Category: Projects

Automotive Control System

The wheels above are cool, specially since they can carry a lot of weight. But, the motors are 2 x 2.5KW and the belt driven design is very open making it easy to be contaminated. The powerfully motors are more designed for speed than for driving slowly, but I will optimize that later. Position system…

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XPortHub – Galvanic Isolated CAN Ports

The plan is to use two separate CAN Networks on my Lawn Mover – one network for motors, and one network for everything else – both using CAN HS at 1Mbps. To do this I consider upgrading XportHub. This picture show XPortHub2 w/2 CAN Ports. ISO1042 is an isolated CAN tranceiver in a SOIC8 a…

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32 x IO/Servo Hat – rev 1.5

This is a new version of my 32 x IO/Servo Hat. I have always been a bit unhappy with pin-header connectors since they can be disconnected easily, so I decided to try how a surface mounted 2-pin JST worked out and voila – 32 2 pin connectors with signal and ground. This means I drop…

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ISO1042 Galvanic CANbus

I recently discovered this chip (ISO1042) and wanted to share a circuit I found. This circuit is excellent, but it has two flaws: Firstly you need a small isolation coil 10-20uH between ISO 1042 and VCC1. This act as a filter so that higher frequencies used by the buck converter in ISO1042 do not disturb…

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Motor Algorithm – Part 3 – Vector Table

As mentioned in part2 I want to create a 360 degree vector table with PWM duties for A,B and C. This allows me to drive sinusoidal by simply stepping 0 to 359. To do this I create a small C application as follows: #include “stdio.h” #include “stdlib.h” #include “math.h” int main(int argc, char* argv) { FILE* fd = fopen(“vectors.cpp”, “w”); if (fd != NULL) { fprintf(fd, “alSinusVector _vector[AL3P_VECTOR_SIZE]=\n”); fprintf(fd, “{\n”); for (int i = 0; i < 360; i++) {…

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Lawn Mover – Motor Algorithm

Running a BLDC (3-phase motor) you need to insert and tune some parameters with regards to size of motor, number of winding, how much current do you output etc. But, more important is the algorithm and technique you chose matching the job at hand. You have three different algorithms (FOC, Sinusoidal, Trapezoidal) and a variety…

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