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Brushless DC Rotor Position Question

  1. Jan 31, 2013 #1
    Hi. I am curious about ways to sense the position of a rotor in a BLDC motor. I am familiar with hall sensors and back emf but am wondering if there are other ways to find the position of a rotor maybe more accurately.

    I had an idea about using a laser and a photoresistor around the circumference of the stator that would use the varied resistance to give a voltage reading to a microcontroller that could be used to find the position. Maybe I'm way off with that one I can see some problems like heat from the motor messing with the resistance. If anyone could give me some suggestions on what's out there I would appreciate it.
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  5. Feb 4, 2013 #4
    Resolvers are also useful for absolute position.
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