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Motor-software controlling

  1. Mar 14, 2009 #1
    Good day everybody:smile:
    I'm new participant here and i would like to know your ideas and opinions about the issue am facing theses days....
    first of all ...am working on my senior how to drive a solar tracking system with LabView(which i hate really much)so i was facing a problem in driving the motor which will move the plate(or the solar panel)..
    So, i started working on a stepper-motor which hard job to finish and i wasn't able to fully control it as i wanted, so a friend of mine he told me to try with a servo-motor which much nicer and easier to deal with .....
    So guys i was thinking if somebody could help me in some points cause (to be honest with you:my college resources are too poor :grumpy:so am like working by myself to finish the project)....
    waiting for your ideas...
     
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  3. Mar 14, 2009 #2

    berkeman

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    Why did the stepper motor solution not work well for you? Especially geared down, it seems like a stepper system would be the best way to go...

    Welcome to the PF!
     
  4. Mar 14, 2009 #3
    thanks berkeman (i was looking in the forum in general and i found that you are one of the most famous ppl in here ;) )
    The problem i faced programming the motor on the LabView, which is really was complicated and i missed up at the end, so am trying now with a servo(dc) motor which i hope it is easier to move and control.....
    again thanks a lot for being the first one to reply........
     
  5. Mar 14, 2009 #4
    Or you could replace the 10,000 transistor solution with a tube contaning freon and and a clothe wick. And it's solar powered too.
     
  6. Mar 14, 2009 #5

    berkeman

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    Hah! Occam's razor, and worthy of a Quiz Question, but for sure that won't help the OP at this point!

    basem -- I don't see how a servo configuration will help, unless you can buy a module that has a high-level interface to Labview or something. Honestly, driving a stepper motor is just bit-banging, with limit switches to tell you when you are at the extent of the travel.

    Perhaps you can post your code here for the stepper motor version, along with screenshots of the schematics. Maybe we can help you see if there are errors or misconceptions in your code that was causing the problems.
     
  7. Mar 15, 2009 #6
    Occam's straight razor vs. the imaginary application specific triple blade with egonomic handle, convenient quick release handle, low friction skid pad, and other academic whims.
     
  8. Mar 15, 2009 #7
    Nowdays there ar H-bridge servo motor drivers all in one chip (up to maybe 1 amp at 24 volts). Small servomotors geared down have a lot of torque. On the other hand a stepper motor driver needs a special chip to clock through the 4 states and supply signals to driver circuits. You also need a clock signal (maybe an NE555 ?). Steppers are best if you need fractional turn precision without feedback. In any case, you will need a split photocell to provide left-right steering signals (for a single axis system) .

    Re passive steering with freon or ammonia: I know Zomeworks (Albuquerque) used to make trackers for solar panels.. I think it works on re balancing the panels based on the the location and weight of the liquid phase of the gas. Around where I live, I would be very concerned about high winds moving the panels around, and I would use servomotors.
     
  9. Mar 15, 2009 #8
    There is a Yahoo Group that might be of help -- http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/osmc/"
     
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