I have in my possession two stepper motors that are clearly marked as 50 ohm, 22V motors. They have six leads each, which I believe makes them unipolar stepper motors.
It is my understanding (and experience) that unipolar stepper motors can be driven as bipolar stepper motors by ignoring the center lead, and that is what I am doing. When I measure the resistance between leads to determine which lead is the center of each winding, however, I find that the resistance between each "edge" lead and the center lead is 50 ohm, and the resistance between the two "edge" leads is actually 100 ohms. It is my guess that this is because when driven by a unipolar driver, current is never passed between the "edge" leads, and only ever from the center lead to one or the other "edge". This arrangement would make the 50 ohm rating make sense. Is this correct?
Because I am driving these motors as bipolar motors, however, I see double the resistance that a unipolar driver would see. I am also using a "chopper" driver, or constant-current driver, and I have the ability to select the maximum current for the motor. How do I calculate this? Is it a simple question of ohm's law, using the 100 ohm value I measured between the "edge" leads?