This article reports measurements on a brushless drive used for an RC quadcopter.
Dead time is the time allowed between turning one FET in a half bridge off and the other FET on to ensure that they do not both conduct simultaneously, even for an instant, as very large currents may flow. The dead time specified in ESC configuation is an ‘additional’ delay added over and above circuit delays.
Measuring a stable properly synchronised drive system at minimum speed can expose the effects of insufficient dead time on total drive input current. At minimum speed, very little power is delivered to the propeller and most drive input power is lost in various system losses, so drive current becomes very sensitive to system losses. Continue reading BLDC ESC – effect of insufficient dead time
This article documents some a test on elements of a drive system which is the basis for one of my flying quads.
- Gemfan 11×4.7″ SF propeller;
- BC3530-14 1000Kv motor;
- Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC 9261000003 (BEMF caps removed);
- SimonK commit 02bd8e4ca36a06722efe51bc7cd5130d72a184b8 bs.hex with 2000ns dead time; and
- 4Ah 4S Lipo battery.
The dead time was chosen for compatibility with F-40A which I also use. Dead time of 1200ns is sufficient for the 9261000003.
This is quite a low cost drive, the 300W+ motor cost about A$14 and the 40/60A 6S ESC just under A$20 at the time of purchase.
The tests were conducted at 4S as a stress test (up to 170% of rated current), the quadcopter uses 3S. Continue reading Report on Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC 9261000003 / BC3540-14 brushless drive
The Slot.it CS23B is a Porsche supplied as a ‘white’ body only kit which requires assembly and painting work. The body will be an alternate body for a CA23B car.
Above is the body assembly as supplied after priming with Valejo 73.601 acrylic-polyeurathane primer surfacer. The primer was applied to a very lightly scuffed body with an airbrush, it sprayed on well straight from the bottle, levelled nicely, and was no fuss to use it from its convenient squeeze bottle. Continue reading Slot.it CS23B build
This article documents the build of an inexpensive regulated power supply available on the Internet for around A$15 posted.
Above is the completed power supply (with some modifications as discussed below). Continue reading An inexpensive Chinese regulated power supply kit.
At Accuracy of AIMuhf system – AIM865A vs AIM882 vs AIM885 on a ferrite cored inductor I compared measurement of a small ferrite cored inductor on three ‘production’ releases of the AIM program.
Since then, AIM885A was released and it had problems as mentioned at AIM 885A produces internally inconsistent results.
Since then, AIM882, AIM885, and AIM885A have been pulled.
The developer advised on his support forum
I’m sorry but version 885A has some problems. I’m working an update. In the meantime use the mature version AIM_865A.
Today, he posted a link to AIM885Gx (a declared beta release which presumably fixes problems in the pulled versions AIM882, AIM885, and AIM885A). Continue reading Accuracy of AIMuhf system – AIM865A vs AIM885Gx on a ferrite cored inductor
Generic heating / cooling controller describes a bang-bang type thermostat based on a AtTiny25.
This article works up an example application using a Pt100 RTD sensor. Pt100 is the designation for a platinum (Pt) resistance temperature detector with nominal resistance of 100Ω at 0°. Pt has a nearly linear resistance / temperature characteristic and high accuracy. Continue reading Using a Pt100 RTD with my generic heating / cooling controller
The N2006P is a inexpensive PID controller, typically for heating and cooling operations. There are lots of similar devices for under A$20 on eBay.
Above, the controller in a minimal test harness using a Type K Thermocouple for temperature sensing and 40A SSR mounted on a heatsink. (The SSR output should be protected with an MOV for inductive loads.) 480VAC 40A SSRs sell for as little as A$5 on eBay. Continue reading N2006P PID checkout #1
The Slot.it CA20Z is Ford GT40 supplied as a ‘white’ kit which requires assembly and painting work.
Above is the part assembled body after painting with Tamiya X-7 acrylic. Continue reading Slot.it CA20Z build
I couldn’t help myself… I bought a Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2) to evaluate.
The RPi2 has 1GB of main storage (double that of the earlier RPi B+), and a 4 core 900MHz processor against a single core 700MHz process in the the RPi B+. Continue reading Raspberry Pi 2 initial impressions
Further to AIM 885 produces internally inconsistent results…
A new release, AIM885A appeared recently.
In the common theme of one step forward, two steps backwards, this version produces error popups when started.
The above popup appears twice when starting AIM885A. Just another symptom to undermine confidence in the system. It doesn’t make sense to me, and the program appears to otherwise start and run. Continue reading AIM 885A produces internally inconsistent results