be a light plastic part of ca. 20-25 cm. of diameter, so ...
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Help in choosing an electrical motor

As a dad to a newborn girl that calms down and falls asleep only when rocked vigorously in her crib or pram, I thought that it could be a nice idea to automate that process. I have a couple of ideas ...
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How do I find power flow and shaft torque of induction motor?

A 50Hz induction motor has a synchronous speed of 3000 RPM. The motor has 2 poles and is initially running below the synchronous speed. An external force is applied and the motor is now rotated at ...
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How to connect SINAMICS V60 driver to RaspberryPi

I have a Siemens motor with SINAMICS V60 driver (10A). Here is the Getting Started Manual (28MB PDF) . I want to connect this driver to the GPIOs of my raspberry Pi board. The purpose is to control ...
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Generating a Trapezoidal Motion Profile

I'm working on a project which involves the use of a servo motor to pull an object along a track. The servo motor will have a quadrature encoder to calculate the position. I'll probably implement this ...
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Infer the EMF amplitude of a generator from limited motor-mode data

Context: I am designing a very low speed alternator for small power devices, and I would like to select the correct motor for my application. The problem is, the cheap ones provide very little data - ...
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Control 12v motor with 5v PWM

I have 5v PWM (555 generated) and I want to control speed of a motor using it. The problem is my motor is 12v and by diving it with a 5v PWM I can't reach full speed of a 12v motor. my pwm generator ...
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Need Help in creating a driver for a 220v AC Servo Motor

I am a new to electronics and have been working on to design a Motor Drive for comonly available Serveo motors like: http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/1580332915/servo_motor_used_in_CNC_machine.html ...
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Where can I find synchronous machine parameters to use in a PSCAD simulation?

I am trying to observe a loss of field on synchronous motors of different types and sizes. PSCAD seems to want a DQ equivalent circuit. I've Googled the problem and tried several manufacturers' ...
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Why do we use variable reluctance steppers?

AFAIK, variable reluctance steppers have non-magnetic soft iron teeth and they align themselves so as to have minimum gap I don't understand what does this line mean? How does it align itself with ...
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Which would be the best option for driving the 3/4 axis stepper motor for 3D printers?

I have researched a bit over google and reprep websites and come across different circuits/methods to drive the stepper motors. Being a student only , I have budget issues and I want it to be less ...
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How to correctly use a few 28BYJ-48 with ULN2003A and one Arduino Mega?

I bought 28BYJ-48 5 Volt stepper motor with ULN2003A Darlington Array driver. I run basic Arduino examples and some code from web. But how do I use a few motors with one Arduino? It has very small ...
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Choosing the correct brake resistor for DC motor

I have a DC motor running on 24VDC rated 150W (~6,25A), how do I calculate the correct brake resistance?
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Parts List to Replace Battery Packs?

I've purchased and installed some relatively cheap motorized blinds for my apartment. After having them for about a month, the batteries are dead on 2 out of 3 sets. Each blind has a pack of 7 AA ...