This is my 1st question here and I'm stumped... I spent all my EE classes on programming and ICs. When it comes to AC and motors, I feel worse than ignorant and spent all day trying to research where to begin researching. I know this is a broad ranging question, but please get me pointed in the direction to get this going.
End goal: to have a multiple speed rotating shaft to test ignition systems.
Question: what are the parts/modules/equipment I need in addition to one of the below motors to make the test bench's shaft (1 pound) spin at 1000, 4000, and 7000 rpm?
I have 2 AC motors. I believe one is a stepper motor:
... and the other is an inductive motor:
For a previous project, I rigged up the inductive motor to work while connected to 115VAC (fused and switched) but it had to be manually spun up to start and had less power than the mass of this all would suggest, making me believe I was doing it incorrectly. It got the job done and didn't get hot, so I ran it.
For my test bench, I'll be using aluminum plate to mount everything and likely employ a belt drive. I have a Rapman and already can see that I could buy an Arduino and hopefully convince it to control the top motor in the same way the Rapman uses servos to drive its axes. Towards that end, I could get a gearbox for the motor (looks like this is compatible) and some kind of controller.
I've got a sig gen, an o'scope, milling machine, lathe, computers, pretty much everything but the practical experience to kick this off. Based on the size of my motors and the size of the ones in the Rapman, I'm confident the motors above have the power and size to accomplish what I'm after. Any help appreciated, thanks.