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Offline dsesmgTopic starter

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Stepper motor speed control using a pot
« on: September 23, 2009, 06:24:49 PM »
Hi, I am trying to control the speed of a unipolar stepper motor using a potentiameter.
The specification of the stepper motor is as below.

- 1.8°/Step
-Operating voltage : DC 4V
-Holding Torque:1.6Kgf-cm
-Detent Torque:120gf-cm
-Rotor Inertia:38g-cm

I just need this stepper motor to turn one direction and hopfully, I need to increase or decrease its speed by adjusting a potentiameter.
I once arranged a stepper circuit using two ULN2003 chips to cope with the above stepper motor before. I used Darlington transistor array for a unipolar stepper motor in this tutorial.
Since the current of the stepper motor is almost 1A, I parrelelled two ULN2003 so that the chip could cope with the motor's current needs.

The circuit diagram of the stepper motor is this.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3947745034/#sizes/o/
Could you advise me where and how can I put a potentiameter?

Offline paulstreats

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Re: Stepper motor speed control using a pot
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009, 07:37:37 PM »
you cant directly affect the speed of a stepper motor by limiting the current or potential with a Pot. Sorry.

If you are using a microcontroller to control the stepper, then you can read in the Pot value and adjust the ste speed according to the analog reading

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Re: Stepper motor speed control using a pot
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2009, 09:06:37 AM »
You can use any typical "stepper motor driver" these accept step and direction inputs.

Then connect your pot to a 555 timer so it makes an "555 adjustable frequency oscillator", then just attach the oscillator output to the STEP input of the stepper motor driver.


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